Ballroom dancing can be a challenging and demanding sport. While the payoffs can be different for every person, both in terms of physical appearance and professional success, there are also risks.
People involved in the sport can experience serious mood swings as a consequence of the ballroom dancing lifestyle. There are several factors that can contribute to this. Here's the downside of ballroom dancing no one wants to talk about.
1. Experiencing the glamour
Ballroom dancing can provide a lot of excitement and a real sense of achievement. For the most people dancing can give an euphoric feeling if they achieve a personal goal for a particular move or if they reach a milestone in their ability, such as reaching a certain level of dancing or seeing their own performance progress.
Combined with the post-dance rush, stress reduction and the satisfaction of seeing the improvements and progress after a performance event, it's little wonder that many dancers experience a natural "high" on a regular basis.
2. Fighting the letdown
The natural opposite of the euphoric state is depression. Ballroom dancers can experience depression soon after the sense of euphoria. Maybe they missed a move they thought they would have done better or they are not seeing the progress toward their goals as quickly as they would like.
This can be compounded if they are training extensively - such as practicing two or more times per day or week. This type of training schedule can be extremely demanding, and it's easy for a dancer to become fatigued and even over trained if they are not giving enough time to rest.
3. The Intake for performance
Many dancers eat healthy in preparation for an event or competition in order to increase their physique and endurance. Their training regime usually stays at the same intensity during this phase or even increases in intensity and repetition. This puts an immense amount of pressure on the body. When this happens, dancers often experience very low energy, distraction and increased moodiness.
This can be exacerbated by reductions in training performance, as their bodies simply don't have enough energy to complete full day of normal activities along with keeping the same level for practice at the same level as when they are properly fed.
4. The Risk of overtraining
If a ballroom dancer has been dancing or competing for a long time, they can develop over training syndrome. This tends to occur when a demanding training schedule is paired with insufficient rest/sleep, limited social time and mental rest. Overtraining can cause similar mood patterns as a depression, sapping the dancer's motivation and enjoyment for dancing.
When this happens, dancers can experience insomnia, lack of concentration and regular, drastic mood swings. Treating over training requires a few days or weeks of a significantly reduced training load, eating sufficient food, plenty of rest and time away from the dance floor.
Where there is a downside, the rewards are well worth the agony.
With all the fun and activities, ballroom dancing can be a challenging and demanding sport. However, the rewards are enormous and never ending in all phases throughout our lives.