Latin Rhythm Dance Club – By dancers’ requests

Dance in the Vermilion Ballroom at SaddleBrooke One.

Dance in the Vermilion Ballroom at SaddleBrooke One.

The Latin Rhythm Dance Club is in its sixteenth year of providing professional level instruction in authentic Latin dance styles to SaddleBrooke residents. The early fall classes feature some favorite Latin dances.

About dancing

Taking a dance class—with its defined steps and different tempos—provides cognitive challenges and improves balance, which is superior to repetitive movement fitness training like walking or cycling. Dancing improves joint mobility, flexibility, and balance since one has to shift weight while moving in different directions. Plus depending on the dance, you may burn 400 calories an hour! It’s also a real “upper!”

Thursday dance patterns classes

Patterns classes are designed for those with some prior dance experience. We emphasize leading, starting and ending each of our enjoyable patterns. Classes meet Thursdays from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in the Vermilion Room at SaddleBrooke One. A dance step summary sheet and practice music CD are provided to class participants.

Rumba/bolero patterns Sept. 5, 12, 19, and 26

Featured is our blend of world standard Cuban rumba and bolero, our dancers’ favorite Latin slow dances.

Cha cha patterns Oct. 3, 17, 24, and 31

Enjoy the action of this popular Latin fast dance. Cha cha is aerobic, as well as fun, and adapts to many fast dance styles, including swing.

Nightclub 2 step patterns Nov. 7, 14, and 21

This versatile slow dance, created for American music, is loaded with new dance patterns. It, too, can be used with many music styles, including the foxtrot.

Note: Latin dancing is vigorous, aerobic, and very good for seniors’ bodies, minds, and balance. Be sure your doctor approves!

Monday beginner’s dance classes

Enjoy the exercise and social benefits of learning Latin dancing. Classes meet on the Mondays listed below (Nov. 19, 25, and Dec.2) at 2:00 p.m. in the Vermilion Room at the SaddleBrooke One clubhouse. A syllabus of the dance steps offered in each session will be provided.

Ballroom Tango Plus Oct. 21, 28, and Nov. 4

We offer a modern approach to this classic slow Latin dance. Our use of neo-tango music will enhance your enjoyment of tango.

Three Hot Dances Nov. 18, 25, and Dec. 2

Each of these dances is great exercise and loads of fun to learn. The quickstep will be featured on Nov. 18, the Argentine milonga on Nov. 25, and the Argentine vals on Dec. 2.

Dance is exercise that integrates mind, body, and soul, and it works for all ages and skill levels. Dance helps counteract the daily effects of sitting too much, and, even at the beginner level, aids in improving posture.

For more information about Latin Rhythm Dance Club classes, dance parties, our popular dance instructional DVDs, or to become a member, contact [email protected] or call 520-818-0604. Be sure to be added to the email dance events list.