IS IT TOO LATE TO START DANCE CLASSES?
There’s No Expiration Date
Contrary to what some people think, there’s no age limit on when you can start dancing.
Dancing is a great way to keep your body active, and your mind open. If you’re in your fifties and want to take dance classes, don’t think twice and do it.
And if you’re in the twenties and want to start competing, know that’s possible. You just have to have realistic goals and commit.
The good thing about starting to compete in your twenties is that you are mature enough to learn faster because you are truly present and committed to what you are doing. Compared to most of those who started dancing at the age of 5, 6, late starters know what they want.
Since there’s so much in front of them, late starters don’t joke around. Instead, they give their best every day to improve stamina, technique, and performance. They know every second matters.
If you love to dance, you want more, and are ready to commit, then stop dwelling it – JUST DO IT.
Impress Yourself Not Others
Why do you dance – to impress others or because it’s your passion? This might be a good question to ask yourself way before starting that dance-competing career.
In other words, don’t look at others, look within yourself. I know that you’re scared and that many doubts and questions keep crossing your mind and that we humans love to compare ourselves with others.
Sure, there will always be someone who dances better than you. Still, that certainly isn’t a reason to give up on your dream. If that’s a good enough reason for you, then you never really wanted it in the first place.
Use your fear to train and become a better dancer, put that into energy, do not stop doing what you love. Believe in yourself, and know you are capable of achieving great things. One step at a time…
One thing is for sure: there’s a long path ahead of you. So, open your eyes and follow your heart courageously.
excerpt from – For any late starter out there: There’s no expiration date on dreams by Valentin Soldo. Read full article here
LEAD AND FOLLOW – THE SECRET TO PARTNER DANCING
The most difficult thing to master in ballroom dance, salsa, tango, swing, latin – or any other kind of partner dancing – is not the steps. It’s the interaction with your partner!
“Lead and follow” is the secret to getting two partners dancing smoothly together. It’s simply impossible for two people, dancing in close contact, to move seamlessly if each person making their own decisions, choosing their own timing and doing their steps independently. They must coordinate their moves perfectly – and the only way to achieve that is for one person to direct the moves and the other person to follow.
If you were wondering why the Antonia Banderas ballroom movie was called “Take the Lead”, now you know!
Following means . . .
if he doesn’t give the signal, you do nothing. If he gives the wrong signal, you forget what you were expecting to do, and follow the new signal instead. No exceptions.
Leading means . . .
using just enough pressure to give a signal, but not so much that you’re pushing your partner around. If you’re using force to move your partner, you’re doing it wrong.
Mastering lead and follow well takes time and effort. It’s easier if you have a regular partner, because you can learn the right give and take together. It can be very frustrating to learn how to follow, then go to a salsa class and find yourself dancing with men who won’t give you a lead! Equally, it’s annoying to learn how to lead, then go to ballroom class and find your female partners resisting your direction.
In both situations, we tend to grin and bear it out of politeness – but in your own interest, it’s worth plucking up the nerve to say something to your recalcitrant partner.
(excerpt from Lead and Follow – The Secret to Dance Partnering, by Kate Swanson. Read full article here.
5 THINGS THAT WILL HAPPEN TO YOUR BRAIN WHEN YOU DANCE
Those of you who like to get your groove on on the dance floor will probably be surprised to find out that you are doing yourself a world of good. Dancing is more than just an enjoyable activity to experience with friends or your partner; dancing has the amazing ability to improve the way your brain functions. Let’s look at five exciting things that dancing can do to your brain.
1. It will enhance neuroplasticity.
2. It will make you more intelligent.
3. It will improve your muscle memory.
4. It will slow down ageing and boost memory.
5. It will help to reduce dizziness.
Dance can be a great way to maintain and improve many of your brain functions. Dance can increase your neural connectivity because it integrates several brain functions at once; rational, musical, kinesthetic and emotional. This increased neural connectivity can be of great benefit to your brain as it ages. So, dance now and dance often!
(excerpt from lifehack.org – 5 things that will happen to your brain when you dance. by Rebecca Beris. Read full article here )
9 REASONS WHY PEOPLE DANCE
Have you always wanted to be able to glide
across a dance floor with your partner in
your arms and have others wishing they
could do the same.
Well, here are 9 reasons why people dance!
1. Humans have ALWAYS danced. Archeologists have found paintings of dancing figures dating back to 3300BC!
2. It’s a great way to RELIEVE stress!
3. Dancing is an amazing form of EXERCISE & it’s easy on your joints!
4. It makes you SMARTER & improves brain PLASTICITY!
5. It boosts CONFIDENCE & SELF ESTEEM!
6. Dance is SOCIAL!
7. It’s expressive & CREATIVE!
8. EVERYONE can do it!
9. IT’S FUN!
(excerpt from www.dancewithmeusa.com/why-we-dance-the-reasons)