Ballroom and Latin dancing is great exercise. Anyone who has ever danced can tell you it definitely can put demands on the body. So often when I go to dance parties, competitions, I see the people (both social dancers and competitors alike) arrive and start to dance without warming up. Not only does that increase the odds of injury, but it also doesn't promote their best dancing.


Periodically I offer a Strength and Body Awareness for Dancers class in the San Diego area. The exercises are taken from Ballroom and Latin dance movements, and they help with balance and preparing the muscles for the work they will be asked to do.


I have outlined the exercise routine and stretching cool down. You can also purchase the DVD that demonstrates them both.


If followed regularly, these exercises and stretches can give you more strength and body awareness, thus adding greatly to your dance performance. It is also a wonderful way to warm up and prepare your body for a training session or private lesson and/or competitions and shows.


before you start:

please remember that sometimes exercising can cause harm to your body. it is always a good idea to consult a physician before you start any exercise program. please adjust your routines. go only as far as you feel comfortable.

if you are just starting out, you might want to ease you way into exercising by doing less and gradually increasing your load.

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