Improves your overall level of health
A recent study by Mayo Clinic found that dancing “boosts energy, improves strength, increases muscle tone and coordination, and lowers blood pressure.” And, Italian scientists have discovered that only 21 minutes of dancing, three times a week has cardiovascular benefits equal to that of a bicycle or treadmill.
Burns off calories for better weight management
A California State University at Long Beach study showed that even beginning students can get their heart rates up to near-maximum training rates with a five-minute warm-up and a 20-minute Cha Cha, Polka or Swing. Even moderate ballroom dance burns between 250 – 300 calories per hour, and vigorous dancing can burn as many as 400 calories.
Helps ward off memory loss and dementia
Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City studied 469 people over age 75 and found that ballroom dancing was associated with a lowered risk of dementia. The mentally challenging aspects of dancing — following complex dance steps, moving in time and staying with the rhythm of music — is believed to be responsible.
Increases the chances of a long life
A medical study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine found elderly men and women over age 75 who regularly do ballroom dance are healthier and happier. Arthur and Kathryn Murray, founders of the popular dancing studio franchise, continued dancing long after retiring from active management of the organization and both lived — and danced — well into their 90s.
It’s sexy and romantic
On the dance floor, we connect to our partners—two people learning to work together toward the same goal. It is a fun, non-threatening way to explore and develop physical and mental connections, three minutes at a time.
The resurgence of interest in social dancing has created an explosion of dance studios and dance clubs throughout the Chicagoland area and many are offering special deals during the Valentine’s Day weekend. Below are just a few examples of some of the places around town:
Dance Spa is offering 45-minute private dance lesson for you and your Valentine for just $20.
- 1890 N Milwaukee (between Moffat St & Oakley Ave)
- Chicago, IL 60647
- Neighborhood: Bucktown
Chicago Dance is holding a Valentine Day Weekend Open House with free dance classes and dance demonstrations. Walk-ins are welcome.
Day One, February 12, 2011
- 3660 W. Irving Park Road
Day Two, February 13, 2011
- 415 W. Huron St.
For a list of other dance clubs and ballrooms holding Valentine Weekend activities across the city and suburb, visit BallroomChicago.com.
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