Get Up and Dance
There are few among us who haven’t been alone in a home when a fun song was playing who then cranked up the volume and danced like nobody was watching. Dancing is not only fun – it’s good for your body and your mood. Even those with “two left feet” can shake, rattle and roll.
Shake Your Booty
Dance Academy, Dance Moms, So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with The Stars have brought dancing to the forefront of popular entertainment. While you may not be a solo-performer, nearly everyone can get up and dance.
It’s good for you. Dancing can:
Types of Dances
- Provide a social connection with others
- Improve balance and aerobic fitness
- Offer rehabilitation when needed
- Improve and prolong life
- Waltz – A graceful and slow two-person dance. Think of Belle and the Beast in Beauty and the Beast. A famous country song to waltz to is The Tennessee Waltz.
- Tango – This was originally created in the Argentinean region of Rio de la Plata. It is sensual as well as energetic.
- Cha-Cha-Cha - This rhythmic dance was created in Latin America. The rhythm is 1-2 cha cha cha. It’s easy and fun.
- Rumba – This is a Cuban dance which features sensual hip movements of both dance partners. There are several types of rumba; Cuban Rumba, Catalan Rumba, Flamenco Rumba and African Rumba.
- Samba - Samba comes from Brazil, where it is the national dance.
- Mambo – This is another Cuban dance that accompanies the music of the same name.
- Charleston - This extremely popular dance type was popularized by enthusiastic dancers during the Prohibition era of the U.S.
- Swing – If you are to learn one dance, learn to swing. There are a few flavors of swing including Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing and Rock and Roll swing.
- Tap Dance – You can do this dance without a partner. Originally created by slaves, tap dancing came into the mainstream with the performances of the Nicholas brothers. Other famous tap dancers include Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Brenda Bufalinio, Derick Grant and Tommy Tune.
- Boogie-woogie - This quick and energetic style of dance became widely popular during 1930s and 1940s.
- Polka – The polka first appeared in the mid-1800s and was the first “dance craze” that our world has ever seen. There are polka festivals, dance halls and many places to partake in the current version of the polka.
Modern dances are more freeform than ballroom style dances and include:
- Breakdance (Breaking)
- Electric boogaloo
- Street Jazz
Places to Dance
If you take ballroom dance lessons, a partner dance is often part of the “graduation” ceremony. If you take dance lessons with your spouse or other partner, you may still be required to rotate partners when dancing. Being able to lead or follow different partners is a highly desired skill.
No matter where you live, there are multiple places to dance in your community. Just use your internet search engine and type in “places to dance in [your location]” and several places are guaranteed to pop up.
In many instances, you may be happiest by picking the type of music you enjoy and then matching that to the type of dance venue you are seeking. Your search then may read “disco dance places in [your location]” or “polka dancing in [your location]”.
Not all dance places serve alcohol,
although many of them do.
Serious dancers don’t drink when dancing because it interferes with coordination. They drink water. Serious dancers also bring dance shoes to dance in rather than wearing street shoes. A dance shoe will be free of grit and dirt, will provide the needed support and will allow the dancer to slide across the floor when desired and not as a pratfall or accident.