Should you or your child ballroom dance?
By Artem Plakhotnyi.
My short story, I have been dancing 28 years! That, what I call experience! But I know, learning have never stops for me.
I am not a writer or nether I know English well enough. All I want to say it is my opinion and no one should agree, disagree and judge me for it.
First of all, we want to know what is dance?
Dance is form of art, implemented into sport activity. We easily can call it artsport.
In order to have a dance, you need music and some kind of movement, it does not matter what kind:)
Now it becomes a Dance!
So then why I or my child need to ballroom dance ?
1. Everybody needs some activity ( hobby) in there lives. Movement is our life support. So how Ballroom dancing is one of the most propelling activities out there. Because dancing have variety of fast and slow action. Fast dances like Quickstep, Jive, Salsa, Samba, Cha-cha. They all have there own timings and rhythms and then Slow dances like Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Bolero. So as you can see Ballroom Dancing have lots of dances that have variety of different speed, movements, directions! And most of all it’s fun, exciting, challenging! Try to watch some of the dances on our dance studio YouTube channel ( https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCum2hyi41v4-HvceO6DxlHg ) ! And You will be surprised how much calories you can burn and how active dancing is:) – by having fun doing! —-short story of me trying to prepare for National Championship. So I have done my dancing to the point that I felt ready to do it, then I was thinking how can I make my stamina better?! Gym? Running? Playing Tennis? Playing basketball? I stop my mind on running, by thinking that would be the best thing to do after my dancing practice, but before that let me tell you my normal day, wake up around 10am (now I know what you are thinking, that is so late to wake up? Not for dancers!) 11:30am have first teaching lesson and it goes, 12pm, 1:30pm, 3pm break one hour, 4pm, 5:30pm, 7pm and I finish teaching. That was my first part of the day! 11(45min) lessons, already really tired, then another break for 2 hours to recoup my energy, 9:45pm we finally can start practicing for our professional performance. Sometimes practice can go from 2 hours up to 5 hours a night, so by the time you are home it is already 12 am and you still haven’t had a dinner!? BUT stop why not to practice at the morning??? Good question, the answer is really simple, there are no one teaching at night so you can use the entire space of the studio and you don’t have to share music. You can just concentrate on yourself and your dance partner. So I decided to run every night, first night it was hard, barley run 3 miles and I was exhausted! After doing that for two weeks i was running every day for 10 miles with higher speed! I was at the top of the mountain, looking forward to performance at nationals championship. Here we are at nationals, last year we got bronze medal at Open Professional Ballroom. This year was going to be the best one, as I was preparing like crazy… After completing dancing, 1st round, 5 dances(slow waltz, tango, Viennese waltz, foxtrot and quickstep) 1min 30 sec. each, I was dissatisfied, I felt same as I felt at previous competitions, I couldn’t understand why ?!?! In my mind: I was doing better at running every day, that I could run faster and longer distance, but it didn’t have any affect on dancing. So I start study, why ??? Apparently it was quite quick discovery , running was a repetitive motion and dancing is not! That was my mistake. If any dancer read this don’t try anything for stamina, just dance, dance and dance. Thats how I understood why ballroom dancing one of the best activity for our body!
2. To be continued…