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Swing Dance Your Way Into Summer

Arizona Swing dance lessons for beginnersHere in Arizona, many would argue summer started last month. As we head into the official summer start date, we start dreading the inevitable and begin asking ourselves the big question – how do I get “bathing suit ready”?  Am I right? We here at Dance FX Studios have the solution, Salsa or Swing dance your way into summer with beginners social ballroom dance lessons! Aside from the benefits of learning a skill that allows you to meet new people, social ballroom dancing provides some serious body benefits including cardiorespiratory fitness, firmer calves and legs, an overall better booty and fat-loss from exercise that is at what is called the “target heart rate” for burning fat while keeping muscle. Sounds pretty good, right?

When you are out Country Swing dancing at your favorite Country bar here in Arizona, have you ever stayed on the dance floor long enough to become winded? If your answer is yes, that means you experienced something called cardiorespiratory exercise! “In 2014 about 136,830 people are predicted to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in the US, and about 50,310 people are predicted to die of the disease. In both men and women, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the third leading cause of cancer death”, according to the American Cancer Society from 2014.  Did you know that recent medical studies indicate that colon cancer is best prevented by regular participation doing, guess what? Yep, cardiorespiratory exercise and two dances perfect for cardio exercise are the Country Two Step and Country Swing Dancing! YEEHAAAW!

The Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study, which was conducted over 29 years, found that cardio fit people also have a significantly reduced risk of digestive system cancers. Further, their findings support regular cardio exercise, i.e.: Tango or Swing dancing, provides a protective role against total digestive tract, colorectal, and liver cancer deaths, especially in men.

Staying on the health topic, let’s talk about what the true “target heart rate” is for fat burning. This is a topic that few people understand because most people have been told over and over to head directly to the treadmill, stair master or a high intensity cardio exercise like aerobics for an hour, or longer, in order to lose weight. This type of workout, where you feel your heart racing, does burns calories, but it also starts to burn off something highly coveted – muscle. The fact is that low intensity workouts like yoga, weight lifting or ballroom dancing, not only provides cardiorespiratory fitness, but it is also ideal for burning fat! So why not Salsa or Cha Cha dance your way into lean muscles and a toned, firm body? We think you should.

Body builders have it all figured out. They do lots of weight training and low intensity exercise and maybe only 30 minutes of cardio every other day for their muscle building routine. That is soooo much better than overworking that body unnecessarily! Try beginner dance lessons and you will get your health and social benefits knocked out all in one!

Though you do care about your health, I am betting all of you are reading this because you also want to look sexy and shapely! The first example of just such a body that comes to mind is Jennifer Lopez. She has been famous for that shapely body, and her sought after bottom, long before another “endowed” star, Kim Kardashian, ever became a household name! J. Lo may tell you her famous booty is directly due to her time spent dancing. Growing up in the Bronx, in New York, her Puerto Rican parents enrolled their children in singing and dancing to keep them out of trouble. Jennifer specialized in ballet, jazz and flamenco dance genres. Jennifer gained attention showing off her dance talent and physical beauty as a back-up dancer for New Kids on the Block and catapulted to national attention dancing as a “Fly Girl” on the television show In Living Color. Ladies, are you listening? You can get your hips moving to all sorts of spicy Latin dances like Salsa, Merengue, Argentine Tango or Bachata!

When I think of male bodies who attribute their chiseled abs and muscular thighs to dancing, the image of a long ago famous poster of Mikel Barisnakoff in his white tights immediately comes to mind. Other examples of what dancing does for a male body are: Patrick Swayze, Ricky Martin and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. If this does not convince you what dancing can do to transform your body to shapely, sexy and bathing suit ready, there are many other fit-bodied dancers to view, simply by watching the popular TV shows like Dancing with the Stars. Guys, are you listening? Start learning popular social ballroom styles of dancing to get fit and be as popular with the ladies as these famous stars are by summertime!

Find out what learning to County Swing, Country Two Step, Salsa, Tango, and other styles of social ballroom dancing can do to get your body looking great and feeling good, not only for the local pool side barbeque but out on the dance floor at your favorite club.

Maybe there is another event in your future, like a a wedding, a high-school reunion, or a team-building event for your company? So, are you ready? Fat burning exercise and lots of FUN is waiting for you with us at Dance FX Studios in Mesa, Arizona! Why not discover dancing now and get that body of yours summer-ready? Call our dance studio today at 480-968-6177 and make your appointment for a New Student Offer today. Dance FX Studios is located conveniently in Mesa, bordering Tempe and  Chandler, Arizona. We hope to see you on the dance floor!

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Keep Calm and Dance On!

Ballroom AZBeginner dancers, learning a new hobby as cool as Salsa, Swing or Country Two Step dancing is amazing! As you may also be discovering, though, it can take a little time to get to looking smooth and natural on that dance floor. Keep plugging along…knowing how to dance is a timeless and extremely useful skill. But, on those days when you feel like throwing in the towel (and we have all had those days), here are a few tips on what to do.

1. Think less. Yes, believe it or not, over-thinking has lead to the death of many dancers with great potential. It makes sense to think that if I just obsess over my dance moves, surely they’ll sink in, right? Wrong. In fact, when you are getting stressed about that challenging step, you are sure to not recall it at all. Our tip? Just walk away and let it go. Wait for another time when you can approach your dancing with a clear mind. From there, you’ll be surprised at how much you actually did retain in your private dance lesson. Keep in mind, the muscles do remember, even when the brain seems to forget. 🙂

2. Remind yourself that Rome wasn’t built in a day. That’s right. While Country Two Step dancing, for example, may seem like a breeze, those out there who are stealing the spotlight have put in their time training. While everyone would love to be great instantly, knowing how to dance just doesn’t happen overnight.

If you want the shortest route to becoming a confident dancer, then take private dance instruction. Without a doubt, you will learn more in one hour of a private Country dance lesson with a qualified instructor than you would in 5 to 10 hours of group dance classes.

3. Invest in yourself. This is the biggie. It’s not only your time, but there’s a financial investment to learning to dance. Those “free” group dance classes in the bars are free for a reason. Set aside some funds for this new venture as you begin learning to dance. It’s truly a great investment in yourself and, if you have one, your partner. Social dancing has so many wonderful benefits, from weight loss to stress relief to improved balance and coordination, that knowing how to dance is probably one of the best investment that you can make in you. So stick with it when you begin climbing that first steep hill as a beginner and remind yourself that anything that is worth doing takes time and effort. Then, once you get that ball rolling, you’ll have people waiting in line to dance with you! (Trust me, it will happen.)

If you are willing to put a little time and energy into taking care of you, and you happen to live here with us in Phoenix, Arizona, come enjoy time learning to dance at Dance FX Studios in the Phoenix East Valley. We can help you to explore popular dances like Salsa, Country, Swing and Argentine Tango. Our New Student Offer is a great way to check us out for just $25! So, what are you waiting for, strap on your dancing shoes and let’s get this party started!

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Relieve Stress in the New Year

a couple country dancing in ArizonaA less stressful year. What a wonderful New Year’s Resolution for 2015! Between kids, that mound of work piling up on your desk and the fact that you haven’t seen the inside of a gym in five years, finding ways to relieve stress in 2015 is probably quite important, dare we say essential, at this point in your life. Finding time for you always seems to be the problem with so much on your plate, right? Well, you’re not alone. Plenty of men and women are in the same boat, and are looking for ways to let go of the unwanted tension that life can bring when we have so much going on.

If you’re seeking a new way to lighten your load in the upcoming year, consider learning to ballroom dance. Now just to clarify, when we say “ballroom”, we mean any dance that you can share with a partner, from Swing to Salsa and Tango to Two Step. It really doesn’t matter which style you choose as long as you get out and let loose. How will dancing lift what seems like the weight of the world from your shoulders? Let’s see…


1. Dancing releases endorphins: As you may know, when your body releases endorphins from any form of physical exercise, you can’t help but be put in a better mood. It is literally physically impossible to be in a bad mood with this output. That’s why working out, or dancing, can give that much needed extra burst of energy after a long day. Don’t you deserve that after all you do for everyone else?

Now, you can choose to go get that gym membership that you’ve been putting off, or you can dance your way into a happier you. Think of how much more fun it would be to learn to Country Two Step with your friends, or your significant other, in 2015! Dancing is not only a great workout and source of entertainment, but you can burn off a lot of steam enjoying a night of Country music and Country dancing.

2. Dancing allows for social connections to develop: Speaking of enjoying time out dancing, when you have a social skill like knowing how to Swing dance or dance the Argentine Tango, you can explore local dance venues that attract others with the same interest as you. Social ballroom dancing is a fantastic way to meet new friends, lovers, and members of the community. What better way to brighten your day than to make new connections with others. Curb life’s pressures with dancing and enjoy a new hobby that can be used at weddings, holiday parties, dance venues and so many other places that you will find yourself in at one point or another. Few people can dance well, so you will be a magnet in a positive way with the ability of knowing how to ballroom dance.

3. You must focus while learning to dance: Since dancing is a skill, the process of learning to become proficient at it means that you have to concentrate as you learn. This may seem like work, however redirecting your energy into learning to ballroom dance will help you to let go of other situations or circumstances in life, like that project that is due at work in two days that you have yet to start. Learning to dance is a fun and rewarding process, especially once you gain the know-how to do it well.

Improve your social life, shake that unwanted anxiety and enjoy life more with ballroom dance lessons in 2015. If you live in Phoenix, Arizona, come learn social ballroom dancing with us at Dance FX Studios in Mesa, Arizona. We will give you the confidence and tools needed to enjoy all of the benefits that dancing has to offer. Get started with our New Student Offer and transform yourself in 2015 to a more relaxed and peaceful you.