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Dancing for Singles Central

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Dancing has taken Australia by Storm with successful shows such as "Dancing with the Stars", and "So you think you can Dance". It is time to have a comprehensive dance resource directory for singles. We have aimed these dance pages to target people interested in dance, meeting new people or seeking romance not just for the professionals
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Dance Classes

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Dance Styles

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Ballroom

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Grace, Elegance and Beauty.....

Ballroom dancing is a great sport which everyone can enjoy. You may choose to learn how to dance for fun, to exercise or to meet new people. After just a few classes you will be able to hit the dance floor with the latest steps.

Dancing is a great exercise which improves your cardiovascular rhythm and helps strengthen your muscles. It increases your sense of balance and your stamina. It also helps you develop a better posture as well as boost your self confidence.

Dancing is one of the only sport that doesn't require any special equipment and you may practice anywhere. All this while you're having a blast.

Ballroom dance has a rich and diverse history, and has long been a favourite with people of all ages. It is a series of partner dances. It has captured the imagination of thousands - strictly sequins, feathers and glamour and style includes five dances: Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, and Quickstep.

The Standard dances are also characterized by their very precise elements of technique: footwork, rise & fall, amounts of turn, etc. From this technique emerges a unique elegance and beauty.

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Fox Trot

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Fox Trot is a basic dance from which you can acquire a foundation. Learning to combine dance steps easily and smoothly teaches variety and manoeuvrability. The Fox Trot posture is attractive in appearance and helpful to all other dances. Being able to dance to slow, medium, and fast tempos will add confidence to your dancing and will assure fun and relaxation for your partner. The Fox Trot provides a good foundation for all dances and is often called the "get-acquainted" or "first impression" dance.

The Fox Trot provides a good foundation for all dances and is often called the "get-acquainted" or "first impression" dance.

History:

In 1913, Harry Fox, a vaudeville comedian, introduced a trot to a ragtime song in the 1913 Ziegfeld Follies that pushed other trots into the background. It became America's most popular dance and remains so to this day as the standard of social dances.

Music:

Fox Trot music is written in 2/4 or 4/4 time. The first and third beats are accented in 4/4 time. The range of Fox Trot tempos makes it possible to consider Foxtrot as though it were three dances: Slow Fox Trot; Medium Fox Trot; and Fast Fox Trot, also called Society Tempo. Fox Trot has two major teaching rhythms: Magic Rhythm - Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick (SSQQ) and Box Rhythm - Slow, Quick, Quick (SQQ).

Characteristics:

The basic components of Fox Trot are walking steps and side steps. Crowded dance floors or night club conditions require that all three tempos be expressed with short steps. In larger ballrooms the slow Fox Trot is characterized by longer smooth, gliding steps, demanding ease of movement and control in order to give this dance an unhurried appearance.

Teaching Elements:

  • Dance Position--To develop attractive appearance in ballroom dancing
  • Footwork--Work on ankle flexibility, smooth walks and chasses
  • Follow Through--Develop control of timing
  • Maneuverability--Learn to move comfortably in all directions
  • Amalgamations--Combine steps easily and smoothly to all tempos, transitions from Swing to Fox Trot and back
  • Continuity--Be able to move continuously and smoothly
  • Compare/Contrast--Waltz, Tango, Rumba, Swing
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Waltz

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Waltz develops balance and control. The basic Waltz steps are the foundation patterns used in most ballroom dances. Correct posture, rise and fall, and flowing movements should be stressed to achieve good styling. The elegant sweeping movement of the Waltz gives dancers a chance to practice balance and to move lightly with ease.

Elegant sweeping movements gives dancers a chance to practice balance and to move lightly with ease.

History:

Considered the mother of present day dances, the Waltz began in southern Germany in the seventeenth century. The popularity of the Waltz dance grew with the music of Johann Strauss and eventually blossomed in the 20th century. It is the basis for many dances and is popular today all over the world.

Music:

Waltz dance music is written in 3/4 time and has a slow to medium tempo with the musical accent occurring on the first beat of each measure. The basic count for Waltz is 1, 2, 3. Faster tempo Waltz is called Viennese Waltz.

Characteristics:

The basic components of Waltz are walking steps and side steps. Rise and Fall and Body Sway are some of the styling characteristics which make the simplest Waltz steps & patterns elegant and beautiful.

Teaching Elements:

  • Posture--Learn to relax shoulders for a more confident look
  • Rise and Fall--Explore the essence of Waltz styling
  • Balance Combinations--Strengthen ankles & develop momentum control
  • Drive and Drift--Develop flow and movement
  • Alignments--Use room alignments to move line-of-dance
  • Control--Ease of movement and coordination
  • Compare/Contrast--Fox Trot, Rumba, Swing
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Tango

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The Tango is one of the most beautiful of all the dances. It is characterized by earthy and dramatic movements. In order to achieve the distinctive style of Tango, it is important to develop controlled staccato footwork along with fluid graceful movements. The unique rhythm of the music is great training for timing and phrasing which develops as the dancer becomes more proficient. Tango practice is essential towards becoming a good dancer. (for Argentine Style, please refer to "Specialty Dances")

The Tango is one of the most beautiful of all the dances. It is characterized by earthy and dramatic movements.

History:

The Tango began in the West Indies and found its way to Argentina where it was stylized by the Gauchos. It became the rage in 1921 after the silent screen star Rudolph Valentino brought this romantic dance to millions in "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse". More recently, it has been danced in movies such as Scent of a Woman and Shall we Dance. Today, the Tango is considered the "dancer's dance" and becomes a favourite of all who learn it.

Music:

Tango music is usually written in 2/4 or 4/4 timing. The first teaching rhythm in tango is slow, slow, quick, quick, slow.

Characteristics:

The hold in Tango is more compact than in other moving dances. The walk in Tango differs from walks in other dances in that it is a staccato action obtained by delaying the follow through of the free leg and foot.

Teaching Elements:

  • Tango Basics--Work on level progression
  • Dance Positions--Closed position for better lead and follow
  • Amalgamations--Link patterns easily for smooth transitions
  • Control--Learn to control momentum
  • Variety (Interrelation)--Build vocabulary of patterns for style, movement & adaptation
  • Footwork--Develop foot coordination. Flares and Fans are exercises of balance in rotation
  • Compare/Contrast--Fox Trot, Argentine Tango, International Tango
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Viennese Waltz

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With such wonderful composers as Johann Strauss and others, the Waltz became more and more refined. The steps became smaller with the turns smoother and more compact. Adding the graceful lilt of the flowing skirts we have today's Viennese Waltz.

From Strauss Waltzes and Tchaikovsky Ballets to music by contemporary artists, Viennese Waltz music has inspired people to dance for generations.

History:

The Waltz developed in Central Europe from the Austrian dance known as the Landler. the fast whirling of partners held as if in an embrace shocked polite society. The music of Johann Strauss and the famous ballrooms of Vienna popularized the faster version known as the Viennese Waltz. Viennese Waltz is characterized by movement around the dance floor turning left and right.

Music:

Viennese Waltz is basically Waltz music played at a much quicker tempo. While slow Waltz is played at 28-36 measures per minute (MPM), Viennese Waltz is played at 50-60 MPM. It is usually played in 3/4 time, but some Viennese Waltz's are written in 6/8 time.

Characteristics:

Sweeping turns that gracefully move around the floor characterize this dance. The Viennese Waltz is known for its rotational movement, which is simple and elegant.

Teaching Elements:

  • Footwork--Develop the concept of crossing actions
  • Timing--Learn to use different timings while dancing figures
  • Rise & Fall--Develop the use of legs and feet.
  • Turns--Learn to change directions quickly and comfortably
  • Compare/Contrast--Waltz, Fox Trot
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Quickstep

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Quickstep is the English version of the Fast Fox Trot, which has quick hopping steps set in with the smoother gliding figures. It is very popular in Europe as a competition dance. It ranks among the "Big Five."

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Rhythm and Latin

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Embodying rhythm, energy and passion....

Many of these dances are loose in structure and traditionally used as a form of relaxation and relief from the stresses. These dances consist of Cha-Cha, Rumba, Jive, Paso Doble, and Samba.

The following dances fall under the category of Latin and/or rhythm: Salsa, Mambo, Merengue, Cha Cha, Rumba, Bolero, Paso Doble, Samba, Bacchata and Lambada.

Latin shows variety of dances that are associated with South American, Central American and Island cultures.

Music and rhythm form large part of daily life in these regions so it is not surprising that a collection of dances has developed many of which started as folk dances.

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Rumba

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Learning the Rumba is a prerequisite for good Latin dancing. The Cuban Motion is essential in most Latin dances. The Rumba is used by good dancers everywhere and provides interesting variety suited to a limited space. Neat, attractive, precise footwork gives you confidence in your dancing. The Rumba will sharpen your sense of rhythm, timing, and muscular control.

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Cha Cha

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The Cha-Cha adds fun to your dancing through it's syncopated steps and many open movements. When you can dance many interesting combinations with ease, you and your partner will be able to feel the pulsating latin rhythms which make this dance so fascinating. The energetic rhythm of the Cha-Cha encourages you to cut loose and let your personality show.

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Merengue

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Merengue develops Cuban Motion and the ability togue is the simplest dance to learn. It's uncomplicated timing makes it easy to feel the music. adapt to any partner. It is the only Latin dance that combines one-step timing with Cuban Motion and therefore is a help to all Latin dances. The march type beat sharpens timing & coordination and the proper use of the accent will develop a clearer interpretation of musical rhythm.

Merengue is the simplest dance to learn. Its uncomplicated timing makes it easy to feel the music.

History:

There are two schools of thought as to how this captivating dance began. One says it started as a peasant dance in the Dominican Republic by African Slaves. Another says a returning war here, a General Maringie, danced dragging an injured leg. Whatever it's origin, today's exciting rhythm of the Merengue inspires dancers all over the world to move to its intoxicating beat. Merengue dance steps are easy and deliciously fun!

Music:

Merengue music is written in 2/4, 4/4 or 6/8 time. The rhythmical accent will occur on the first beat of each measure.

Characteristics:

Walking steps and side steps (chasse) are the basic components of Merengue. This dance is introduced as a marching dance but can be developed into a very rhythmical dance. With "Cuban Motion" and animated body movement, the Merengue gives a festive party appeal.

Teaching Elements:

  • Basic Movement--"Lame Duck" motion
  • Advanced Motion--Cuban Motion
  • Movement Isolation--Leg and Hip action without and with body action
  • Leading Action--Body, shoulder, arms, hand and visual
  • Timing Variety--Half time, double time or syncopated rhythm
  • Tempo Interpretation--Movement variation to accent music or play with it
  • Compare/Contrast--Fox Trot, Rumba, Hustle
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Samba

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Samba improves the flexibility of the body and helps achieve easy movement and lightness. The Samba rolling action teaches the body to be supple. To move lightly, quickly, and smoothly without effort takes study but only at the start. Although considered a good exercise, Samba should be danced smoothly and in a relaxed manner giving the appearance of effortless movement. Sometimes called the South American Waltz, the Samba pulsates to a unique Latin rhythm.

Often called the South American Waltz, the Samba dance pulsates to a unique Latin rhythm.

History:

This national dance of Brazil became the rage of its society in the 1930's but began as an exhibition dance in Paris in 1905. Movie star & singer Carmen Miranda, is credited with making the Samba dance popular in the U.S. in the early 1940's.

Music:

Today's Samba music is influenced by Jazz and Latin rhythms. It is written in 2/4 or 4/4 time. The music is festive and fast paced with a sound associated with Rio's Carnival. The basic count is "Slow a Slow" or "1 & 2".

Characteristics:

Walking Samba steps and side steps are the basic components of this dance. The major characteristic of the Samba is the vertical bounce action. Steps are taken using the ball of the foot. Knee action along with body sway and "pendulum motion", in the accomplished dancer, is made to look effortless and carefree.

Teaching Elements:

  • Forward and Back Motion--Weight changes incorporating vertical motion
  • Side Motion--Weight changes incorporating vertical motion
  • Slip Action--Progressing, side, crossing
  • Timing--Hold action, timing changes, phrasing
  • Turns--Changes of direction with control and proper body and arm action
  • Compare/Contrast--Waltz, Rumba
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Mambo

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Mambo is a fusion of Cuban and American dancing. The music is characterized by a stirring Afro-Cuban beat. Mambo is an exciting dance which allows you to develop your own feeling and expression. Because Mambo is such a fun dance, good Mambo dancers are always popular and in demand as partners. The wild exciting music, and rhythmical body movements make the earthy Mambo irresistible.

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Salsa

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Salsa is the Spanish word for "sauce" denoting a "spicy" and "hot" flavor to this popular dance style to a complex mix of many different rhythms. There are indications the term Salsa was coined by radio disc jockeys in Puerto Rico as early as the 1960's. Later associated with a New York sound developed by Puerto Rican musicians, Salsa is considered the national music and dance of Puerto Rico. The fusion of an Afro-Cuban beat with enhanced jazz textures results in an aggressive high energy pulse which has become popular everywhere. Many of the patterns are closely related to those of the Mambo and Cha-Cha.

The wild exciting music, and the rhythmical body movements make the earthy Mambo irresistible.

History:

Salsa is the Spanish word for "sauce" denoting a spicy or hot flavor. As a dance it can be danced to a variety of different rhythms. Generically salsa music encompasses many Afro-Latin rhythms driven by the clave (two wooden sticks struck together). Today's Salsa is the result of many years of rhythmical evolution due to economical social and political change. Salsa is the national music and dance of Puerto Rico. Many of the Salsa dance patterns are closely related to those of the Mambo.

Music:

In 1933 Cuban songwriter Ignacio Piniero wrote the song Echale Salsita (throw on some sauce) after tasting food which lacked the Cuban spices. But it wasn't until 1962 when Jimmy Sabater's tune Salsa y Beme suggested the dancers liven it up or spice it up by adding a little "salsa" (sauce) to their movement when they danced.

Characteristics:

Danced to four beats using only three steps, each step being a beat long, the remaining beat is used as a tag to the last step or perhaps an adorning (tap, kick or pause) movement called a highlight. Salsa steps can be traveling or on the spot.

Teaching Elements:

  • Footwork--Steps can move side to side, forward and back or in circles
  • Rhythm--Count as Quick, Quick, Slow or 1, 2, 3 (holding taping on beat 4)
  • Regional Influences--Breaking on count three is acceptable on a regional basis.
  • Compare/Contrast--Marked similarities with Mambo, Lindy Hop, Swing, Hustle
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Bolero

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Originally a Spanish dance in ¾ time, it was changed in Cuba into 2/4 time and then eventually into 4/4 time. It is now present as a very slow type of Rumba rhythm. This dance is often said to have the rise and fall of Waltz, the contra-body motion of Tango, and the rhythm of Rumba. It is a favorite of dancers, as it incorporates many techniques similar to other dances to create a slow, sensual, romantic dance.

The romantic Bolero is the slowest of the Latin dances. It combines controlled movement with dramatic expression of the music.

History:

The Bolero has the same Afro-Cubn roots as the Rumba and is thought to have originated from Cuban or spanish folk dances such as Danzon and Beguine.

Music:

The Bolero is usually played in 4/4 time and its tempo is slower than that of the Rumba. While Rumba music is very rhythmical, the lyrical Bolero sounds more like a Latin Ballad.

Characteristics:

The Bolero has some different characteristics from its Cuban relative the Rumba. Its long sweeping side steps and use of rise and fall create a softness that makes this dance unique among the Rhythm dances. The expanding and contracting dance position makes a very dramatic and romantic statement.

Teaching Elements:

  • Rise & Fall--Learn grace and poise through balance
  • Lead & Follow--Develop arm and hand connections
  • Timing--Learn the control necessary for slow music
  • Arm Styling--Create contrasting speed of arms and hands
  • Footwork--Develop the use of knees and ankles to create soft movement
  • Compare/Contrast--Waltz, Rumba, Tango
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Contemporary

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Hip-hop, funk, break dance and attitude...

Hip Hop is an art form that includes deejaying (cuttin' & scratchin'), emceeing/rappin', breakdancing and grafitti art. These art forms as we know them today originated in the South Bronx section of New York City around the mid 1970s.

Hip Hop has thrived within the subculture of Black and Puerto Rican communities in New York and is now just recently beginning to enjoy widespread exposure. From a sociological perspective, Hip Hop has been one of the main contributing factors that helped curtail gang violence due to the fact that many adults found it preferrable to channel their anger and aggressions into these art forms which eventually became the ultimate expression of one's self.

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Modern

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Partner dances with a swingin' kick...

Modern partner dancing is very popular in Australia and the interest is growing rapidly. It is very addictive. Browse through the pages about modern dancing on events4singles.com.au - you’ll find interesting information about what’s involved in each of the dance styles and where they originated. Modern Dances are easy to pick up and Australia has some fantastic teachers who get you out on the dance floor in no time.

Modern dancing is fun, exercise, and the following dances fall under the category of Modern are Swing, Hustle, Jive, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Modern Jive, Ceroc and Rock n Roll.

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Jive

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Jive is an international competitive Swing dance with elements of the Lindy Hop and Jitterbug. Characterized by up-tempo single-time music danced with triple steps done primarily on the toes with very lively movement.

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Jitterbug

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Jitterbug is also known as single-time swing. It is usually done to faster Swing music and is a highly energetic and expressive dance. It could also be referred to as a toned down Lindy Hop. It is also a spot dance and highly useful on crowed dance floors.

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Hustle

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Hustle originated in the 1970's Disco Era and was popularized by John Travolta in the movie "Saturday Night Fever." Both the music and the dance swept the country like wildfire, and although the white suits and gold chains have faded away, the dance has stayed, giving us the fusion of Swing and Disco. Hustle is still one of the most popular nightclub dances across the country today.

The Hustle gives us the fusion of Swing and Disco.

History:

Discotheques (Disco) with high quality sound systems, and flashing lights became a popular form of entertainment in Europe and America in the late 1960's and throughout the 70's. In the early 1970's a new dance craze became popular on the crowded dance floors of New York. This "Touch Disco" was called the Hustle. The Hustle marked a return to popular dances where couple danced touching each other. The popularity of modern and "retro" music with "disco" beat keeps Hustle dance steps exciting and full of energy for today.

Music:

Disco Music is normally written in 2/4 or 4/4 time with a strong bass beat. The melody and beat are based on rhythm and blues and the accent on each of the bass beats makes the music hard to resist.

Characteristics:

Turns, spins and wraps are primary components of Hustle dance steps. The more accomplished dancers will use syncopated timing and fakes along with elaborate arm styling.

Teaching Elements:

  • Hustle Basics--Concentrate on turns and position changes
  • Open Breaks--Teach fingertip lead & follow, arm control
  • Footwork--Work on weight changes in rotation
  • Connections--Prepare for unity of movement & control of body
  • Hustle Motion & Accents--Stress use of beats to steps, body to music
  • Various Timings--Use straight & syncopated timing to adjust to different music tempos
  • Compare/Contrast--Swing, Lindy, Cha Cha, Merengue
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Lindy

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Popular musical groups of today have revived interest in the musical styles from the original Lindy Hop Era and have fired the imagination and enthusiasm of a whole new generation of Lindy Hop dancers. However, the acrobatic style used for exhibitions is not the same as the quietly rhythmic Lindy enjoyed by most dancers on the ballroom floor.

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Swing/East Coast Swing

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The Swing is a spot dance with a carefree relaxed style and is a dance easily mastered by most people. The various speeds are excellent training for quick footwork and good leading & following which will add comfort and ease in other rhythm dances. After mastering the patterns, both men and women will find Swing a fun and exciting dance to learn and practice. Perhaps the most uniquely American of all dances, the Swing brings forth a buoyant carefree movement. It's one of the dances that becomes contagious.

Swing brings forth a buoyant carefree movement. It's one of the dances that becomes contagious.

History:

The Lindy (Swing) picked up where Charleston left off. It had "swing-outs", "breakaways" and "shine-steps". With the birth of "Swing" music in the mid 1930's the Lindy climbed the social ladder. In August of 1935, at the Palomar Ballroom, bandleader Benny Goodman played a Fletcher Henderson arrangement of "Stompin' at the Savoy". The rest, as they say, is history. The dance craze swept the nation, and depending on where you lived, it was the Jitterbug, the Lindy Hop or the Swing. Since those days, each successive generation has "discovered" the fun of Swing. this most uniquely American dance is enjoyed all over the world.

Swing is a group of related street dances that evolved from Lindy Hop. Swing is a partner dance, where the couple consists of a leader and follower, who share a connection.

In the late 1920's in Harlem Lindy Hop was breaking out wherever people were partying... But it wasn't until the opening of the Savoy Ballroom that Lindy Hop got its name and a home. At the Savoy the Lindy Hop got hotter and hotter, as people danced to the top Big Bands in the land. And it got better and better, as the popular Saturday night competitions pushed good dancers to greatness. New steps were born every day.

The styling got refined and was executed so well that the dance was a joy to watch as well as do. When it looked like it couldn't get any better, a young dancer named Frankie "Musclehead" Manning created the first airsteps in 1935, and the Lindy Hop soared.

Warning - listening to swing music is addictive!!! Here are some names to look out for at your local CD shop. You can get started with some good, cheap compilations... Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Billie Holliday, Glenn Miller, Cab Calloway, Loius Prima, Frank Sinatra, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Royal Crown Revue, Harry Connick Jnr.

Music:

Swing, Jitterbug, Jive, Shag, Lindy Hop, etc are normally written in 2/4 or 4/4 time with the musical accents occurring on the second or second and fourth beats of a measure. Swing includes two general rhythms: Swing Rhythm - 1, 2, 3 & 4, 5 & 6 or it's equivalent; Lindy Rhythm - 1, 2, 3 & 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 or it's equivalent. Swing may be danced comfortably over a wide range of tempos.

Characteristics:

A side step or a triple step (shuffle) followed by a rock step done to lively music is the fundamental pattern for this dance.

Teaching Elements:

  • Basics--Turns and position changes
  • Open Breaks--Fingertip lead and follow; arm control
  • Maneuverability--Learn how to move comfortably in all directions
  • Footwork--Weight changes in rotation
  • Swing Motion and Accents--Stress the use of beats to steps and body to music
  • Various Timings--Single, double, and triple timing as well as Lindy timing to adjust to different music tempos
  • Compare/Contrast--Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, Fox Trot
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West Coast Swing

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WCS is a stylized Swing dance popular west of the Mississippi from Kansas to California. Danced to slow or medium tempo Swing or Disco music and characterized by slot movements, taps and shuffles, coaster steps, and push and pull action of the dancers.

The sophisticated style and ease of movement makes this dance a popular favourite.

History:

In the 1940's with the wild abandonment of the Jitterbug being banned from dance halls due to too many injuries, Arthur Murray developed and documented several swing steps that he later called "Sophisticated Swing". This was the beginning of what is now called West Coast Swing. Arthur Murray is credited with the first codifications of West Coast Swing and used such names as "Under Arm Pass, The Whip and The Sugar Push" to describve the patterns. The ladies taking "two walking steps forward" towards the man at the beginning of each pattern was standardized in his studios. In 1989 California selected the West Coast Swing as its state dance. Today there are over 5000 documented West Coast Swing step patterns and more are added every year.

Music:

West Coast Swing can be danced to almost any music written in 4/4 time, from the Blues to Discxo, Jazz, Pop, Country or Big Band. It is considered a "living dance" in that it is constantly evolving, growing and changing to the music styles currently in vogue.

Characteristics:

The West Coast Swing differs from other swing dances because of it's distinctive "dancing in a slot" approach, where the lady's movement takes her towards theman, not away, such as in a rock step.

Teaching Elements:

  • Footwork--Steps are done in a slot, moving forwards and backwards
  • Dance Position--Varies depending on the step being done.
  • Movement--More of a smooth glide than up and down or bounce Motion &
  • Accents--Stress the use of beats to steps and body to music
  • Anchor Steps--Occur at the end of every step pattern
  • Compare/Contrast--East Coast Swing, Foxtrot, Carolina Shag
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Cultural and National

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Belly dance, flamenco, argentinian Tango and other traditional dances...

Cultural and national dances represent an important means of retaining and passing on different traditions. Maintaining tradition is important to the diversity of cultural groups which make up the Australian population. These dances often depict stories which have their own importance and appeal, however, the costumes and music, which combine with the choreographies, help create an attractive and powerful force for bringing people together as a community. These dances help people to share the culture and traditions within their specific cultural groups and with the greater Australian community.

Australia boasts an array of other cultural and national dance types which include many of the countries of the world from English Morris dancing, Spanish Flamenco, Brazilian Samba, Irish and Scottish dancing to Noh dancing from Japan to name a few.

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Dance Fitness

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Aerobics

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Even thought the aerobics craze seem to have passed and that today is very different to what has swept the world of its feel and got it into working out the aerobics way, the current times offer the exerciser an abundance of tools and information about aerobics that has never before existed.

This kind of exercise was very fashionable some years ago, at one time you could find many of your friends and family in you local gym doing aerobics, but after this health workout fashion changed into many different streams of physical exercise, like the oriental disciplines and many diverse international workouts.

But aerobics didn’t go away, with time this has become on of the most researched and developed forms of losing weight and getting fit again, many different machines have been invented and researched, and many experts have been working in the field of aerobics.

There are great advantages of aerobics exercise, first it is a special and very wide way to work out and keep your body in good shape, lose weight and maintain a regular workout schedule, but there are many other advantages to aerobics exercise some of them very surprising. Working out and doing aerobics will also effect you mood, improve many aspects of you body and spirit and make you stronger not only physically. The effect of working out is that you body will release a lot of positive things into your blood, making you happier and stronger, this alone can make a huge change in anyone’s personality, and the good news is that if you never worked out you will feel this significant change.

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Belly Dancing

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Belly dancing is arguably the oldest form of dance in the world, originally a ritual to celebrate fertility and the female form.

But what you may not realise is that it is also a total body workout which uses around 600 muscles.

Belly dancing has become the new trendy exercise for people wanting to keep fit and de-stress. The immediate thing you feel is a release of tension, so a great time to do it is straight after work. By the time the class has finished and you've had some relaxation, the tension is gone.

Anyone can belly dance — any size, age, skill level — and men are also welcome. Once you get over the initial embarrassment, it's really good fun and there are real health benefits too.

Juliet took up belly dancing to help strengthen her weak back from years of sitting in an office. After nine years of belly dancing she hasn't seen the chiropractor for at least five.

The key to belly dancing is the rhythmical tightening of the abdominal and pelvic muscles, which in turn strengthen the back and thighs. Not surprisingly, some women find the gentle rotating and rocking movements help tone the body during pregnancy. Belly dancing is also a healthy alternative for losing weight.

It is excellent for people with a poor body image and low self-esteem or those who just hate exercising. You don't have to dress up in a fancy costume, sarongs or loose clothing are perfect, and at around $12 a class it is relatively inexpensive.

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Yoga

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The health benefits of yoga are so much that it may be hard to see which exact one is the most important.

Nonetheless, the main benefit of doing Yoga may lie in the fact that it works not only one part of the body, for example the physical, but the spiritual as well. All the while making sure that the body is trained as a unit not necessarily isolating one muscle group

Here are some other health benefits one can derive from a regular yoga practice.

  1. Improvement in Sleep Patterns
  2. Decrease in Joint aches and pains
  3. Posture Improvement
  4. Weight normalization
  5. Increase in Muscular flexibility
  6. Increase in Energy Levels

To really understand the main benefit of doing yoga, one must realise that all its limbs and components (Diet, meditation, breathing exercises, and postures) when applied properly, work together to make the body fit, healthy and strong both mentally and physically.

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Diet

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For whatever reasons to go on diet, one should take note that a healthy diet is the key to weight loss and not the type of diet. This is the finding of a one-year study released in 2005 by the researchers in Boston to assess the adherence rates and the effectiveness of four popular diets for weight loss and cardiac risk factor reduction.

The four diets are Weight Watchers (restriction of portion sizes and calories); Atkins (minimize carbohydrate intake without fat restriction); Zone (modulate macronutrient balance and glycaemic load), and Ornish (fat restriction).

A total of 160 overweight or obese adults, aged 22 to 72 years old, with known high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or high blood sugar, were randomly assigned to each of the four diets. After 2 months of maximum effort, participants were told to select their own levels of dietary adherence.

Results showed that while each diet was modestly effective in reducing weight and several cardiac risk factors, increased self-reported adherence level (although overall rate was low) was associated with greater weight loss and cardiac risk factor reductions for each diet group.

The study may provide some evidence that the key of losing weight may not lie with the type of diet, but rather sticking to the chosen diet.

The best treatment of obesity is still prevention. People should monitor their diet carefully, change their lifestyle if necessary, and exercise regularly. This is by far the most effective measure rather than find ways to lose weight when they become obese.

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