“Can you feel the love tonight? You needn’t look too far. Stealing through the night’s uncertainties, love is where they are.” You could probably guess where that quote or song lyric comes from, the Lion King! Though, lions are not what we are focusing today, it’s love!
“Can You Feel the Love Tonight”? Or rather in this case, the romance and romantic side of things. Romance comes in all shapes and sizes in the way we go about being romantic. Whether it be through our actions, gestures, words, what have you; depending on how we show our romantic side. Some people might wonder how ballroom dance could affect the romance in their lives. Well, I’m here to tell you how Ballroom dance can have a positive impact for people wanting a little romance back in their lives.
Ballroom dance isn’t just about two people learning their specific dance steps and then dancing to music while trying not to step on each other. It’s about the connection they have and share with each other. Ballroom dance can bring the something that may have been missing in your life back. The mystery, the excitement, the wonder, the communication, the closeness, the fun… Ballroom dance lessons are the perfect way for couples to rediscover romance by dancing your way to love! Finding another way to communicate and how to communicate with each other. It gives couples a chance feel “wooed” again. By being in the moment with each other while dancing, Ballroom dance allows you to feel all this. It’s an experience like none other. But like anything we do, we must enter it willing to gain something out of it.
It’s the journey we take when we start learning Ballroom Dancing that opens another window for us to see through and gives us alternative perspectives when thinking about our lives. It can create doorways for us to walk through. Whether we are single or in a relationship, we all should have the type of romance we need and want in our life. Ballroom dance can bring the excitement back into our relationship. It can create that date night we may have wanting to get back for so long.
By learning the connection, we have when dancing with our partner – whether it be with a spouse, significant other, random person we just met on the street – we can really dance with them. We look in each other’s eyes (as weird and silly as that may feel), we can feel the connection not only though our dance frame, but we can also feel the connection between the two-people dancing. Like sparks flying in chemistry class. When we develop that connection, and keep cultivating it, it’s able to grow and be something powerful and beautiful. So, have that date night whether it be by yourself or with your significant other, build that connection. Take dance lessons go do something that will likely bring the two of you together. Either way, stay tuned for next time and Happy Dancing!
Dancing With The Stars
Dancing with the Stars is on its 24th season! The participants this season consist of; Chris Kattan- Actor & comedian, Charo- Actress, comedienne & singer, Mr. T- Actor & former wrestler, Simone Biles- Olympic gymnast, Bonner Bolton- Model & bull rider, Erika Jayne- Singer & reality television star, Rashad Jennings- NFL running back, Nancy Kerrigan- Former Olympic figure skater, Normani Kordei- Fifth Harmony singer, Heather Morris- Glee actress, David Ross- Former MLB catcher, and Nick Viall- The Bachelor star. As we are about six weeks into Dancing with the Stars, we can see the competition is heating up. As Chris Kattan, Charo Mr. T, Erica Jayne, and the most recent elimination (that I’m sure shocked most people) Heather Morris. It will be interesting to see what the next few weeks have in store for us viewers.
Since Dancing with the Stars premiered on June 1st, 2005, and unsure of its future as to whether it would be well received here in the U.S., has taken off and now 405 episodes, 24 seasons, and 12 year later here we are with a popular Ballroom Dance show in America! Since the show’s “take off” in 2005, Ballroom Dance lessons have become all that more popular. Ballroom Dance studios have popped up in more places to give people more of an opportunity to experience the Wonderful World of Ballroom Dance! The show has had its ups and downs, but the overall popularity hasn’t diminished that much. As we may witness, Ballroom Dance isn’t just for people who’ve been dancing all their lives and are super flexible. Thanks to Dancing with the Stars and Pop-Culture, anyone can feel free and okay to take dance lessons. It’s a pastime that can be for anyone who wants to learn to dance. Students range from the youngest being a little one of maybe 10 years old and up.
Life is fun and interesting when we try new things and explore what we can do. So, it is important that we go out and try new things, rather than wonder ‘what if…’. ‘What if I had done this fun thing?’ Or, ‘What if I had tried dance?’ You never know what’s going to happen or if you are going to like something till you try it out. Dancing with the Stars has allowed us, the people, to go explore and see what Ballroom Dance is about and to go give it a try. It’s fun and gets us out of the house. So, stay tuned till next time.
How can Ballroom Dance improve your health? Well, like exorcise you are working your muscles. It is said that people should exercise somewhere between 1 ½ hours of vigorous physical activity – 2 ½ hours of moderate physical activity. Now, I know exercise can be mundane to some folk, but they still want to get some form of physical activity. Ballroom is a wonderfully fun way of getting that physical activity/exercise in if going to the gym is so five minutes ago. When we dance, we are getting our cardiovascular system to really work out. This system has one of the most important muscles in our body, the heart! Along with the circulatory system. When we work out with cardio exercises we get our blood pumping and our heart rate rises as we expel more carbon dioxide and breathe in more oxygen.
Ballroom Dance has a similar effect on us like cardio exercising does. Our blood flows through the heart, which is pumping more oxygen through the body. As we are exercising our hearts while we Ballroom Dance, we are also exercising our entire bodies. How you may wonder? While dancing every part of you, by that I mean you’re moving your legs, your arms, feet, torso, back, your entire body. Though as we dance, our movements help tone our body. We burn calories and our muscles get toned, the more we dance. Just like in any work out, it depends on what muscle groups you’re working on. Luckily, Ballroom Dance can work your all your muscles. Aside from getting a fun work out experience, Ballroom is also good for increasing flexibly, strength, as well as balance.
When learning to dance, it is important that we get our steps down and gain balance in the process. There are many people who may be “clumsy” in their everyday life, but are the most balanced and graceful while dancing. Balance will also help with the flexibility and strength. All of which, helps improve our heath. So, stayed tuned to next time. Happy Dancing!
Is Ballroom Dance Exercise?
When you think Ballroom Dance, what comes to your mind first? The dancing, the sparkling cloths, dresses that flow, etc. I bet you don’t think of it being exercise. I’ve heard people occasionally wonder whether you are really exorcising when Ballroom Dancing. The truth is, yes, you are.
Ballroom Dance has many elements for exorcising, just like you have when going to the gym. Instead of lifting weights, running on a treadmill, or going on an elliptical; you’re exorcising by dancing. Ballroom Dance exercises diverse groups of muscles with the various dances it offers – just like when going to the gym. More importantly, these groups of muscles are getting worked all at once. Talk about what can end up becoming an intense work out!
In Ballroom Dance you must keep to the beat of the music, and depending on the song, it can either be fast or slow. Either way, it can prove to be a challenge. On the up side, you are getting a work out. A bit contributor to working out your upper body when dancing in what is known as the ballroom frame. Both partners are holding up their own arms while supporting the other.
The above picture shows how the ballroom dance frame works. We can talk more about the technical aspects later, but for now, looking at picture you can how they both have to hole themselves. And while working on posture can be exercise moving with another person to the music can really work your lower back, legs, ankles, mid-section, hips, arms, and upper back.
Ballroom dancing can work out your arms and upper back by being the “proper” ballroom dance frame. Your legs, lower back, mid-section, and hips get exercised by the movement of the dance. The Waltz moves differently than the Foxtrot or the Tango. These dances work more of the upper body and legs. Bolero, I call the “love child” dance of Waltz and Rumba, because it has both elegant big movements of Waltz and hip movement of Rumba.
Rumba, Cha-Cha, Swing, and Salsa, along with other rhythm dances, work your mid-section by moving your hips. Plus, the way the dances call for specific moves, just like you would by going to the gym and working on one of the machines or lifting weights. Based on this, do you think Ballroom Dance can be considered exercise? Stay tuned to next time.