For Fun and Fitness, Try Latin Dancing This Winter!
Latin dancing is known for its great rhythm, sensuality, and energy. This type of dancing includes the rumba, the samba, the cha-cha, and what we today call salsa dancing. It is fun with a partner but you can also enjoy it with a group, and it is a great way to stay fit and get out of the house during the long winter months.
Learning Latin dancing is not difficult; most movements involve lots of work with the hips and a few short steps that you perform repeatedly. Partners may also use twirls and a frame, meaning they touch their upper bodies while their legs are still moving. Most steps in Latin dancing are back and forth, unlike a waltz that moves in a circle.
Salsa dancing has become very popular in the U.S. as a type of Latin dancing and it combines many forms of this dancing. Salsa dancing is meant to be fun and relaxed between partners as much of it can be improvised, and partners can dance the same steps as a mirror reflection or they can perform their own steps while facing one another. Salsa dancing clubs today also offer group dances that are performed in a line and in some forms of Latin dancing you may trade off partners, similar to how you might in a square dance.
To find out more about Latin dancing, it is good to take a quick class. This will walk you through the basics of the steps you perform and how to dance with a partner, and in a line. You can practice shifting your weight with each step and will learn how to lead off with your hips. If you want to try Latin dancing with your partner, you can both learn how to frame and twirl and mirror one another’s movements. Many dance clubs offer short classes for those who are interested; these may be held before the club opens for actual dancing or may be held throughout the week. You can also find Latin and salsa dancing classes through your local community center or even a local high school. Adult education classes at night often include dance instruction, and these are typically very affordable.
Salsa and Latin dancing is a great idea throughout the winter because it gets you out of the house and keeps you active. You can burn some calories and keep your energy levels up, and avoid that dreaded cabin fever that so often affects people through the long winter months. It is also a great way to enjoy some time with your special someone and possibly even meet others at a dance club. If you are looking for something fun and exciting this winter, check out Latin dancing!