Health is one of the most important things in the life of any human being and that is why everything must be done in order to guarantee sound health. There are indeed several ways of staying healthy and one of these ways is dancing. There are of course several different styles of dancing; however, each one of them has some kind of benefit in the long run. Here are just a couple of benefits you can expect to enjoy through dancing for health.
Strength: when you dance, your muscles are forced to resist the weight of your body actively in order for proper balance to be maintained. As this continues to happen over a given period of time, your muscles will ultimately become stronger and is exactly how strength is achieved. It is also worth noting that some dancing styles require one partner to lift the other during the dance moves and this can also help develop better muscles. Whether you are dancing the tango, ballroom, ballet, jazz or any other style, you can do so knowing that you are improving your health as well.
Endurance: This means you will be able to remain active for longer periods of time without experiencing fatigue. And, it’s no secret, that those who can remain active are generally more productive in life. You will be able to engage in various activities that will eventually ensure you live a happier and more comfortable lifestyle.
Flexibility: As muscles become strong, different dances will add increased flexibility and tone. Added flexibility increases blood flow, aids in overall body comfort and balance.
Social and Mental Well-Being: As you engage in dancing, you will have a chance to interact with other people who may have similar goals and are as ambitious as you. By interacting with those people, you will realize an improvement in your social life and other aspects of life. This interaction is able to build your self-esteem and communication skills.
These are just some of the most important benefits of health dancing. However, there are even more benefits you can enjoy as time goes by and the best thing for you to do in order to learn more is to get in touch with us at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Mesa, Arizona.
The mere mention of the word conjures sensuality, tension, tight lines, and stern eye contact. And, of course, the imagery wouldn’t be complete without a blood red rose clutched in the jaws of a dark haired beauty.
The Passion of the Underworld
The Argentine Tango originated in society’s underbelly, the brothels and saloons in the slums Buenos Aires. As immigrants from Europe, Africa, and ports unknown streamed into the outskirts of the city during the 1880’s, many came toward the houses of ill repute. The Tango dance originated as an “acting out” of the relationship between the prostitute and her pimp. In fact, the titles of the first tangos referred to characters in the world of prostitution and were considered very obscene by society of the time.
This form of the Tango spread throughout the sub-culture for a number of years. During that time the bandoneón, an accordion-like instrument, was introduced into the music. The bandoneón came from Germany where it was used to play religious music in churches that couldn’t afford an organ. In Argentina, Eduardo Arolas, is credited as being the main early pioneer of the instrument and having forever intertwined the fates of the bandoneón and the Tango as a timeless art form. Eduardo said that the bandoneón was made to play the Tango, with its deep melancholy feeling that the immigrants enjoyed as a sentimental tingle in their hard working lives.
Next Came Paris
The next chapter in the history of the Argentine Tango was “written” by Ricardo Guiraldes. Ricardo was a well-to-do poet and writer and an upper-class playboy in Argentina. He enjoyed emulating the social lives of his more bohemian friends, including going to these tango performances. In 1910, Ricardo went on a tour of Europe. He wrote a poem called “Tango” to honor the dance, and gave a tango performance at a fashionable Parisian salon. The crowd was deeply attracted to the dance and Tango was the first of the many Latin dance crazes swept through the European dance halls and society parties. With the popularity of the Argentine Tango in Europe, Argentine high society took a new look at the dance and welcomed it into their own lives.
Introduction by Hollywood
The next great name in the development of tango is movie star Rudolph Valentino. Hollywood moguls were able to connect the Argentine star’s image to the tango in the movie “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”(1926). Valentino played a gaucho (Argentine Cowboy) and performed a tango dance wearing wide trousers and leather chaps while holding a carnation in his mouth and a whip in his hand. The scene is probably the greatest in the history of the Argentine Tango, not for a second discounted by the fact that gauchos never danced tango. Even future tango stars were forced to perform dances dressed as gauchos for no other reason but the strength of that scene and the image it created.
Gardel and Tango’s Golden Age
Carlos Gardel was the star that became the greatest champion of the Argentine Tango. His beautiful voice and macho looks made him Argentina’s favorite son and the measuring stick for generations to come. The invention and wide use of the radio, records and film helped spread his fame worldwide, and make this time the Golden Age of Tango.
Gardel was tragically killed in an air crash in Columbia. After his death the dance split into two main movements that dominated the then packed concerts and dance halls that tango has become. The traditionalist movement was led by Filiberto, D’Arisen, Biggie and De Angel, while the evolutionists were led by De Caro, Dia Sari, Troilo and Pugliese. Bands grew and became more popular until the end of the Golden Age in around 1950.
Piazzolla’s Tango Nuevo
Astor Piazzolla became the next tango superstar. He had the vision of Tango “for the ear rather than the feet”. He created numerous operas, concertos, theater and film scores for the Tango. Piazzolla paved the way for a new age of tango to begin.
In 1920s, tango-rocker (tango rock) became popular by such albums as “Homage to Gardel and Le Opera” by Lit to Nubia. The music replaced the standard combination of violins and bass with a rock-style rhythm section including electric guitars and synthesizers. Tango also mixed with jazz was led by the popular, The Siglo trio, famous in area.
Traditional tango was maintained by the old guard led by the singer Roberto ‘Polaco’ Goyeneche and the pianist Osvaldo Pugliese.
Today, after the long stretch of “the second decadence of Tango” (in the 60’s and 70’s), young people have come around and have started to accept the Tango around them as being a part of them and a part of history. The Tango of today is often mixed with the dancers own unique character, adding Piazzolla with the primitive bands and with flute and guitar. Each group of dancers seem to deconstruct and restrict the dance to make it their and to infuse their passion into the movements. Maybe that is why Tango is now again a phenomenon; this resurrection of Tango may make the art form more powerful than ever. While the Tango can be danced in almost every civilized country around the globe, Buenos Aires remains the world center of the movement.
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There are several ballroom dance styles you can choose to engage in and that is why you must be aware of the most appropriate ballroom dance costumes for each style. A casual look at the history of the dance styles is a great way to understand more about the costuming and style that is suitable for each dance. Here are just a few of the dance styles and the ballroom dance costumes you can use for them.
Salsa: This dance style is normally characterized by energetic performers and fast paced music. Women dancing the salsa in competition can be found in dresses with plunging necks lines, low backs, and short, flared, flirty skirts. Men are often found in tight shear shirts, unbuttoned to the abdomen and tucked into black trousers that stretch and move with is body. In the nightclubs, you will find that just about any dress goes with the salsa. But make no mistake about it, the salsa is designed to be sexy, has lots of hip movement and is a great workout.
Tango: While this dance style begun as an art of the poor in the society, its popularity has significantly grown over the years. Costumes worn by men are characterized by loosely knotted neck ties, a slouch hat and high-heeled boots. Costumes for the ladies are normally long flowing skirts that are reminiscent of Spain and Mexico in the 1800’s and tight corseted waistlines.
Rumba: This is a dance style that generally involves a mixture of various other styles. The music played during a rumba dance session is largely borrowed from traditional African religious dances. The rumba costume for men is ideally a ruffled red shirt, tight pants and a closely matching sash. Women normally wear midriff tops with ruffled sleeves and ruffled, high silted skirts.
Cha-Cha: This dance style is one of the most laid back and allows the performers to move easily. In competition, women usually choose short, loose, dresses with fringe, which help in emphasizing the hips during movement. Other accessories include; the maracas, shoes and headbands. Men normally put on form fitting pants and coordinating shirts with blousy sleeves.
Quick Step: This is normally characterized by upbeat melodies which make it appropriate for just about any event. Indeed this dance style also has some form of Foxtrot and is a true Ballroom dance; men often wear suits, or tuxedos. Women glide across the floor in flowing, layered gowns that often attach to the wrist to emphasize the lighter than air movements.
Whether you want to make an impression at a nightclub, are learning a wedding dance or have your eyes set on competition dancing, the dance team at Arthur Murray Mesa, in the East Valley of Phoenix, AZ is ready to help you live out your dancing dreams. Talk to us at www.facebook.com/ArthurMurrayMesa about your love of dance!
Two of our very own were featured on Channel 12 News this morning (9-9-2011) to show off some of their skills, and teach the news anchors a little Rumba !! Check it out !!
Please join us for a Master Class on March 14th at 7:30pm with Emmanuel Antoine. He is a superstar of the ballroom dance world and it would be a great priveledge to participate in this class. Century Club members have no additional cost to attend, and it will be $20 for all other students. Can’t wait to see you there !!
We will be having a Scholarship competition at our studio on February 10, 2012 from 8:15pm to 10:00pm featuring guest Judge Julia Gorchakova. We will have a New Comer, Rising Star, and Open Star Division open to students. There will be a Smooth and Rhythm section for each division. So whether you are a student or have a friend or family member to come out and support you won’t want to miss it !!
Join us February 2, 2012 at 8:15pm for a wonderful night at Arthur Murray Mesa ! I mean…who doesn’t like wine and cheese ?? We will provide all of the wine and cheese you can endure as well as provide the opportunity to attend a Group Class with Kimberley Carroll. For those of you who don’t know Kimberley is an avid professional very well known throughout the ballroom industry and just so happens to be the co-owner of the Arthur Murray Mesa Studio, she is a wonderful woman and you will not want to miss out on the opportunity to spend the evening with her. On this night we invite each and every one of you to bring a guest along for the fun !! See you there…
Learn how to do your own hair and makeup for Showcase or any other performance or fancy event with demonstrations, consultations, and assistance by Carolyn and Mandi.
Mandi Lopez studied Cosmetology at Carsten Aveda Institute of Beauty and received recognition as the runner up in the institute’s Fall Hair Show. In addition, she has also attended and styled many Showcases, Competitions, and stage shows.
Carolyn Dominguez is a veteran competitor, with over 100 competitions, showcases, stage shows, and TV appearances to date. As a top ranked professional, she is the authority on what is in, and out on the dance floor.
Admission is $25/per person and this event will be offered on Wednesday February 1, 2012 from 6:00pm-8:30pm as well as Saturday February 11th, 2012 from 12:30pm – 3:00pm.
Learn and refine your performance presentation for Showcase and your next competition or event. Work with Donovan Dominguez in a Master Class to give you an edge, and to help boost your confidence !! Donovan is ranked amongst the top professional competitors in the country. Ladies and gentlemen you won’t want to miss this !