During the winter months, it’s a challenge to keep active and stay in shape. Rather than rehash the same boring workout at the gym every day, why not try something new and sign up for a dance class?
Even if you’ve never danced before, dancing can boost your mood, improve your confidence, help you reconnect with your partner, and introduce you to new people. At FunSherpa, we love to dance, and we can set you up with a class that’s just your style and just your speed. Here’s a few of the dance classes that we’re excited about right now:
Salsa Dance Class
Salsa dancing, which originated from Cuba and the Caribbean islands, became popular in the 1970s and is performed on eight-beat music. This style features a “left-right-left-pause”, then a “right-left-right-pause” movement, and it often involves subtle stomps of the feet, kicks of the leg, and casting out of the hands. There are several different styles of salsa dancing, which are popular in clubs in both Latin America and the United States.
Belly Dance Class
Belly dancing is a Middle Eastern style dance that involves sensuous movements of the torso and hips. This style of dancing features percussive, fluid, and vibrating movements that entrance audiences, while providing an excellent abdominal workout for the dancer! Traditional belly dancing costumes are ornate, colorful, and flowing, adding to the mystical nature of this beautiful and ethnic dance style.
Swing Dance Class
Swing dancing styles began to develop in the 1920s when jazz music became popular in America. Swing dance emerged from traditional Fox Trot, Lindy, and Charleston styles to become a more lively couples dance with swinging, spinning, and jumping. Swing classes are fast-paced, energetic, and a great way to express yourself and meet new people.
Pole Dance Class
Although pole dancing used to only be associated with strip clubs, dance and fitness enthusiasts have transformed it into a amazing workout routine! Pole dancing involves dance and acrobatic movements on a vertical pole, which require a great deal of strength, flexibility, and endurance. These classes are a great way to explore your sensuous side, boost your personal confidence, and plan group parties with friends.
Regardless of which type of dance you choose to learn, there are a few things you should keep in mind while choosing a class. Find a dance studio that’s close to where you live so you’ll be less likely to make excuses and cancel when you’re feeling lazy or the weather takes a bad turn. Do a little research on a dance studio before you attend a class to ensure the instructors have the experience and professionalism to help you learn.
Be honest about your skill level, because you’ll only be frustrating yourself by taking a class that’s too advanced. Bring a friend or family member along if you’re a little shy, and practice routines after class so you don’t forget the moves. But most of all, try different styles until you find one that you truly enjoy and remember to relax and have fun!
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