Thursday, January 17, 2013

Dancing Queen

I love to dance. And I mean LOVE.

I started taking ballet classes when I was a little girl and I continued on with tap and jazz until I was 18.

I gave up classes once I moved out on my own to go to university, but you could often find me out with my girlfriends on the weekends lighting up the dance floor at our favourite clubs until the wee hours of the morning. I spent many Friday nights dancing on the speakers with my bestie, Krista, at our fave dive hotspot singing at the top of our lungs and shakin' our groove thangs like nobody's business :-D

At the time, it was a fun and social activity and I did it because I loved it. Dancing brings me joy. You can express yourself through movement, and for me, it frees my spirit.

Now, I love using dance as my cardio workout a couple of times per week. Who would've thought?! Dancing for the *burn*. Zumba is definitely my favourite dance workout and becoming certified as a zumba instructor is one of my current goals. I go to a class at the Y every Monday night and I look so forward to that one hour where I can just let the stress of the day go and enjoy my time at the gym.

Our instructor at the Y incorporates alot of latin and bellydance moves into her choreography --- whew! talk about working your core!!! --- and I've been thinking that I need to look into adding some new dance classes into my life too.

Have you ever taken a dance fitness class other than zumba before?

Dance is becoming a really popular workout option, not only because it's FUN, but also because there are a ton of positive health benefits that you'll experience when you get a little crazy on the dance floor.  
  • Improves your posture and tightens your core
  • Burns calories!!!
  • Stimulates your mind by memorizing routines and dance steps
  • Increases your flexibility and agility
  • Improves your co-ordination
  • Releases endorphins and promotes a sense of well-being
  • Reduces tension and stress
  • Promotes social interaction
Who wouldn't wanna dance with all of those benefits?!

Have you ever turned your workout into a dance party? What's your fave dance-themed workout?

Have a great day!


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  1. Love your post today and LOVE Zumba. Way back I tried "Dancersize" plus "Learn to Disco" and "Learn to Line Dance" as "dancing" workout options:) Mom

  2. I think it's pretty obvious that I LOVE Zumba! But I did do a hip-hop fitness class once and it was awesome! And I would honestly love to try jazzercise ahaha.

  3. I took some barre classes at the beginning of the summer, and they were KILLER! I need to get back into that. Never have taken Zumba-- my lack of coordination kind of holds me back on that one. :-)