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Dancing Salsa Is The Way To Fun And Fitness


Did you know that dancing salsa is the best way to get fit? Once you get into salsa dancing, you will have so much fun that you won’t even notice the time. The best thing here is that you won’t notice how many calories you are burning until you suddenly realize you are already fit and sexy!

A lot of people agree that the hottest and probably the trendiest dance today is Salsa. It is a social Latin dance move that is said to have originated from the Caribbean and is also a blend or an improvisation of other Latin dances, such as Mambo, Cha Cha and Rhumba to name a few, so that you’re almost doing 3 dance types in one. Also with the rise of movies such as ‘Dirty Dancing’ and ‘Dance with Me’ top-billed by famous Hollywood stars, Patrick Swayze and Vanessa Williams, it just proves that not only Latinos can rule the Salsa dance floor. With its hip-gyrating, butt-shaking yet simple basic moves, anyone, even older people can enjoy this moderately fast-paced dance that also offers a boost of confidence and calorie reduction with every step. Additionally, the dance is accompanied by fun and lively salsa music that keeps your heart pounding with every beat!

The basic steps are quite easy to follow. The beat uses a 4/4 time, but the counting during the dance leaves the 4th beat as a rest so that counting begins as 1..2..3, rest, then starts again as 5..6..7 and rest.

Here is a quick overview of how to dance the basic step when dancing solo:

Your stance should be in a way that you are standing with both your feet close together.

1st beat - Step your left foot forward. By doing so, you’re also putting your weight on your left foot.

2nd beat - With the left foot still forward, shift your weight back on your right foot. This may give you the idea of stepping your right foot in place.

3rd beat - Bring your left foot back in place with your right foot.

4th beat - This is considered as the rest period wherein you may prepare for the shifting of foot for the next beat.

Then repeat the steps using the alternate foot, which in this instance is the right foot. Of course when dancing with a partner, alternate feet are used when stepping forward. For example, the man steps his left foot forward while the woman steps her right foot back on the first beat.

A quicker way to learn dance steps is to check out dance videos which are readily available online.

In conclusion, salsa is a dance that is embraced by different cultures in the world because of its simple basic steps and the fun atmosphere that it entails. It makes a good and enjoyable alternative for fitness for all people of all ages since it can be done every day and at any time, without the stresses accompanying the gym workout.


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