I have said this to many of my students through the years but was encouraged to write about my belief that learning to dance will improve your ability to enjoy the art of playing music. Upon moving to Boulder in 1996 I joined a dance class at the suggestion of a friend who was taking it. I liked to dance at whatever club I wound up as a young man but had never looked at dancing as something to work on and practice. The class included some ballet, hip hop and modern movement. I loved it and stayed with it for two years.
It dawned on me at the end of the class I had found a new way to enjoy music I was playing on the guitar.
I have found in my teaching practice that students who have learned to play drums have this ability as well. So dancing like drumming might make you a better musician on what ever instrument you play. Coordinating your arms, legs, hands and head to move in a fluid fashion teaches your body and brain about time by sub dividing time as a drummer does.
Performing and playing music is not just a thought process that requires playing a certain note at the right time. Your body becomes an extension of emotions the music is creating within you and that goes out to move your audience. The thought process is there but the emotions are the sauce that make it tasty! Plus it is way more fun to watch when someone is moving and groovin' to the time and playing off of the other musicians.
To say that dancing will make you a happier person is probably true as well. Being comfortable in your own skin is a requirement when you start shaking your butt like a maniac in a crowd! Let's hit the dance floor!
Most happy with a guitar around my neck though it is starting to weigh me down!