Dr Mark Magdanz
The fall dancing season was a rousing success. Level 1/beginner dancers learned and enjoyed nine new dances, while level 2/intermediates danced 13. That’s a great accomplishment, and it includes a generous helping of fun too.
So, what’s up next? It’s the last minute now to get signed up for the winter season, as classes will start at the Ranch on Wednesday, Jan. 18. The 2019 winter class series will run 11 weeks. Two skill levels are taught year-round on Wednesday afternoons in the Hacienda Aerobics Room. Rebecca’s line dance lessons provide SaddleBrooke Ranch residents with dancing for the novice to the mid-level line dancer.
Learning to line dance is easy and fun, with a bit of exercise. Line dancing is very much like a child playing with blocks. You learn some steps (a block), then another. Put two-four blocks of steps together, and you have a dance. Learn different blocks and you have a different dance. With practice and repetition—voila!—you could build the Great Wall of China.
Starting with a fairly small number of three-four step blocks, choreographers have published more than 100,000 different dances on our favorite instructor site. Don’t worry—we don’t aspire to learn all those dances or build a big wall. We will learn some new steps as a couple repeats each series keeps the dancing fresh and stimulating. Remember, in line dance you step forward, backward, sideways, across or behind, kick your foot, touch the toe or heel, and so on—easy stuff! Once you’ve learned the basic steps, you can learn different combinations and then more complex dances come faster and easier.
A couple years back AARP reported that 94% of surveyed seniors rated staying mentally astute as a top priority. Dancing helps—a lot! The “Secrets of Staying Sharp” stressed that the four factors affecting brain health are mental, physical, and social activity, and vascular health. All four are supported with regular line dancing. Add a bit of laughter, proven to strengthen the immune system, and you have a happy, healthy experience on the dance floor.
Line dancing is a stress-relieving activity, as we laugh out loud as often as possible. The focus of the classes is just to have some great fun, exercise, and develop our ability to laugh at ourselves and with others. We improve our quality of life with hearty guffaws and enjoy success while dancing. We giggle both when we get the dance right or when a dance bests us.
Come join for a good time, laughs and some fun exercise. Rebecca’s classes are on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and she teaches at two different skill levels each day. An 11-class series is planned to begin mid-January.
“Dance with your heart and your feet will follow!”
To be added to the reservation lists for the Winter Series in 2019, contact Rebecca Magdanz at [email protected] or 520-818-2656. She is a dedicated, professional line dance instructor with 14 years of professional experience—five of those teaching happy students in SaddleBrooke Ranch.