How Latin Dance Lessons Can Benefit You

Getting fit doesn’t have to mean spending hours in the gym! Now that summer is upon us, most people want to take steps to get in shape, but are turned off by the prospect of spending their time after work running on the road or lifting weights. Pennsylvanians are taking advantage of a new and exciting way to get fit – Latin dance lessons! More and more people are throwing out their gym membership and opting for adult Latin dance lessons because they know that cardio doesn’t have to be boring. Not convinced? Read on to learn the top three benefits of Latin dance lesson – and get ready to rumba!

  • It’s a great way to get your heart rate up. Latin dancing is notorious for being vibrant, colorful, and fast – meaning that you burn more calories than other types of dance. Just sixty minutes of salsa dancing burns about 400 calories for a person weighing 140 pounds, or 500 calories for someone weighing 180 pounds. Because the dance style is fast-paced, your heart rate will increase more quickly and for a longer time period, resulting in a better workout for your cardiovascular system!
  • There are many different types. From the meringue to the mambo and from the cha-cha to the tango, there are many forms of Latin dance to try. If one doesn’t suit your fancy, there are plenty of other dance styles that vary in speed and style, so you’re sure to find the perfect dance for you!
  • It makes a great couples activity. Sick of hitting the same date night spots over and over again? Try a Latin dance class! Research has shown that dancing activates endorphins, which can help you bond as a couple. Many Latin dance styles require a partner, so you’ll be getting closer while also getting a great workout!

Here at Socialsport Dance Club, we teach a variety of fun and fast-paced dances, as well as slow and smooth ones. If you’re a beginner who doesn’t know where to start, please give us a call for more information. To learn more about our Latin dance classes, contact us at 215-784-9087.

How Ballroom Dance Lessons Can Benefit You

Thanks to popular dance TV shows like Dancing With the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance, ballroom dancing is coming back into style! From gold medal Olympians to famous actors and singers, everyone seems to be getting in on the fun. What most people don’t know is that ballroom dancing also has a host of hidden benefits that can help you live a healthier and more fun life. Check out our top benefits of ballroom dancing, and consider getting out on the floor today!

It’s great for your fitness. Most of us could stand to exercise a little bit more, but not many people want to spend hours in the gym or running along the side of the road. Ballroom dancing is a great fun way to get fit without feeling like you’re spending a ton of energy. Even ballroom lessons for beginners burn a ton of calories- while having a great time!

It’s great for upcoming weddings. Summer is wedding season, and you’re likely to have a ton of marriages to attend in the coming months. Ballroom dancing is almost guaranteed to be on the list of activities, and if you’re in the wedding party, you’ll probably be expected to help get the party started on the dance floor. If you’ve got two left feet, wedding dance lessons can help put the spring in your step- so you won’t be left on the sidelines.

Dancing enhances your mind. Ballroom dancing is about more than moving to the music – it’s about remembering the steps, anticipating the movement of your partner, and interacting with the rhythm. Ballroom dancing is an excellent exercise for older adults because it stimulates both the mind and the body, while also providing a low-impact cardio workout. This means you’ll be able to stay healthier longer while making some friends along the way!

At Socialsport Dance Club, we’re all about dance. We offer ballroom dance lessons as well as many other types of dance lessons for people who’d like to learn how to dance. If you’d like more information about our variety of dance classes, call us today at 215-784-9087.

The Health Benefits of Zumba Classes

Believe it or not, workouts can be fun. Whether your jaw hit the floor when you just read that statement or you’re nodding your head in agreement, you’re probably relieved to hear that.

Here at Socialsport Dance Club, we’d like to introduce you to Zumba, the workout that’s considered a fun and social dance party. And the best part is – you’re exercising! While having a good time! Not much gets better than that. Whether you’re searching for ballroom lessons for beginners or fast and fun Zumba classes for you and your friends, look no further! We know that we have what you’re looking for. Here are the health benefits you’ll receive when taking Zumba classes:

Aerobic activity – Zumba classes are considered high in level of aerobic activity. You’ll get your heart beating and your blood pumping quickly, leading you on the path to other aerobic exercises. The songs used in Zumba classes usually play around 145 beats per minute, which is practically guaranteed to improve your heart rate and your endurance if you keep at it.

Improves your coordination – Everyone would like to improve their coordination. However, it can be difficult to find a fun way how without, let’s face it, feeling kind of embarrassed. Fortunately, Zumba classes are a great way to improve your coordination, which is important to maintain as you age throughout life.

Burns calories – The boring days of running on a treadmill are gone. Zumba classes are here! Since Zumba is choreographed to provide high levels of intensity in both pace of music and movements, the expenditure of your energy is maximized, which really helps in burning calories and fat. In fact, the average person can burn between 500 and 1,000 calories in just one class!

If you’ve had any hesitation about taking a Zumba class, just refresh your mind with these benefits. Once you get your blood pumping and your adrenaline going, we promise you’ll be addicted. At Socialsport Dance Club, we also offer wedding dance lessons for those attending or holding a wedding in the future. To learn more about our Zumba classes, contact us at 215-784-9087.

The History of Tango Music

Tango dancing classes and ballroom lessons for adults are two of Socialsport Dance Club’s most popular offerings. With that being said, we feel that it’d be a fun change of pace to explore the origins of some of the styles we promote. This time, we will examine the history of Tango music and dancing.

Although there is thought to be Spanish, Italian and African influences in Tango music, the dance genre exploded in the late 1800’s in Argentina. Fast forward to 1905, when Angel Villoldo, an Argentine guitar player and singer, is credited with the first Tango recording. A handful of years later, more instruments were incorporated into the style and the genre’s unique sound grew exponentially.

When Tango was in its infantile stages, it was thought to be a lower class music intended for and perpetrated by “thugs” and “hoodlums.” Soon after, it became an acceptable art form and expanded across Argentina, France and many other countries. Tango told love stories that were often heartbreaking but catchy, sad, but danceable. The first Tango star was Juan Maglio aka “Pacho.” That was in 1912. It wasn’t until around 1935 when the music’s creativity and popularity peaked.

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Today, Tango music and its unique form of ballroom dancing is prevalent from Buenos Aires to Northern Canada and beyond. While it isn’t easy to master, it’s very fun and rewarding to learn the basics. Socialsport Dance Club has attentive, experienced instructors who will guide you step by step to learn the intricacies of every move and position. The art of dance is alive and well. As a matter of fact, dancing is thriving like never before thanks to the many fitness classes that incorporate dance (i.e. Zumba.)

In addition to Tango, some dances we teach include:

  • Foxtrot – The foxtrot has many face paced moves that are fun for dancers of all ages and levels.
  • Salsa – This Cuban-style dance involves elegant steps, three weight changes and an equally talented partner to accompany you for the fun.
  • Swing – Swing is a Jazz-inspired style that is popular at anniversary parties and even some school dances.
  • Waltz, Mambo, Merengue and many others – Yep… we pretty much do it all! :)

To learn more about our private ballroom wedding dance lessons in the Chestnut Hill, PA, area, call 215-784-9087 today.

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