Dr. Mark Magdanz
Fitness.com reports that “Dancing can be used in place of regular low–impact exercise such as cycling, walking or aerobics. Depending on the form of the dance, you can actually burn a large amount of calories doing it. Who would have thought you could have fun and lose weight at the same time? Research shows a 150 pound adult can burn approximately 150 calories doing 30 minutes of dancing. The best part is you’re not even thinking about weight loss while doing it. Researchers believe dancing keeps your mind and body healthy as you age. Any kind of dancing increases the number of chemicals produced in the brain to help grow nerve connection. More importantly, dances that require you to learn certain steps actually increase your brain power and help to improve your memory skills. Dancing has even been known to help reduce risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Any kind of dance has you using all the different body parts. So most all the different muscles in your body are being used. This helps strengthen and tone your muscles without hurting your joints. It also helps to strengthen bones and tone your entire body and brain. All forms of dance are known to lower your risk of heart disease, help with weight control and strengthen the bones and muscles especially in your back, legs and hips.”
With Rebecca’s classes you’ll gain fun, exercise, balance, strength, new friends, brain maintenance, 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 the time to catch the basics.
Level 1 Beginners class is for those new to line dancing. Classes occur Monday morning in SaddleBrooke or Wednesdays at the Ranch.
Level 2 Easy Intermediate classes provide a bit faster learning and dancing workout. Those who have previous training and/or experience may jump directly to this level quickly. For this level you’ll need step training and more stamina. Classes are Monday afternoons and/or Tuesday mornings.
Level 3 Intermediate is the most challenging class with more complex dances and a vigorous workout. Classes are Thursdays in the early afternoons.
Fun and vigorous Practice Sessions occur year round on Thursday for Level One and Saturday for Levels Two and Three.
It’s time to claim a spot on the summer dance floor. If you are gone for the season, make fall or winter plans to dance. This spring 10 classes are planned for each level. Provisions can be made for those who will miss a lesson or two due to your travels (we travel, too! Yeah).
Classes are taught on a reservation basis to control size 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 happy SaddleBrooke dancers since 2008.