Friday, August 10, 2012

Dance Lessons Can Help Your Child Lose Weight

Dance lessons are a fun way of getting aerobic exercise on a regular basis. Dancing can do more than teach your child some cool moves; it can also help them lose weight and stay fit.

Many forms of dance can help your child with weight loss. Because dancing is an excellent form of exercise, not only does it raise the heart rate through movement, dancing also tones and tightens the major muscle groups of the body. Additionally, dancing can burn as many calories as walking, swimming or riding a bicycle. A half hour session of sustained dancing really can make a difference in weight loss; however, because most children won't think of it as exercise - they're more likely to keep at it longer.

One of the best things you can do to help your child to lose weight is to find an exercise that they actually enjoy doing. Most children, and most adults won’t stick to an exercise routine that they don't really like. If you or your child are serious about losing weight through dancing, be sure to choose the right type of dance. Some dance styles are much more strenuous than others. For example, a fast-paced jazz class will burn more calories than a slow and graceful lesson in ballet. Choose a dance class that gets you up and moving.

Dance styles such as tap, ballet, hip hop and jazz are common types of dance lessons taught to children. The main reason why is clear -- kids think it's fun. The diversity of different dance styles taught at dance studios in the East Valley varies greatly. When you choose a dance studio for your child's aerobic workout to help in their weight loss efforts, you are essentially opening the door to new found joy and an excellent way to burn calories.

Dancing works students whole body, while simultaneously giving them a full cardiovascular workout with every class. A lot of dancing revolves around timing movements to music which requires your child to carefully think and focus as well. It really becomes a hobby for many children, involving themselves in recitals and even dancing competitions. By focusing on dance as more than a means to fitness and weight loss, it really makes being fit for life more attainable and within your grasp. Taking dancing as far as your child's passion allows, realizing that it is a great tool in their weight loss efforts and staying fit for life 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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