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How To Avoid Dance Injuries

Posted by Arthur Murray Dance on Wed, Dec 3, 2014 @ 09:12 AM

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Here at Arthur Murray Dance Center, we want to provide the best dance studio experience you’ve ever had. One way we want to ensure you will have a positive outcome from your dance lessons is to make sure you take the proper precautions so that you do not get injured.


We have created a set of guidelines for you to follow so that you can have the best dance class experience that is 100 percent injury free.


  • The best way to begin a dance class is to get warmed up. Arrive early to every class and allow yourself time to warm up your muscles in order to avoid injury.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. You may see the professionals wearing shoes with a heel, but for your everyday dance class, it’s best to wear shoes you know you can move in without the fear of twisting an ankle.
  • If you’re feeling any kind of pain at all, take a break. It is not worth it to dance through the pain. When you feel pain, that’s your body's way of communicating that something is not right. Listen to your body, and take a break to determine if the pain is something that would cause a serious issue in the long run if it’s not attended to right away.
  • Pay attention to the proper techniques. Your dance instructor is not only there to teach you the dance moves, but to also teach you the proper techniques to complete each dance move. If you have questions about how to properly do something, ask! Your instructor and your body will thank you.
  • Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated will keep your body functioning well.
  • Don’t take on too much too quickly. If you’re a beginner when it comes to dance, don’t sign up for more lessons than your body can handle. Try to find a dance class that is spread out throughout the week. Then you can have one day on and one day off in order to allow your body to rest.
  • If you have a previous injury or any health related issues that might cause a problem when it comes to dancing, consult a doctor before you take your first dance class. You and your doctor can determine the right path for you when it comes to physical exercise.
  • Make sure you aren’t just warming up, but that you are also taking time for a proper cool down. It is just as important to stretch at the end of a workout as it is to stretch at the beginning.

If you have questions about what level dance class would be a good fit for you, or if you’re not sure if you could keep up with the level of activity in any given dance class, please feel free to call us with questions. We would love to consult with you on what dance program would be right for you and how you can achieve your personal dance goals.

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Find the Arthur Murray Dance Studio closest to you, and call about our dance programs today!

Topics: Dance Studio, dance lessons, dance class, Learn To Dance

DANCING PROMOTES BETTER HEALTH

Posted by Jessica Gladstone on Wed, Dec 12, 2012 @ 17:12 PM

DANCING HELPS WITH WEIGHT CONTROL

Only through some sort of regular excercise can we avoid having all those extra calories we consume convert to body fat. Instead of spending endless hours working on boring, monotonous exercise equipment, why not enjoy burning those extra calories while dancing in a pleasant atmosphere with pleasant people and great music!

DANCING IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEART

Medical specialists tell us that long periods of inactivity can cause a decline in the heart's efficiency. A heart, which is accustomed to exercise, when forced into more vigorous activity (i.e. running upstairs to answer the phone, shoveling snow, playing an active sport, etc.) will be better able to handle the extra load. Your heart will pump blood throughout your body with much more efficiency when required to so frequently by a mild form of exercise such as dancing.

DANCING IS GOOD FOR YOUR NERVES

Do you know that our nerve cells govern our senses of sight, feel, hearing, smell and taste? They govern our memory, emotions, reasoning and motor reflexes too. Doctors have long recognized the beneficial effects of exercise on the psyche and nerve cells. Dancing aids in relieving stress and strain and couteracts nervous fatigue. If we are to think clearly, and make intelligent decisions in our everyday life. we must possess the kind of relaxed nervous system that can be provided by regular dancing!

LOOK WHAT GOOD CIRCULATION WILL DO FOR YOU

Often we don't stop to reflect on the needs of our bodies until it is too late. Good circulation not only nourishes our muscles, giving us coordination as well as grace and poise, but though dancing wit does more to stimulate and improve the appearance of our skin than all of the massages and creams we can use.

As we grow older, it becomes a greater challenge to remain active so our minds and bodies will stay strong and fit. Dancing is a wonderful way to keep both mind and body active, and the amount of energy you want to devote to it is entirely up to you!

MUSCLE TONE TOO!

One of the beautiful things about social dancing is the way it works muscles that would otherwise not get very much use in a normal day. Firmer underarms/triceps will result when the arms are held up and used. Sounds like dance position and arm styling might make you look good in more ways than one.

As for the legs, most people have fairly solid muscle tone on the front of their legs. If you want to firm up the back of the thigh and lower buttocks, you have to use them. Swing the leg back from the hip in a slow Fox Trot could help tone this area.

Topics: arthur murray dance studios, exercise, heart, blood, ballroom dance shoes, ballroom dance lessons, arthur murray dc, dance class

3 Essential Steps to Prepare For Your First Dance Lesson

Posted by Cheryl Cortez on Fri, May 25, 2012 @ 13:05 PM

Are you considering enrolling in dancing lessons at a ballroom dance studio?First dance lesson

Whether you're looking to meet new friends, trying to lose weight, or getting ready for the big wedding dance, beginning ballroom dance lessons can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. If you're feeling a bit worried about making a fool of yourself at your first dance class, you may want to consider making a few preparations ahead of time. You'll be amazed at how just a little prep work can ease your anxiety. 

Talk to a Professional

If you're thinking of taking dancing lessons at a studio, such as Arthur Murray DC, you may first want to have a little chat with one of the dance teachers working there. Teachers can help you choose the appropriate class while letting you know what exactly occurs during the average dance class. You may find yourself less anxious when you know what to expect from your ballroom dance lessons.

Invest in Good Shoes 

As a beginner, you do not necessarily need to have a pair of fancy dance shoes. You do, however, need a pair of shoes that fits well and will feel comfortable for an hour or more of dancing. If you don't already have a pair of shoes that meets this basic criteria, it's probably time to go shopping. Your feet will thank you later.

Bring a Friend 

Singles often worry about going to ballroom dance lessons alone, fearing that all the other participants will be couples. Believe it or not, a lot of other singles enjoy taking dancing lessons. In fact, many attend ballroom dance lessons in hope of meeting other singles. Most teacher choose to rotate students through a variety of partners, allowing them to get comfortable with different dance styles. However, if you are still worried about being the only single at class, you might find it helpful to bring another single friend with for moral support.

 


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