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Find dance studios, academies, schools or health clubs with dance classes and dance aerobics.
Dance Studios cater to the beginner as well as the professional. You can find ballet, tap, hip-hop, jazz, ballroom, salsa, and more at most dance centers. Be sure the dance class you sign up for is your level.
Many health clubs offer dance-based classes and state of the art dance studios. Change up your workout routine and try a hip-hop class, an aerobic dance class or even cardio pole dancing class.
If you want to get outfitted for dance class, visit a dance supply store. They'll have dance shoes,clothing, tights, bags, and anything else you might want. Some sporting goods stores and clothing stores also carry dance attire.
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When TV shows like "Dancing with the Stars” gained popularity, the general public got a bird's eye view into the dedicated and physically demanding world of dance training. Audiences also got to see how many styles of dance are out there. In addition to social dancing like salsa, the chacha, the mambo, and the waltz, there are also technical dance forms such as ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip hop, breakdancing, and many more. It takes a lot of discipline and a lot of practice to master any dance form. Most dance schools offer at least ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop, and most require enrollment for a 6-12 week period. Many gyms also offer dance classes. Try a beginner class first so that you can learn the basics, then move up to a more advanced level if you feel like it is moving too slowly for you. Dance is great exercise because it works your muscles and your heart as well as improving your balance and co-ordination. Co-ordination will improve as you learn certain key steps which eventaully will be set to music and combined to create choreography that you can then execute all together.
Almost every type of dancing gives you a cardiovascular workout, a muscular workout, and some amount of impact which helps builds bone density. Some dance classes, like ballet, focus on technique rather than getting exercise; other forms of dance, like hip-hop or aerobic dance, are faster paced and focus more on continuous movement and combinations that keep your heart rate up for longer periods of time. Dance provides a well-rounded workout, and gives you a more intense workout the more skilled you become, because you be able to push yourself harder, jump higher and accomplish more challenging feats.
You do not have to buy anything specific for dance class unless you are enrolling as a student in a formal program at a dance school that has a specific outfit or color code that is required; this mainly only happens at ballet schools. The important thing is to wear clothing that is tight fitting enough to not trip you or hinder your movement, and stretchy enough to allow for full range of motion. A material that wicks away moisture will make aerobic dancing much more comfortable. Danskin, Bloch, Capezio and Lululemon make great fitness attire for all seasons.
Most dance forms require a certain amount of flexibility in order to accomplish the moves with an uninhibited sense of freedom. It is therefore important to stretch your muscles and joints consistently as a dancer. Certain forms, like ballet and ballroom dancing, require more flexibility than forms such as tap. Everyone should stretch after a warm-up and after class to prevent injury. Pay special attention to hamstrings, quads, calves, and the muscles surrounding your spine. Strong, conditioned abs will also help you prevent injury so incorporate abdominal training into your exercise regimen at least 3 days per week.
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