What’s the Best Dance Style for Fat Burning?

Most of us are looking to shed a few extra pounds – after all, who hasn’t indulged a little more than usual here and there on vacation? If a boring workout in the gym isn’t quite your style, dance lessons can be a great way to get on your feet, get your heart pumping, and burn some extra calories. Even beginner dance lessons are said to burn at least 200 calories an hour according to a report by News18.com, but if you really want to take off the pounds, which style of dance would be right for you?

If you want to maximize your fat-burning potential, you’ll need to increase your heart-rate. While slower styles of dance like ballroom dancing and wedding dance lessons look graceful and can make you feel great, you’ll need to pick a more high-energy dance style in order to maximize your workout. If burning fat is your main goal when it comes to dancing, try to stick with styles that will keep your heart-rate up for at least thirty minutes at a time; this is considered to be the ideal “fat burn” zone.

Some of the most popular high-energy dance styles include hip-hop, Indian belly dancing, or any type of Latin dance. Latin dances, like the samba, salsa, and meringue are very physically demanding because the music is so upbeat and fast – even Latin dance lessons for beginners will keep your sweat and your heart racing! Out of the Latin dancing styles, the best for fat burning is salsa; the high-speed rhythm of salsa is challenging to keep up with but can burn a whopping 430 calories an hour if you weigh at least 200 pounds.

If you’re looking for a fun and effective workout, nothing beats breaking out a great sweat with a fun new dance style. We provide a wide variety of dance lessons, ranging from ballroom dances to Zumba classes. If you’re looking for a fun way to exercise and make some friends along the way, you’ve come to the right place. Give SocialSport Dance a call today at 215-784-9087 and give it a shot today with a free first lesson!

The Importance of Staying Hydrated During Your Dance Lesson

There’s nearly an endless number of dance styles, studios, and techniques, but there’s one thing that all of them have in common – the need for hydration! No matter if you’re a prima ballerina or you’re taking casual wedding dance lessons for beginners in anticipation of a special event, ensuring that you’re drinking enough water will help you to maximize the benefits of your lesson and will help to keep you safe while you’re shaking it on the dance floor!

Dancing is so much fun that many people forget that it’s actually a serious workout as well – even Latin dance lessons for beginners will have you working up a massive sweat in no time at all. This means that, just like with any other sport or workout, you’ll be losing key hydration elements through your sweat that will need to be replaced as you continue your dance lesson. Water helps to keep your muscles and joints lubricated for smooth movement throughout your lessons, and can help you dance longer and harder by helping keep nutrients transported to the crucial muscles in your body.

The American Council on Exercise has recommended that you drink 17 to 20 ounces of water about two to three hours before you dance – that’s about two and a half glasses. You should also be replacing the water lost through sweat by drinking water multiple times throughout your dance lesson. Try buying a water bottle that you love, or that has an appealing design so you’ll be less likely to forget it when class is in session. Finally, after finishing your dance lesson, make sure you cool down with at least one glass of water thirty minutes after you leave the studio to help your muscles fully recover.

If you’ve had your water and filled up your sports bottle, it’s time to get on the floor! Socialsport Dance Club offers a variety of dance classes in all styles, and dancing is an amazing way to stay fit this fall. Give us a call today at 215-784-9087 today for your free first lesson! You can also visit our website at http://www.socialsportdanceclub.com/.

Three Special Occasions That May Require Dance Lessons

Do your “two left feet” leave you sitting on the sidelines at family get-togethers and special events? If you’re not feeling confident about your dancing skills, now is the perfect time to embrace dance lessons in anticipation of special events that might be coming up in your life. If you have any of these three events coming up, consider dancing lessons – and get ready to show off at your next party!

A wedding. Weddings are notorious for a few things – a fluffy white dress, a tiered cake, and lots of dancing. Private wedding dance lessons can give you a comfortable and non-judgmental environment for you to learn the basics of dancing so you’ll be prepared when it comes time for the happy couple to say “I do.” No matter if you’re the mother of the bride, the maid of honor, or even the groom himself – brushing up on your dancing is a smart move before a wedding.

A quinceanera. The quinceanera is a Spanish tradition similar to the American Sweet Sixteen birthday party. In Spanish culture, a girl is traditionally considered a woman on her fifteenth birthday, and the quinceanera marks the occasion with extravagant gowns and a massive celebration. The main event of the evening is the quinceanera waltz, in which the woman of the hour first dances with her father, followed by her escort, and finally her court. If you’re participating in this traditional ceremony, make sure your dancing is up to snuff before the big day with ballroom lessons for beginners!

A bar or bat mitzvah. Much like the quinceanera, a bat mitzvah (thrown for a girl aged 12) or a bar mitzvah (thrown for a boy) celebrates a rite of passage in Jewish culture in which a young man or woman becomes a full member of the synagogue and the religious community. It’s a coming-of-age party that marks an important time in one’s life with plenty of food, gifts, and dancing! If one of your relatives has a bar or bat mitzvah coming up, dance lessons can get you prepared in time!

Call us at 215-784-9087 to learn more about how you can get started off on the right foot with our dance lessons.

Three of the All-Time Greatest Dance Movies

Dancing. It’s one of America’s most popular pastimes, and certainly one of our favorite things to do! Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you’ve probably seen movies before that have dancing in them. Maybe upon viewing you said “I wish I could do that!” or maybe you haven’t, but there’s still no denying that choreographed dances in movies offer quite the entertainment value.

At Socialsport Dance Club, we teach private ballroom dance lessons to people in Horsham, PA, as well as other local areas. If you’ve ever wanted to dance like they do in showbiz, you can come to us! In this blog, we’ve chosen three of the all-time greatest dance movies to give you an idea of what to watch next. Here they are:

1. Singin’ in the Rain – This 1952 American musical comedy starred Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds as Don Lockwood and Kathy Selden. Even if you’ve never seen the movie, there’s no doubt you’ve heard of film’s most famous musical number before. You probably know what we’re talking about – the part where Gene Kelly is literally singing in the rain. Even 65 years later, this movie still sings and dances its way into the hearts of people around the world.

2. Saturday Night Fever – Nothing gives you a better idea of the disco dancing era in the 1970’s than watching Saturday Night Fever. This 1977 American musical drama starred John Travolta as Tony Manero, a young man in the working-class who spends his weekends dancing and drinking at a local dance club in Brooklyn. Featuring disco songs by the Bee Gees, Saturday Night Fever’s soundtrack is one of the best-selling soundtracks of all time.

3. Dirty Dancing – If you’re more into romantic couple’s dancing, then we’ve got the movie for you. Dirty Dancing is an American romantic drama dance film released in 1987, which stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the lead roles as Johnny Castle and Baby Houseman. This coming-of-age drama documents a teenage girl’s relationship with a dance instructor she encounters on her summer vacation.

To learn more about private ballroom dance lessons in Abington, PA, and the surrounding areas, contact us at 215-784-9087. We also teach other types of dance lessons, too!

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