New Beginners Class for Line Dance with Rebecca

Dr. Mark Magdanz

Due to changes in community agreements, you can join a Thursday Beginners line dance class this January in SaddleBrooke by dancing with Rebecca. This will be the first time two newcomer classes can be presented. It comes at a good time, since many requesting residents had been unable to get off the Monday waitlist for her classes. Now, there may be some space in both Monday and Thursday classes with attendees shuffling to favored timeslots.

Rebecca’s teaching stresses fun, self-improvement and low stress. Each student progresses to Level 2 only when they choose. Many don’t move up because they just like beginner dances and that teaching pace. Level 2 Low Intermediate classes are on Monday and Tuesday. Level 2 is substantially more vigorous, and the dances more complex. Class size must be limited due to fixed room size, which ensures quality of instruction. With these limited spaces, you must pre-register with Rebecca to attend. No drop-ins allowed.

Why line dance? The lessons provided at SaddleBrooke promote the maintenance and improvement of your mental and physical health. How can an activity do this?

Just what areas of your life can improve? To name a few:

1) Memory and Learning: Choreographed movements require some memorization and concentration. Learning new skills and activities is a proven booster of functional brain capacity.

2) Balance/coordination: Over 80 different movement skills may be learned in classes, improving balance and coordination — leading to the prevention of many falls at home. Turning skills provide inner-ear training and desensitization for increased control of balance.

3) Exercise: With a fun activity providing a mild to moderate cardio work out, you are likely to continue instead of getting bored. Remember: the best exercise is found through something you will do regularly and forever.

4) Upright movement strengthens bones with side motions (spine and legs) beyond simple walking.

5) Socialization: Line dance gets you out of the house to meet new friends.

6) Music: Music therapy has proven helpful in the maintenance and recovery of brain function.

7) All of the above also attack the issues of depression, fatigue and isolation we can experience with aging.

All sessions move as quickly as possible, last 90 minutes and generally clock 4-5,000 steps. Prepare to laugh, move and expand your brain and physical capacity.

Line dancing is fun and exercise. It is the #3 most participated in senior exercise worldwide because it’s fun and doesn’t hurt! For more information, or to put your name on a class reservation list, contact Rebecca Magdanz at [email protected] or phone 818-2656. Rebecca is a full-time, 13-year resident of SaddleBrooke, and she has provided line dancing lessons in the SaddleBrooke community for over 10 years. Classes are designed to function as a community service to support and improve our health and fitness.