10 THINGS TO DO AFTER YOUR FIRST BALLROOM DANCE CLASS We get a lot of questions about what to do after the first ballroom dance lesson. One of the most common one is what to do to prepare for the next few dance lessons. Here are ten things you can do that will help you prepare. Most of them are fairly simple and have a huge impact on how you dance. 1. Wait to Practice It will surprise you, but after your first private dance lesson, don’t practice. Why? It’s very simple. You don’t have yet the knowledge or the muscle memory of the proper dance technique. It’s very [...]
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Top 10 Wedding Songs That Haven’t Been Played To Death Are you tired of hearing the same old wedding songs at a wedding reception? Or maybe you want to have a wedding song to dance to that is as unique as your love is for your partner! Perhaps you have no idea what you want to dance to for your first dance and your are desperate for suggestions! Well we have made a list of ten songs that we feel that would be a good contribution to your list to consider for your first dance. We tried to include wedding songs from all different genres to try and find music as different as your [...]
Passion in Pictures In each and every dancer there is defining moment when technique merges with Passion. You know. You've experienced this. Meet the man who has made capturing that moment his mission. Meet Joe Gaudet in interview specially for Dance Passion. “I will have done something that matters if I can capture the singular defining moment – the expression and emotion of life – in a photo of their dance.” – Joe Gaudet Picture this. I’m in the audience of the Florida Superstars Dancesport Championships when I notice him. He is near the edge of the dance floor. His stillness exists in stark contrast to the feverish movement displayed on the floor. His eyes seem to [...]
Wheelchair Dancing Wheelchair dancing is a partner dance where at least one of the dancers is in a wheelchair. The physical benefits of wheelchair dancing include the maintenance of physical balance, flexibility, range of motion, coordination and improved respiratory control. The psychological effects of ballroom dancing are social interaction and the development of relationships. We had the opportunity to talk with Ms. Wheelchair America 2016, Dr. Alette Coble-Temple. Here is what she had to say about the benefits of dancing for wheelchair-users: Ivan: Tell me a little bit about yourself. Dr. Coble-Temple: I am a licensed psychologist. I have a doctorate in clinical psychology and teach at JFK University. Currently, I’m Ms. Wheelchair America and [...]
Trust A Leader Who Can Lead (Part II) This post follows our previous one outlining the fundamentals of “How To Follow” for beginners in partner dancing. This post does something similar with an emphasis on the interaction with your partner. Staying On Time Sometimes you are dancing on beat, sometimes you are 50-50 and sometimes you are in your own world dancing to an “amazing” rhythm no one else can hear. Sound familiar? If you and your partner are both true beginners, it takes time to develop rhythm recognition. Follow your partner along the best you can. A little theory. What does it mean to be “on time”, on the “right beat”? Most of [...]
Trust A Leader Who Can Lead (Part I) In ballroom dancing there is a saying which goes "1+1=1". It is very important that a couple be seen as dancing as one rather than two people who just happen to be dancing together. In one word synchronization. The follower must allow to be lead and the leader must have a good lead to follow. Each person has a clear role to achieve the best outcome. Learning to allow your partner to lead is not easy, it takes a lot of sensitivity, especially if you are in a beginner’s class and the leader isn’t giving you clear signals (we’ll address this in a separate post). Here [...]
Want to Boost Your Productivity? Get Up and Dance Sharper thinking If you’ve been experiencing a bit of brain fog at work, shaking your groove thing can help clear all that up. Studies have found that dancing can improve cognition as well as fine motor skills. So if you work at a job that requires focusing on a task for extended periods of time, dancing may be just what the doctor ordered. A report published in the New England Journal of Medicine also found dancing can reduce one’s chance of developing dementia. Reading, playing board games and playing musical instruments were also found to help sharpen the mind. Increased energy Are you looking for some energy to get through the [...]
Social Dance Etiquette USA Dance, Inc., the national governing body for DanceSport in the U.S., offers these tips for dance etiquette: May I Have This Dance? When you ask someone to dance, be sure to make eye contact with your prospective partner, offer our hand, and ask clearly, “Would you like to dance?” If your partner says yes, smile, offer your hand, and escort him or her onto the dance floor and into dance position. This will make your partner feel supported and at ease. Yes, Thank You, I’d Love To Dance When someone asks you to dance, your response should be, “Yes, thank you, I’d love to.” In a social dance environment, it is [...]
Dancing Makes You Smarter For centuries, dance manuals and other writings have lauded the health benefits of dancing, usually as physical exercise. More recently we’ve seen research on further health benefits of dancing, such as stress reduction and increased serotonin level, with its sense of well-being. Most recently we’ve heard of another benefit: Frequent dancing apparently makes us smarter. A major study added to the growing evidence that stimulating one’s mind by dancing can ward off Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia, much as physical exercise can keep the body fit. Dancing also increases cognitive acuity at all ages. You may have heard about the New England Journal of Medicine report on the effects of [...]
Dancing Has Some Serious Health Benefits A four-month dance program helped older Latino adults walk faster and improved their physical fitness, which may reduce their risk for heart disease, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology/Lifestyle 2016 Scientific Sessions. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago tested whether a community-based intervention focused on Latin dancing could benefit 54 Spanish-speaking adults (about 65 years old, 80 percent Mexican female) who were not very physically active. Participants were randomly assigned to either participate in a dance program twice a week for four months or to attend a health education program. All participants completed questionnaires about their leisure time physical activity and a 400-meter walk test [...]