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The Many Health Benefits of Dance

Shaking your groove-thang is more than simply having fun; it’s also amazing for your physical and mental well-being. Here are some of the obvious and not-so-obvious benefits that dancing provides your body and soul. Thanks to the Better Health Channel for these pointers.

Weight Loss: Tired of staring at a blank wall as you run nowhere on a treadmill? Instead of boring ol’ cardio, why not try to dance? Dancing is an excellent way to get your body moving and burn off calories while doing it. Zumba is one of the most popular exercise classes taken today and revolves around the latest hip-hop and Latin dance moves.

Memory: In the golden age of cell phones, who can remember a phone number anymore? Technology may be doing away with out memories, but dancing will help strengthen it. How? If you are dancing using choreographed moves (like the ones you learn on your Learn Club Dance DVD) you will have no choice but to program them into your brain so that you can use them for the club later. Memorizing these moves is a great way to give your brain a boost and to keep your memory in check.

Coordination: While being clumsy isn’t exactly a health problem, it’s not a great trait to have either. While you may not ever possess the grace of a professional ballerina, taking time out to learn dance moves is a great way to get rid of one of your two left feet.

Social Improvement: Are you the type of person who spends their Friday nights bingewatching Netflix? That’s all fine and good, but it’s important to be social (social media doesn’t count) sometimes. Dancing is an awesome way to fill that missing gap of social interaction. It’s a great way for friends to come together and it’s an even better way to meet new people.

Prevent Diseases: Dancing has been shown to prevent common afflictions such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and depression.

Increased Stamina and Flexibility: Get your mind out of the gutter! Both of these things are essential to healthy living. Who doesn’t want to finally touch their toes or not huff and puff after a steep flight of stairs?

Reduce Stress: It’s nearly impossible not to be stressed out in our daily lives. According to the  Journal of Applied Gerontology, dance (specifically partner dance) has been a proven form of stress-relief.

So next time your friend invites you out to the club, why not go? You’ll be doing your mind and body a huge favor.

 

 

 

Something Old, Something New…Learn These Wedding Moves!

The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and what better time is it than to get hitched! As Save the Dates are piling up on my refrigerator, it has become clear to me that Wedding Season is in full swing. Weddings can be the most looked-forward to event of the summer: single sexy wedding goers, delicious food and unlimited drinks, fun music, and yep, you guessed it…dancing! To ensure that your summertime wedding experience is as great as it can be, it’s crucial that you feel comfortable on the dance floor. Be familiar with these popular wedding dances so that when the time comes, you’re prepared to leave the crab cakes behind and dance the night away.

YMCA

Cupid Shuffle

Cha Cha Slide

Electric Slide

Shout

Wobble

 

And if these videos haven’t taught you enough, take a cue from Owen and Vince:

Wedding Crashers rules on dancing:

Rule #39: The way to a woman’s bed is through the dance floor.

Rule #40: Dance with old folks and the kids. The girls will think you’re “sweet.”

Rule #68: Dance with the Bride’s grandmother.

Rule #91: Never dance to “What I Like About You.” It’s long past time to let that song go. Someone will request it at every wedding. Don’t dance to it. No matter how hot the girl.

Rule #95: Try not to show off on the dance floor. This means you Jeremy.

 

Now loosen up that tie, lace up those shiny shoes, and get to groovin’ with the happy couple!

Ten Movies That Accidentally Teach You How to Dance

Ace Ventura shows you proper ballet turn out.

Ace Ventura shows you proper ballet turn out.

 Some movies are dance movies, with a capital “D.” These movies seek to illuminate the already shimmering world of dance, and bring new converts into the fold. Dirty Dancing captured many an imagination, and straightened many a frame after Patrick Swayze chastised, “Spaghetti Arms!” But for every Dirty Dancing, there are many non-dance focused films that actually snuck dance lessons into their scripts. Here are 10 great examples of these fun, accidental learning curves.

 

#10 Pulp Fiction

Dance: The Twist

 Tarantino is famously a musical director, and Pulp Fiction really put his vintage tastes on display. By the 90s, most people had totally forgotten The Twist, but seeing Uma Thurman and John Travolta torqueing their hips on the dance floor ignited a craze. Just by observing these two, you can get a pretty good idea of how to do the dance, and then realize what a workout it is for your lats!

#9 Hitch

Dance: Awkward Man Dance

 Will Smith’s legendary dance skills come into play in this charming romantic comedy when he tries to teach clueless bachelor Kevin James how to dance. While Smith gives a great, easy lesson about how to move if you just have no idea what to do, this movie also contains a hidden, more valuable gem: expressing yourself is the best dance move of all, no matter what anyone thinks.

#8 Grease

Dance: Hand Jive

 Really, the entire school dance scene in this film could be a lesson in how to provocatively partner dance. In fact, all of the moves these (supposedly) high school students do are extremely appropriate…for anywhere but in a high school dance. Nevertheless, one can’t help watching Olivia Newton-John and Travolta (again) without trying to mimic their motions. Generations of schoolgirls know the handjive just from watching this movie a thousand times.

#7 Addams Family Values

Dance: Ballroom/Tango

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbMq5d0UJgM

 A dark horse candidate for our list (see what I did there?), this sequel to the gleefully ghastly Addams Family was noteworthy for many reasons, but perhaps none so much as this excessively silly yet passionate dance between Gomez and Morticia. While many of these dance moves are, obviously, nigh impossible, there is actually a great amount of proper etiquette and technique present in this scene. Gomez invites Morticia onto the dance floor with impeccable style, their attitudes and facial expressions (not to mention their demeanor) fit perfectly with the amorous, antagonistic tango, and their frame is almost flawless! Plus they are aces at engaging with their audience, as any expert dancer would do.

#6 Moulin Rouge

Dance: Argentine Tango

 In a more realistic turn for the tango, Moulin Rouge includes a detailed scene that captures the perfect essence of the dance, along with most of the lovely steps as well. Moulin Rouge in general is a frenetic film that features many interesting dance lessons, if you pay close enough attention!

#5 Rocky Horror Picture Show

Dance: Time Warp

 In a film with cross-dressing aliens, a scantily clad Susan Sarandon, and shiny gold Speedos, who would have expected such a detailed dance lesson? But there it is, with diagrams and everything! No one can watch this scene and not know how to do the Time Warp afterwards. It’s just a jump to the left!

#4 Magic Mike

Dance: Hip-Hop/Manly Stripping

 If there’s any motto you can learn from these films, it’s that strippin’ ain’t easy. Now, while Channing Tatum in Magic Mike pulls off some moves that human beings probably shouldn’t be able to pull off, the more average, yet still athletic MConaughey gyrates, contorts, and shimmies in a way that could teach any man watching how to shake his stuff for his lover, or an adoring crowd.

#3 Death Proof

Dance: Lady Stripping

 Again Tarantino with his retro music, and extended dance scenes. And somehow, he provides a lap dance to end all lap dances. Any woman would be wise to watch this scene and take notes, as these moves are probably too hot even for the strip club, but can be toned down if you must use them out in public.

#2 James Bond films

Dance: Bellydancing

 Who knew that all these years, James Bond films were really trying to teach all of us to belly dance? Now, the technique these women show is not so easy to mimic, but it’s almost impossible not to try after watching them gyrate sexily for several minutes!

#1 Cinderella (or any film where they dance the Waltz)

Dance: Waltz

cinderelly

The Waltz is a surprisingly easy dance to learn, considering how hard it is to actually dance it in a modern ballroom. Since it is a traveling dance, it requires a much larger amount of room than most dance halls have nowadays, and an ability to navigate that many modern dancers don’t have developed. However, if you ever get the opportunity, you’ll probably know how to Waltz, if you watch this clip or any period film, because they’re always doing the basic box step, and almost nothing else! Simple, elegant, and impossibly romantic.