In today’s fast-paced, busy world there are many things that can cause us stress: work, family, money or emergencies just to name a few. However, before your health is influenced by the negative effects of stress, you must learn to relax and let it all go. There are numerous ways to reduce your stress—but none are as enjoyable and expressive as ballroom dancing.
Why is it that most people quit exercising? For every excuse, we'll give you a reason why dancing is the answer.
- First thing: Time. There's not enough of it. How is it possible to squeeze another thing into an already over-extended schedule?...
Currently, there are 5.4 million people in America with Alzheimer's. With one in eight seniors predicted to develop the disease, those numbers could explode as lifespans lengthen. Could ballroom dancing be the key to decreasing those numbers?
Even though the exact origins of dance have been lost to time, humanity's celebrations, relationships, hopes, and even fears have been immortalized in this highly kinesthetic art form. Unlike paint, marble, or clay though, dance is one of the few artistic forms that creates its expression from living individuals.
Recently, a couple was caught on video ballroom dancing along a United Kingdom beach for over an hour, seemingly unaware of the waves crashing near them and not allowing the rain to destroy their dance practice. According to Carrie McCabe, the woman video taping the couple, they did a variety of dance moves including twirls, lifts, and the tango.
Okay, everyone, no more excuses -- if these ladies and gentlemen can learn ballroom dancing, you can too. During an annual charity episode of the British TV show "Strictly Come Dancing," four paraolympians paired with professional ballroom dance partners and took to the stage. Double amputees Nathan Stephens, Hannah Cockroft and Martine Wright joined blind soccer player David Clarke onstage to compete in
If you are a fan of “Dancing With the Stars,” you have probably heard of Amy Purdy, a Paralympic bronze medalist snowboarder and double-amputee who is competing on the show this season. In the first week alone, she proved she was going to be a real competitor by tying for third place despite dancing on two prosthetic legs
Dancing enthusiasts will be pleased to see that the elegant art of Ballroom dancing is being featured in more films, theater, and television.
With shows like “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” people who were never interested in dancing before are being introduced to the art. As uncoordinated celebrities glide across the floor, improving each week and even starting to look less like amateurs, some people begin to think ballroom dancing looks like an enjoyable experience.
Do you feel that you have no rhythm? Have you resigned yourself to having two left feet? Is two stepping too much? Do you dread going to weddings and other social functions where you might have to dance? Not to worry, whether you are eighteen years old or eighty-five, there is still time and plenty of opportunity to become a great dance
2014 is bringing us some of the coldest weather to hit this region in almost 20 years. If you're finding it too cold (and slippery) to walk, jog, or ride your bicycle for exercise, The Quick, Quick Slow Ballroom Dance Studio provides social dancing in Marlboro, NJ. Our studio is warm and our spicy blend of Rumba, Salsa and Merengue music will leave you feeling like you are in a tropical paradise instead of a frozen wasteland.
In a small town in central PA resides a young at heart lady named Grace, who just celebrated her 101st birthday. She is known by most in her area as "Amazing Grace." Why is she so amazing? Because up until a few years ago, Grace entertained audiences everywhere with her dancing and elocution. Still bright and articulate, she fondly tells tales of dancing her way through the years, first with her sister in 1917, then with her two daughters and husband until his death in 1972, and lately with her daughter doing vaudeville type shows for local charities and community events. Up until 4 years ago, she closed every show by dancing the Charleston, much to the delight of her audience. Dancing is her legacy. She cannot separate her life memories from her dancing memories. From her first dance lesson at age 5 until today, Grace attributes her youthful attitude and good health to the joy she has received and given to others through a lifetime of entertaining and dance.
Dancing is great mind-body exercise and it's benefits can carry you through life contributing to your health in a way that is fun-not just for you but for those with whom and for whom you dance. Dance steps are like an exercise program for your brain while also improving your physical health and stamina. For the elderly who dance, circulation improves which in turn increases cognitive function and cuts down on "cross talking" in the brain that is caused by the degeneration of brain matter that occurs over time in the human brain.
According to Peak Health Advocate, "it appears that elderly people who engage in regular physical exercise experience far less of this brain cross-talk compared to sedentary seniors. In fact, on a number of measures, very active seniors seem to have brain response patterns more closely akin to young adults than their sedentary counterparts as was evident in the research study discussed here." Dancing embodies those types of movement that keep a brain healthy and young.
Everyone should, at some point during their life, take dance lessons. Like Grace discovered, they are beneficial and fun. And like her, you just may find a love that will enable you to dance through life.
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Halloween has arrived a little bit early this year at the Quick Quick Slow Ballroom Dance Studio. We've got skeletons trying to learn the foxtrot, ghosts attempting to tango, and Frankenstein lumbering his way through the salsa. Zombies and vampires are wandering around looking for people to feed on, and witches are brewing potions we'd rather not talk about.