Designing a Memorable Wedding Dance that Lowers Stress & Builds Emotional Bonds

Designing a Memorable Wedding Dance that Lowers Stress & Builds Emotional Bonds

Designing a Memorable Wedding Dance that Lowers Stress & Builds Emotional Bonds

The multitude of to-dos in planning a wedding can be beyond daunting. Yes, a wedding will be one of a bride and groom’s most memorable and bonding life experiences, but the road to that actual ceremony and reception can offer layers upon layers of anxiety and stress.

Some would think that adding a professionally choreographed dance routine to the reception would only add to those stresses but, counter-intuitively, dancing has the opposite effect – it lowers stress while deepening emotional bonds.

Having grown up in Belarus and moving to the U.S. in 1998, Alex Borodko is intimately familiar with huge life moments and the accompanying emotional and mental challenges. “When I moved to the U.S., each day was exciting,” said Alex. “But, even so, that positive exhilaration of this new chapter of my life took a mental toll. I was stressed a lot.”

For many couples, weddings and wedding planning can be the same – incredibly exciting yet sometimes stressful. Importantly, dancing, Alex’s personal anecdote, is backed-up by decades of clinical research and science.

“Dance training significantly reduces anxiety,” said the results of a study in the Perceptual and Motor Skills Journal. A 2003 study in the New England Journal of Medicine by researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine discovered that dance can decidedly improve brain health.

“Studies show that dance helps reduce stress, increases levels of the feel-good hormone serotonin, and helps develop new neural connections, especially in regions involved in executive function, long-term memory, and spatial recognition,” science writer Scott Edwards relayed in the Harvard Medical School’s Harvard Mahoney Neuroscience Institute Newsletter.

Today, as the owner of Majestic Dance Studio, Alex leans on the stress-reducing benefit of dance when designing a wedding dance. “A couple planning a wedding is under enormous strain,” he said. “So, at Majestic, when we choreograph a dance for the reception, we make it as easy as possible for the couple while ensuring they know how valuable dance is as a stress reliever!”

A recent pair of students at Majestic, Niky and her father Marc, tapped Alex to design a memorable swing dance routine for the reception, witnessing Alex’s skill and dance power first hand. “At first, I thought having to learn a new dance routine would be fun, but only add to the anxiety of planning the wedding,” Niky said. “However, it had the opposite effect. When I was dancing, I had fun and it helped me envision how much fun celebrating with my friends and family was going to be. My dad lived halfway across the country, but Alex made learning the routine easy for us despite the challenging circumstances. He would choreograph part of the dance, we would record our practice and then send the video to my dad to learn with his instructor. I believe that the dance lessons I took helped relieve my stress about the wedding and it also gave me one of my favorite memories with my dad.”

So, when a new wedding couple is knee-deep in the stress of who sits at which table or the flower arrangement, consider adding a dance routine from Majestic. It will help reduce those anxieties!

Alex Borodko owns and operates Majestic Dance Studio with his wife Sara. Located in Frontenac at 10460 German Blvd, Majestic offers a wide variety of dance lessons for all skill levels– ballroom, salsa, Bachata, swing, and more. For more information visit majesticdancestudio.com or call 314-736-6414.

 

Majestic Dance Studio
10460 German Blvd.
Frontenac, MO 63131
314-736-6414
majesticdancestudio.com