Ballroom Dancing

Ready to Dance: Essential Stretches for Social Dancers

Ready to Dance: Essential Stretches for Social Dancers

Social dance is increasingly popular these days, and any practitioner will readily explain why. It affords us fun, conviviality, creative expression, and the world's best excuse to exercise. But with any physical activity comes the unfortunate potential for injury. Obviously, no one wants to have to sit out the next dance

Follow My Lead: Traits of Great Ballroom Dance Instructors

Follow My Lead: Traits of Great Ballroom Dance Instructors

All that glitters… is not necessarily gold. You see the hot new dance sensation parade into town. Onstage, they dazzle in flashy costumes, but their workshop the next day leaves you wanting. Lesson learned: A great performance does not always translate into great instruction

Hot Pursuit: The Sizzle Behind Argentine Tango

Hot Pursuit: The Sizzle Behind Argentine Tango

The tango, by many accounts, is one of the most famous dances in the world. It's the passionate partner dance that likely first comes to mind for much of the general population. Many of tango's classic steps are widely recognized, and everybody knows exactly how many dancers are required for its proper execution

Ballroom Dance Helps Make the World Go 'Round

Ballroom Dance Helps Make the World Go 'Round

If you are a practitioner of ballroom dance, or aspire to become one soon, you probably already know that from the lindy hop to the cha cha, dance is much more than just cutting a rug. The health benefits are widely publicized, but take a moment to consider the ways in which dance can actually help society, as well

Viennese Waltz: Embracing the Tradition

Viennese Waltz: Embracing the Tradition

Who can forget the timeless allure and romance of the Viennese Waltz? Even if you've already made a habit of twirling with your partner at that brisk, 3-steps-per-second tempo, you may not know the tradition's compelling back story. If you've yet to make friends with the Viennese Waltz, you're sure to recognize it

The Joy of Dance is for All of Us

The Joy of Dance is for All of Us

Many forms of dance have earned popular patronage in the West, like ballet, jazz and even musical theatre. These genres emphasize the extensively trained virtuoso, the soloist, or the "star." Such talented dancers have likely studied in their discipline for their entire lives

Dance Your Way Back to Youthfulness

Dance Your Way Back to Youthfulness

Forgetfulness is something that creeps up on all of us at some point in our lives. Unfortunately, this is something that most often gets worse as the years go by. The older we become, the more likely we are to forget, and the brain just doesn't work like it used to

Top Health Benefits Associated with Ballroom Dancing

Top Health Benefits Associated with Ballroom Dancing

Though ballroom dancing isn't quite considered a sport in the traditional sense like basketball or tennis, the health benefits provided are still tangible. It's much less physical and low impact compared to most exercises, so it's more likely to leave you free from any serious dings or heavy sores. And best of all, it's fun

Why Every Football Player Should Take Ballroom Dance Lessons

Why Every Football Player Should Take Ballroom Dance Lessons

You might think it's a ridiculous notion to compare American football players to ballroom dancers. Dancers are like butterflies - they are light, airy creatures with the ability to effortlessly glide and float on a stage while football players strike rough and tough on the field

Avoiding the "Protest Polka" - Rekindle Your Romance With Dance

Avoiding the "Protest Polka" - Rekindle Your Romance With Dance

You and your partner have been together for several years now and, though there is no doubt you still love each other, it's starting to feel like you're in a rut. Your intimacy is dwindling off, your interactions are mainly about the kids, your jobs, and other countless day-to-day issues

Did You Know About the Health Benefits of Ballroom Dancing?

Did You Know About the Health Benefits of Ballroom Dancing?

For some people, watching a dancing reality show like "So You Think You Can Dance" or "Dancing with the Stars" is the closest they get to dance. But what they don't realize is dancing is an activity that doesn't have to be out of reach. You don't have to be in great shape