10 August 2012


For new and practicing Latin & Ballroom dancers

Ballroom dancing has got a lot of attention these days.  Ballroom dancing being a cardiovascular exercise some of the major muscle groups of our body and gets a workout like the hip abductors, quadriceps calves the hamstring and glutes etc . Many new ballroom dancers as they begin training will sense some amount of discomfort in muscles they didn’t know they had. 

  In fact it is necessary to have a moderate warmup & stretching practice before/after dancing as it prevent muscle  pulls cramps and contractions.Fo greater coordination dancers aim should be to enhance the muscular strengths and endurance and tone in the entire body.  Essentially involving  in the upper body , the back,the arms and in the lower body- the abdominal core sections and the legs and calves.
Guard against repetitive stressful movements or what is called as overuse injuries when the muscles of the body are subjected to intense tension in exaggerated movements of certain dance movements .
A good way to combat or prevent this is to strengthen those groups of muscles that may not be developed by/in  your dance practice.
Its important to lengthen and loosen all the important muscles.

If your aware of any injury prone areas of your body it would be imperative to share with your dance educator and they could help in working with you in a modified version of any particular exercise to suit your needs.

As you start your dance training it would be a good idea to be consciously aware of your postural alignment all through.
A good postural maintenance prevents strains in the back and helps in any of lifts drops dips that one may be learning to do.
The  warm up and cool down sessions  should  always have an important role  in your dance training.

Ballroom dancing can be  recommended  as a physical activity for everyone.
Benefits include –  core strength cardiovascular and flexibility of the entire body.
Chacha Waltz – Cha Cha  is fun  to start with and  has  some stylish  patterns  which can greatly increase coordination of ones  movements.Waltz can  strengthen your spatial awareness with its heady romantic turns  twirls .

Samba – This is a dance which provides a fantastic abdominal workout, and an increased level of stamina. Energize with some terrific hip movements that tone up your entire body.
Quickstep &Tango -  The quickstep improves balance and peripheral vision immensely.
Tango is known for the  preciseness of its controlled slow and fast footwork , which improves postural control in your upper body  tones up  your legs . 
Paso Doble - A  dance which is a great for posture, precision and teaches muscle control  with sharp turns

Rumba Jive Foxtrot – Rumba is all about grace and fluidity in your movements. it lengthens your muscles, improve  your sense of body control,   
Jive  is a lively and an energetic dance which increases overall stamina and tone up your entire body within pulsating moves.  
Foxtrot greatly increases your ability to have a wonderful posture and move with elegance and poise
Dances there is no dearth of ...in this world ! After all there are so many happy people in the world , whats important is to understand what you feel as you dance and connect with that which makes you come alive . Training yourself  and learning to dance  some or all of these dances is a great way to keep yourself ready to dance whenever and wherever you want to  dance ... After all dancing is a way of life !
Savvy Raj

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