Lets Dance!

By Louise | 15th December 2014
A photograph of women dancing in a studio

What a great time of year it is right now to let your hair down, put on your dancing shoes and dance!

Here at La Crisalida Louise (our receptionist) is also a fully qualified Latin dance teacher.  She currently runs a Latinasize dance class at the retreat once a week (as well as putting you through your paces on a rebounder!). So, if you are a fan of Strictly Come Dancing and have always wanted to try it, now is your chance!

In this Latinasize class you will find various styles of Latin dance including Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Samba and Rumba. All the steps are put together so they can be danced with or without a partner, so if you have always wanted to learn some Latin dance but you don’t have a partner then here is your opportunity! Anyone at any age and ability can take part.

Not only is dancing an exceptional way to let loose and have fun, but it also provides some terrific benefits for your health. Latin dance exercises virtually all major muscle groups, including the heart. The legs, bum and core areas get a particularly good workout as you perform the various step sequences. And, as you hold the upper body and arms in specific positions, these areas also receive a workout.

Dancing is excellent for your body, mind, and spirit. Latin dance styles incorporate lots of continuous movement, with some dance styles faster on the toes than others (e.g. Salsa is faster than Rumba). Taking up dancing as a regular hobby has many benefits:

• Latin dancing exercises, tones and strengthens your whole body, particularly legs, bums and core areas.
• Dance also provides a good workout for your heart and cardiovascular system, improving your overall fitness.
• Dance is a different form of exercise and is a great way to reduce stress levels – an hour of dancing focuses the mind on the body and the present moment
• It allows you to express yourself through your whole body. Think of the passion of the Rumba, the hip action of the Salsa and the fun and bounce of the Samba! Learning to let go and move in time with the rhythm of the music is a great metaphor for life.
• This free movement can lead to increases in self-confidence. And you might be first on the dance floor at the next party or wedding to show off your moves!
• Movement in time with great music improves your coordination and balance, and at the same time you feel great!
• Regular dance activity will improve your flexibility.
• As part of your exercise routine, dance will help improve blood and oxygen flow into the muscles. As you know, exercise (combined with good nutrition) helps to flush toxins from your body keeping your body in tip top shape.
• Taking up a new hobby is a great way to meet new friends. And the bonus is, you can go on your own, with your partner or with friends: your choice.
• Dance encourages you to hold your body correctly, with a good poise, no matter what age you are.
• A bonus from taking up dance regularly is a reduction in excess body weight and a trimmer physique.

We hope you agree that dance is a fun way to open up new possibilities, keep healthy and enjoy yourself! So maybe now is the time to pick up a new heart healthy habit and learn to dance? Come try it out at the retreat or find a class near to you. Remember…keep dancing!

Louise our dancing receptionist

Louise is a dance instructor and teaches Latinasize, rebounding, aerobics, aqua aerobics and is also one of our reception team here at La Crisalida Retreats.

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