Is Your Salsa Dancing On Time?

Timing comes natural to some of us. But for many, it is a completely foreign concept.

What is timing exactly? Timing is the ability to hear and dance on the beats of the music. And it is super CRITICAL in partner dancing. Being in tune with your partner on the dance floor is next to impossible if you can't nail down correct timing.

So take a few moments right now and get real honest with yourself about where you stand when it comes to your own Salsa dancing. Can you find the beats or timing of a Salsa song? Once you do find the beat, are you then able to continuously remain on those beats throughout your dance?

If not, don't worry. The first step to improvement is acknowledgment. Below we cover four levels of awareness you can use to evaluate where you are in your understanding of Salsa timing and rhythm. Read through each level of "awareness" and honestly ask yourself if you fit into that category. Your ultimate goal is to be in level IV.

Level I. Unconscious Incompetence.

you are unaware of the existence or relevance of timingunaware that you may lack the ability to find and hear timingyou may deny the relevance of usefulness of timing

Level II. Conscious Incompetence.

you are aware of the existence and relevance of timingyou are aware that you may be deficient in this skill areayou realize that you can improve

Level III. Conscious Competence.

you can stay on the beat, but need to concentrate or think in order to do soyou are able to perform the skill without assistancetiming has still not become second nature to you

Level IV. Unconscious Competence.

you have practiced so much that timing is now second natureyou can carry on multiple tasks, such as having a conversation, while remaining on timetiming has become instinctual for you and you no longer have to think about it

The last level, unconscious competence, is the desired level you should strive to attain. This is when the music flows naturally through you and counting the beats in your head or out loud is no longer necessary. At this level, you FEEL the music viscerally. This is when dancing becomes magical.

With practice and awareness, you CAN improve your timing skills. And you have good reason to be proud of yourself when you do, because not everyone will put in the effort to really understand timing. And they will continue to frustrate their dance partners out on the dance floor.

Try this: Next time you are out at the club and ask a partner to dance, find and start counting the beat as you are approaching the dance floor. This way, once you make it to the dance floor you will right away be ready to begin dancing instead of having to take time there to find the beat.

Here's to your dancing success!

Sheena Larsen
Step Into Salsa
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Balancing on One Leg, Shivanata Leg Movements

For most dance of shiva leg movements you keep your weight balanced on one leg and move the other leg. So for example you could stand on your left leg and start with your right leg next to your right leg with the toes on the ground. I'll call this foot position "Center".

From Center you can move your right foot forwards and touch the toe to the floor about a foot or a foot and a half in front of your left foot. I'll call this position Front. From Front move the leg to the side, again with the toe touching the floor. This foot position is called Side. Then you could move the leg back behind the right foot to the position called Back. Then return the leg to Center. Then shift your weight on to your right foot and move your left foot in the same pattern: Center, Front, Side, Back, Center.

Balancing on One Leg

So that it is easier to stay balanced on one leg focus on keeping your weight centered on your standing foot. Position your weight so that the front of your foot and your heel press down with equal pressure. Shape the inner and outer arches of this foot and press down through the root of your big and little toes.
Feel like you are gripping the floor with your standing foot and make your standing foot, ankle and lower leg feel stable. So that it is easier to touch the toe of your moving leg to the floor stand with your supporting knee slightly bent.

Increasing the Challenge

For more of a challenge you can lift your leg off of the floor in the three non-centered positions. Kicking your leg to the front press through the ball of the foot and point your knee up.

Kicking to the side you could have your knee pointing to the front but then in order to lift your leg higher you'll have to lean your upper body away from your kicking foot. Another option is to point your knee up, with your leg out to the side. Here again press with the ball of your foot. If you want to do the side kick version (knee pointing forwards) then press with the blade of your foot.

Kicking to the back point your knee back and down. Again press through the ball of your foot.

Leg Movements to Accompany the Forward-Forward Arm Movement

One of the simplest Dance of shiva arm movements that you can learn to combine with leg movements is the Forward Forwards. This movement (and all other shiva nata arm movements) has 64 different variations. Of those 64, 16 are done with both hands horizontal, 16 with both hands vertical and the remaining 32 with one hand vertical and the other hand vertical.

Focusing first of the 16 movements with both arms horizontal, you need four starting positions to practice all of these movements as follows:

1-1, 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, 1-1
1-2, 2-3, 3-4, 4-1, 1-2
1-3, 2-4, 3-1, 4-2, 1-3
1-4, 2-1, 3-2, 4-3, 1-4.

When describing foot positions in combination with arm positions I'll write the foot position first. Starting at 1-1 with your foot at Center, this position is written: Center 1-1. Starting at Center 1-1, move your right foot and arms to Front 2-2, then Side 3-3, then Back 4-4 and finish at Center 1-1.

You could repeat the same leg pattern but with the arms starting from position 2-1, 3-1 and 4-1.

Another option is to advance the moving foot with the advancing arm. So for example once you have finished the sequence starting from 1-1, move your left arm to position 2 and move your right foot to the Front position. Then the Leg arm sequence starting from Front 2-1 is: Front 2-1, Side 3-2, Back 4-3, Center 1-4, Front 2-1. Then as you move left arm to position 3 move your foot to the Side. Then from the starting position the leg and arm movements are: Side 3-1, Back 4-2, Center 1-3, Front 2-4, Side 3-1.

Finally move the advancing arm to position 4 and the right leg to Back. The arm leg movements from the start are then: Back 4-1, Center 1-2, Front 2-3, Side 3-4, Back 4-1. Return your leg to center and arms to position 1-1. Rest if you need to and then do the pattern but with your weight on your right leg.

For consistency and balance while doing the other side, advance your right arm with your right leg as follows: Center 1-1, Front 2-2, Side 3-3, Back 4-4, Center 1-1. Then Front 1-2, Side 2-3, Back 3-4, Center 4-1, Front 1-2. Then Side 1-3, Back 2-4, Center 3-1, Front 4-2, Side 1-3. Then Back 1-4, Center 2-1, Front 3-2, Side 4-3, Back 1-4.

Practicing All Possible Shivanata Forward Forward Movements with Leg Movements

The above covers the 16 F-F movements with both arms horizontal. There are 48 more F-F movements. For the first set, with both arms horizontal, you could touch your toe to the floor for each leg position. For the second set, with both arms vertical, you could kick with each leg. You could focus your kicks about a foot off of the floor to begin with though you should note that the back and possibly the side kick will probably be lower. You could then work at making your kicks higher gradually. Kicking high (or low) for the third set of movements you could shift your weight onto the back of your standing leg foot when kicking forwards and on the front of your foot when kicking back. Center your weight when centering the foot or kicking to the side. Then for the final set, shift your weight forwards to the front of your supporting foot when kicking forwards and back on to your heel when kicking back.

In all cases you can make your foot, ankle and lower leg strong, but also focus on feeling your supporting foot as you move your other leg.

When shifting weight on to the front of your foot keep your heel down but shift your weight so that the front of your foot and toes press down into the floor. Likewise when shifting your weight back on to your heel, keep the front of your foot on the floor and feel the weight pressing through the front of your heel.
(If you have your weight to far back on your heel then the front of your foot will lift and it'll be even more difficult to balance.)

If you want more of a challenge then lift your heel when your weight is on the front of your foot. Likewise lift the front of your foot when your weight is on your heel.

Neil Keleher is an Engineer, Artist and yoga teacher who lives in Taiwan. He focuses on teaching people how to feel their body and control it. With the dance of shiva he also teaches how to unify actions with a clear idea of what you are trying to do. Check out more dance of shiva leg movements and arm movements at You can also view a video of the above shivanata leg movements in combination with arm movements on YouTube.

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So, What Is Considered Proper Dance Etiquette, You Ask?

No need to work your brain into a frenzy! I have seen first-hand and read plenty of excellent blogs regarding dance etiquette. In fact, when dancing any style of Salsa, Tango, Bachata, and even Country Boot-Scootin' Boogie, there are some really common sense courtesies that apply to all of these styles. Remember, we were all beginners at one time. Even advanced dancers, instructors, and world dance champions had to start as beginners. We were not all born with super dance shoes and flashy moves from day one. However, with dedication and passion we can all achieve dancing abilities to any level we desire. Therefore, thank you for allowing me to share some dance etiquette tips that I have had the blessing to experience. This is not the bible of dance etiquette, but surely these tips will help you enjoy what we all really want, having fun dancing!

The Approach: Both men and women always question themselves first when a new dancer wants to dance with them: what level do they dance, or could they be more advanced than I am (or not)? The same goes for social dancers, who have seen 'the regulars' week in and week out, wondering when to ask, hoping to be asked, or even sometimes trying to avoid certain dancers. In fact, I have seen all of the above happen. So by minimizing these analytical thoughts it will help you to get on the dance floor sooner than later. Applying dance etiquette in your approach is really not that difficult. Keep in mind that you made the effort to not only enjoy what you have to offer on the dance floor, but also that you came to have an enjoyable evening.

Approach Done - You Are Dancing: It's always best to start easy with basic turns and footwork, and finally work your way up to an aligned comfort level. This will help to boost both of your confidence levels in reaching a balanced dance mode. Equally important is being receptive as to which one of you may be the more skilled dancer. This basic etiquette is the best 'Litmus Test' to know within the first minute how your dance experience will continue for the evening.

You Are Dancing - the Uh-oh: I must say that at this point, you first 'thank almighty' that it's a DJ and not a live band. You know it will be over in 4-5 minutes. Then you wipe your brow! This is not good dance etiquette. On the other hand, you're in, so take the opportunity to be positive. Relax, make the best of the moment and keep smiling. We are here to have fun dancing. Surely you or your partner has probably experienced a case of 'itis' on several fronts. King-Kong-itis grip, spaghetti-itis, or arm-in-cast-itis! Okay, get the point? If you chuckle at this then you are likewise guilty! This is where dance etiquette is very important that you cordially attempt to help, or accept if guilty, the simple tip to relax and smile. You will be pleasantly surprised that smiling and being inviting as you share your dance tip, as well as being open and receptive to critique, will definitely lead to another dance. This practice will build confidence in taking constructive tips and in sharing your etiquette when dancing with others.

On To Next Dancer: As a result of applying proper dance etiquette with your first dance partner, you are building confidence on two fronts. First, you've got your body language glowing, and indeed other dancers of any level would ask you to share a dance. Second, you are spreading the positive energy from dancing with confidence in applying some basic dance etiquette with courtesy and respect. Therefore, from dancer to dancer, no matter what the level, that before, during and after each dance, you have finally had a super dance experience.

In summary, the whole intent of dancing is to have fun! Therefore, in using common sense, courtesy, and in building your level of confidence, your dance experiences will be memorable and pleasant. So share the smiles, accept the critique and share the knowledge. As a result, your time invested in lessons and your classy dance footwear, will give you a lifetime of joy and great memories...So Let's Dance!

Miguel "Mambo" DeLeon has been a Latin music entertainer for over 30 years. He is known in the Midwest Salsa and Latin Jazz scene as "The Pioneer" - "El Pionero" since the mid 80's. From the mid 70's he worked alongside Orchestra Charambo and backed up various vocalists from the Fania All Stars. Other artists include such legends as Larry Harlow, Ismael Miranda, Willie Colon, Celia Cruz, Hector Lavoe, Ruben Blades, Tito Puente and many more.

Motivated by his fans with questions about dancing and what shoes to wear or not to wear, he has opened an online store which specializes in comfort fitting dance shoes with style. Visit Classy Dance Footwear today to find your desired dance shoes.

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How to Perform a Split

When you are forced to execute a split at warp speed, things can get a little bit harmful. Speedy splits, if done incorrectly, can be dangerous. It can result to injury and pain. However, a couple of safety techniques can help you avoid the pitfalls of racing into a split.

Read on how to learn the splits fast during your routine.

Instructions on how to do the splits

1. Warm up your muscles before attempting on a split. Make sure you build up your muscles well and stretch extensively before attempting a quick split. If your muscles are cold and tense, they make splits difficult. This situation can deliver a split dangerous, making you more susceptible to strains and pulls. To achieve a split safely and effectively, do several slow splits first. Hold them for a long time, to get your muscles ready for the fast shock they are about to receive.

2. Focus on your strength. Performing a fast split more about muscle strength than flexibility. As mentioned, be sure to build up certain muscles before you attempt to execute a split. In such a dance floor feat, your inner thighs are particularly important. There is a simple exercise which you can do to strengthen your inner thighs. It is called scissor kicks. To do this exercise, you lie on your back with your legs in the air. Next, beat your ankles together twice and spread your legs as far as they can go. Then, close your legs and repeat in sets of four, alternating between flexed feet and pointed toes.

3. Work on those thighs. Once you have built up your strength, use those muscles in the heat of the moment. When you are about to drop to the ground, create resistance in your thighs by squeezing your thighs together tightly. As you spread your legs, gravity will force you to the ground, but your inner thighs will prevent you from totally crashing to the floor. This way, you can avoid a bruised tailbone.

4. Don't forget attitude. Once you've mastered the quick split, you need to smarten up your routine. Dropping to a split that fast is impressive enough, but make sure people notice that by putting some flavour in your feat. Throw your arms up in the air to emphasize the pure strength and balance necessary to complete such a routine.

5. Never bounce while stretching. Never push yourself past the point of pain or strain your leg muscles. Stretch your inner thighs slowly and steady, and work your way into splits. Remember, splits need to be worked up to.

Warming up your muscles and building up strength en rout to achieving a split can help you learn the splits fast yet safely. A perfect combination of flexibility and strength can help you do the splits effectively without the consequence of pain or injury. Doing the splits is also about safety too.

I am Ellie F Culpin, a Ballet Dance Instructor from Australia. I want to share my skill and knowledge by writing good and helpful articles on dancing. If you want to read about tips and newly update dance moves you can check out my posted articles or you can visit

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Detail Top Benefits of Dance Classes

You will find a lot of significant good things about going through the question and excitement of dance classes. A number of these are unknown towards the everyday dance student. Can it be that certain cannot only find pleasure in indicating themselves through the skill of dance, but that it is also psychologically and physically positive in other facets of a person's existence?

Ballet continues to be a talent for college students of any age for a long time. In building sophistication and gentle movement, one may also develop strength. The muscular practicing ballet class is intense, but evolves over many years of training and experience. Most find goal establishment within the talent rewarding on several levels. Additionally, it gives method to practicing several other kinds of dance training, including jazz, stylish hop, or tap.

You will find several colleges and schools which offer ballet as training or majors when acquiring an undergraduate degree. Are you aware that some private schools offer scholarship grants to children who've analyzed the skill of ballet via training just before graduation from junior high school or senior high school? This may be a great chance for just about any child or teen thinking about going after their training like a career later on.

Probably the most changing types of expression recently are stylish hop. Physically moving, stylish hop continues to be ranked by professional artists among the most exhilarating and exciting ways that to exercise the body. Putting on comfortable clothing is definitely a choice and exploring varying genres of pop music is yet another fun method to take advantage of stylish hop being a talent.

This personality explosive art has existed in excess of 3 decades formally, but ranges in styles which have developed from early Black movement. Children especially adore these classes as they possibly can dress delicately and truly produce a projection of the personality. Lively music that youngsters hear around the radio could be integrated into their formal training. Why is training and training more exciting than moving to tunes produced by current musical artists?

It's apparent the physical training and use is a superb help to anybody signed up for a ballet class or other kinds of dance classes. Studying to help work that started with ballet class afterwards in the future is yet another fantastic means by which to make use of dance training. Most significantly, it's frequently stated that dance classes can boost the soul and truly give any child or adult a means by which to convey themselves creatively. With the amount of benefits open to individuals studying or practicing the art, thinking about consider using a course simply to see what you've been missing all along?

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Ballet Dancer Health, Blood Sugar Balance, Depression And Hypoglycemia

Young ballet dancers often drop comments in a casual way, referring to their self esteem problems. Whether it is a body image issue, a perfection issue, a weight control problem, or a slightly depressed lack of energy issue, they either don't come out and say it, or they really cannot articulate what the problem is. Recently when I started reading about hypoglycemia, and blood sugar balance, I began to relate its symptoms to many of the statements I have heard.

I became more interested in hypoglycemia and its sometimes subtle symptoms, due to a conversation I had with a non-dancer, a talented performer, in another field. This person has performed in many countries, is pushed forward by all her teachers, and yet cannot accept the accolades from teachers or peers, or the enthusiasm of fans, because - she just can't.

The lack of self-esteem in this person confuses me. A person who won the number one state award for acting while still in high school? That's like winning the ballet competition performing the Blue Bird or Swan Lake pas de deux.

Disorder eating is most broadly defined as, the behavior that results in an emotional outcome by controlling what you eat. This does not necessarily mean anorexia or bulimia, but may refer to a practice of self control or self approval in regards to the food you eat, the caloric content, and this does not only apply to dancers.

It may involve an extreme situation like a teenager who insists on being a vegan, in which I have personally witnessed the result causing stress fractures in this dancer who still thought that she was going to be able to get stronger on pointe and have a professional career in ballet, while she looked at her x-rays.

Recently I took a look at hypoglycemia and its symptoms. Now this is tricky. Symptoms are almost unique to the individual. But the dominating symptoms, according to what I have read, are:
sadnessself criticismhopelessnessfeelings of absolutely no self worthperiodic complete failure of energy, dizziness, mental confusionthoughts of suicide, though not enough energy to think further than that

Hypoglycemia is...drum roll...too low blood sugar!

It is caused by a nutritional deficiency of protein, or just lack of food.

Hypoglycemia does not mean you are diabetic, or almost diabetic. More concisely called Reactive Hypoglycemia, this is a condition that results from a poor diet, or not eating often enough for whatever reason. Or eating too many carbohydrates with not enough protein.

The most common recommendation for hypoglycemics, is to eat some protein every two hours.

Also, I would like to mention the rule of nutritionists, that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Why? Proteins set your brain chemicals for the day. Skip those, and your brain chemicals will not be properly functioning until the next day IF you happen to eat protein for breakfast.

Dance parents reading this - how often does your dancing daughter or dancing son run out of the house and skip breakfast because they slept late?

And what will they eat when they get to the food dispensers at school? Or will they go hungry until they get to the school cafeteria for lunch? This is a miserable situation for a non-athlete student, not to mention a ballet dancer or any other athlete.

And later when they run off to their ballet academy? Are you one of those ballet parents who have to suffer hearing "I'm not that good"..."I'm not good enough"... and worse? While the ballet teacher is telling you your child should be aiming higher - auditioning for professional summer intensives?

Confused yet? Let me give you some relief. Hypoglycemia-without-Diabetes at is an eye-opening discussion. It is worth reading the entire thread.

Personally, I believe that hypoglycemia is caused by:
lack of education about nutritionprocessed, fast-food, frozen food productsnot enough time to serve fresh food indicating what nutritious food isaddiction to sugar (nutritional ignorance)ignorance about grains, GMO grains, glutin and GMO sugars

And, sadly much more I cannot cover here. BUT please, if your dancing child or anyone in your family has any energy or depression issues - but not severe enough to consult your physician (who probably will not have any nutritional education) or therapist, please investigate hypoglycemia. It is an insidious condition - but can be reversed with a good diet!

It is not that difficult. I would love to never hear from again, a ballet dancer, or any other kind of performing artist, who feels morose, depressed, sad, or hopeless about their talent or potential, when they have no idea where all this negativity comes from. And they skip meals, eat nutrition-free snacks, and have low blood sugar...

I would love to never hear from again, a sad, depressed ballet parent, whose amazing talented child is failing, sinking, not even treading water, suffering from body image problems, or self esteem problems, and contemplating quitting ballet, or even suicide. For the want of nutritional balance.

This may take a lot of extra food preparation for ballet parents! If you're still reading this post, I bet you're O.K. with that.

I do not believe that nutrition is superior to the human spirit. But I do believe that the aspirations of the human spirit are so much more easily achieved if we know about and support our bodies' needs, every day. This may take a little extra study. Visit my nutrition blog to learn more about natural muscle building and blood sugar balance.

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Ballerina Shoes

As the name suggests, ballerina shoes are mainly used for the art of ballet dancing. They go by a few other names including ballet slippers. Most ballerina shoes on the market are made from specific materials such as canvas, leather as well as satin. In the past, these shoes were always heeled but it wasn't until the eighteen fifties that we saw the emergence of a totally new non-heeled variety that offered better flexibility. This new version took the ballet world by storm and has since been standard footwear for all ballet dancers. There are two traits that all ballerina shoes have. Firstly, they have very thin soles. Secondly, they must be flexible enough to facilitate a wide range of foot movements. Leather, satin and canvas have their own advantages and disadvantages but their use is dependent on scale of the performance as well as the skill level of the ballet dancer.

Leather ballet slippers are the most commonly worn varieties by beginners. They are not as expensive as canvas or satin but they are very durable. For advanced footwork, dancers usually utilize canvas as they are suited to the higher rates of wear that comes with such intricate footwork. In the past, certain colors were only used by specific genders. Pink was mostly used by the fairer sex while white was used by male dancers. Needless to say, things have changed today. There are also two basic types of ballerina shoes used. Soft ballet slippers are the most common form of ballet shoes. Pointe shoes are required for advanced dancers that are required to work through pointwork dancing routines. Pointe shoes allow standing on the tips of the toe much easier compared to every other variety on the market.

You will find that most pointe shoes are worn by women as they have the smaller feet necessary for pointwork. Large feet can make such techniques rather difficult. These types of shoes are almost always custom made as they need to fit perfectly. The difference between soft and pointe shoes have to do with the front of the shoe. Pointe shoes have a stiff area at the toes that is shaped like a box. This design makes it easier on the toes in the long run. It is an important feature for all forms of pointework. In both varieties, they need to fit well while retaining good amounts of flexibility. If you are a beginner looking for a good pair, stick with leather ballerina shoes. They have just the right amounts of flexibility and they are the most durable type on the market.

While canvas is commonly used for intricate footwork, they tend to wear out faster than leather. They cost more too. Finally, satin shoes are only used for grand shows and presentations. Among the three, satin varieties have the shortest lifespan. They are usually attached to the foot via a type of elastic band. This band normally runs over the arch of the dancer's foot. Across the world, casual versions are worn by many women. In the United Kingdom, they are known as ballerina pumps and are comfortable and stylish footwear for casual occasions.

For the latest fashionable Ballerina Shoes in the United Kingdom, come see our selection at great prices.

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Cha Cha Dance to the Tune of Sensual and Energetic Music

Many of us can easily recognize the cha cha dance by simply listening to the music being played on the background. By definition, cha cha is a slightly fast rhythmic dance of Latin American origin consisting of three standard steps and a hip-swaying shuffle. Yet somehow the most distinctive quality of the dance is not found in steps but rather in the beat by which it is being danced to.

The music of the this dance, as originally composed by Enrique Jorrin, is consist of a 4/4 beat. DI's or dance instructors often translate this beat as "slow-slow-quick-quick-slow" or "step-step-chacha-step". However, as the dance is periodically being reintroduced, the music of this dance is starting to get influenced by mainstream genres, particularly Latin pop. It is not uncommon these days to see a pair dancing to the tune of a popular pop song. The current renditions of the this type of music actually hyped up the dance, so to speak.

Today, any kind of songs which resemble the rhythm and tempo of cha cha can be used as dance music. In fact, any music with a workable 4/4 measure and a sensual feel is allowed to be used by even the veteran dancers. Most dancers believe that their own music choices can help in improving their craft through enhanced creativity as dancing to varied tempos involves a lot of fancy cha cha skills.

The cha cha dance music in this disco-crazed era can be anything from Latin pop to radio-friendly tunes, so long as it works around the 4/4 beat. It can be slow or fast, and can also have vocals and a variety of musical effects. Here are some of the popular picks by dancing enthusiasts:

"Smooth"- This is a collaborative song by Latin rock guitarist Carlos Santana and, Matchbox Twenty's, Rob Thomas. It has achieved huge popularity in cha cha that even Toni Braxton and her partner in "Dancing with the Stars" had used this song for their number.

"Sway"- A mildly syncopated cha cha music sung by Michael Bublé. This song is perfect for emphasizing sensuality in the movements, particularly the part which involves the hip.

"Angelina"- An upbeat and fast-paced dance song by Lou Bega, the man behind the chart-topping "Mambo No. 5". As if the music wasn't enough to describe the mood, the lyrics also have the word "cha cha" all throughout the song.

"Let's Get Loud"- A disco-friendly dance hit popularized by Jennifer Lopez. Combination movements are usually applied to this type of dance.

Adam J Reynold writes about the Cha Cha Dance and other Ballroom Dances.

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Dance Boys! 5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Male Dance Students

Guys are so much fun to teach! We all know that getting young men into your dance studio is a wonderful thing. They bring a whole new dynamic to your classes. This can include a new level of challenge for both the boys and the girls because each works so differently, naturally excelling at different things. It also brings a new level of social interaction to your group. The relationships between your students in and out of the classroom can become quite different when both males and females are in the mix. Our goal as teachers is to get all of our students to reach their fullest potential in all manner of speaking. Happy and challenged students make hard working ones. Hard working students are generally successful ones. How can we keep those guys motivated and coming back for more? Here are 5 ways to get the most out of your boys.

1. Push them. Men respond to strong leadership. Picture a slew of young men in practice on the football field... testosterone pumps, grunts and hollers echo through the air and sweat pours. The boys thrive on this. Coach isn't asking politely for what he wants. He's firmly, and often loudly, telling them what they must do. In the classroom we tone this down, of course. But the concept is the same. Push the guys to do more turns, higher leaps, and have better extensions and they will deliver!

2. Teach them to move like a man. Modify movements, particularly in ballet and lyrical, to compliment their bodies and keep them looking masculine, all while expecting them to create beautiful lines. Straighter arm lines and different use of the hands, hips, and heads are often required. Remember that men naturally move differently than women. They carry their centers differently and find strength from different places. Because of this, you will have better results if you are open to boys sometimes using a slightly different technique for movement. For example, they do better with wider and deeper turn preparations than your girls would take. Use their natural power as a tool and get them soaring like a man!

3. Leave "for a guy" out of it. "He's pretty flexible, for a guy." Or "That was good, for a guy." Yuck. Expect all of your students to be talented, successful and happy and they will be.

4. Showcase them. Although we want to showcase all students as much as possible in performance, use your men differently. Along with performing right alongside the gals in group moments, they can partner, play characters, do "tricks" and bring a new magic to your performances. Boys tend to take the limelight very seriously. As you would for your female star, cheer the guys on in rehearsal and give them lots of praise for their special moments. They love it and will want more!

5. Promote chivalry. Young men can quickly become minor celebrities in your studio. Do not let this go to their heads. Teach them to let the ladies ahead of them in line at the drinking fountain, to hold doors for everyone, to thank their partners each time they dance, etc. Men should go across the floor last when doing combinations from the corner. One benefit of this is that it shows respect for the girls. When the boys hold back and politely gesture the girls forward in line, it's akin to the guys throwing their coat over a puddle for the ladies to bourrée over.

Men are an asset in the studio. When young men in your audience see the ones you put on stage looking strong, having fun and getting lots of positive attention, they will want a piece of the action too. When they decide to give it a try, keep them inspired and improving with these 5 ways to get the most out of your boys!

By Amber Keeley; Ballet Instructor, Dancer, Choreographer
Copyright ©2011 Amber Keeley

Amber Rosah Keeley has been a ballet teacher and an award winning choreographer in the Twin Cities metro area since 1993. She is currently the School Director at Out on a Limb Dance Company & School, a St. Paul non-profit arts organization, and the ballet coach for the national champion University of St. Thomas Tommies dance team.

Amber is available for master classes, interviews, private lessons, workshops and judging positions at

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How to Perform Ballet Pointe

Dancers perform pointe by rising to the tips of their toes while performing steps from ballet. They perform the technique while wearing hard-toed and stiff-shanked pointe shoes. Pointe is one of the most graceful and famous forms of dance. If done wrong, it can be painful and cause permanent foot damage.

Only a few dancers will be able to master pointe work, which is an exciting and essential part of any ballet student's training. Most students begin pointe work after they reach advanced levels in training. To learn the pointe technique and combinations, they work in flat shoes and develop the strength they will require.

To learn the art of en pointe dance, you should be mindful of a few requirements. You must be ten years old and have two years of ballet training. The bones of your feet start to become harder at this age, a common thought that dancers should not go on pointe until this time. You must have taken three classes a week consistently as a minimum.

For all ballet students like you, follow these dance tips on ballet pointe:

Hold your turnout while dancing - As the main concept of ballet, turnout allows you to execute certain steps that you couldn't do otherwise. Holding your turnout while dancing signifies strength and conditioning. If you don't have the strength to maintain a turnout, then you are not strong enough for pointe. It is much more difficult to hold turnout en pointe.

A strong, straight back while dancing, especially the lower back - En pointe requires the muscles in your legs and feet to stand en pointe and not use the shoes as a crutch. If your back is weak, then it will throw you off balance while dancing en pointe and will make it difficult to do ballet steps. A straight back is also important for doing pirouettes.

Keep your heels forward toward the big toe - The most stable position when doing pointe is to have your weight slightly forward over the big toe. If you have your weight over the little toe, it will be much more difficult to stay up en pointe. There is also a better chance of strain or injury.

Use plié while dancing - You will need to use pliés while dancing since this is how to get up en pointe. By you won't use pliés, your legs will bend incorrectly. Ballet dancers execute the pliés by bending the knees smoothly and continuously.

Point your feet while dancing - Point your feet while dancing to strengthen the muscles which pointe work requires. These muscles should be strong enough to support your body weight on the ends of your toes. If you always use these foot muscles, you will be able to support yourself en pointe and knuckle over on your toes, with no risk of getting hurt.

Pique passé using a straight leg - To push onto half-pointe, you should have built up enough leg strength. This step is much difficult to do en pointe. A bent leg is usually the leading sign of weakness and improper step preparation.

Do 16 relevés in center without stopping - Relevés are a great way to build up vital strength in your calf muscles for pointe work and to go up as high on half-pointe as possible.

Hold a passé balance on half-pointe - You should still have the strength to balance on half-pointe, your hips square, back straight, and legs turned-out. The surface area for balancing will be smaller, so the requirements for balancing en pointe will be greater.

A difficult ballet technique like pointe demands strength, experience and countless training and conditioning of the feet and leg muscles. Why not read The Perfect Pointe Book and you should be healthy and physically fit to execute such a step. A pointe work done wrong could result to an injury.

Rose Starr - A Practicing psychologist. Has traveled some places of the world in order to foresee herself how amazing and wonderful God have created the world. Also practicing ballet for the better improvement of mental skills and to be a good instructor.

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Love for the Music Will Make You a Good Salsa Dancer

A salsa night in Vancouver is characterized by an assortment of colors and styles pulsating in partnerships to the Latin rhythms pounding out from the speakers.

New dancers stand around the floor mesmerized by the spectacle on the dance floor.

Whenever I run into one of these awestruck individuals, mixed with enthusiasm and intimidation my first question is how do you like the music? A smile or joyful sharing of how they love the music shows me they have the first ingredient to begin and enjoy their salsa journey. Like a cake needs flour dancers need a connection to the music they hear and is key to motivate the individual to motivate the student to progress and later to interpret and inspire. Salsa is new sound to many, however, like any other form love the music, love the dance.

Alright here is main obstacle. Most other forms of music have an underlying rhythm produced by a single instrument or sound, on other words the beat. This is usually a drum, or bass sound but the main characteristic is that it is constant and repeating. In salsa there is no static constant beat from one instrument, but rather several instruments overlapping one another so the first few counts could be made up, not of a bass or drum combo, but from a bell, drum and piano in conjunction with each other. This complexity in salsa music can sometimes make it hard to identify the beat and count the music. So what do you do?

I remember when I was first learning I could even figure out where the beat was let alone how to start it. I remember having to ask my partner to start for me and then I would jump in. Unfortunately there is no simple answer to this questions, but there is ways you can start to better identify the music and learn to appreciate it. Here are a few easy steps.

1. Find a salsa song you really like - If you do not speak Spanish, find a cover of a salsa song. There are many to choose from and listen to it all the time. Get really good at listening to that one song. If you pick a song you like it should be easy to listen to it all the time. You can find music on my site (see below), ask your teacher, use Sound Hound or another app to identify a song (if you are going out dancing). If the song is in Spanish, translate it and commit to memorizing one sentence a day. This will cause you to understand the music, but also via listening you will be able to anticipate the changes/hits in the music which you can then translate into steps on the dance floor.

2. Request that one song at the club and dance the hell out of it. This is important to get you in the right groove of feeling the music.

3. Take a brake on the next song and just try to rock back and forth to any rhythm you hear. In my experience, when you take the pressure of a partner away and just try to rock t any rhythm people naturally fall into it. Trust me.

4. Start off all the following songs by rocking/grooving back and forth for 10-20 seconds. This will get you on the music and also take away pressure about starting because you are already move and so technically dancing. Followers in this situation, you should also be rocking. You will usually hit the beat before your leader and they can star moving off of your rhythm.

5. After a few weeks with that one song, pic another and repeat. To this day (I have been dancing for almost 10 years) I start most every song with a little left and right rocking. It's fun and puts the social into social dancing.

You don't need to speak Spanish to like salsa, you can listen to English songs to a salsa rhythm, you can find many great instrumentals, or, and this is my favorite, just listen to songs and find the ones with a great chorus to sing/hum along with. This is what loving the music is all about finding something you like and putting that into your dancing.

Ivan Wan
Salsa Dancer & Teacher
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Capezio Dance Shoes and Other Kids' Dancewear Necessities

Having your child get into dance can be a wonderful thing, especially if it's something they have shown an interest in. And when it comes to having your child prepared with all of their dancewear, you want to make sure you follow a simple check list of what to buy. From Capezio shoes to Mirella leotards, there's basics that every child needs.

The first thing you should do when you sign your child up for dance classes is to visit the studio and the teacher, if at all possible, beforehand. It will not only acquaint you and the child with the place but you'll be able to pick up information on what your child may need. They usually hand out a list of supplies, dancewear and rules of the studio for every child.

The very basics your child will need are a leotard and shoes. Capezio leotards are some of the most popular as far as brands go, with Mirella being another major brand you'll see in most dancewear stores. Leotards should fit perfectly with no slack, but you want them to be flexible enough that your child can move freely within it. Often a dancewear store can help you pick out the perfect size for your child that will be comfortable for them. After all, wearing a leotard is a new and sometimes awkward experience, so you want something comfortable to make it easy on them.

When you buy dance shoes, you'll also find a lot of different brands. Capezio, Mirella, Sansha and Bloch shoes are some of the most popular choices among children and adults alike. For kids, you really want to make sure the shoe fits and is flexible enough to be comfortable. Their toes should not feel too tight nor should the shoe have too much space. There's also the choice of a full soled bottom or a split sole, which means the toe and heel pads are separate allowing a better flexing of the arch.Your child will know over time which one they prefer, so it may be good to buy them both so they can really try them out.

Make sure that your son or daughter also has extras of everything. Snags happen and it's important to have a backup in case they need it, or in case one Mirella leotard is still waiting to be washed and they have to run to their next class. is your go to shop for all your dancewear needs. You can find Capezio leotards and Mirella shoes here, for pratice and for performances

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Bloch Ballet Shoes - A Premier Shoe Line

In any type of relationship trust is important, and the bond that Bloch creates with it's customers is built on a foundation of trust. This is a company whose primary objective is to make a positive contribution to the world of ballet, and not to subtract from it in any way. With that said, this companies primary focus since it's beginning, has been it's devotion to the creation of the highest and most durable handcrafted dance shoes, and Bloch ballet shoes have and continue to be it's premier line of shoes.

The reason ballet captivates it's audience is because of the grace and power demonstrated by the dancer, which when executed at the highest levels, conveys multiple emotional expressions related to the story line and the music of the ballet. The various techniques, which must be mastered to become a successful artist in this field demand an unusually high level of discipline, and countless numbers of hours spent in practice.

Any ballet artist will tell you that mastering this dance styles various techniques is actually not the actual goal, but rather a means to an end. The end goal is to accomplish a result through the dance movements which is so beautiful that it seems to be not of this world. Although the observer may be drawn to the graceful movements of the ballerina, there eyes are also drawn to the ballerina's feet.

This fact alone suggests that a tremendous demand is placed on the feet of anyone who is committed to this style of dance. As with any art form, mastering it's technique and possessing the correct tools to do so plays an important role in the artist's success. For ballet, investing in the best possible pair of ballet shoes is critically important. The quality of Bloch ballet shoes goes beyond normal requirements which a dance shoe of this type is expected to fulfill. They truly go beyond the ballet artist expectations.

All of Bloch's ballet shoes are handcrafted and made of the best of materials which include satin, canvas, or soft leather. More importantly the people who craft these shoes are artisan craftsman in their own right, and many of them are ballet artist as well.

A comfortable fit is as important as a proper fit when it comes to these type of dance shoes. Keep in mind that a properly designed ballet shoe will not only protect your feet and ankles, they will also aid in improving your overall technique as well. The shoe should actually not fit too tightly but at the same fit snugly. You should have ample room within the shoe to move your toes freely. If you're undecided, because more than one pair of shoes you are considering are closely matched, the best choice is to go with the pair which is slightly larger. It may even be a good idea to seek advice from your ballet instructor if you're a beginner.

Not only does Bloch create a ballet shoe which fits comfortably, their shoes are very durable, and will without question, stand up to the rigors of performance and practice. As an additional bonus Bloch offers a large selection to choose from and all with their own unique style.

Denise Madison is a professional dancer whose primary interest is ballet. For more information about, Bloch Ballet Shoes you can check out her newest website at, where she provides unbiased information and advice about the complete line of shoes which are offered by the Bloch Shoe Company.

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Salsa Dance Lessons - Give Yourself an Edge Over Other Beginners

Give Yourself an Edge

So, you want to learn Salsa dance moves with your partner - like so many other people! Well, it's no wonder you find yourself so hyped at attending Salsa dance classes - Salsa is a very famous form of dance that has its origins in Cuba. The accompanying music, which adds the distinctive flavor, is simply called the "salsa music." Salsa is a dance that is generally performed with a partner, but you can certainly learn it solo if you have the passion and commitment - although it won't really be the same now, would it? There are also many variations within the Salsa itself, which makes it even more interesting for someone learning the dance.

If you are interested in learning salsa, you can do so (of course) by attending Salsa dance classes. Alternatively, you can even learn how to Salsa dance online through online courses!

Learn Salsa Dancing Online

Many websites have also introduced online dance classes. Using clear and easy-to-understand instructions and videos, these sites can help you to establish a good platform on which to build when you join regular classes. For example, they'll show you videos of the basics steps for you to learn Salsa dance moves - you should get up at this point and try them out yourself! These classes are catching on with youngsters as well as older dancers. The best part about online salsa dance classes is that they can act as an introduction to Salsa for those who are planning to join regular classes later.

That being said, it is impossible for you to master Salsa just via online Salsa dance classes alone. You must find a qualified instructor to teach you the finer details of Salsa. Remember, this is a dance, and it does not just involve robotic, routine steps alone; the facial expression, sharpness of movement and the vibe you give off all contribute to a perfect Salsa routine.

Why Go Out Salsa Classes?

There are many benefits to performing the Salsa in real life. It helps to keep you in better shape, and it can boost your confidence as well. Nowadays, many people are joining salsa dance classes simply to keep in shape. Nothing beats learning what you love, while keeping toning your body into that perfect form!
Many people find that Salsa reignites the fires of passion between couples as well - as a couple dance, it builds rapport between partners, and this cements the already strong bonds both parties have with each other.

One very important thing to note: Do not let anything hold you back if you want to learn. Small mistakes you make at the start will help you through the learning process and help you become a master. There's nothing wrong with making a few blunders here and there - everyone is there to learn!

So, what are you waiting for?

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Salsa Dance Steps - How to Learn the Right Salsa Dancing Moves to Turn Heads On The Dance Floor

Salsa dance steps aren't as hard to learn as you might think. Read on to find out how to get good at Salsa dancing by practicing all the right moves.
And yes, it does take quite a bit of practice to get it right, and to become familiar enough with those steps that you won't be distracted by more complicated moves. So it's important to give proper attention to the basics.

As you surely already know, Salsa is a Latin dance, just like Tango and Mambo. In fact, the steps are very similar for all those dances, so if you know one or both of these, you're already way ahead of the game. If not... you'll simply have to do a bit of catching up.

The Basics

Here's the basic pattern for Salsa dance steps: essentially, you take six steps over 8 beats of music, sort of in a "quick quick slow, quick quick slow" kind of pattern. You can step either forwards and backwards, or from side to side.

There's a bit of a debate as to which step should be skipped, the first or the fourth...

The alternative pattern would be something like "pause quick quick quick pause quick quick quick." It ends up a lot like the previous one except that you're one beat off when compared to the other version.

You might find followers of both approaches on the same dance floor... Of course, there's a lot of sexy hip movement as well, which makes this a terrific core strengthening exercise, or, put a different way, if you've got a strong "core," you'll naturally be better at this.

Either way... the basics are not hard to learn at all. I actually learned my first basic Salsa steps from a Salsa aerobics video and a basic salsa dancing instructional video. Then I went to a concert, and was able to keep up pretty well.

But of course, to get actually good at dancing Salsa you have to go beyond the very basic Salsa Dance Steps.

Beyond the Basics

So how can you learn the more advanced Salsa dance steps?

As much fun as it is to get into the advanced stuff, don't rush things. Personally, I believe that it's important to be really solid with the basics, so practice them a lot with some cool Salsa music, which is a kind of fusion of various Afro-Caribbean and Latin musical styles, and which is both fast and energetic. How fast? About 180 beats per minute, which makes it ideal for aerobic exercise as well as for a high-energy party.

You may want to check out some music from the major salsa artists include Tito Puente, Marc Anthony (yep, the one all over the tabloids right now), Hector Lavoe, Celia Cruz, Jerry Rivera. Then practice your Salsa dance steps....

Get Started Now

If you're interested in dancing and specifically in dancing Salsa, here's how to get started. First, focus on getting really comfortable with your basic Salsa dance steps so you can graduate to the advanced moves with confidence:

Go get yourself some basic instructional videos along with some music by Tito, Marc, Celia and others, and dance away, until you can practically do the salsa dance steps on auto-pilot.

Ready to get started? Grab my FREE Dancing Success eBook for lots of great tips on what it takes to get good at dancing Salsa and other Latin dances (and even the Waltz).

And click the link for more info on Salsa Dancing.

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Dance Studio 101 - How to Choose a Dance Studio for Your Child

Dear Dance Moms:

Before you choose a dance studio, it helps to do some research. Most studios out there have exceptionally qualified teachers with a strong passion for the Art of Dance, but that doesn't mean they're all created equally. In fact, based on my experience, there are four questions you should always ask before enrolling your child in a new dance studio.

These four hallmarks can make a huge difference in the overall quality of instruction, the facility itself and your child's experience:

1. Their Choice of Dance, Costumes and Music

Kids are kids, so let's keep them that way. Parading a group of 7-year-olds out on stage to 'Fever,' dressing them up in immodest leotards and getting them to run through a lewd or suggestive choreography is never appropriate. Unfortunately, it's a growing trend.

If you have concerns about a studio's family values, make sure you ask first. Inquire about their school policies and what, if any, complaints they've had from parents.

2. Class Sizes

The smaller the class, the more personal attention each student receives, plain and simple. Some large classes will have multiple instructors and this, of course, works well too. Smaller class sizes also mean a teacher has greater control and is better able to monitor a student's progress. So, before you enroll your child in a new dance studio, ask:

- If we miss a class is there a make-up class available on a different day?

- Approximately how many participate in each class?

- Do the limits change for every age group?

- How often do classes fill up?

- Can you start and stop the class at any time? (like if you want to take the summer off for swim lessons)

3. Parental Involvement

Some studios forbid parents from watching class, others encourage it. On one hand, it lets parents become more involved with the process, but on the other hand, it can be a distraction to students. If watching your child is important to you, make sure you clarify these rules before you enroll.

Also, get a firm understanding for what's expected of you as a parent. Some studios require parents to sew, sell tickets or take part in fund-raising events. Other schools are very hands-off.

Before you enroll, make sure you understand what's expected of you. Check to see if that matches up with your own expectations. All studios are different in both strengths and weaknesses.

4. Performance Opportunities

Enrolling in dance classes is more than teaching your child new skills, it's about helping them develop:

- self esteem

- hand-eye coordination

- rhythm

- physical activity

As long as the children get to "show off" what they have learned in the end, they look forward to that like a light and the end of the tunnel. Whether it is on a big stage or in a classroom, they really look forward to those minutes in the "spotlight."

Your job as the parent is to give them the praise and applause they worked so hard for no matter how the performance was. In the end, it needs to be a totally positive experience.

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5 Helpful Tips for a Fun Experience With Your New Dance Shoes

Beginner and Intermediate dancers always have thoughts of what to do, and what would be appropriate dancewear when going dancing. Accordingly, you should always bring proper dance shoes when going to any event. After 30+ years of performing and watching from the vantage point of the stage, indeed I have seen a lot of body language and expressions of the dancers. In sharing my experience, it's important to realize that yes, having a long list of tips will only take away from what can certainly be a fabulous evening of dancing. Here are a few pointers to ease your mind and get you radiating confidence before you walk out the door.

1 Know The Venue: To ease the thought of what dance shoes to bring, it's always good to ask friends who've been to the venue about the floor and dress code. They'll know first hand which dance shoes and outfit to wear. In addition, this will avoid the uncomfortable feeling of being over or under-dressed and keep you confident, in the VIBE of the party, and smiling all night.

2 Prepare For Casual Dancing: To better enhance your night out, another key point to remember is that there are others who are looking for casual only. Others indeed may be just as nervous as you, and are not looking for unwanted advances. Most dancers just want to enjoy the music and take advantage of their paid lessons, as well as their purchased dance shoes. You may be passing up an opportunity if you are judging a male/female by their looks or dancewear. Therefore, going with the intention to enjoy a nice evening is the best expectation.

3 Be Confident: Of course there will always be others who are more advanced in their techniques. However, be confident in what you know and have learned, the basic steps are the most important part of the dance, not how fancy you can look swinging around like a trapeze artist! Likewise, the more fun and confidence you have, you too will advance your dancing and social skills. Dancing with any person at your level or lower will allow you to share tips and basic moves, and will give you confidence to step up to a fun dance experience. Furthermore, if your intention is to perform at an advanced level, building your confidence will allow your whole being to be happy as your skill level increases and advanced dancers will be looking forward to partner with you and sharing what they know. This is a Win-Win situation!

4 Be Mindful of Others: Oh yes, there's always those dancers that feel the need to be noticed and Hog the Floor wanting to show off their new dance shoes and the moves they just learned. Although you may learn something by watching, just remember you are there to dance as well as others. If you have the room, no problem. On the other hand, on a crowded floor implement defensive dancing so you do not step on yours or others footwear. More importantly, you do not want to twist your ankle or step on a toe that will end the evening prematurely.

5 Keep Hydrated: This is important to reiterate in any article about dance. You find yourself dancing song after song and having a great time of course. However, your body needs water and not surprisingly, you will cramp up for not hydrating. If you are enjoying libations make sure you also drink some water too since alcohol will only add to the dehydration effect. After a fun evening, your body will get a good night sleep. Not hydrating is one of main reasons it's hard to get to sleep after a fun evening.

In summary, consider implementing these tips to enhance your dancing experience. In researching elsewhere you will see that there are many tips and suggestions on what or what not to do. Even so, these 5 tips seem to be similarly consistent across the dance world. Also, if applied in our daily lives we can build confidence no matter if at home with a partner, at work or amongst other acquaintances. So have a great time, show off your classy dance shoes, keep dancing and keep smiling!

Miguel "Mambo" DeLeon has been a Latin music entertainer for over 30 years. He is known in the Midwest Salsa and Latin Jazz scene as "The Pioneer" - "El Pionero" since the mid 80's. From the mid 70's he worked alongside Orchestra Charambo and backed up various vocalists from the Fania All Stars. Other artists include such legends as Larry Harlow, Ismael Miranda, Willie Colon, Celia Cruz, Hector Lavoe, Ruben Blades, Tito Puente and many more.

Motivated by his fans with questions about dancing and what shoes to wear or not to wear, he has opened an online store which specializes in comfort fitting dance shoes with style. Visit Classy Dance Footwear today to find your desired dance shoes.

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Life Lessons Kids Can Learn From Participating In Dance Classes

Many kids participate in some sort of physical activity and there are activities to fit nearly every kid's interest. Things like soccer, basketball, gymnastics and more are all fun things for kids to do, but some of the most popular are dance classes. There are a number of different types of lessons, including a tap or ballet class. Whether you sign your child up for one class or have them in a number of different activities, here are some of the life lessons that kids can learn from participating in dance classes.

Dance Classes Foster Teamwork

Teamwork is an important lesson to learn. Kids who work together in a ballet class or other type of class will be able to use these teachings throughout their entire life. Whether it's in an academic setting or in the office, the ability to work with others is a vital life skill that will be used for years to come.

Classes Can Encourage Politeness

Have you ever wished that your child was exceptionally polite to teachers, babysitters and other people you encounter every day? Dance lessons can help encourage that discipline and politeness. Children will learn how to listen attentively and the discipline that's required to participate in these classes will carry on to life outside the studio.

Dance Lessons Create A Love Of Physical Activity

Staying physically active throughout your lifetime keeps your body healthy, but the benefits go far beyond that. Beginning a fitness routine that includes dance classes can help kids later in life. Adults who are physically active have fewer problems with their health and find it easier to remain at a healthy weight. Additionally, physical activity lowers your risk of cardiovascular disease, boosts your mood, improves your energy levels and even helps you fall asleep and stay asleep. Although it might seem like these things don't matter as a child, each of these benefits can help as your child enters into adulthood and they can set your child up for a lifetime of healthy living. What parent doesn't want that for their child?

Increase Self Esteem Through A Ballet Class

Fostering a great sense of self-esteem is important. Kids who feel good about themselves are more confident and will be able to tackle new activities or conflict head on without running from it. Kids with a low self-esteem can be hesitant to try new things or worry constantly that they might not be good at a new activity. When your child shares something they've accomplished at ballet class, take an interest and ask them to show you what they've learned. Your interest and their accomplishment will help them feel great about themselves and can help encourage them to branch out in other new activities.

There are a number of benefits of dance lessons -- these are just a few. Although other types of physical activity that can provide the same benefits, these classes are some of the most fun for children of all ages. Consider calling a local studio to ask about these classes for children -- the lessons there can last your child a lifetime.

A Step Above Dance Academy offers dance classes in Batavia, IL. The school offers a number of different dance lessons in Batavia for students of all ages. If you're interested in learning more about a ballet class in Batavia or want to view a class schedule, visit their site.

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Adults In Capezio Dancewear

Walking into a dance studio can immediately bring back memories to anyone who has ever attempted a pirouette. The smell of those finished wood floors, the glance of your form in the mirror, the way your Capezio shoes used to feel as you spun and stepped across the studio. Dance classes and recitals are a way of life for a lot of kids and very few of them really stick it out. But if you are several years or even a few decades away from those wonderful memories the flood of them can be overwhelming. If you find yourself in the studio you will inevitably stretch on the bar for old time's sake. You will attempt some of the more basic moves. Perhaps you will even attempt that old show stopping number. What you remember of it at least.

What's exciting for all of you former dancers out there is that these days more and more adults are getting back into dance classes for hobby not to mention a way of exercising that is funner, more rewarding and more effective than the treadmill could ever be. These adults are putting on newer, sometimes larger, Capezio leotards or Capezio tights and getting back into something they got so much out of in their youth and they are finding it just as rewarding as adults.

In our increasingly health conscious age we are always looking for new and exciting ways to keep the pounds off and just have fun. Dancing has always provided just those things. The existence of adult dance classes and their increasing popularity prove that a lot of folks never got the thrill they did out of their recital days from anywhere else. Just looking at the Bloch dancewear and Mirella shoes is enough to make a former ballerina weep for joy. This is what we once dreamed about.

People who pick up a guitar in high school or played basketball continue to do so well into adulthood. Why then shouldn't you pull out your Capezio tights and make a go of it? Whether you were the star of every performance or just someone who enjoyed learning the steps if dancing was a valuable part of your younger life you have every reason to continue to enjoy it and make the most of the gifts you've been given. You deserve some fun! You deserve some exercise! And what's more you deserve some dancing, just for it's own sake! is your go to shop for all your dancewear needs. You can find Capezio leotards and Mirella shoes here, for pratice and for performances

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The Basic Steps of the Charming Cha Cha Dance

The Cha Cha Dance is a flirtatious party dance which originated in Cuba; considered to be among the most versatile Latin dances, the Cha Cha can be danced to Latin Pop or Latin Rock music or authentic Cuban sounds. Originally, it was danced to the music of Enrique Jorrin, a Cuban composer in 1953; today, this dance is known to be among the most popular dances among professionals and beginners.

The Cha Cha is known for its highly captivating rhythm which can be described as one step, two step then cha-cha-cha; basically the dance involves shifting the weight from left foot to the right and vice versa. This dance has a tempo of twenty eight to thirty four measures for each minute and is written in four beats per measure; five steps are completed and these involve a couple of slow steps, a couple of quick ones and then followed by a single slow step.

The basic steps for the man is to first take a forward step with his left foot; with his right foot in place, the man must then shift the weight to it. With his left foot, he must sidestep towards the left; the man then moves his right foot to his left. With his lead foot, he again sidesteps to the left. Then, with his right foot, he takes a step backwards and to the left. With his left foot in place, the man must shift the weight into it; he then takes a step forward and then to the right using his right foot then moves his lead foot to his right foot. The man again sidesteps to the right using his right foot.

The basic Cha Cha Dance steps for the woman is to take a step backwards using her right foot; she must then shift the weight to her left toe which is held in place. The woman then sidesteps to her right using her right foot; then she moves her left foot to her right foot. She then sidesteps towards the right using her right foot, and then takes a forward step. She must take a step to the right using her left foot and with her right foot in place, the woman must shift the weight to it; again, she must take a backward step and then a step to the left using her left foot. The woman then moves her right foot to her left toe and finally, sidesteps towards the left using her left foot.

Adam J. Reynold writes about the Cha Cha Dance and other Ballroom Dances.

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Back To Ballet With An Adult Ballet Class

I talk to many adults who ask if they should try to get back to ballet class. Depending on how many years it has been since you have done ballet, or any kind of dance related exercise, I always say go for it. You may have to call several local studios to find an adult ballet class that is right for you. You may worry about the dance wear dress codes and if you will want to comply. If you are overweight, or have lost your flexibility, you probably feel very self conscious.

Most dance academies that offer adult ballet class level work will offer a one-class-pay for a new dancer, and after that you will be asked to pay by the month. There are usually other types of class packaging that are further discounted, depending on the amount of classes purchased.

Will You Get Injured In An Adult Ballet Class?

There is always a possibility of injury, with ballet and most sports too, if you are out of shape. But bear in mind that every single ballet barre exercise is designed to train your muscles so that you prevent dance injuries. The basic ballet posture, for example, is a natural posture. It may not feel or look that way, since most people slouch and are slowly injuring themselves just by that bad habit.

Standing up straight is not an exaggerated military posture, but maintains the natural spinal curves, placement of the shoulders under the ears, and is completed with a relaxed and curved neck.

Ballet turnout is the main technique that prevents knee injuries. The feet should not be forced out more than the knees can match the rotation. You may never get into the performance standard fifth position - toes to heels - and yet over time you can still gain elegance and control in your adult ballet class.

You will achieve your artistic fulfillment with careful, patient hard work. You will feel the exhilaration of the air borne leaps and spinning pirouettes all the more, having the confidence that you can land from jumps safely, and reaching your ballet position after turning, well grounded, without the room spinning on without you.

Control And Perfectionism

Ballet classes truly give an ongoing sense of control and mastery, through repetition, and slow increase of strength. Yet, the affliction of perfectionism is a dead end for any dancer, especially a self critical individual in an adult ballet class. If there is any quest in your mind/heart for a perfect kind of control and a harsh way to discipline yourself, you will be the dancer to most likely injure her/himself in class.

I caution this because, a drive to be perfect usually entails over-working, not resting enough in between classes, and maybe not eating enough to achieve any muscle building. I don't mean muscle shape or bulk, but just strength, and a normal recovery. Dancing ballet, you can always get better, so there is no perfect.

The real control comes with practice, developing better reflexes, and knowing how to do ballet stretches and relaxation techniques correctly.

I hope you DO get back to ballet, and find an adult ballet class that you love.

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Dance Lessons

Are you one of those people that has two left feet? Are you trying to impress that special someone but are afraid of your bad dancing skills? Try getting some dance lessons. Dance lessons can be taken in a number of ways and offer many different programs. If you are looking to learn how to dance for your wedding, are looking for a work out or are just trying to learn to dance in general there is something for you.

There are wedding programs available that will teach you how to dance for your big solo dance, and also reception dancing. You could learn how to do routine dances or just how to generally freestyle dance in a crowd of your friends. There are companies that will have you come to their dance studio and also go to your wedding to make sure you are remembering your moves. You will be shining like a star on your special day.

If you are trying to do private lessons there are classes available for that too. You can buy them by class or you can buy packages and just do solo lessons. There are different programs available as far as dance styles you can choose from. Tap, ballet, hip hop and more types of dance are available to learn.

There are group lessons available as well as private lessons. You can share your dance experience with others and trade techniques with each other. You can gain confidence in a social setting by starting out in a dance class with others who are going through the same experiences with you. You can even make new friends in the classes.

While you are dancing you have to remember you are getting exercise. You will feel great after your lessons and actually be able to build muscle and lose weight depending on the classes you are taking. Hip hop is labor intensive and so is tango. If you are dancing hard you will definitely be feeling it and you will be that much more knowledgeable in dancing. The benefits are just endless.

There are so many things that you will gain from dance lessons. All you have to do is put the work in and you will come out feeling great and more knowledgeable. There are so many things you can benefit from dance lessons so it is a good idea to check out a school near you.

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Rumba Dance History - The Dance of Love

The Rumba Dance is one of the oldest Latin American dances. It is a popular ballroom dance in the United States and in other countries as well. But where did the dance originate? And how did it all began? Rumba is believed to be invented by Black African slaves who were imported to Cuba, some Caribbean Islands and Latin America. This same dynamic dance can still be seen in parts of Africa, but the Rumba we now see in the United States has been changed, modified by influence of other races and/or cultures. They say the modern Rumba Dance is a combination of different dances which includes the Cuban "Son" (a slower version of the traditional rumba), guaracha, the rural rumba, and bolero.

The word Rumba was originally a generic name used to classify a music style instead of a dance style. At present, there are three distinct types of Rumba practiced in Cuba, with the steps mainly danced as solo or freestyle. The first is called "Guaguanco," which depicts a seduction between a man and a woman where he tries to "attack" her to get her. The second is called the "Yambu." In this type a flirty woman dances with a man who cannot "attack" her or get her. The last is called "Columbia". This is the more polite type and can be compared to the customary rooster and hen dance. It is like a courtship dance where the male struts his masculinity around the female.

The American Rumba is an altered version of the "Son." It is now known as the "Latin-Ballroom" couple's dance and is properly labelled the "Dance of Romance."

A lot of the sensual movements of the modern Rumba Dance or Ballroom Rumba developed from the original Cuban dancers doing daily tasks such as "climbing a rope," shoeing a mare," or the "courtship of farmyard fowls." The costumes that the performers traditionally wore represent symbolism. Like the woman's ruffled train of skirt which signifies a hen's feathers. And the man's ruffled neckline or chest and/ or shirt sleeves signifies a cock's hackle feathers. Now, the modern Latin costumes are more like lingerie. The Ballroom Rumba is a pleasant dance for dancers to demonstrate their technique, skill and ability, which also shows a polite sensuousness or romantic flair on the dance floor. While the Cuban Rumba is more like a rhythmic street dance which can give the impression to be a cool, yet frenzied and at times the dancers could wild abandon with the technique, rather than a popularized pretty dance form.

Adam J Reynold writes about the Rumba Dance and other Ballroom Dances.

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Health Through Dance, Dance Fitness and Establishing New Social Opportunities

I like many people found my initial experience of dancing and any form thereof to be both embarrassing and uncomfortable; you know the drill you're at your first school dance when you're 8 years old and you find this strange but moving emotion of awkwardness and excitement rush over you. You feel the compulsion to join in with everyone and dance to the usual cheesy disco tunes of the 70's and 80's but for some reason find it difficult to join in. Sometimes you pluck up the courage by your friends grabbing your arm; or you suddenly in the corner of your eye notice the girl you secretly like and observe her taking fleeting glances in your direction, motivated by her glances and your own as yet undeveloped emotional desires take that first brave step onto the dance floor towards her.

Your own experience may or may not have been like this example, perhaps you always found it easy to get up and dance and shake your body in sometimes what is best described as "daddy dancing". We know that some of us have a natural affinity to dancing be it limbo dancing, salsa, samba or belly dancing, you just have the ability to do it without the usual social anxieties and deterrents most of us experience around dance. If you were like me back in the day the only way you would see me shake or otherwise move my body on the dance floor was through the use of emboldening agents like alcohol!! I however more recently was motivated by other factors to get up and start dancing and enjoy myself unabated by social awkwardness and poor confidence that had previously blighted my experience of dance and have learnt to establish new social opportunities and improve my health through dance.

At the time I first started to become interested in dance I was looking for several things, first to improve my health through dance and to establish new social opportunities. I was advised that dancing is a great way to improve your fitness and also a good way to fight stress and tension and this struck a rather strong cord with me as I was unfit, lacking physical exercise and feeling the physical effects of a busy work life and having a poor social life. I also considered myself to be overweight and lacking any tangible muscle tone and thought "weight loss through dance" yeah that must be possible! I remember watching a documentary about dancing and you know what I noticed? That the people taking part were so fit and in shape and that all the dancers were toned and the juxtaposition of them and myself was stark and I wanted what they had and moreover what they had achieved, fitness through dance.

Another aspect of dancing that appealed was the social component, that making friends through dance was yet another possible consequence of dancing. One thing that was noticeable from the dance documentary was that the dancers were all good close friends and there was a strong sense of social connection amongst them, they were clearly enjoying the shared passion of dance. Have you ever noticed this about dance? That it is actually very social and people do enjoy themselves immensely and you can indeed improve your health by dancing, by this I mean not just physically but also emotionally.

After battling my own social worries and low motivation I decided to take that jump off the cliff and into the ever flowing tides of change, as sometimes you just have to make that change in your life! I started my path of discovery by joining a local Salsa group and boy how nervous was I? Yeah it was tough going for the first time believe me but I just kept thinking "Do you want to improve your health through dancing?", "Do you want to make friends by dancing?". The answer to these thoughts was a big and emphatic YES!! I found the first couple of sessions both enjoyable and very social and discovered I was able to make friends by dancing on a weekly basis and found my fitness improved too, plus I noticed that as the weeks went by my dance fitness improved incrementally which helped me keep up in the sessions.

Naturally I had to overcome some embarrassment and shyness to begin with and found some old bad memories of dancing at the school disco occasionally slipped in and out of my head but I was determined to make it work and quickly sort to quell such negative thoughts. Making new friends was great and having a solid social platform was definitely what I needed at the time and guess what? I also began to lose weight and I also found this encouraged me to diet better and eat more healthily and my overall sense of well-being improved too which was fantastic.

Health through dance? Dance fitness? Making friends by dance? The answer to these is a resounding and heartfelt yes and it has changed my life beyond what I ever thought possible at the time and I am more than ok with that.

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Ballet Rules! Tips on How to Have Fun in Every Ballet Class

Ballet is the root, the foundation of all movement. It fosters strong technique in all dance mediums by increasing flexibility, balance and core strength. It improves your lines, turns and jumps. It teaches you how to correctly transition from one movement to another, prevents injury, and helps a dancer to find grace through strength. Ballet is fun! Wait, ballet is fun? Taking ballet class can sometimes seem like a necessary evil, a means to an end or a repetitive mix of the same pliés and tendus that can put you into a lull of sleepy monotony. No more! Here are 5 ways to make every ballet class a joy.

1. Make every exercise a performance. Even at barre, think of someone you'd like to be dancing for and do it! Picture them watching your every move. Use your eyes, your head, your power and your heart to give them the show of a lifetime.

2. Challenge yourself. Think about the corrections you received in your previous class. Choose one to focus on the entire class long. You'll be amazed how one correction can fix so many things from adagio to allegro and everything in between.

3. Be inspired by your peers. Don't be jealous. Look around. Who grabs your attention, makes you want to watch them dance? Think about what it could be that makes you want to watch that person dance. Is it their passion, expression, lines, energy, confidence, mystery? Then, use that inspiration to find your own spark and work to become the dancer in class that no one else can take their eyes off of!

4. Cheer each other on! Clap when other groups complete a combination. Congratulate other dancers when they perform well or make a new breakthrough. It feels good to be nice. It raises everyone's spirits and the whole room can float on the accomplishment of just one when celebrated.

5. Go somewhere else. In your mind, that is. No, that doesn't mean to ignore your teacher! Pretend you are dancing each combination in some exotic location. What would that piqué arabesque feel like on the Moon? Pretend you are under the sea and imagine little bubbles floating off of your fingers with each port de bras. You can go anywhere, it's your mind.

Ballet is fun! Try these 5 easy ways to make taking class a blast and you'll love it forever. Now get to class. Ballet rules!

By Amber Keeley; Ballet Instructor, Dancer, Choreographer
Copyright ©2011 Amber Keeley

Amber Rosah Keeley has been a ballet teacher and an award winning choreographer in the Twin Cities metro area since 1993. She is currently the School Director at Out on a Limb Dance Company & School, a St. Paul non-profit arts organization, and the ballet coach for the national champion University of St. Thomas Tommies dance team.

Amber is available for master classes, interviews, private lessons, workshops and judging positions at

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Things You Need To Know When Purchasing Dance Belts For Him

You are dating a dancer who spends hours in the ballet studio. With winter holidays approaching, you are thinking of a good gift for him. Though you are a true balletomane, you may lack information on ballet outfits. This article may help you get started.

Dedicated balletomanes can name leggings, unitards, tops, shorts and biketards as the basic ballet outfits for male dancers. However, they can hardly say what dancers need to wear under ballet bottoms. The dance belt is another ballet essential about which you may not have heard before. Regular underwear doesn't suit dancers as it doesn't provide enough support, which dancers need when performing complicated elements; that's why the ballet dancer in your life needs to wear special dance belts. The dance belt serves two basic purposes. First, it ensures the necessary support and comfort. When dancers feel comfortable in clothes they wear, they can completely concentrate on dancing. Second, it is designed to make the silhouette smoother. Ballet dancers need to wear form-fitting clothes, which can hardly be paired with regular underwear.

The dance belt is available in two designs. The first resembles thongs: it's a piece of fabrics attached to the belt with a string at the back. The second is a full back belt but this is mainly worn by children. So if you shop for an adult dancer, the first option is right for you. The convenient design provides complete freedom of movement, which has made them an essential part of the ballet wardrobe of male dancers. However, you need to choose the right size, which might be tough for first-time buyers. The dance belt sizing is based on the waist measurement so it's similar to purchasing regular underwear. Manufacturer's charts can also help you identify the necessary size.

Though other ballet outfits come in versatile colour solutions, the colour palette of belts is limited to two colours: black and tan. It's not without reason that reputable manufacturers stick to these colours: they look good on most people. Supportive dance belts are not supposed to be visible on stage so bright colours and white are not the best options. You may have noticed that white gets intensified when you pair white clothes with white underwear. Even though he wears white leggings for training sessions or performances, it's better to opt for a tan belt.

When you've made your mind to purchase a dance belt as a gift for the ballet dancer in your life, you may start wondering where to look for good deals. The good news is that you don't even need to step out the front door as dance belts are sold online. Another benefit is that you can also benefit from more affordable prices so your gift is not going to break the bank.

The dance belt is not a simple part of his wardrobe. It's one of the essentials, which can provide him the required support and ensure greater comfort.

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Capezio Dancewear Can Guide You

I will never forget the first time my sister found dancing. She was young and went to a dance class because, well, that is what little girls do. She left the day of class excited to spend some time with her girl friends and make the most of an activity. She must have been five or six. When she returned she was like a new person. She ran to her room still wearing a tutu and one of what would eventually be many Mirella leotards. She practiced her early rudimentary moves for hours in her mirror. To me a young boy it was like I was living with a strangely coordinated alien in Capezio shoes, spinning and stretching in ways that I would have never considered normal. It seemed however that she had found her passion.

My sister like many girls pursued dance through out her early education. It was motivation to focus her grades so that Mom and Dad would not force her to miss recitals and classes for studying purposes. It was what she did instead of playing make believe or taking swimming lessons. In high school her love of dance became a love of theater and music. She diversified her taste to include jazz and hip-hop, things I was still a few years and some hyper intellectual college discussions away from "enjoying." She excelled in everything seemingly as a direct result of strapping on Bloch dance shoes or learning a specific step no matter how much time it took while wearing her Mirella dancewear. As far as my parents were concerned every one of those trips to buy something was worth it. My sister was easily trouncing me in discipline and grades. It was clear to any observer that study and practice were imbued in her through those early dance classes and the lessons stuck.

In the end my sister would not become a professional dancer though she would make some extra money through to get herself through nursing school by teaching after school and weekend dance classes. She was able to share all of that positive energy that dancing had brought to her life with a new generation. One that was a little more open to having boys in the classes. Now she was tying other kid's Capezio shoes and demonstrating her moves not for herself in the mirror or for an en-wrapped high school audience but for eager young minds and bodies hoping to follow in her dance steps. is your go to shop for all your dancewear needs. You can find Capezio leotards and Mirella shoes here, for practice and for performances

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The Ballet Dance

Ballet came into being in the Italian courts during the fifteenth century where dance performances flourished. Soon after, it spread to France and King Louis XIV, who was passionate about this particular form of dance, founded the Royal Dance Academy to promote the dance of ballet. This is considered to be one of the reasons French vocabulary is used in ballet.

However, after the eighteen hundreds, the popularity of ballet declined in France. Although this was also the case in France, it was still popular in countries such as Russia, Denmark and Italy. Fortunately, during the 1st world war, a Russian ballet company brought the art of ballet back to the western countries of Europe, where it once again flourished. Developments in ballet meant that many variations of this dance were developed, namely classical ballet, contemporary ballet, neoclassical ballet and romantic ballet.

Classical ballet has all the elements of the techniques of traditional ballet. In classical ballet there is a position that is incorporated in every practice and this is called 'plié'. Neoclassical ballet however is not as rigid as classical ballet. Tempos are faster and complicated positions are performed. It is a mix of classical and contemporary ballet. One of the pioneers of this is said to be George Balanchine. In contemporary ballet, techniques and positions are inspired by modern dance and classical ballet. It focuses on utilizing abdominal strength as well as foot movements. Dancing without shoes is the norm for contemporary ballet.

Ballet skills are very hard to master and a lot of practice is required to be put in before one can dance with the grace and skill that is required of this beautiful dance form. Movements are extremely precise and coordinated and a sense of balance is also essential. These can all be acquired, but time and effort needs to be put in for this to be translated into the performances that bring the story to alive. Choreography is also extremely important to bring the attention to the dancers' skills. It is also critical in relating the movements to the music played. With perfect choreography, dancers appear to be walking on air with their perfect coordination and sense of balance. Without this balance, all the twisting and turning that is required cannot be perfected.

The world famous female and male professional dancers often start their learning and training process when they are quite young; some as young as 4 years old! Since joints and muscles need to develop at a constant and stable pace to accommodate the techniques, starting young is quite important. When they start at a young age, children enjoy their basic training and this makes it easy to learn the techniques that are required. Once younger children enjoy the practice, then it becomes easier for them to continue to practice so that they can master the skills that are needed. It is not easy to become a professional dancer as dedication, passion, grace and skills are crucial aspects of ballet. However, once these are perfected, these dancers float across the stage and mesmerize the audiences with their performances.

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Why Take Hip Hop Dance Lessons

Evolving from a culture of music and African-American dance moves, hip hop dance lessons can be exhilarating, freeing, and a fun form of self-expression. Here we will explore where hip hop footwork comes from and what makes it so popular amongst the artists that practice it day in and day out.

Hip Hop As An Art Form Of Movement

The initial movement known as hip hop was believed to be created in the early 1970s by groups that titled and invented moves such as breaking, popping, and locking. Dancers took these moves to the next level professionally by both training and interlocking choreography that came directly from the inspiration of hip hop music.

Specific moves, such as the 'cabbage patch' and 'running man,' were the early signs of this genre, which took the club scene by storm. Later, professional studios and other arenas started developing the movements as a formal form of art.

The Difference Between Other Dance Classes

There are many ways in which this particular genre differs from other types of coursework, including that of ballet class. First, hip hop dance lessons allow students of all ages and experience levels to dress in comfortable and self-expressing clothing. This is unlike that of ballet class which requires a certain outfit that is traditional in its form and often color.

Hip hop dance lessons also are inspired by the music that created the art form initially. Especially fun for children and teenagers, this type of movement allows the student to stay up on their current pop music and updates in the world of music that inspires the art.

Recent Developments In The Genre

Internationally, this particular genre of movement is growing quite popular in countries such as South Korea and France. Inspired by American music and culture, groups are being formed overseas to compete in dance competitions across the globe. Groups such as the Rivers Crew and Gamblerz have even been named as official ambassadors for Korea and the country's ever-evolving culture.

Colleges and private institutions are filling up with students looking to study the genre as a career path after high school. Entertainment has become a growing field as far as occupational routes, and it is said that the field of dance in this light will double over the next four years. Although a great majority of students around the globe enjoy the sport and art form as a way to relax and have fun; in a sense, it becomes a great hobby or extra-curricular activity for those that wish to pursue it as such.

An Urban Style Of Clothing To Match The Excitement

The clothing that has developed out of the urban environment has also been utilized in these types of dance classes. With exciting colors and types of fabric, uncommon mixes in textiles are not uncommon. There are many ways in which to experience urban life, today's most popular music and more by taking part in hip hop dance lessons in your local area. What are you waiting for?

Hip hop dance lessons in Batavia can be an exciting way to experience true self-expression. The faculty at A Step Above Academy specialize in teaching ballet class in Batavia and a diverse group of other dance classes in Batavia. Register for courses at the academy's website today!

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