This weekend is jam-packed with fun events for you, so let’s get right to it! The beloved Geauga County Maple Festival runs all this weekend. There are several astronomy opportunities at the Oberle Observatory and Observatory State Park. Attend guest day for free at the Geauga County YMCA. Why not take up a new hobby and learn how to ballroom dance? We’ve got all this, and more, in this week’s edition of The Geauga News Weekly Round Up!
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Learn Ballroom Dancing (Part One)
So, you’ve got a wedding coming up and you say you can’t dance? Learning how to ballroom dance can change that trepidation ino confidence. It can even change your life. This article will explain:
- The benefits of learning how to ballroom dance.
- Why you need to learn ballroom dancing.
- The top five dances everyone should know.
- Where you can learn to ballroom dance in Northeast Ohio.
First, let’s talk about the health benefits of dancing. Ballroom dancing improves the physical health of dancers as well as their mental well-being. Dancing also contributes to social health and acuity. Psychology Today reports that learning how to dance benefits the brain as well as the body.
For those who don’t like working out, ballroom dancing provides the advantage of working out without the high impact. Ballroom dancing is a low-impact physical activity that strengthens the core muscles. The core muscles are muscles that keep you upright and strong. Core strength gives a dancer stability. Dancing helps participants maintain or even lose weight in a low-impact cardiovascular environment.
The Top Five Dances Everyone Should Know
Not all dances are the same. They range from formal to chaotic. Every dance has its own formalized or stylized steps — things you can and shouldn’t do. Here’s five basic ballroom dances for you to learn:
- Waltz. Originating back in 16 century Germany, the waltz is the basis for most dances. It’s characterized by smooth flowing movements where dancers gently rise and fall on their toes. The waltz provides a sense of up and down movement as dancers glide across the floor.
- Swing. Swing dancing, originating in the United States during the 1920’s, is a fun, high energy dance style comprised of many types. There is the Lindy, created by George “Shorty” Snowden. This was followed by the Balboa, where partners touch chest to chest. These are just some of the many other variations Swing music and dancing.
- Tango. This dance was created in Buenos Aires due to the loneliness of 19th century expatriates from Africa and Europe. This is a very sensual dance filled with passion and vibrant music. It is characterized by gyrations of the hips and quick movements of the head. A similar style is the Salsa. Starting in Cuba during the 1950’s, Salsa is characterized by Latin music with a quick beat. This style allows dancers the freedom to back away from each other and regroup if their steps become out-of-sync. These are called “shines.” Along with watching your step, a shine lets you show off your solo dance moves.
- Quickstep. This dance is the fastest dance in ballroom dancing and comes from the Foxtrot. Because the Foxtrot was too fast for many people, they slowed it down and the Quickstep, or the “Peabody,” was born.
- Cha-Cha. This a rendition of the classic Mambo and the Rumba. Enrique Jorrín, a Cuban composer and violinist, created the Cha-Cha in the 1940’s. It utilizes hip gyrations similar to the Tango. There are four basic steps to the Cha-Cha: walking steps, forward and backward, sidesteps and rocking steps. Each step is small and deliberate, employing the Cuban hip movement by using the ball of the foot on each step.
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Learn Ballroom Dancing (Part Two)
Ballroom Dancing in Northeast Ohio
Here are a few dance instruction options to help you learn how to ballroom dance:
- The Fred Astaire Dance Studio located in Chagrin Falls offers all sorts of lessons and activities for every level of dancer.
- Lake Metroparks offers dance lessons on Sunday at Painesville Township Park.
- Cleveland Swing and Salsa offers Salsa lessons on Monday nights starting at 6:45 p.m.
- Neylon Dance Studio in Concord offers a variety of dance lessons.
Learn How To Ballroom Dance At Home
- Learn and Master DVDs can teach you ballroom dancing at home.
- Check out TakeLessons.com for ballroom dancing lessons via the internet.
A Call to Feet
Regardless of age or physical prowess, whether an expert or someone with two left feet, for an upcoming event or simply to work out, it’s never too late to learn how to dance!
Ballroom dancing offers physical and mental health benefits that can last a lifetime. Ballroom dancing is for everyone! Learn how to dance and your life will change for the better.
Do you have a special occasion coming up and you need to learn ballroom dancing? Which of these dances will you try first? Write to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us about it!
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