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Why men ballroom dance

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Or … why men SHOULD ballroom dance Off the top of my head, I can think of five main reasons men either want to or do learn how to ballroom dance.  These obviously aren’t the ONLY reasons, just common ones: Men learn to dance for their partner The first and what should be the most […]

Etiquette

Why it’s okay to take a break during yoga

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  Taking a break does not mean you’re giving up. Instead of being concerned about where everyone else in the room is at (or thinking), do what feels right for your body in the moment. Sometimes  means you’ve got to just take a Downward Dog, and sometimes it means you deserve a long Child’s Pose. […]

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Yoga tips for beginners

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Eat light or low-acid food before yoga class Keep the day of your first yoga class light and simple by having healthy food at least two hours prior to class. Do not eat saucy, fried, fatty, spicy, and high-acid food as they take longer to digest. It’s also not a good idea to do practice […]

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5 top tips for yoga class

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1. Remember that there’s no such thing as being “good at yoga.” Being “good” at yoga postures is something that doesn’t exist. Remember, yoga is a practice that helps us to deeply explore ourselves while learning to quiet the mind – it’s not about perfection. You don’t have to be good at yoga, so release […]

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How to prevent bruising when pole dancing

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Bruising is a common problem, particularly for people you who have just started pole dancing. Unfortunately it’s almost inevitable – unlike most sports, pole dancing relies substantially on soft parts of the body that aren’t designed for heavy use, and that don’t have a nice layer of toughened skin and tissue to shield them.  Luckily […]

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5 ways to burn more calories in Zumba class

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Here are tips for burning even more calories (and having even more fun) during your Zumba class. 1. Let Loose Zumba is about having fun and joining the party, which is hard to do if you’re stiff or self-conscious! The best way to burn more calories in class is to let go, have fun, and try […]

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Tips for learning Hip Hop dance

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1. Show up and commit! Like most anything, you’ll get out of it what you put into it.  You’re paying money and investing time, so show up every week and commit to class. Like most dance styles, classes will be somewhat progressive in nature.  Skills build as class progresses, so consistency is important. Practice is […]

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Wedding Dance Planning

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I’ve developed a checklist / questionnaire that I use with my wedding dance couples and brides & grooms to help determine what style of dance, and what specific ballroom dance steps to include when planning a choreographed dance.  It’s also helpful when simply wanting to learn basic steps for a wedding dance without learning specific […]

Health and Exercise

Ballroom Dancer New Year Resolutions

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Have you made dancing-related New Year’s Resolutions?  What are they? I’m not a big fan of setting “New Year Resolutions” annually because I believe goals are something that we all should be constantly setting, evaluating, focusing on, working towards. But I also realize that most likely few people actually think of resolutions surrounding their ballroom […]