Thursday, June 27, 2013

"Rules" Of Ballroom Dancing

This blog entree was written by a Fred Astaire Dance Studio employee and we HAD to share with everybody her humor and take on dancing!
"I attended a friend's wedding over the weekend, and there was quite a bit of dancing at the reception.  This friend is a lieutenant in the United States Air Force, and therefore doesn't have a whole lot of friends who have received formal ballroom dance training.  So, I was delighted to see that there were a handful of guests who had clearly taken some sort of swing or hustle group classes and could manage their way around a social dance.  Watching them dance the night away got me thinking about the "rules" and "regulations" of social dancing that have crept into our ballroom dance community and threatened to steal the fun away from the dance itself.
 One of the "rules" I have heard so many novice and advanced dancers obsess over is the idea that every song only has one dance that is appropriate to use.  In some cases, sure that is true.  If you're at a party, and a Paso Doble starts playing, then you really have no choice then to throw on your cape and stamp your feet.  However, there are plenty of songs out there that have several different dances that could be used.  Let's take, for example, Michael Buble's new song, "Haven't Met You Yet".   You could dance a Foxtrot, an East Coast Swing, a West Coast Swing, or even a Rumba.  How about "Boom Boom Pow" by Black Eyed Peas?  It would be appropriate to dance a Cha Cha, Hustle, or (if your feeling a little dramatic) a Tango!

When you strip away all the rules, technical restrictions, and the numbers on the men's backs, Ballroom Dance is simply an art form.  For many of us dance is a necessary medium we use to outwardly express an inner feeling.  So, when we are dancing for social reasons, how dare we place so many limitations on ourselves?  If a song comes pumping through the speakers and you feel like dancing a Cha Cha..... Then by all means CHA CHA MY FRIEND!!!

My point is simply this: We all learned how to dance for different reasons, but I’m guessing the majority of people didn’t learn so they could add more stress in their life or find another list of rules to memorize.  So the next time you take to the floor, take a deep breath and relax.  Focus on the joy, the motion, the music, and the art of Ballroom Dancing.  The moments we do that are the moments that make life worth living."

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Chicago Blackhawks!

Fred Astaire Illinois could not be any happier for the Chicago Blackhawks! Lord Stanley is home again!!  

Monday, June 24, 2013

Health Benefits of Ballroom Dancing!!

Dancing can give you a great body/mind workout!
Dancing can help with many things such as:
  • Strengthening bones and muscles without causing joints any pain
  • Since you use your WHOLE body to dance, you tone every part of your body
  • Dancing improves your posture
  • Increases flexibility
  • Dancing increases stamina
  • Reduces stress
  • Builds confidence
  • Dancing also can help prevent illness like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and depression. 
Call your local Fred Astaire Dance Studio TODAY and sign up for lessons!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Why Ballroom Dance: Because it makes you SMARTER!

One of the MANY benefits of ballroom dancing is that it makes you smarter and mentally stronger! 
A study that was published in the  New England Journal of Medicine shows that stimulating your mind by dancing can prevent Alzheimer's disease and other dementia. Dancing increases cognitive acuity (the ability to think clearly, the ability to reason, and remember) in people of all ages! The study showed that some activities have a higher beneficial rate than others in making your mind
Reading lowered the risk of dementia by 35%.
Doing Crossword puzzles 4 times a week lowered the risk by 47%.
Bicycling, swimming, and golfing played no part in lowering the risk of dementia.
 Dancing lowered the risk of dementia by 76%!! 

The best way to make your mind stronger is to involve yourself in activities like Ballroom Dancing, which force you to make rapid fire decisions and split second choices.

Dancing with different partners builds up your cognitive acuity. Dancing with new people forces you to tailor your dancing. Your body and mind have to adjust to your new partner each time, making your mind stronger by thinking!

The more often you Ballroom Dance the stronger your mind becomes. Frequency is key when strengthening your mind. The sooner you start building up your cognitive acuity, the stronger your mind will become. So start Ballroom Dancing TODAY to live a healthy lifestyle!!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Why Ballroom Dance??

There are SO many reasons to Ballroom Dance and I wanted to spend this week talking about the AWESOME health, physical, and mental benefits. 

Ballroom Dancing is a GREAT way to exercise  without stepping a foot into the gym! Between all the turns, steps, and the movements on the dance floor you burn hundreds of calories! Not only will you be exercising and burning calories but you will also be working on your endurance, flexibility, mental health and strength. 

Flexibility is SO important while Ballroom Dancing as you want to be able to move and perform intricate dance steps without injuring yourself.

Ballroom Dancing will work on your endurance, letting your body dance longer  and work harder. With every twist and turn that you do, you are conditioning your body to do those steps with greater ease next time.  

Having strength is key to Ballroom Dancing and you develop more of it as you keep on dancing. By performing dance moves, spins, and strutting you are making your muscles stronger and gaining body strength.

Ballroom dancing is done in a group of people which has positive affects on your mental health. Ballroom Dancing classes are THE place to build up your confidence and allows you to establish social ties which gives you a more positive and healthy outlook on life.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

DITCH the Treadmill and try ZUMBA!

Zumba classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats! Before you know it, you are getting fit and your energy levels are soaring! There is no fitness class like a Zumba Fitness-party.  
  1. Loose 800-1000 calories in an hour
  2. Fit in a fun workout into a busy schedule
  3. Burn fat
  4. Maintain a healthy weight
  5. Increase flexibility
  6. Strengthen your heart and lungs
  7. Tone muscles
  8. Gain confidence on the dance floor
  9. Reduce stress/clear your mind
  10. Explore your creative side through dance
 Call your local Fred Astaire Dance Studio TODAY to find  ZUMBA class fits into your schedule!

Happy Father's Day!!

Give the gift of health this Father's Day to your dads, grandfathers, uncles, or anyone who is  father figure to you by purchasing a Fred Astaire Gift Certificate!!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Fred Astaire Website!

Good afternoon all!! Make sure you check out the Fred Astaire Illinois website! You will be able to get to know our studios better, see EXCLUSIVE offers, find out about our competitions, and look to see what people are saying about Fred Astaire Dance Studios!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Hi everybody!

Hey! A blog for Fred Astaire Illinois is something new that we are doing and are very excited about it! This is a new way for us to meet some new people and stay connected with our friends so we are giving blogging a whirl! Fred Astaire Dance Studios have been around for over 65 years. We in Illinois, pride ourselves in the best of ballroom dance instruction.Your local Fred Astaire studio is an expert in full filling all of your dancing needs. We teach social dancing, health and fitness, with a competitive flair. Join us for your healthy lifestyle. While we are figuring things out please "Like" our Facebook page so that you stay up to date on everything.