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The Benefits of Dance for Kids According to the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), dance is a powerful ally for developing many of the attributes of a growing child. Dance helps children mature physically, emotionally, socially and cognitively. Read what Livestrong.com says about “The Benefits of Dance for Kids.” If you have kids, you may be wondering what is the best way to channel their seemingly boundless energy. While traditional team sports are a good way to get your kids physically active, they may not be right for younger children. Dance classes are a great alternative to team sports, and most studios offer lessons for children as young as two or three. Participating in dance classes can be beneficial for kids of all ages. Improved Physical Health Dancing is a highly physical activity, and kids who take dance lessons regularly should expect to see a significant improvement in their overall physical health. According to Pro Dance Center, regular dance practice can increase your child's flexibility, range of motion, physical strength and stamina. The repetitive movements involved in dance can improve muscle tone, correct poor posture, increase balance and coordination and improve overall cardiovascular health. Dancing is an aerobic form of exercise. For children who are overweight, it can potentially help them to lose weight and improve their eating habits. Socialization Benefits In addition to being a physical activity, dancing is also a highly social activity. According to "FamilyTalk Magazine," dance lessons can help children improve their social and communication skills, learn how to work as part of a team, develop a greater sense of trust and cooperation and make new friends. If your child is shy, enrolling her in dance can encourage her to reach out to other children her age and help to reduce her anxiety about new [...]
Improve Your Relationships Through Dance People of all ages are returning to idea of couple dancing. Many enjoy the opportunity and intimacy of dancing together such dances as swing, salsa, tango and many others. This resurgence is directly connected to the re-evaluation of relationships and courtships in our culture. Today, partners are coming back together on the dance floor after decades of unfulfilled ‘separateness’. Couples are making a new commitment to intimacy. The comeback of social ballroom dance reflects the efforts people are making to get to know their life partners better. Relationships are the fabric of our lives, and partner dancing directly reflects the steps needed to strengthen good relationships and heal difficult ones. The first thing that a couple learns when dancing together is Co-operation. “Two people learning to work together to the same end, from very different perspectives; leader and follower” – a mini relationship! The dance floor is an enjoyable, easygoing place to improve co-operation …resulting in better teamwork, co-ordination and understanding both on AND off the dance floor! Romance is an essential piece of the relationship puzzle. Setting the mood for passion is a mental, emotional and physical journey, one done magnificently well through partner dancing! Creating the right environment becomes effortless as two people court each other arm in arm and cheek to cheek! Couples always enjoy the Fun aspect of dancing together no matter how well they know each other, there is always more to learn and experience. Human beings are mysterious, fascinating creatures… and partner dancing is an on-going, fun way to investigate each other’s intricacies, maintain a sense of wonder, and grow together! In today’s age of the Internet where people interact remotely through social media such as Facebook and Twitter and rarely meet face-to-face, personal Connection and Contact is [...]
Ballroom Dance Can Help Anyone Express Themselves Dancing can help those on the go find balance through artistic expression. As the summer comes to a close, many have geared up for the start of school, work - or both! - for themselves and for family members. This combination of undeniable stress can bring about a wide range of mental and physical issues. A lack of a proper artistic outlet for anyone who’s just trying to keep up in today’s world, can actually intensify the effects of stress on the body. Four tips on how ballroom dance can serve as an ideal form of expression. As a proven stress-buster, the artistic element in dancing can help anyone: Unleash A New Skill-Set Having an artistic outlet one can be proud of challenges the brain in a positive way. Because ballroom dance helps dancers of any level (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) develop a sense of musicality through movement, a series of neurological processes take place that enable artistic expression that builds upon itself. Enhance Verbal And Non-Verbal Communication The enhancement of these skills has been directly linked to improved ability in navigating through a variety of social situations. Developing an eased demeanor through dance as a form of expression can considerably improve confidence and relieve social anxiety, thus reducing stress. Express Themselves As They Exercise Let’s face it: not everyone has the time or resources to write, paint, practice playing an instrument, etc. Ballroom dance can serve a dual purpose as it serves as a mode of expression and is excellent exercise. In other words, dancing can serve as a one-stop shop for physical activity and artistic expression for those who value their time. Love Others Better That’s right: art can help an individual be a more loving and caring person. Many [...]
ORIGIN OF BALLROOM DANCES Passionate Partners: A History of Modern Ballroom Dance Ballroom dancing is a world of class, tradition, and passion. There is a great history behind ballroom dancing, both competitively and recreational speaking. "Ball" is derived from the Latin word “ballare” which means “to dance.” Modern ballroom dancing comprises of the "International" and "American" dance styles, and they are foxtrot, viennese waltz, waltz, tango, quickstep, cha-cha, rumba, swing, bolero, mambo. These dances are famous all over the world, and they are not only performed in social gatherings, but in competitions as well. The Origins Ballroom dancing traces its origins to the early 20th century, when the West End establishments were developing the art of ballroom dancing. The world’s leading board for ballroom dance examinations, the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), was established in 1904. There were some notable people who were instrumental in the development and promotion of modern ballroom dance including Josephine Bradley, the 'First Lady' and world class champion of ballroom dance; GK Anderson who founded the English style; Lady Humphries who helped establish the Modern Ballroom Dance Faculty of the Imperial Society; and Alex Moore who contributed to the writing of Technique of Ballroom Dancing. The Closed Hold The dance moves in modern ballroom dancing have now been standardized, and presently, a dancer needs to pass several levels to be considered a master of ballroom dance. This is because ballroom dances are intricate, and they contain specific techniques, tempos, vocabularies, and rhythms, which take time to learn. Although every ballroom dance style has its own particular aesthetics and rhythms, they still have a commonality that makes them somewhat similar. One commonality is that they are all performed by a pair of dancers, and they are danced in “closed hold”. In the closed [...]