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How Video Games Allow Everyone to Be John Travolta?

Jun 20, 2008
Ever since the release of Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) in United States in 1998, the way people dance has changed drastically. What use to be years of training can now be achieved through a daily dose of DDR. Rhythm and timing in dance moves are some of the most difficult things to learn in dance. It takes years of practice in a traditional studio, studying under a strict and veteran master teacher to learn moves. It takes a lot of dedication from a young age and some children learn how to stretch correctly fro years before they are allowed to move to advance moves. Of course this is mostly in ballet and the more "serious" disciplines of dance. But with the advent of video games like DDR, most anyone can learn to groove and find there rhythm, in the comfort of the home.

With a little dedication to practice each day, anyone can become the dance king or queen of the home and maybe even the neighborhood. A lot of trained dancers love dancing video games, because it allows them to just have fun and the music is usually something the would not normally be allowed to dance to in theatrical or professional venues. A lot of people have the desire to dance but are too embarrassed to go to club or take classes at a dance studio because of weight or feeling as if they can not do good enough moves. Now these people can dance in the privacy of their home and lose weight and feel better about going out to dance in public.

As a person gets more into the dance games, they will be able to pick harder songs and harder moves to learn, where eventually that person could become quite a good dancer. Some elderly people love it, and in some cases retirement homes have pulled DDR into their facilities for the residents to have a fun game to play. It promotes health of body as well as brain. A huge bonus, besides the obvious health benefits, is it builds coordination and self-esteem in many of the residents. This is also true in very young children. Dancing in general promotes coordination, which is why most health professionals and psychologist believe dancing is great for developing body.

Further studies state that dancing the same amount of time as walking burns even more calories, allowing for quicker weight loss. The benefits are greater than the risk when it comes to dancing, and having a dancing video game, such as Dance Dance Revolution in your home adds more benefit. Another benefit of having a dancing game is at parties. When lots of people are involved it creates a fun atmosphere where everyone can join in no matter their experience level. Even if you are a beginner you can learn, because the video game teaches you how to dance and in what sequence to step. The technology of Dance Dance Revolution has itself revolutionized how people feel about themselves while dancing to their favorite beats.
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