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Zumba Dance

Almost every girl friend I know want to lose a few pounds—boys too but they’re still in the closet about it. The problem is that exercise and cardio workouts are a drag and it takes more effort trying to pump yourself up than actually spending an hour doing it. The good news is that there are fun aerobic activity you can do instead – like the new dance craze, the zumba dance.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few years, the zumba dance is the hottest dance craze today. It’s impressive growth is largely helped by free publicity – celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Victoria Bekham, Natalie Portman and even Jackie Chan has been known to be practitioners of the zumba.

I mean, even if you’re not trying to get some exercise in, zumba is such a fun activity you will want to do with your friends. It incorporates catchy Latin music into their programs and after a while, it looks more like a girls’ night out more than anything else.

How did the zumba dance start anyway? The main proponent of this dance can be attributed to a certain dance instructor in Columbia named Alberto “Beto” Perez. He was on his way to the dance class he was teaching when he realized that he forgot the music he needs for the class. All he had were these salsa and merengue music and improvised from there. The class loved it (which just goes to show that accidents may be good things) and it has been requested for ever since.

When Perez moved to Miami in 2001, he brought with him this style of dance. Again, it was well received. One of the women taking his class was the mother of Alberto Perlman. She raved about her class to her son and soon, a partnership between Perlman, Perez and Alberto Aghion (Perez’ childhood buddy) was formed.

The triumvirate sent out demo reels of this alternative cardio/aerobic workout and aired in in infomercials in attempts to extend their reach to a bigger market. They also made a deal with Kellogg’s to feature zumba in their cereal boxes—massively increasing their visibility to a rapidly more health conscious public. Before long, the zumba dance craze caught on and became popular not just in America and Columbia, but in other parts of the globe as well.

The zumba dance is just one of many awesome styles of dancing that is available to you. Find out more when you visit the links in these pages today.

Tap Dancing

Not a lot of people are into tap dancing – and it’s such a shame. This fun and hugely entertaining style of dance is rich in culture and one of the most unique forms of expression in dance today.

If you are like me, when you think tap dance you think Adam Garcia from Got to Dance UK. He’s such a hottie that it’s hard to pay attention to the master class performance his feet are performing—you just want to look at his face the whole time.

Anyway, Adam is such a consummate performer it is super inspiring. I watched a camera crew follow him around in one of his shows and it got me thinking—tap is actually more than banging your toes and heels on the floor. It really is pretty interesting and challenging to the dancers. Sure the tap dancers don’t seem like they utilize a lot of their other body parts, but nonetheless, what they do not everybody can do.

You see, the incredibly quick foot movements are so specific that if you miss a beat it throws the performance off and for a less experienced dancer, it might be hard to get back on track. Fortunately we have more and more fantastic tap dancers that are emerging – a big thanks going out to exemplary performers like Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire who made this dance into a classic.

Fred Astaire is attributed to incorporating tap dancing into ballroom, propelling the noble tap into popular culture. Gene Kelly on the other hand introduced many elements of ballet into tap and this harmony of tap and ballet paved the way Broadway style of tap dance. You can watch old movies that feature their styles of dancing that they made popular in the general public.

While we see tap right now as a debonair and elegant style of dance, it was not always that way. The truth of the matter is that tap originated from Africa. It is said that the slaves were forbidden to practice their culture dances and traditions, so they created this form of dance that incorporated Irish step dance with their own style and flavour.

There are a lot of dances right now, but there are a few that are as unique and beloved as tap dancing. Why not try it for yourself? Go online and look for dancing DVDs and who knows – the next tap superstar might be born!

Salsa Dancing

Salsa dancing is one of the most popular ballroom dancing styles around. It goes without saying that with all the dance enthusiasts that want to learn more about this fun and socially entertaining skill—you need to be up to date with your facts and resources so you can be a supernova amongst all the other wanna-be stars in the dance floor.

Salsa Dancing

What is salsa dancing? For most men, salsa is a spicy dip that perfectly complements the amply supplied tortilla bowl in a party. However, for those who love to be active and have fun, salsa is more than that. It is spicy yes, but it is a dance that is performed by sexy men and women from all over the world.

Now, I don’t mean that the men and women who dance salsa are a perfect 10 (that would disqualify 98% of the population). What I am saying is that in order to dance salsa you need to exude sexiness to perform it well. And really, what is sexy but a natural quality that comes from between your ears to your body’s response.

Salsa Dancing History

There are a few groups of people who have varying opinions on how salsa came into being. Generally Cuba is attributed to be the birthplace of this dance and music phenomena that we know today. It must be said though that many styles of dance with Cuban music, have their influences rooted in African culture. It is said that the hypnotizing and enthralling music was done to call forth the gods that tribal people believed in.

Even if salsa, or the origins of it has been around for probably a long time, it was thrust to notoriety during World War II. American soldiers that were in Cuba for the war, developed a taste of the music and entertainment and they brought it with them back to America. The rest, as they say, is history.

Salsa Dancing in Groups?

This dance is interesting because it can be danced by oneself, in twos, threes and even fours. Definitely the most popular one is ballroom salsa which is performed by two people. However if you are in a club without a partner, at least you know that armed with the basic salsa steps, you can shimmy your way to salsa sexiness.

Learning Salsa Dancing

If you want to learn salsa, it is very important that you understand the proper timing and how to use this while you are dancing. Salsa timing ranges from 140 to 210 beats per minute. What does this mean? Your heart beats 60 times every minute (you can verify this by sitting down, putting your fingers on your wrist, and counting the beats under a minute). Therefore salsa timing is twice, thrice or even four times the beat of your heartbeat per minute.

Why is learning salsa beats so important? This is important because salsa steps can be quite quick and tricky and you need to get your timing down in order to progress in your lessons. Salsa steps always start on the first beat and if you and your partner have different beats going on in your head—well, there’s a tangle of arms and legs by the end of the first 5 seconds of the dance.

Salsa Dancing Music

It’s really not that difficult once you get used to it. If you listen to salsa music, you will notice that there is an accent on the first and 5th beat of the musical phrasing. Keep listening and practice to recognize the beats when you play these salsa music, it won’t be long before you’ll perfect your sense of salsa timing to help you when you dance.

Salsa Dancing Partners

Now, if you are most people, you will want to learn salsa the ballroom style—which means you will have to learn how to partner well. Partnering skills are critical in doing the salsa well. Men have to lead and women need to follow the man’s leading (through “claves”- inconspicuous pushes and tugs throughout the dance). Dance with as many partners as you can and work to develop chemistry which is so important when dancing these expressive numbers. If you are a tall lady, hopefully you can find men  a couple of inches taller than you so twirls and lifts won’t be a pain to the both of you. Enjoy salsa dancing!

My Favorite Dance Moves

My favorite dance moves are the ones that take my breath away. They may be those incredibly spectacular productions, or they may be raw and simple. If it speaks to your heart, then it is what gives it life.

My Favorite Dance Moves

You know what my favorite dance moves are—what about you? What are your favorite dances? Chances are the answers are as varied as the dance forms around. I mean, it is what makes life interesting anyway. There is nothing exciting with being the same the whole time. If you ask most people, I am sure that they will choose unique over uniformity any day of the week and twice on Sundays.

Dance speaks to us in so many levels. It is not a matter of what your favourite one is, it is entirely about the person’s form of self-expression and passion. If you love watching the dance, then you are appreciating the dancer and choreographer’s vision that make it all possible.

My Favorite Dance Moves Passion

How about you? Do you love to dance? I am telling you that your decision to pursue your passion (whether it is dance or any other dream) will yield great rewards. Maybe not all of us can rise to fame in this industry, but the change will come from within you and in doing so, improve the quality of life you have.

Think about it, doing the responsible thing might pay the bills, but it will not bring you joy. You need to have that spark in your life to really function well in life. Dancing touches the deepest part of us, and it is well-worth the sacrifice you have to make to make it a part of your life.

My Favorite Dance Moves for Health

Aside from that, dancing has a lot of health benefits that you will enjoy. It is a great aerobic exercise, it will strengthen you and improve your coordination as well. Many times dancing develops your posture and your self-confidence which also directly affects your professional and personal life. Discover my favorite dance moves right here in this site.

Dance Television Shows

There are a few dance television shows that are being aired today. Who can blame those producers? There are so many unsung, talented people that pour out their hearts in their craft (dancing) and giving them a platform would only push the world of arts to another level.

Dance Television Shows Popularity

Sure, many people would say that dancing is impractical—but if you think about it, the most beautiful things in life are. These dance television shows simply shed light on a world shared by passionate individuals that are bonded together by their love for dance.

Dance Television Shows – Dancing with the Stars

Perhaps the most popular of all these dance shows is the top rated Dancing with the Stars. Of course, there is an element of celebrity that is included in this show. Who doesn’t want to watch the debonair Gilles Marini sweep his beautiful partner across the dance floor, or be inspired by the weight loss of Kirstie Alley, or be entertained by the comedic Carson Kressley? This talked about show is a favourite for more reasons than one.

Dance Television Shows – So You Think You Can Dance

So You Think You Can Dance is another excellent dance show that needs to be watched by dance aficionados. Unlike the aforementioned show, this program is participated not by celebrities, but by people who choose dancing as their profession. There is such amazing skill involved that there is seldom an episode that will not leave you breathless. Be it Tango, Contemporary or the Waltz, the amazing choreographers are as much the stars as the dancers of the show.

Dance Television Shows – Best Dance Crew

Of course, because of the sheer popularity of hip hop and pop in the music scene—it follows that there will be shows that cater specifically to this niche. Randy Jackson’s Best Dance Crew is one of the most followed shows the past years. They showcase talents from a wide range of people—youngsters, all women groups, multi-cultural hip hop groups, and even roller skating dancers (season 1).

Dance Television Shows – Got to Dance

The UK also have a fantastic dance show called Got To Dance. It is one of the biggest talent shows in UK and is hugely entertaining to watch. There are no hard and fast rules for contestants like age, gender, style of dance. The first winner was Akai, a 10 year old hip hop dancer, and season 3 winner was Prodijig, a group that performs their unique style of toe tapping, hip swaying Irish dance numbers.

If there’s anything that these reality dance shows do is that they help catapult unknowns to fame, or if they’re celebrities already, jumpstart their careers again (think Mario Lopez and his slew of hosting gigs). Jabbawockeez  are a group of insanely talented masked guys who made a huge splash in the hip hop world since starting out in Randy Jackson’s Best Dance Crew. Because of their white masks, there are no stars so to speak, it is just one cohesive unit. You look at the group and how amazing the choreography and dancing skills are. They have been featured in a few shows and films since then.

Dance Television Shows – Judges

An important aspect of these dance television shows is the host and the judges. The host should be personable enough to be liked by the audience, without losing his or her personality that they become boring. It is also super important that they are able to connect with the contestants because elimination shows can be devastating to some people and the host should be able to be support the rejected contestants as well as encourage those that are still in the competition.

Now judges can make or break the show. Obviously they are sometimes paid huge amounts of money to give their expert advice and if they have the personality to boot, even better. You can’t please everyone all the time, so often there will be criticism if a judge is too harsh, too nice, too objective or whatever. Let’s face it, if they don’t jive with your own opinion or if they find something wrong with a dancer you are supporting, then they aren’t always in your like list.

Dance Television Shows – Voting

Most of these dance competitions are driven by text or call votes. Of course the producers still need to make money and more than that, see which contestants are the most popular. Chances are the most voted contestants will sell shows or gigs that will keep them working for a long time to come (this is a good thing). The problem is that because of the sheer number of contestants from so many seasons, dancers need to distinguish themselves above the other past contestants to have any kind of longevity in the industry. Either they live a controversial lifestyle, get more projects for themselves, or grow in other skills like music or acting. If they do, then sky’s the limit for these talented peoples.

Yes, dance television shows are here to stay!