Dr Mark Magdanz
Dance is a form of physical training getting frequent attention. As a form of interval workout, it is a far more time-efficient way to perform cardio exercise — proven more effective than steady rate exercise. What is interval training? In a nutshell for dancers, alternating periods of higher intensity work, then periods of lower activity. For example: try three to five minutes of moderate-paced dancing, and then slow your pace for a few minutes. Repeat the cycle for several songs/dances, and you’ve completed a pretty complete and demanding interval workout. As a bonus: mental fitness aspects such as mood, memory, speed of recall, thinking skills, reasoning, attention span, etc. are affected positively by activity that strengthens the brain functions. Physical exercise improves circulation. Mental challenge forces new connections to be formed between brain cells. Line dance provides these vital brain improving/preserving results.
There are many plausible arguments for why one type of exercise is superior to another. Participation is the key — if every moment of activity is torture, you’ll quit. The best exercise is one you actually do, hopefully forever. Line dancing’s a ticket to fun exercise — the #3 most participated in senior activity worldwide.
With Rebecca’s classes, you’ll gain fun, exercise, balance, strength, new friends, brain maintenance/improvement, increased memory, muscle tone, bone strength, self-confidence and consistent fun. A willingness to laugh at yourself and with others will be your greatest asset. It is required that you be nice to yourself and allow yourself the time to catch the basics.
The Level 1 Beginners class is for those new to line dancing. If your life is slowing down, or you need a slower pace, then Level 1 is also a great place to add some fitness and energy back into your lifestyle. Classes occur Wednesday and Saturday in SaddleBrooke Ranch.
The Level 2 Easy Intermediate classes provide a bit faster learning and more intensive dancing workout. Those who have previous training and/or experience may jump directly to this level. Most folks start with Level 1. For level 2, you’ll need previous step training and more stamina. Classes are also Wednesday and Saturday in SaddleBrooke Ranch.
We hope soon to welcome Ranch Level 2 dancers to the fun and vigorous one-hour “Happy Feet” party sessions occurring year-round on Thursday in SaddleBrooke.
It’s time to claim a spot on the summer dance floor. If you are gone for the summer season, make fall or winter plans to dance. This summer will have 8-10 sessions for each class starting the third week of July.
Classes are taught on a reservation basis to control size and maintain a fun and favorable learning opportunity. Put your name on one of the class lists by contacting Rebecca Magdanz at [email protected] or phone 818-2656. Rebecca has produced skilled, happy and healthier line dancers since 2008.