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22-Nov-2009  
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There is nothing more fun than cutting loose on the dance floor. You start bobbing you head to the beat and all of a sudden you just have to move your shoulder, then you hips, then your feet. Pretty soon you are tearing it up on the floor like nobody’s watching.

The adrenaline starts pumping and sweat is dripping down your face, but you don’t care because it feels so good to just shake it. What is that makes dance so awesome?!

Well, dance is one of those rare things that can burn calories, sculpt gorgeous lean muscles, train your mental focus and lift your spirit all at the same time.

Professional dancers and those that train in various dance techniques challenge their mind, body and spirit every time they step into the studio.

With choreography ever changing and evolving dancers memories must be lightening fast. There is not separation between mind and body. So much needs to be absorbed that all that can exist is the present moment. Much like meditation, dance takes extreme focus and discipline of the mind/body connection.

Spiritually, dance enlivens the soul and allows and outlet for expression and creativity. To quote one of the greatest choreographers of all time.

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul…Movement never lies.
It is a barometer telling the state of the soul’s weather.” – Martha Graham Expressing yourself through dance is completely different from verbal communication. Movement is so instinctual and telling.

Here are a few tips to make sure you are getting the most out of the dance technique:

• Make sure to continually think about supporting the spine by pulling the abdominals in.

• Keep your ankles, knees and hips in alignment to prevent injury.

• Keep the shoulder down at all times. That’s part of the dance aesthetic.

• Actively think about what muscles you are using. If you focus on the muscles that are working you will definitely feel more of a burn.

• Have fun with the technique. Increase repetitions of each movement for more of workout. Keep in mind; its quality over quantity of movement.

• Make sure to continually think about supporting the spine by pulling the abdominals in.

• Keep your ankles, knees and hips in alignment to prevent injury.

• Keep the shoulders down at all times. That’s part of the dance aesthetic.

• Actively think about what muscles you are using. If you focus on the muscles that are working you will definitely feel more of a burn.

• Have fun with the technique. Increase repetitions of each movement for more of a workout. Keep in mind; it’s quality over quantity of government.
 
 
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