Friday, August 10, 2012

Dance Lessons are Good for You

Dancing in general is an excellent way for people of all ages to either get in or stay in shape. In addition to it being a fun activity, dancing has several positive health benefits, such as:

Flexibility is an important part of maintaining good health. In order to dance, students must have a great amount of flexibility. Beginning with a warm-up and stretching exercises before the class begins help dances achieve full range of motion and reduce risk of injury. Because most forms of dance require dancers to perform moves that require stretching and bending, dancers usually become more flexible simply by dancing.

Dancing also builds strength by forcing the muscles to resist against a dancer's own body weight. Many styles of dance, including jazz and ballet, involve leaping and jumping which requires a great deal of leg muscle strength.

Dance is a very physical exercise and when done on a regular basis, it increases the dancers endurance. Elevating the heart rate can increase stamina. Just as in any form of exercise, regular dancing will build endurance.

Dancing is a very social activity. Having strong social ties and interacting with friends can contribute to a higher self-esteem and a positive outlook. Attending dance classes provides students with many opportunities to meet other people. Taking dance lessons can increase self-confidence and build social skills as well as reduce stress and tension.

Dance classes aren't just for kids either! East Valley, Arizona dance studios offer jazz, hip hop, and ballet classes for people of all ages Ballet is an awesome way to increase your flexibility, engages the hips, thighs, back, and abs, and ballet can often be done during pregnancy too! A quick-footed jazz and hip hop routine can burn about 300 calories an hour while working all of your major muscle groups. High-energy routines like the salsa, samba and cha-cha can be compared to an intense workout at the gym. Plus, because it's a weight-bearing activity, ballroom dancing builds bone density and works nearly all the muscles of the body and sharpens balance and coordination. The best part? You don't need any previous dance experience to get started immediately.

If you're looking for a dance studio convenient to the Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, and Tempe Arizona area, locating the best local dance studio in the East Valley is easier than you'd expect. Wagner Dance and Music is the leading performing arts school in the East Valley area. Since 1989, Wagner has been offering both dance and music classes for students ages two to adult in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Tumbling, Cheer, Musical Theater and Voice lessons as well.

About Wagner Dance and Music

Since 1989, Wagner Dance and Music, a performing arts school, has been teaching East Valley students. Our 3600 square foot Gilbert facility is conveniently located on the southeast corner of Gilbert and Guadalupe in the Big Lots plaza. We offer classes for ages two to adult in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Tumbling, Cheer, Musical Theater and Voice as well as adult classes. For more information, or to sign up for a class, visit or call 480-892-7179.

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