(Closed) ballroom dancing for fitness

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I know many people who are overweight or obese and are great dancers.  It’s a good idea to check with your doctor first though.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@starrynight:  I’ve been taking dance lessons since the beginning of the year (not ballroom, but swing and blues) and there are people of all shapes and sizes in my classes. I don’t think people taking dance lessons are likely to be judgmental about others, and if some are, well screw em. Not worth your mental energy, and you shouldn’t stop yourself from doing something awesome and fun because someone out there might judge you. Someone out there is judging all of us for something. Not gonna stop me from living my life. Smile

My experience is that in group classes things never move too fast. Especially because it usually takes the men longer to learn than the women (we have the easier job). But you can always retake a beginner class as many times as you want and go at your own pace. Or, private lessons will be tailored exactly to your skills and goals.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@starrynight:  I haven’t done ballroom before, but I have done partner dances.  I’ve actually also done swing and a bit of blues and salsa.  My limited knowledge of ballroom is that there is more of an emphasis on appearance (males always lead, females always follow, partners must be matched by height for competitions, etc).  If you are worried about how others will look at you, you might find another style to be more openminded.

People likely aren’t going to be looking at you (other than the instructors, and then it’s just to make sure you’re catching on) though.  They will be too worried about what they are doing themselves.  Usually in a class, especially when you’re a beginner things start off slowly, so you shouldn’t have a problem then.  It’s when you’re not learning steps and just having fun that it’s a little more difficult.  In swing, people will just come up and ask you to dance, it’s perfectly fine to say you need to rest at the moment, or you would prefer to wait for a slower song.

Swing might actually be ideal for you as you usually don’t need a partner.  Any class I have been to rotates with the exception of a few specility classes for people who don’t want to do that.  There are women who lead and men who follow.  I’ve gone to classes to learn to lead myself.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@starrynight:  2-step is a fairly fast dance, so you should be fine!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Ballroom dancing is an excellent way to get fit while having fun! It will give you tone, confidence and posture and is a great work-out! Go for it!

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Nobody is even going to notice you are over weight, and it is great for getting into shape.  You will find that within a short time you will be dancing a full night without any problems.  I have been doing ballroom for many years, not classroom ballroom, but night club ballroom.  There are a ton of bars that offer free classes during the week, I am sure that you can find one if you call around.  Private lessons can get super expensive, my hubs used to be an instructor. and he quit the business because it was an intense selling job.  You might be able to find a less expensive instructor at one of the bar classes.  I knew several that used to come out and dance but they taught private classes in their homes or at the clients homes, might be a less expensive route to go.  If you ever have any questions, feel free to PM me any time.

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