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DANCE ME TILL THE SUN GOES UP!

Dancing can be a way to stay fit, not only from the outside, but also from the inside. There are many styles of dance to choose from, each with its own attractions. It has a wide range of physical and mental benefits including:

-Improved condition of your heart and lungs.

– Increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness.

– Increased aerobic fitness.

– Improved muscle tone and strength.

– Weight management.

– Stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis.

– Better coordination, agility and flexibility.

– Improved balance and spatial awareness.

– Increased physical confidence.

– Improved mental functioning.

– Improved general and psychological wellbeing.

– Greater self-confidence and self-esteem.

– Better social skills.

 

Pick yours!

Once you’ve decided to build physical activity into your day-to-day life, the following most significant decision is the activity you pick. Look for a kind of physical activity that you’re likely to enjoy. You are more likely to abandon a healthy lifestyle change if your chosen activity doesn’t match with your likings or lifestyle.

 

Close up on BOLERO

By Arthur Murray

 

The romantic Bolero is the slowest of the Latin dances. It combines controlled movement with dramatic expression of music.

 

History:

The Bolero has the same Afro-Cuban roots as the Rumba as is thought to have originated from Cuban or Spanish folk dances such as Danzon and Beguine.

 

Music:

The Bolero is usually played in 4/4 time and its tempo is slower than that of the Rumba. It’s long sweeping side steps and use of rise and fall create a softness that makes this dance unique among the Rhythm dances. The expanding and contracting dance position makes a very dramatic and romantic statement.

 

Teaching Elements:

  • Rise & Fall                      Learn grace and poise through balance
  • Lead & Follow               Develop arm and hand connections
  • Timing                             Learn the control necessary for slow music
  • Arm Styling                    Create contrasting speed of arms and hands
  • Footwork                        Develop the use of knees and ankles to create soft movement
  • Compare/Contrast       Waltz, Rumba, Tango

 

Bolero songs and artists include:

Con Los Anos Que Me Quedan – Gloria Estefan

Perfidia – Nat King Cole

Sin Excusas Ni Rodes – Julio Iglesias

From Here to Eternity – Frank Sinatra