DANCE as though no one is watching you,
LOVE as though you have never been hurt before,
SING as though no one can hear you,
LIVE as though heaven is on earth
Ah the joys of dancing. It’s one of those things that will pick you up and dust you off and get you smiling and living and thinking positively. Don’t have a partner? No big Deal – you can twirl and whirl by yourself. Just put on some happy music – I like Queen Ida and her Bon Ton Zydeco Band – and get up off your butt and on your feet and start moving!
Dancing has many natural health benefits. If you want to lose weight but hate exercising, dancing is the perfect way to get some movement going without calling it that dreaded word “exercise!” Dancing can burn up to 10 calories per minute depending on intensity and speed of the dance. Naturally, swing and salsa dancing burns more calories than a slow waltz. Dancing combines stretching and toning and bending, all vital to staying healthy, young and strong. Dancing strengthens our lungs and hearts, and builds strong bones with its weight-bearing activity. Dancing keeps us naturally younger as it improves our memory and exercises our brains when we have to memorize the steps, routines and patterns for each type of dance. Dancing improves balance and flexibility and exercises our central and peripheral nervous systems.
The very simple act of getting up and moving will put you in a better mood. Dancing increases the production of endorphins, those “feel good” brain chemicals that reduce stress and depression.
Dancing by yourself is an instant mood lifter. Even better is to go out and dance. Dancing is a social activity, whether it be with your very own partner or a partner that you dance with in a dance class. In most countries around the world, people dance with people, women dance with women, and they all have a good time. Don’t let not having a partner stop you. Go to a dance class – you never know – you might meet your perfect partner out on the dance floor.
See Previous Post – D is for Dancing and Dance Shoes and the Resilience of Women
Zumba, a dance-style exercise inspired by the sultry, sexy sounds of Latin America, turns fitness into parties. In the 1990s, Colombian exercise teacher Alberto “Beto” Perez accidentally invented a new form of exercise/dance and brought it to the US and the world. Zumba is almost like exercise in disguise, because a typical class will have you burning between 500 and 1000 calorie, but you’ll be having so much fun dancing that you won’t even realize you’re exercising!
The Zumba moves combine all the heritage of Latin dancing – mambo, salsa, merengue, samba with a bunch of other types of movement – hip-hop, belly dance, Bollywood, martial arts, and exercise like squats and lunges – all done to exciting, invigorating, world beat music – soca, flamenco, tango, cumbia, reggae, merengue, salsa – any music that gets you up to its pounding beat and makes you sweat, shimmy and shake off those extra pounds, they’ll do Zumba to it!
There’s no set routine or complicated moves, although the teachers do lead the way. It’s not like exercise at all! It’s just a matter of getting up, getting into the beat, and dancing like no one is watching you!
There’s a whole lot of dancing going on these days – you can Dance with the Stars, maybe you even Think You Can Dance. Or you just want to be gliding across the floor in the arms of your beloved. Of all the dances that there are, I think the Tango is the sexiest and the sultriest and the most romantic. Dancing the tango with someone you love is the ultimate in romance and beauty and the epitome of why we are all attracted to today’s popular ballroom dance. The tango, coming to us straight from steamy Argentina, is a seductive form of dance that saturates the hearts and bodies not only of those couples dancing, but also of everyone watching. The tango is like sex – sweaty, lustful, promiscuous exchanges between two partners with eyes only for one another.
The Tango is all about sex and romance. It’s all about giving your partner your undivided attention with your eyes and your body. You assure your dance partner that she or he is the most important person to you. On the dance floor this is played out by two dancers staring directly into one another’s eyes nose-to-nose. While you are dancing together, you listen to each other’s bodies and adjust your movements to theirs, deliberately and slowly keeping your two bodies moving together and acting as not two, but one.
The tango is an intimate dance with intricate steps – your legs rub together as you walk as one in close embrace, each body leaning into the other with chests pressed together and sweat intermingling. Tango is like a bedroom conversation between two partners, two lovers.
As one tango master, Naomi Hotta, says, “Warning – Tango contains highly addictive ingredients, such as pain, pleasure, passion, excitement, connection, freedom, torment, bliss. In seven out of ten cases, it takes over a person’s life.”
And if hot, steamy sex and romance isn’t enough to make you want to get up and dance, then check out my previous post about how dancing can help you lose weight – http://naturallybeautifulwomen.com/anti-aging/d-is-for-dance-your-ass-off-do-it-and-drop-it/. Whatever your motivation might be – love or lose weight – Take the time to Tango!
OK get off your butts and dance those butts off! Don’t just sit there, dance with Richard Simmons. If Richard Simmons at 60 can do it, so can you.
And dancing is a fun and easy way to drop those unwanted pounds fast. Dancing doesn’t seem like fitness, but it surely does work many muscles and is a great cardio exercise. Besides, knowing how to dance is always a good thing, and it can improve your posture a lot, which also makes you appear thinner.
There are a lot of dancing workout tapes and classes right now and one of them is sure to appeal to you. There’s Zumba which is really high energy Latin and World Beat music that will rev up your engines. There’s Pole Dancing which will not only get you in shape, but your sexual energy revved up – it’s a natural aphrodisiac! There’s NIA – which means Non-Impact Aerobics or Neuromuscular Integrated Activity which is based on the premise that movement is a pathway to self-discovery and combines cardiovascular aerobics with whole body conditioning – in a way that you’ll barely know you’re exercising!
And then there’s any type of energetic partner dancing that will get you up off the chair and out on to the dance floor – Swing, Salsa, Tango, Samba, Merengue, Bachata – you name it, you do it, and you’ll dance your butt off – literally!
Dating Dos and Don'ts
The first thing you should know about Dating Dos and Don’ts is Do as I Say, not necessarily as I Do! I’m learning these principles my own self, so please give me any feedback you can!
I just read a wonderful book entitled “If I’m So Wonderful, Why Am I Still Single?” by Susan Page and learned that if you want to date you have to be sure about it and not be ambivalent. You have to honestly believe that having a relationship is the most important thing to you, and believing that will make it happen. Another example of the Law of Attraction.
And there are certain things to do and don’t -
Do be honest and realistic about your wants and needs.
Do put yourself out there where other people are.
Do try to be relaxed and not tense.
Do enjoy your life as much as possible whether you are with someone or single.
Do have fun!
Don’t lie – what will you do when the truth comes out?
Don’t bring your excess baggage with you on your first date.
Don’t get drunk or otherwise incapacitated.
Don’t get stuck in a rut with your initials judgments. Give the person a chance, maybe even two.
Don’t overdo the makeup or the sexy clothes – be your own fabulous natural beauty!
Don’t stop living just because you’re single – Do Go Out and Have Fun! See Previous Post – D is for Dancing and Dating on a Saturday Night!