Dr. Mark Magdanz
Balance is a key issue as we age—and boy is it important. A great many changes in our later life are triggered by problems with our stability. Falls break bones and head injuries change life forever. Balance is complex: involving vision, inner ear and our sense of body position. Age related change to vision and ears may be best addressed by health professionals. Strength, loss of feeling, arthritis, fear and poor judgment (i.e. get off that ladder; be careful) are in your control. Line dance builds strength, endurance, balance, position sense and memory and all this with fun. Arthritis is documented to be slowed by exercise. Generally all dance helps keep you inner ear mechanisms supple through use. Even your visual integration improves with exercise in motion. Holistic is a common buzz word for healing professions—-well, dance integrates your whole body for movement and therefore better life. Read the next paragraph and act for your better health. Note: many balance issues are influenced by prescriptions or underlying disease so consult your doctor about physical activity.
It’s time to reserve your space for fall 2015. Nearly every floor space is reserved at this time and a wait list is started for some classes. But there is some space within student number limits. 10 classes of each level and two parties are scheduled before the end of the year. The week of September 28 lessons will commence. Classes begin on time and never end early and Fitbits have totaled up to 5000 plus steps per hour.
Level 1 slowly builds (or maintains) aerobic, balance and foot speed capabilities. Feedback on this series is excellent from novices but, as intended, it also gets raves from those who had trouble with the pace of more challenging Level 2. So if life is slowing down, this may be a new dancing home for you. One class is available in SaddleBrooke and one at the Ranch and a dance party pace hour also once per week.
Level 2 requires some previous significant dancing and while it is possible to start here, you will be evaluated for knowledge of dance basics and steps. Allow yourself time to rebuild some aerobic capacity and rest as needed. You’ll get a workout and have some fun in one or more of the three Level 2 classes in SaddleBrooke or the Ranch. Level 3 is currently only available in SaddleBrooke and is for the most motivated/proficient.
Class days are Level 1 Monday morning, Level 2 Monday evening and Tuesday morning, Level 3 (Intermediate) Thursday evening. 50 plus minute fast/fun, Dance Party style practices for all skill levels are weekly. Ranch based classes are Wednesdays.
Rebecca, an 11 year SaddleBrooke resident, has been leading SaddleBrooke and Ranch dancers for over eight years. For more information on Line Dancing Lessons with Rebecca in SaddleBrooke for 2015 or ‘16, contact Rebecca Magdanz at [email protected] or phone 818-2656.