Strictly is officially back and it has brought dancing to Ballymena. We absolutely love the BBC dance show Strictly Come Dancing and we know that we aren’t in the minority. So while September marks the end of the summer and the start of the new school term, Strictly gives us a fresh input of glamour, fun and dancing.

But did you know that Ballymena Livestock Mart has become a Dance floor? Believe it or not the Livestock Market is now venue to sequins, dance shoes and dance.

Dancing in Ballymena

Jiving classes are back in Ballymena Livestock market on Tuesday the 4th of October. Starting at 8pm sharp the classes run for 5 weeks. Come along and learn to jive, line dance, waltz and foxtrot. All are welcome and it costs only £5 per night or £20 for the 5 week course.

Ballymena Livestock Market is location at Woodside Road, Unit 1, BT42 4QJ.

The Huffington Post published an article earlier this year explaining how Dancing is a great activity. Here are the reasons that give in the article entitled Dancing isn’t just Fun- It’s really good for your health:

  • Dancing is a great Cardio Workout. Like any good, low-impact cardio workout, dancing can improve cardiovascular health, increase stamina, strengthen bones and muscles and stave off illnesses. 
  • It’s Fun. he bottom line is that dancing is, plain and simple, fun in the way a monotonous treadmill run probably never will be.
  • It can be a social activity. As much as we all love to dance when there’s nobody watching, there’s something irresistible about dancing with other people, whether it’s with a partner or a class-full of fellow booty shakers.
  • Anyone can dance. The nice thing about dance is that it’s inclusive.
  • It can keep your brain sharp. We’ve all heard by now that lifestyle habits like aiming for better sleep can help to keep your brain sharp.
  • Its gentle on the body. Unlike more traditional cardio, which is very structured and vigorous, dancing is more free, allowing you to adjust the tempo when your body needs a break.
  • Dancing can improve. A research review found that dancing, as well as carrying objects while walking, can help to improve balance and ultimately reduce dangerous falls.
  • You don’t need lots of equipment. The easiest solution is to put on your favourite music and move your body in your living room, which alone will burn lots of calories.

Please go and read the full article Dancing isn’t just Fun- It’s really good for your health by Lindsay Holmes here.