WELCOME TO NEW DANCERS!
Whether you would like to learn or improve your social/ ballroom dancing, or you just like to dance, CueSteps has an interesting and informative program for you. You will find our dance classes Informal, Friendly, and Fun!
Usually in August CueSteps sponsors a free, no-obligation evening called “A Chance to Dance”. This is an opportunity to meet our instructors, take an introductory waltz class, and ask questions about our Program and/or Club. Please either contact us or refer to “Class Schedule” for the date/time of this event.
You are also welcome to come to our Beginners’ Class (please check for date and time under Dance Classes/Schedule). Lessons are $6.00/person/class. The first three lessons allow time for you to decide whether or not to continue. Should you decide to join CueSteps, membership is $10.00/person/year and membership/insurance with the Canadian Square and Round Dancers Society (CSRDS) is $3.00/person/year.
A few suggestions for our classes:
- Bring comfortable shoes with a smooth (not rubber) sole for dancing (refer to “Links” for Dance Shoes),
- Dress casual or dressy-casual,
- Wear a name tag/badge if you have one,
- Refrain from using fragrances in consideration of others’ allergies, and
- Bring along bottled water or a glass/cup for the cold tap water which is available.
For further information, please contact Ken or Janice Frank at
403-279-3771 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
“Dancing is the art of getting your feet out of the way faster than your partner can step on them!” Author Unknown
SO WHY DANCE?!
Little do toddlers know when they joyfully move their small feet and bodies to music, they have begun Dancing — one of the most enduring forms of activity there is. In 2006, an Italian study found dance to be good exercise for heart patients as compared to other aerobic exercises like cycling – and they thought that was probably due to the patients enjoying it more. (4) Even the elderly, when able, take pleasure moving to music.
As physical exercise, there is evidence that dancing (including social dancing) helps:
- Improve Strength, Flexibility, and Endurance
- Increase Muscle Tone and Co-ordination
- Burn Calories
- Strengthen Bones in the Legs and Hips
- Improve Cholesterol Levels and Decrease Blood Pressure
- Improve Posture and Balance.
Along with these physical benefits, dancers also enjoy:
- Increased Energy
- Reduction in Stress
- Improved Memory
- Increased Confidence and Self-Esteem
- Higher Levels of Seratonin — Leading to a Greater Sense of Well-Being. (3)
“And we do know you look younger when you dance!” K.C.
“Dancing also increases cognitive acuity at all ages.” (3) A study done at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City determined that frequent dancing showed the greatest reduction in the risk of dementia (76%) of their tested physical or cognitive activities in senior citizens (75 years and older). (2) It is believed that dancing which requires participants to make quick decisions provides improved mental stimulus (as found in social dance). “Dancing (also) integrates several brain functions at once – kinesthetic, rational, musical, and emotional – (which) further increase(s) your neural connectivity.” (3)
Another important aspect to consider is the social benefits of dancing. Attending dances, or participating in dance classes, is a good way to meet new people and form friendships. As Dr. Jonathan Skinner of Queen’s University Belfast has said, “I have found that social dancing leads to a continued engagement with life – past, present and future – and holds the promise for successful ageing. It contributes to the longevity of the dancers, giving them something to enjoy and focus upon – to live for. It alleviates social isolation and quite literally helps take away the aches and pains associated with older age.” (1)
And, for those fortunate individuals who enjoy dancing, it is a Good Way To Just Have FUN!
“Dancing reminds me of golfing – you don’t have to be good to enjoy it!” G.W.
- HSC Public Health Agency of Northern Ireland (1)
- New England Journal of Medicine, June 19, 2003 (2)
- Richard Powers, “Use It or Lose It; Dancing Makes You Smarter” including reference to publication in New England Journal of Medicine by Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, July 30, 2010 (3)
- Wikipedia, “Benefits of Dance (4)