Dancing on stage or before the camera can transmit feelings or convey a story to an audience, while dancing for yourself can open up both your mind and body. Dance isn’t therefore just an art form or an expression, but also the key to your overall wellbeing.
To fill this void, I curated Dance Wellness, a dance routine designed to target both the mind and the body, while improving fitness, flexibility and balance. The movements sculpt the body while giving both cardio and muscle toning benefits. They also burn calories and improve your physical and mental endurance.
‘Dance Wellness’ is the world’s first such dance module and is a mixture of jazz, modern, contemporary and other dance genres. It targets the entire body: face, neck, hands, arms, back, legs, feet as well as isolations and breathing techniques.
The world ne dance, now more than ever. In this age of distant and online interactions, we need a reminder of the importance of physical interactions and the communication that our bodies can achieve and accomplish.
Interested in dance? Just do it!
Choose a style, rhythm or pace that suits you: Mostdance schools offer classes based on either your age or a dance genre. Pick a style or music genre which stimulates you.
Find a teacher or dance studio that offers you the style that you are looking for: Some dance styles focus on fitness while others strictly emphasise learning the genre or style itself.
Sign up for private or group dance classes: The smaller the class size, the more personalised attention you are likely to get from the instructor. Ideally the class size should be under six people.With social distancing norms in place, you can also opt for online classes.
2.Fighting disease: When you dance on a regular basis, you strengthen your body and regulate all its functions. This supports the immune system in its fight against germs. It reduces the risk of upper respiratory tract infections including the common cold.
3.Cholesterol cardio health: Regular dancing lowers blood fat, bad cholesterol and improves cardio health because, while dancing, your heart rate stays steady while blood circulation improves and oxygen is pumped into your lungs.
5.Anti-ageing benefits: Dancing involves all your muscle groups and allows you to move and function with ease, thus counteracting physical and mental age-related decline and preventing arthritic pain.
6.Weight loss toning: Dancing, which involves the whole body, makes you flexible, lose weight, targets specific areas as well as builds and tones your muscles. Some dance styles can make you burn between 300 and 500 calories an hour!
Anything loose or too tight can hinder movement so wear clothes that fit you well and allow you to move with ease.
A fitted t-shirt, top or sports top is ideal. If its tight, make sure it’s stretchable and breathable. If you sweat a lot, wear something sleeveless or absorbent to keep you well ventilated.
For lowers, choose between leggings, flared pants, capris, sweat or track pants. Just make sure your pants aren’t too long and obstructive. You may also wear shorts of any length.
Men should wear snug fit underwear for optimum support. Ladies must always wear a well-fitted sports bra.
For the sake of personal hygiene, carry a clean towel to your dance class. Use a deodorant before the class.
Wear shoes that offer optimum support and prevent injury. Sneakers or runners are good, as long as they fit well, allow you to move with ease and are light and comfortable.
From HT Brunch, May 24, 2020
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