Dance Style Classes

Healthways offers two fun ways of getting fit with its dance style exercise classes:

  • Belly Dancing; and
  • Love-it-Latin!

You will be amazed at how much you will ‘work out’ in these one hour classes!

As well as experiencing a physical workout, they also provide mental stimulation and  can be a great social outlet for you.

Benefits of Dance…

Dancing gives you all the benefits of cardio vascular exercise, including:

  • Promotes physical health;
  • Promotes mental health benefits;
  • Improves sense of well being;
  • Improves self-esteem; and
  • Improves general positiveness that comes with regular enjoyable and fun exercise.

… As well as:

  • Strong bones – The side-to-side movements of many dance steps strengthen your weight  bearing bones (tibia, fibula and femur) and can help prevent or slow down the loss of bone mass (osteoporosis);
  • Skill development – By regularly attending classes you’ll improve your rhythm, coordination and dancing ability;
  • Improved mental alertness – You’ll keep your mind active as your brain works to remember routines and keep one step ahead;
  • Muscle strength – Dancing helps maintain proper posture and body alignment, and increases balance and flexibility; and
  • Stress release – Dancing is an outlet for creativity and freedom of movement and mind.

Belly Dancing

No one knows the true origin of belly dancing, though it may be as old as woman herself. Ritual dances of high priestesses of many ancient civilizations were probably some form of belly dance. Primitive rock engravings of fertility dances date back as far as 15,000 B.C.

Belly dancing can help increase overall flexibility, body tone and strengthens your leg and core muscles. Your arms and hands get a workout too particularly when using a veil, cane and playing zils. It is a low impact activity which doesn’t place undue pressure on joints and can be very therapeutic.

Belly dancing emphasises muscular isolations, and you will be taught this skill. Our class is suitable for ages 16+ and for all body types. We welcome beginners and at this level the instructor will introduce you to the basic movements and then move you through the more challenging ones which our long standing participants enjoy.

Our classes are friendly and focus on technique, creative drills and steps. You will certainly get a good intensive workout!

What do I wear and bring to a Belly Dance class?

It is best to wear a skirt which is comfortable and ‘flows’ to accentuate the movements you are practicing, as well as a simple body fitting top so you can see in our studio mirrors how you are developing your core muscle movement. A hip scarf can also accentuate movement. The majority of participants go bare foot.

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Love-it-Latin!

This is a ‘Zumba’ style aerobics workout set to a fabulous fusion of street Latin and ballroom Latin dance styles.  Mixing mambo, cha cha and salsa moves (to name a few), you will be kept on your toes and you will never be bored by the dance routines.

You don’t need a partner; come on your own or with friends.  You’ll experience creative choreography and be enticed by the catchy beat of the music.

There are two Love-it-Latin! classes:

  • The open class will give you a high cardio-vascular workout, as well as improve your focus and mental alertness as you remember fast paced routines. The moves are challenging and lots of fun!
  • The second class is for beginners who want to learn the basic moves, learn the names of the moves, work on co-ordinating the arm and leg actions and still get a great workout.  All of this while still having fun!

What do I wear and bring to a Love-it-Latin! class?

It is best to wear clothes that make you feel comfortable as you will be doing swift movements.  Most participants wear leggings or tracksuit pants and a singlet or t-shirt.

We also recommend that you wear shoes with a flat sole and minimal grip.  (Shoes with too much grip can impede your turns and steps.)

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Note:  If you like dancing, we also offer Jazz, Funk & Hip Hop Dance Classes:

Come in and try a class today!

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