As a lifelong dancer, it was nice to write on a topic with which I’m deeply familiar. I’m so thankful for the attention dance has received over the last few years. While I still have a few friends that are surprised that I still take a class once a week, many more are curious to hear what style I take (sometimes modern, sometimes dance fitness) and where they can take similar classes. It’s a great way to stay in shape and feel happy, both physically and mentally.

Dance your way to a better body

The last 10 years has seen an explosion of dance shows and competitions on television. Series like “So You Think You Can Dance” have demonstrated to the general public how athletic dancers are, and people have watched celebrities drop inches on “Dancing With the Stars” as they train and learn a variety of dance styles. Dance is no longer just for girls who want to have fun. But where does an adult turn to use dance for fitness?

Beware the quick fix offered by dance DVDs, even those offered by celebrities on dance shows. The technique required to dance properly is better learned from a professional who can correct your form in person. Even if you start at home and try to move into a studio, you may have practiced incorrect form that you will have to unlearn later.

To find a local teacher, start by doing a general online search for dance studios. Take a look at the programs they list online and see if any classes sound like fun. Many studios now offer programs exclusively for adults, allowing older dancers to learn new steps at their own pace. If your daughter or son takes dance lessons, inquire about “mommy and me” classes that will allow you to spend time with your child while learning together.

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