DANCING IS GOOD WITH FRIENDS AND TO MAKE NEW ONES

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Bring a partner–or not–it’s up to you.  We’ll teach you how to dance your pants off!

DANCING IS GOOD FOR SINGLES AND NOT

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Learn to dance with a partner or on your own–we’ll help you!

DANCING IS GOOD FOR THE BRAIN & BODY

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Dancing builds more new neural pathways than ANY other activity!

DANCING IS FOR THE SHY & THE BOLD

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Be brave–we’ll help you!

DANCING IS FOR THE YOUNG & OLD

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Dancing is for everyone!

Better than Crossword Puzzles!

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Dancing requires you to use different parts of your brain than other activities. The more you use, the less you lose!

Improve Your Confidence!

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If you feel confident, you will be the dancer everyone wants to dance with! That and a smile are the only things you need.

Improve your Balance!

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Feel like a ballerina with better balance and body awareness!

Move like a Butterfly!

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Feel light, move freely, get into the groove!

Stronger Bones & Limber Joints!

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Dancing can keep your body parts straight and strong longer!

Move it to Lose it!

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Dancing can help you lose weight and keep your weight under control!

Dance Improves Tone & Strength!

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Strong, toned, fit = description of a dancer!

Breathe Easier, Move Better, Live Longer!

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Dancing improves your fitness so you can live better longer!

Increase Motor Fitness & Coordination!

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Dancing improves your ability to touch your toes, balance on one leg, and have control over your body!

Up your Endurance & Stamina!

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Dancing more allows you to dance longer!

Body Building made easy and fun!

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Dancing is way more fun than lifting weights!

Dance for your Heart!

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Dancing is good for your heart–dance for and from your heart with us!

Drink!

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Hydrate all the time!

Get warm!

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Prep your joints and muscles to move and shake on the dance floor.

Clothes on, clothes off!

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You start out chilly and then the heat hits you like a blast from a furnace. Be comfortable by layering clothing on and off for dancing.

Have Fun!

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Nobody cares if you are the best dancer in the room. If you’re the one having the most fun, you will be the envy of all partner dancers.

Isolate your body parts

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Being able to isolate your feet, knees, hips, and shoulders from your core is how your dancing takes on more individuality and style. Practice this in the mirror.

Partner dancing is face-to-face

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Partner dancing is mostly face-to-face. It’s the best way to feel your partner’s movements. Unless you’re doing some tricky turns or spins, keep your chest facing your partner’s chest.

Wash your hands

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Because you are touching a lot of different people while partner dancing, the more you can prevent spreading cold & flu germs, the better. Clean hands are the key to staying healthy.

Laugh!

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Laugh, smile, wink, shimmy–do all kinds of things to enhance your dancing experience.

Make new friends

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Sam’s is all about the friendship part of partner dancing. This is the whole point of dancing with another person–to make a connection. Look for conversation, interests, and hobbies, in addition to dancing, that you might have in common with your dance partner.

Rhythm is more important than fancy moves

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Keeping time to the music is the basis of dance movement. Listen to the music, feel the rhythm, dance to the beat.

Deodorant is your friend

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Deodorant, a shower, breath mints, clean clothing–this is all part of making the partner dancing experience beautiful.

Mistakes happen

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Who cares if you make a mistake while partner dancing? Laugh it off and try again. Nobody else cares so why should you? This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to dance well–just don’t have a breakdown if you mess up sometimes–it happens!

Practice, practice, practice

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The more you dance, the better you will dance. Practice, practice, practice. Go to dance socials, take dance classes, go to dance workshops–all this helps you improve faster.

Think about your partner

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Partner dancing is a social contract: You care about me and I care about you. This is the social part of the social experience of partner dancing.

Smile!

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Partner dancing is all about laughing, smiling, and having fun. You know the saying, “Dance like nobody is watching?” Smile like everyone is watching!

Core strength is the base of balance

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Core strength is the base of balance and body control, which is what dancing is all about. Your dance partner is not responsible for your balance–you are!

Hygiene is very important

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This should go without saying but we’re saying it anyway–you should smell good for your dance partner and they should smell good for you.

Look but don’t stare

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It’s yucky when your dance partner does everything to avoid looking at you so don’t do it to them either–partner dancing is a partnership!

Dance with at least 3 people

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The more people you dance with, the more versatile you will be as a dancer. Adapting to different styles and movements is great for your mind and your body!

Hand-to-Hand connection

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Connection is important in a follow-and-lead partnership so make sure yours is constant, but neither of you should need a chiropractor after class!

Mints, Mints, Mints!

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Partner dancing is a close-contact social experience. Make sure your sense of smell and that of your partner is pleasant.