Finding Inspiration in Ballroom Dance

How to find inspiration in ballroom dancing? There’s inspiration to be found everywhere – there are many who get inspired by great music alone and it helps them to perform better.

If you are like most of our students, you will probably watch shows like “Dancing with the Stars”, “So You Think You Can Dance” for inspiration. Many of the students in our small town Monterey also visit dance competitions and watch performances by major dancing stars to get inspired.

But it is the popularity of dance-based reality shows on TV such as “Dancing With The Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance” has led a lot of people of all age groups to join our tango classes and swing classes. While these dance shows are not the only reason for the renewed enthusiasm for ballroom dancing in Monterey, California as well as in the rest of America, the fact it, they are responsible for a large part of the inspiration.

Dance based reality shows have certainly created a lot of interest in ballroom dance across the country. Monterey dance school such as ours have been the direct beneficiaries of the popularity of these dance shows.

The numbers in our dance classes go up every month, and there is no doubt that at least a part of the reason for this new craze for ballroom dancing are the popular dance-based TV shows. A lot of people, especially young people, are inspired by watching the phenomenally talented performers on TV and want to join the fun.

It’s not just children who want to show that they can dance, a lot of parents are joining too. Of course, with dance being just a popular social activity, we get a number of single men and women joining as well. We have a plenty of young couples taking wedding dance lessons with us, and for them learning dance together is one of the most romantic things in the world.

Certainly, there is an increase in the number of people who want to pursue competitive dancing since the popularity of these shows. This has had an impact on the entire industry and at our dance studio, we just love having more people –young and old – join our ballroom dancing classes.

However, it is important to warn our prospective students that it takes a lot of time and effort before they can achieve the professional levels displayed by the incredibly talented dancers on TV. They should not expect to get instant results. They must learn the basics of dance first, such as adopting the right posture, for a start.

And it is important for our students to take care of themselves – this means eating well, avoiding junk food and exercising regularly. Dance itself is a great cardiovascular activity, and you will burn 300 calories in every session of ballroom dancing.

Another way to find inspiration is to watch the various Dancesport competitions on TV, no matter where they are held in the world. Pay attention to the international dance scene. There are a number of talented dancers in Latin America and Europe, where ballroom dance is even more popular than it is in the U.S.

So as you join tango classes or salsa classes, be prepared to give it everything. Enjoy your sessions and take inspiration from the best. Get exposed to new dance styles such as cha-cha, samba and rumba and more.

Find inspiration everyday interact with the other students during general dancing, learn from them and get inspired from them. Just have a great time and enjoy yourself!

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* Free ballroom dance lesson is for residents of: Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove, Seaside. Salinas CA and new students only.

How to Practice Turns in Ballroom Dancing

How to Practice Turns in Ballroom Dancing

It makes all the difference to your popularity as a dancer in a dance class if you know how to make proper dance turns. Spinning is what women like the most about ballroom dancing; they love nothing more than a turn at the right time or a back spot turn while locked in their partner’s embrace.

So how to practice turns in ballroom dancing? Most beginners in dance classes turn or spin repeatedly without really understanding the mechanics of the movement. While they do get it right at times, they will never really be able to master the turn till they get coached out of the bad habits.

That’s why our instructors emphasize on the basics during the dance classes. To start off with, students are asked to step onto one foot and remain in balance for as long as possible. If they can stay balanced on a single foot, turning on it becomes so much easier.

To understand this, think of a line drawn from the center of your head down to your feet, separating the left and right halves of your body. To turn successfully one side should turn quicker than the other.

Think of your body as a door, the axis on which you turn is the door hinge and the opposite side of the body is the part of the door that moves. This side should move faster than the part of the body that’s connected to the hinge.

You will understand this concept better during your dance lessons. In a ballroom dancing, you will be trained to start the turn by rotating your base – hips and below. So if you want to turn to the left, step with the left foot, start the turn with it first. Then, turn the foot slightly to the left and lead into the turn – now allow the whole body to rotate.

This may seem complicated here, but you will learn the movement fast by visually following the instructors as they demonstrate it to you during your dance sessions.

Try to stay on the ball of the foot as far as possible. So as your weight is centered on the foot that is planted on the floor, you will be able to turn without tipping over.

Here’s what you should do to practice turning during ballroom dancing. Step forward onto the ball with the left foot, and turn the foot outwards as you do. Turn only slightly to the left using your hip and leg muscles – in other words, a quarter turn.

Now, can you stop and stay balanced on the left foot? Try to perform this action, at least 6 or 7 times in a row till you get it right. Practice both right and left turns with the left foot and repeat as often as you can. Increase the amount of the turns gradually in both directions, and gradually improve your balance. You will soon be able to turn with ease and with style. And when you do, that will make you feel really great about yourself!

At our studio we emphasize on spinning and turning as that is integral to ballroom dancing. Practice spinning and turning during your latin classes such as Salsa, Samba, Jive or Rumba classes as these styles often contain a lot of dancing apart. You’ll be able to enrich your routine and technique being able to solely control the turns which is a very important part of dancing.


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* Free ballroom dance lesson is for residents of: Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove, Seaside. Salinas CA and new students only.


How to Train Posture in Ballroom Dancing

One of the most important things you will learn  is the importance of posture while dancing. Most dancers find it challenging to master the stance required for ballroom dance and fail to get their arm positioning right when they first start learning ballroom dancing.

Dancers do understand why posture matters and do their best to use the right posture, but they don’t always get the right grounding. This is so because most people learn dance visually and try to copy the body positions used by other dancers or their instructors – but they don’t really understand what it truly means to have the right posture.

So what is posture, or frame as it is called in ballroom dance? Frame refers to the dancer’s body position – how she stands, how she holds her arms and how she connects with her partner. You will learn how to use the right frame in standart or latin.

Generally, the posture or frame is more important to traditional dance styles such as Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep and Viennese Waltz, than to Latin American dance forms such as Cha-Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive. Having the right frame will decide how you get rated in dance competitions – you may do the most flawless performance, but if you get the body posture wrong, judges are bound to cut points. When your posture is lopsided or sloppy, you will not be able to move together with your partner and be off your center of balance.

In our ballroom dancing classes you will be trained to maintain the right posture. Your classes will begin with the instructor telling about the basics. The correct posture involves four points of connection – a man’s left hand to the woman’s right hand, his right hand to her left lat, her left forearm to his right elbow and her left hand to his right bicep.

For the right posture, there should be a long line that stretches between your elbows. Keep your shoulders back and down. Upright posture makes all the difference, perfect it with a simple exercise.

Stand with your back against a wall, press yourself against the wall, press your feet, buttocks, calves, shoulders and head against the wall. Remain in this position. That’s the perfect posture. The idea is to stretch your abs, so that it feels like an elastic band.

Next, work on the resistance. Resistance makes all the difference to ballroom dancing. Both partners should resist against each other and not be limp. It is only when you resist, there will be a connection between yourself and your partner. You will be taught this in all dance classes.

Add a bit of resistance to your posture. For this, the guy sets the tone by applying only the slightest of pressures in the connected palm. The girl follows his lead by pushing back with the same pressure. The female partner has to be very precise here and not over-resist as that would put both out of balance and she cannot be led. And if she under resists, she can’t be led either. So in all ballroom dancing, we emphasize the importance of maintaining the right balance.

For this to work, the male partner’s right leg should go between the female partner’s legs. Both partners should stay in position and stay intertwined during the dance. The middle of the woman’s body should line up with the right side of the male partner’s body. The trick to ballroom dancing, as you will learn to figure out how to dance while maintaining this connection. It is your posture that brings everything together and ensures a flawless dance performance.

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Dance lessons in Monterey, California

Why is Monterey CA Such A Great Place to Learn Ballroom Dance?

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Monterey is arguably the most beautiful coastal city in California, which is a favorite weekend getaway for all California natives. Monterey was actually the capital of California once, and this part of Monterey’s history has left behind several vintage historic buildings in the city’s downtown. Monterey is today popular because of its lovely coastline, famous aquarium and because it was the beautiful setting of so many of famous author John Steinbeck’s classical novels, such as Cannery Row and Tortilla Flat.

But there is more to Monterey. Monterey is also one of the best places in the country to learn ballroom dance. The folks here just love dancing to great music, and like it even better when they have exciting company.

There are several popular dance studios such as the Pacific Grove Dance Studio, that offer lessons in swing, tango and salsa among many other dance forms. The dance instructors are friendly, knowledgeable, highly experienced and helpful.

The ambience around Monterey is beautiful, serene, calm and peaceful. The people are extremely warm and friendly and the city is perfectly safe for women and children. And young men and women are renowned for their striking good looks.  All of these factors make the area one of the best places in the United States to learn dance.


So what can you expect ?

Whether you’re looking to join dance classes here or in your hometown – you’ll find the very best dance instructors at the Pacific Grove Dance Studio, who are knowledgeable about all forms of ballroom dance, have excellent skills and are very experienced at putting students at ease and building much needed confidence in them.

What are the Benefits of learning ?

At our dance studio, we help to make you more confident about your dancing ability and capable of impressing one and all with new found dancing skills.

# Our dance instructors will focus on you and you alone, giving you the individualized attention that you seek.

# Our teachers  – allow you to learn dancing at your own pace, without rushing you at any stage.

# At our dance classes you’re guaranteed to have a dance partner, who’ll help you learn how to lead and follow.

# At our dance classes we help build your confidence so that you’ll be able to dance well in groups as well.


So, if you’re looking to learn Swing, Salsa or Tango, there is no better time than this Friday, as on every Friday night, Pacific Grove Dance has general dancing for everyone where you may practice not just ballroom dance, but also Latin and Night Club styles.

At our dance scool, you will get dance lessons for all occasions – whether it’s for a couple’s first dance at your wedding, a Father – Daughter dance or a Mother – Son dance. There is something for everyone here, for all occasions.

And remember, there is the Monterey Swing fest to look forward to, which is held annually. Here you have the most amazing high-energy footwork, spins, slides and swings and much more, very much similar to the fun and happening Jitterbug and Lindy Hop dance eras of the 1930’s and 40’s.   The Monterey Swing fest is full of classes, competitions, and several workshops in West Coast Swing.
So, whether you live in Pacific Grove, Monterey, Carmel or Salinas, CA get your first dance lesson scheduled by calling 831-393-4567. We promise you’ll have a great time at Pacific Grove, most of our students do, after all, we have the reputation of offering “the best ballroom dance lessons in Monterey, California!

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First Dance Lessons in Monterey Ca

For most young people, their wedding day is the most important day of their lives. It’s a day of massive celebration, during which the whole world recognizes you and your spouse as a married couple for the very first time. The wedding day is also the day of the wedding dances – the couple’s first dance, the father-daughter dance, the mother-son dance.

The couple’s first dance is of course the most important and you wouldn’t want to mess this one up at any cost. The couple’s first dance is often seen as a sign of how compatible a newly married couple are, and it would be really embarrassing for you and your spouse if either one of you is out of step while doing it.

That’s why both you and your fiancé should register for dance classes at the earliest, to give yourself enough time to practice the first dance lessons.

First dance lessons offered in dance studios like ours in Monterey, Ca to prepare you for the big event and ensure there are no hiccups along the way. Whether you learn your first dance lessons the important thing is to practice regularly and show the right amount of commitment at all times.

The harder you practice, the easier and more fun will your first dance be on D-day, the time of your wedding. So enlist the help of a professional dance teacher.

And it need be just you and your future mate. You may want to invite your parents, siblings and friends as well to join dance classes along with the two of you. Make it a happy family occasion. Remember, family that dances together, stays together.

You think you have two left feet, and don’t think much about your partner’s dancing ability either – well, just go through the paces at your very first dance class and feel the difference. You would be astonished at just how good both you and your partner can be, as long as you have a trained dance teacher coaching you, helping you learn the basic dance moves, while gradually inserting a bit of complexity into your dance.

But there are a few things only you and your soon-to-be spouse should decide. Such as, which opening song would suit your first dance best? You certainly shouldn’t pick a song that you are not comfortable with or one that you clearly don’t like. And you shouldn’t pick a song merely because your fiancé loves it – it should be something loved by both, if that’s not the case, just chuck it. Discuss with your fiancé and try to find common ground.

Another thing to be kept in mind is that you shouldn’t look to impress the audience. You shouldn’t do the couple’s first dance to “wow” the audience, but just to show how graceful both you and your partner can be on your big day. Just keep it simple, don’t stretch yourself too much.

And putting too much pressure on your partner is never a great idea either, he or she might have second thoughts about the wedding if you become too demanding or expect perfection! Never add on to the pressure, your fiancé would anyway be under a lot of stress.

Weddings are a joyful occasion. The goal of the couple’s first dance is to demonstrate your togetherness as a couple and your compatibility, not to impress people with your footwork on the big day. Make your wedding memorable by booking your first dance lessons in our Monterey dance stuido.

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* Free ballroom dance lesson is for residents of: Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove, Seaside. Salinas CA and new students only.

Mother – Son Dance

Since the very beginning of the Western Civilization, there has always been the Father-Daughter dance at weddings. The Father- Daughter dance has always been the most emotional moment in a wedding.

But since the 1990’s, possibly because of the growing Feminist movement in the country, a strong need was felt to give mothers the same importance that we give to fathers – for, after all, mothers play as important a role in the lives of their children as fathers do.

So, over the last couple of decades, almost all weddings in the United States have a mother-son dance. Finally, the special bond between a mother and her son was being recognized.

The Mother-Son Dance usually follows the Father-Daughter Dance. Just as the Father-Daughter dance is an emotional event, the Mother-Son dance is equally filled with tears as there is nothing stronger than a Mother’s love for her Son. The Mother-Son dance demonstrates that a Mother’s love is always eternal, even though her Son is now all grown up, married and being taken care of by the new woman in his life, his wife.

Your mother would be nervous about the Mother-Son dance and has probably not danced for decades. She would probably worry more about getting her dance steps right than focusing on you and what the occasion truly represents, if she hasn’t prepared well enough for the moment.

That is why both you and your mother should take Monterey dance classes or dance lessons Salinas Ca at Pacific Grove Dance Studio. At Pacific Grove Dance Studio, we have the best dance instructors in on the hole Monterey Peninsula, and they will keep your mother’s health and age in perspective as they put her through the paces, slowly building up her confidence, so that she’ll be able to handle herself brilliantly on the biggest day of your life – your wedding.

We suggest that you should practice with your mother as well, so that she is completely comfortable. At your wedding, you will want your Mother to keep her complete focus on you and not worry about things like which direction her feet should be going.

Another important thing to do is to pick a song for the Mother-Son dance. We have a collection of 10 all time favorites for all Mother -Son dances in weddings in America over the past many years. You may choose from any of the song choices mentioned here.

  • A Song For Momma – Boyz II Men
  • I Am Your Child – Barry Manilow
  • My One True Friend – Bette Middler
  • Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
  • Mama – Jerry Vallie (Italian)
  • Through The Years – Kenny Rogers
  • Can You Feel The Love – Elton John
  • Have I Told You Lately – Rod Stewart
  • You Raise Me Up – Josh Grobin
  • Hero – Enrique Eglasias


You and your mother should start your preparation for the Mother -Son dance at least 3 months in advance of your wedding. Our dance instructors in Monterey, Ca need time to make your mother really comfortable and remove any anxiety she may have about embarrassing herself on her son’s big day by messing up the dance steps.

And remember to relax at the wedding, and to enjoy the occasion. If you’re nervous at the wedding, you’ll only make your mother tenser. If you’re relaxed, your mother will be relaxed too, will be able to do her steps perfectly and the dance will be a truly emotional event for both of you. We guarantee that there won’t be a single dry eye in the wedding hall.

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* Free ballroom dance lesson is for residents of: Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove, Seaside. Salinas CA and new students only.

Monterey Weight Loss Programs

It has been a common experience of dance instructors that men and women – regardless of the age they belong to or their individual fitness level – are a lot fitter, slimmer and happier, after just four weeks of regular dance classes.

Regular dance lessons under the supervision of the best dance instructors in Monterey, Ca does wonders for your weight loss and fitness. The weight loss is likely to be even more remarkable if you back up your dance practice with a healthy diet – low on carbohydrates, low on saturated fats and high on proteins.

Of course, you shouldn’t eat out often anymore, or order pizza delivery. No more cakes, pastries, ice cream or cookies. Have more red meat, salmon, tuna fish, eggs, fresh veggies, fruits and nuts. You can’t stick to your old, unhealthy eating habits any longer.

But how effective is ballroom dancing for weight loss? There is a popular dance reality show in Britain, “Strictly Come Dancing,” where celebrities who are not experienced at dance join the show and after several weeks of training, become expert dancers.  They learn waltz, cha-cha-cha and salsa. What has been noticeable is how much slimmer they appear over the several weeks they spend on the show.

The BBC Breakfast Show presenter Susanna Reid, who participated on Strictly Come Dancing claimed to have lost half a stone in just six weeks of dance practice.  Other celebrities such as Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh to actress Felicity Kendal have claimed massive weigh loss as well, after just a few weeks of regular dance practice. It’s just amazing how all contestants lose loads of weight and get fitter, purely because of dancing.

Dancing is a perfect workout, and when you’re put through your paces at Swing dance classes or Tango classes by the experienced dance instructors in Monterey, you will feel the difference too.
As Philip Harrison, a personal trainer for the fitness company Les Mills says, “Any exercise that pushes up your heart rate will help you stay trim. Dancing also releases feel-good endorphins so going to a class is a great way to boost your mood.  We often forget that getting fit doesn’t have to be boring.”

“If you’re having a good time dancing to your favorite songs you won’t notice that you’re working out. It’s not a chore when you’re having fun.”

According to Philip, the reason ballroom dance is such an effective workout is because we don’t see it as exercise. To us, dancing is fun, not exercise, so we are likely to work out longer and put more effort, which burns fat faster.

As Philip says, “When you dance the movements you make are very varied and athletic. It tones the body while working on your cardio fitness. It’s exercise in disguise. You lose weight because you are constantly moving your whole body. No matter what form of dance you choose though, dancing will help keep you trim so have a go.”

So book your dance lessons at our Monterey dance studio today. But remember, it is important not to be nervous if you have never danced before. It’s not necessary to copy exactly what the dance instructor does 100% of the time.

You should dance because it feels good, because it really works your body, putting it through a whole range of movements, making the body more flexible, building your stamina and boosting your energy levels. You should dance because such an hour at a dance class is known to burn 400-600 calories, which means after a month of swing or salsa classes you may experience a weight loss 4 to 6 pounds, which is simply amazing.

Remember, dancing is for everyone, no matter how old you are, or what’s your current fitness status. It is never too late to learn dance. Dancing is good for the heart, mind, body and soul.

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* Free ballroom dance lesson is for residents of: Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove, Seaside. Salinas CA and new students only.

Gym or Ballroom dancing Monterey Ca

Monterey danceOne of the most important reasons to book your lessons  is because ballroom dancing is such a wonderful physical activity. It gets your heart pumping just as running for an hour on a treadmill in a gym would; only, dancing is a whole lot more fun.

Burn Calories at Dance Studios Monterey Ca

You can shed serious amount of fat and burn 400 to 600 calories in a single dance class that lasts for an hour. This is extreme fat burning, very much comparable to what you could achieve in a gym. Just 30 minutes of dance may be equated to 5 miles of fast walking. The side-to-side dance movements involved in a typical dance strengthen the bones and help to prevent osteoporosis.

Here’s what research tells us why ballroom dance is so much better than going to a gym.

# Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY were involved in a comprehensive study of dementia – causes and treatment. They tracked 469 men and women over the age of 75 for almost 5 years. They found that elderly men and women who took part in dancing were at a lower risk of dementia than those who participated in bowling, walking for exercise, and activities such as climbing stairs or doing housework.

# A study conducted by a Swedish university found that elite cross-country skiers who did pre-season dance training suffered from less severe back pain from skiing than those who preferred to go to the gym instead.

# A study conducted in Korea found that ballroom dance was one of the best treatments for depressed teens, who were found to have much higher levels of serotonin, or the “happy hormone”.


Why Joining Dance Classes in Monterey or Salinas Ca is way better than going to a gym!

Going though your paces at tango classes or swing classes is way more interesting than going to a hip-hop or zumba dance style aerobic class. This is because learning dance is a whole lot more fun, more interactive or romantic than a dance-aerobic class.

It’s possible to achieve peak physical fitness by learning dance at dance studios just as you would by going to a gym, slogging away for hours with dumbbells. But surely, you won’t get the same enjoyment and satisfaction out of your gym work as you would get after a session with your partner.

Ballroom dance is a perfect total body cardio and aerobic workout. A typical dance is not really of a particularly high intensity, which means anybody can do it, so could you – no matter what the current state of your fitness is or how old you are. When you learn dance at dance studios you feel healthier and fitter, and find a great improvement in the cardiovascular system. You feel your stamina getting built up, even as you burn calories and shed fat.

An hour in dance classes can burn 400 to 600 calories, which is simply amazing.  What this means is you can potentially lose anywhere from 5 to 8 pounds after a month of dance classes, provided you are regular, and take part in the dance routine with a great deal of enthusiasm.

A typical one-hour dance class strengthens the core, firms up the abs, and makes the skin tighter. When you learn Swing, Tango, or Waltz, the head and shoulder rolls that you perform are an excellent workout for the upper body, especially for the neck. The fast footwork burns leg fat, stretches the calves, strengthen the ankles. Lifting your partner during the dance routine has the same effect on your body as a perfect squat, tightening the thighs and firming up the butt.

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Father-Daughter Dance in Monterey, California

One of the most emotional moments during a wedding is the father-daughter dance. It is also, perhaps, the hardest part of a wedding. Tears would be in full flow during the father-dance dance. You would be crying, smearing your making, while your dad, one of the strongest men in the world, is likely to completely lose it as well.

Your dad, even more than you, is likely to be overwhelmed by the experience of the father-daughter dance. The father-daughter dance represents the moment that your dad finally realizes that he would be giving you over to another man, your husband.

Your dad would think about how he is no longer the most important man in your life that his little girl has grown up and moved on and would no longer be around, waiting for him to come home from office and tell him about her day in school.

The father-daughter dance is full of such sweet moments, extremely emotional moments, and none among your family and friends will be left with a dry eye either. It is such a lovely time for everyone.

But for the father-daughter to go off really well, both you and your dad would need to put in a lot of practice. Well, you may be in the prime of your youth and be extremely fit, but your dad will be slowed down by age and several ailments. That’s why it’s important for both you and your dad to join dance classes Monterey Ca or dance classes Salinas Ca and be trained by an experienced dance instructor.

When you join a Monterey dance school with your dad, the dance instructors will make sure that the pace is just right, and that your dad will have no difficulty at adjusting.

Learning the father-daughter dance at dance studios Monterey Ca can be a really fun experience. It would perhaps bring back memories of your childhood when both you and your dad used to dance to music in your living room, with your little feet on his toes.

Your dad would feel very emotional during his dance classes Monterey Ca or at dance classes Salinas Ca, because he will be thinking about all the wonderful moments of your childhood. But remember to shake him up, because there’s a job to be done here – impress all the people at your wedding with the perfect father-daughter dance.

Now, nobody expects the father-daughter dance to be perfect, but it would help quite a lot if both you and your dad are in sync. That would make the experience all the more awesome and unforgettable. It would be something your father would, several years later, talk about with his grandchildren – maybe he will tell them about how, at his age, he danced better than their mother on her own wedding!

But there is a lot of work to be done before that. First you should select a song that your dad would love, but not get too emotional about. You definitely wouldn’t want your dad to collapse into a heap of tears during the father-daughter dance, unable to control his emotions because of a particularly lovely song that reminds him of you when you were three years old!

So, if “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” would make your dad too emotional, choose something else. Something that is fun, and less emotional.

And before the song is played, walk over to your dad, tell him how he will always be the no.1 man in your life, even after your marriage and no matter how grown up you become. Tell him about how much you love him and always will. Tell him about how he has looked after you all your life so far, and now it’s your turn to take care of him. Then ask the DJ to turn the music on and begin the blissful father-daughter dance. There won’t be a single dry eye out there, among your friends and family, watching the two of you. It is a moment that will live with you forever.

Join dance studios Monterey Ca along with your dad and learn your dance lessons under the guidance of an experienced instructor.

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How to lose weight in Monterey CA – Try Ballroom Dancing!

“Ballroom dancing is two people dancing together to music, touching in perfect harmony.”

  • Anton du Beke, Professional Ballroom Dancer


How to lose weight in Monterey CA?
Your best friend’s wedding is only a couple of months away, and let’s be honest here – you have picked up a plenty of weight in places where you shouldn’t. You can blame it on years of working on at your office desk to the exclusion of any major physical activity. But now, this is an emergency. You are desperate to get back to full fitness before the wedding. So how to lose weight in Monterey CA? Have you considered ballroom dancing for weight loss Monterey?

Well, you should. Ballroom dance is a wonderful way to lose anywhere from ten to twenty pounds in super quick time. A session of ballroom dancing – whether you do Salsa, Waltz, East Coast Swing, Tango or Cha Cha – burns away as much as 400 to 500 calories. That’s serious calorie burning! The best part – ballroom dancing is a wonderful social activity, it’s fun and a great way to meet amazing new people. Hey, you could take your partner to dance as well, why not! This is way better than spending hours slogging on the treadmill or working with dumbbells, barbells, cross trainers etc. at the gym.

Types of  Ballroom Dancing for Weight Loss 

As we said earlier, Ballroom Dancing burns around 400- 500 calories in just one session. Now, not all types of ballroom dance would burn so many calories. Some like Waltz are slightly slower, and require less strenuous activity, and so burn fewer calories than other types of ballroom dance such as Salsa and Tango. But even with Waltz, if you keep at it long enough and pack in enough sessions over a couple of months, you’re likely to experience amazing weight loss. Slower types of ballroom dance are recommended for those who are slightly older or a bit overweight. Once you get the hang of it, carry yourself well on the dance floor and have picked up some stamina, you may go for the more strenuous Latin American dances.

For maximum weight loss through ballroom dancing, you should pick up Latin American dance types such as Salsa and Tango. These dance types require a high amount of physical activity and you will end up doing a plenty of kicks, flicks, twirls, twist and bends, which burns up the calories a lot faster. Even if you do Salsa or Tango for just thirty minutes a day, you’ll burn up an amazing amount of calories. Keep at it for just a month, and your weight loss is likely to be very much noticeable and you will have people at the office complimenting for your improved new look and ask about your secret!

Is there an age limit to learn Ballroom Dancing?

Not at all. If you are reasonably physically fit, and have been cleared by your doctor, there is no reason why you can’t learn ballroom dancing even if you are in your sixties or seventies. There are so many older people who find so much enjoyment in ballroom dance. It helps them stay in shape, keeps their mind alert, keeps them happy and is believed to slow down the process of ageing.

How much weight loss can you really expect from Ballroom Dancing?

Ballroom dancing ensures amazing weight loss results. If you dance regularly for at least three to six months, and pack in three to four ballroom dance sessions in a week during this period, you may fully expect to lose 20 pounds of unwanted weight, at least. But it’s also critical that you should practice healthy eating habits as well, during this time. Have a protein rich diet, have foods that are low in carbs, and have a plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.  A healthy diet is a must to get the most out of ballroom dancing for weight loss.

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* Free ballroom dance lesson is for residents of: Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove, Seaside. Salinas CA and new students only.

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