Welcome to Sedona Dance News, an on line newsletter for dance lovers!
The goal of this running commentary is to keep my dance students at Dana De Luz Sedona Studio and other dance enthusiasts informed of the progress of my dance studio's development, classes, schedules, discounts, special events and great places to dance in Northern Arizona. Enjoy!
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

How many calories can I burn while I'm dancing?

Most of us know you can get a serious workout while out dancing to your favorite songs. But just how many calories are you dancing out of your system? And how do those calories compare to what you might be eating?

Below is a handy-dandy chart I found on latindancepro.com (I love researching dance!) Check your current weight and see how many calories you're burning off each hour you spend shakin' your groove thang.

Example: A 125 pound dancer burns 330 calories dancing a Cha-Cha for an hour. That's like completely erasing the 5th Avenue candy bar (280 cal.) from the vending machine right off your hips and thighs! Or like melting away that Dove milk chocolate and vanilla ice cream treat like it never touched your lips. And that slice of pepperoni pizza? Forget about it. After an hour of dancing, it no longer exists.

Weight loss: If I must burn 3,500 calories to lose 1 pound of body fat, then I can just Cha-Cha for 10.6 hours... which sounds to me like way more fun than being on the stair climber for 8.8 hours, doing high-impact aerobics for 5.8 hours or taking a moderately paced walk for 15.5 hours.
( Thank you to.... http://www.healthstatus.com/cgi-bin/calc/calculator.cgi )

So, with a couple of dance classes a week and a night out dancing on the weekend you can say good-bye to a pound of fat in two weeks without even changing how you eat.

Shall we dance? Contact Dana.


Approximate Calories Burned Per Hour

100 lb. Dancer

125 lb. Dancer

150 lb. Dancer

175 lb. Dancer

200 lb. Dancer

Disco, Cha Cha Cha, Mambo, Salsa, Cumbia, Merengue





Samba, Ballet, Fast Dances





Waltz, Foxtrot, Bachata
Tango, Rhumba, Bolero





Monday, November 1, 2010

Gentlemen: Can your dance moves capture a woman's heart?

The answer is YES, if you've got the right moves.

In a recent study conducted by Psychologists at Northumbria University in England, doctors filmed 19 volunteer men dancing. None of the men were professional dancers. Using a 12-camera set up with electrodes to map the men's dance movements, the researchers turned each man into a solid white figure on a plain background for a panel of heterosexual women to review.

What did the study show? It revealed that women were more attracted to men who moved in certain ways. Apparently, the bigger and more flamboyant the moves the more the women responded positively. The ladies especially liked greater movement in the right knee, head and torso.

The TV show "The Doctors" had a little fun with this study on Friday's episode. (aired Oct. 29th 2010) They brought in two professional dance judges and all three of the male doctors showed off their best dance moves. See who the best dancing doctor is and why.

Soooo, do you have bad moves or good moves? Check out the videos the female study panelists determined to be bad dancing and good dancing.  Is your dancing too reserved to excite your date? How can you improve your moves? All it takes is confidence! Try out some bigger more confident moves. Learn to shake your hips, swivel that right leg and body roll your head, neck and torso.

If you can't learn it on your own, contact me for dance lessons today.

This bird's got moves!

Frosty, the bird, grooves to Willow Smith's "Whip Ma Hair".  I love the variety of dance moves. I started to get bored but I was glad I hung in a watched it all 'cause Frosty throws in an other new move at 2:15.
Enjoy, and get dancing!