How dance can help your whole family achieve all of their New Year’s resolutions

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The new year is here! It’s a time of change and renewal for a lot of people. For many a new year means a chance to make resolutions to better yourself and your family.

Using the Top 5 New Year’s resolutions in America for 2016, here are 5 reasons why taking classes at Starlight Studios can help. Let the countdown begin!

5. Save more, spend less.

So now you are probably thinking, “How am I saving money if I’m purchasing dance classes?” At Starlight, we pride ourselves in our affordable rates where any child can take classes.

We also provide sibling discounts, free classes for dance parents, and even full scholarships. On top of regular tuition, all extra fees (costumes, tickets, dancewear and so on) are all lower than most dance studios in the area, along with any alternative recreational activity you could choose.

4. Spend more time with family and friends.

Starlight makes class a family affair. We have large viewing windows into our classes and we host many observation days and shows to spend more valuable time with your children.

We have a large lobby full of toys and books, giving our parents the opportunity to play with their children that aren’t dancing or visit with other dance moms (and we aren’t talking about those TV show moms; we have strict policies against gossip and bullying at Starlight).

We even have dance classes for adults so you can make your own dance friends, too.

3. Lose weight.

Can’t get the kids outside to play?  Sign them up for a dance class where they’ll find an opportunity to stay active.

It’s fairly obvious how this works, but dance class is a great way to get fit. You can lose weight, build better posture, gain muscle, and improve flexibility.

This may be my personal opinion, but getting your groove on to good tunes is more enjoyable than running on a treadmill by yourself.

2. Live a healthier lifestyle

Beyond losing weight and getting fit, Starlight can help you live a healthier lifestyle.

Dance is proven to relieve stress by releasing negative energy and full on leaving the chaos of life at the door. Dance brings on better focus while learning new steps and choreography.

Dance makes you smarter because it uses many parts of the brain all at the same time. Check out this quick graph of how physical activity enhances brain functionality:

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Dancing has an even greater impact, as seen in this article.

Dance creates a better body image to make a healthier lifestyle even easier. And while you are at dance class, you know that’s that much less time you aren’t siting in front of the TV or Facebook. That goes for the kids, too.

1. Enjoy life to the fullest

Legendary choreographer Bob Fosse (Cabaret, Chicago) once said, “Dance expresses joy better than anything else.”

Starlight is a different kind of dance studio. We don’t compete with anyone — not in the stage arena, not against other studios, and not to oust fellow dancers.

We dance because we want to learn something new.

We dance to feel good about ourselves.

We dance to better our technique.

We dance to make friends.

We dance to bring others joy.

We dance like no one is watching. We dance like everyone is watching.

We dance to live, and we we live to dance.

We are the star to be gazed upon in awe, not because we are perfect, but because the light and fire cannot be put out.

So what are you waiting for? Dance with us.