Kiesza — this summer's surprise breakout diva — started dancing ballet when she was 3.
During a July trip to New York, Kiesza opened up about why she chooses to dance every day, even though she's not a professional.
1. Dancing may enhance your concentration and memory.
“Dancing every day, your body and your mind are happier. You're more focused, I find. My memory is a lot better.”
2. It can help you understand how your body actually works.
“The structure of ballet really allows you to get in touch with your whole body. You develop a whole-body coordination where you're really in control of everything. You have a good sense of every part of your body and the way it moves.”
3. And get to know yourself better.
“Dance really puts you in touch with yourself. As much as you're expressing yourself externally it's very introspective and internal as well. It connects your mind to your body. It connects your soul to your body.”
4. You’ll also sleep better, as a result of being in great shape and less stressed.
“It definitely makes you sleep better. It makes you happier, just in general, to be physically in shape. Physically, you're able to do so much more.”
5. A regular dance practice will challenge you to push through physical pain…
"When you dance, there's that good burn. Your muscles are aching but you know that it's for a good reason. It tells you that you worked hard. It's that deep muscle burn that you just know, OK, I worked hard today."
6. ...help improve your work ethic...
7. … and give you courage to try new things.
8. Dance helps you meet people...
"When I start doing a little dance, wherever I am, it makes people approach me and smile. It’s an icebreaker. I meet a lot of people."
9. ...and brings the people you know closer together.
"My passion for dancing is a personal thing, but it’s also a way to bring out friends and bring friends together. I love going out to dance at a club. It's a social thing."
10. You might even fall in love.
“It hasn't happened for me dancing yet, but a lot of people meet somebody dancing. You can dance to fall in love.”
11. Dancing creates a space for you to move in a way only you can, whether it’s awkward or graceful.
12. Ultimately, dancing can help you feel more disciplined, confident, and complete.
“I was very different than a lot of my peer group. A little bit of the geeky kid in school. But I never dealt with insecurity growing up, and I think it was because I had such a focus on something I loved. Dancing gave me a lot of discipline. And I looked forward every day after school to going to dance, to getting better. I never felt incomplete because I had that passion in my life.”