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5 Fun Facts About Latin Dance

Posted by Sue Young on April 13, 2017 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

1) Latin dance has had many influences — some of the cultures that were a part of developing Latin dance and music are the African, Spanish, and Portuguese.


 

2) Latin dance is only complete with the music! The maracas, bongos, marimba, and conga drums are all instruments that are used in combination with guitars and horns such as trumpets to make up traditional Latin music.


 

3) Salsa is a great partner dance, but it can also be a line dance that is known as the salsa suelta. In this case, every dancer dances individually in a larger group with the men facing the women.



4) Salsa is the perfect way to enter the world of dance. Once you learn the basic steps, it will be easy to learn other dances such as Mambo, Reggaeton, and Bachata.


 

5) When Salsa expanded into the United States, it was an important event in the history of this dance. American soldiers were of the first who became aware of Salsa during the Cuban war of 1898.

Health Benefits of Dance

Posted by Sue Young on March 22, 2017 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Dancing is a lot of fun and a great form of self-expression. But it is also a popular way to stay fit and healthy. Here are some ways dance is good for your body:


Posture

Most of us spend our days hunched over a desk or computer. Over time, this has a negative affect on our posture. Bad posture leads to back aches, a weakened lower spine, and an increase in stress.

Dance is one of the few activities which teaches and encourages proper posture. To excel at dance, you need to focus on your posture by making sure your shoulders are rolled back, and your chin and chest are lifted. Eventually, your natural posture will be improved from constantly remembering to do it during dance. 


Flexibility

Warm ups for dance usually incorporate a lot of stretching, which eases post-workout soreness, and helps heal joint pain. Over time, your flexibility will improve, and thus prevent many injuries from occurring. Flexibility is also known to increase overall athletic performance. 


Weight Loss

The Journal of Physiological Anthropology has proven dance to be just as good of an aerobic exercise as jogging or cycling. But much more fun! For an 150 lb person, one hour of dance burns on average 240 calories.


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Salsa

Posted by Sue Young on November 8, 2015 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

November 7, 2015 to the attendees of the salsa bootcamp....."great job!" 3 hours of salsa and they all made it through!

Salsa has been around since the 1920's but not exactly as we know it today. With it's afro-cuban roots it has been expanded upon over the years with influences from Cuba, the Caribbean, Puerto Rico and more. The term SALSA was born in New York in the 1970s'.

There are several different styles: Colombian/Cali style, Cuban/Casino,  Miami style/Casino, Rueda de Casino, Los Angelos/ Style (on 1),  New York style (on 2) all with roots in their respective cultures. Steps like the basic or mambo, rombo, side to side, cumbia, and singer step make up the fundamentals of on 1 salsa. On 2 salsa adds "shines' and gives the dancers the chance to show off their own unique styles.

Whatever style you choose to learn, add salsa to your bucket list....you will be glad you did! Come dancing....where will the rythm take you?


Adios,

Sue



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