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For The Love of Ballroom Dancing

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

When Jack was a teenager he loved to dance, but he didn’t really know it. When he looked old enough he would go to nightclubs, get drunk and then dance all night. He was self-conscious and didn’t want to look foolish in front of people. This was was why he thought he needed the alcohol. Standing around the dance floor with the other guys who were afraid to dance was not much fun. But the beer helped him to get out of his head and into his body and to feel the music. It helped him to overcome his inhibitions and not care about what others thought.  At the time, he did not realize that it was for the dancing that he went nightclubbing in the first place.

Now that Jack is in his 40’s. Well things are different. He realizes that he has, in many ways, wasted his life due to fear and laziness. He doesn’t even like drinking anymore; he hasn’t enjoyed it for years and years. The best time was when he was 15 – that was when it was new, fun and exciting. After that time, it just became old.

At last, now that he is middle-aged, divorced and podgy, he has decided to be bold and let loose his love for dancing. He has started to take dancing seriously. The first bold step he took was to enrol in ballroom dancing classes so that he could learn the art of dancing with a partner. Jack loves the intimacy of dancing with a partner. He loves the connection between the two of them and how they can move as one being – even with the most basic dance steps. He enjoys the structure of the dance patterns and the freedom to express himself within this structure, especially with the rumba and cha cha cha dance steps. The second bold step was to buy some real ballroom dance shoes after the first ballroom dance class.

It is ironic that when Jack was a teenager that he thought that the guys who did ballroom dancing were gay. Yet they were dancing with girls all of the time. They weren’t as cool as him and his friends, but they did not spend a lot of time on their own and with other single guys. If only he had learned to dance properly when he was young… he would be so good at it today.

Now Jack tries not to believe his thoughts and feelings. He knows he isn’t what he thinks or feels or experiences. He listens to a deeper knowing about what is good and right for him to be and do, and believes this knowing instead. It tells him what to do. (A bit like how the music tells a dancer how to move.) So when he feels like giving up  and thinks that he is a hopeless dancer because he cannot seem to do the dance steps and lead his partner around the floor, he doesn’t give these  feelings and thoughts any energy. He just keeps practicing. He knows that for him this is a common occurrence when he has to do something difficult. It will feel too hard at first and he will think that he will never do it. But over time he will find that it does become easier and he is able to do it. He actually will enjoy the whole learning process and will wonder what all the fuss was about when he first tried it.

This new way of being in life has made all of the difference to Jack. He is looking at what is next for his love of dancing. Maybe hip hop or jazz dancing… now that could be fun.

Ballroom Dancing Benefits

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

There are many health and physical benefits associated with dancing. Many new dancers find that their physical fitness, body language and physical confidence improve as they progress in ballroom dancing.

Would you like to lose weight and have more shapely legs?

Dancing for 30 minutes burns calories equivalent to walking, swimming and cycling. Repeatedly doing dance steps is a cardiovascular exercise and works out the major muscle groups. In a short period of time of dancing, you will burn fat tissue and increase muscle mass in your legs. As you continue to dance you will experience an increase in the strength, size and firmness of your legs. You can think of it like this: every time you go dancing, it is like going to the gym.

Now isn’t this kind of exercise a lot more fun than doing squats in the gym? To read more reasons why dance classes are better than gym memberships, check out this article from the site: Dance Classes in Wellington. You can even work out at home with ballroom dancing videos.

Do you slouch and have poor posture?

Ballroom dancing will improve your posture and the way you walk. You will develop correct postural movement if you practice regularly dancing over time.  Gradually, you will train your muscle memory to correct the habitual movements that have led to poor posture. As you learn to dance, your normal movement will improve. Your self-image will improve as you walk tall and straight.

The way to accelerate this process is to consciously apply the the elements of balance, timing and carriage of your body to your daily routine. If you would like to improve your posture specifically through exercise (and in turn improve your dancing frame), check out the Posture Exercises Guide.

Are you stressed and tired most of the time?

Dancing will alleviate stress and increase your feeling of well-being. Stress is a daily reality for us all and can lead to some serious health problems. Consistent dancing exercise over time leads to lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels.

In today’s fast pace of life, reducing stress is a necessity, not an option. Dancing can give you a break from difficult circumstances. Dancing is a great stress relief for both your body and your mind. Through dancing, you can release emotional blockages (e.g. anger, sadness, worry) in your nervous system and learn how to relax through movements.

Would you like to have more fun and enjoyment in your life?

Women dance because of the music. Men dance because of the women. They both love to dance because it is fun and intimate. Not only is it fun, ballroom dancing balances your mind and body, strengthens your muscles, improves your self-confidence, and maintains your health. What’s not to like?

Free Ballroom Dancing Music

Monday, November 30th, 2009

November 29, 2009

If you would like some free ballroom dancing music, you can download 25 free songs at http://www.emusic.com/ as part of the 7 day free trial. You must give your credit card details and remember to cancel the subscription before the 7 days is up.

The choice is quite limited for mainstream and popular music. Be careful not to select popular songs that are recorded by someone else that you have never heard of. There are lots of these songs at this site. I do not know why anyone would subscribe monthly to this site.

However, there is much free music for dancing, including albums recorded especially for ballroom dancing. There are also some nice tracks that are available even though they can take some finding.

About a month ago, I did the free trial offer – it was for 50 free songs. It is genuine. I haven’t paid a penny for them. Below are some of the dancing songs that I received for free. I have sorted them under dance type. These are:

Cha Cha

  • I wanna dance – Willy Chirino
  • Short skirt long jacket – Cake
  • You spin me round – Dead or Alive
  • I’m gonna getcha good – Shania Twain
  • Kiss me honey honey – Shirley Bassey
  • Hey Baby (Uhh Ahh) – DJ Otzi

Foxtrot

  • Sixteen tons – Tennessee Ernie
  • Walking my baby back home – Nat King Cole
  • It had to be you

There are many Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett songs.

Jive

  • Jack is Back – C’lan
  • Hound Dog – Elvis Presley
  • Heatwave – Martha and the Vandellas
  • In the mood – Glen Miller
  • Why do fools in love – Alma Cogan
  • Life could be a dream – Diamonds

There are more Elvis Presley and Alma Cogan songs available.

Mambo

  • Mambo Italiano – Alma Cogan

Rumba

  • Take my breath away – Berlin
  • Under the boardwalk – The Drifters

Tango

  • La Comparsita
  • Libertango – Sharon Shannon and Kirsty Macoll

Viennese Waltz

  • Kiss from a rose – Seal

Waltz

  • Theme from Papillon
  • Unchained Melody – Gerry and the Pacemakers

Other Dance Songs

  • Relax – Frankie Goes to Hollywood
  • Two tribes – Frankie Goes to Hollywood
  • Walking on sunshine – Katrina and the Waves
  • Connected – Stereo Mcs
  • I like to move it

More Free Music

I haven’t tried this site yet, but I hear that you can get free ballroom dance tracks at EZ-Tracks.

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