Why You’ll Want to Know How To Swing Dance

swing dance lessons in ArizonaIn just two short months, all of our calendars will surely be filled with one holiday party after another. As we inch closer to the 2016 Holiday Season, most of us will begin thinking about some possible New Year’s Resolutions. Why not get ahead of the curve and begin creating that list now?!

Picture how cool it would be to actually know how to dance by this New Year’s Eve. I mean, why wait til next year when you can be dancing this year, right? And not just any dance…what about Swing Dancing?! Imagine how many occasions where you can use your Swing dance moves, from going out Country dancing with friends, to attending those upcoming weddings.  Swing dancing is by far the most versatile of all the social ballroom dances, so you will use it time and again at any social affair.

In this blog we’re going to explore just how much fun Swing dancing is, and why you should begin taking Swing Dance Lessons to learn cool and popular styles ranging from Country Swing to West Coast Swing and Jitterbug. Each of these variations of Swing dancing have something unique to offer you, so learning to dance with confidence is key.

Swing dancing is energizing, exciting and timeless. Feel your blood pumping and have fun burning calories while exploring a new hobby all at the same time. For singles, Swing dancing is also a wonderful social opportunity. Meet new friends, learn a healthy activity and watch your social life begin to expand as you now have something a lot more interesting to do than sit on the couch and watch TV.

For couples, Swing Dance Lessons are a great way to become confident and comfortable before hitting the social dance floor. With a built-in dance partner, you will learn useful tips like how to be a great leader or follower as well as how to establish a connection with your partner. Teamwork is everything in dance, which is why couples that dance together, stay happy together. 😉

When you begin Swing dance lessons, you will discover a variety of moves to keep your dancing dynamic and lively. You’ll find your inner diva in the sultry West Coast Swing, and uncover your inner “rocker chick” in the East Coast Swing. Regardless of the style, you can enjoy the many layers and diversities of Swing dancing.

Swing dancing is also perfect for crowded places, like in a bar, or at a wedding, because it is done mostly while standing in place, rather than traveling around a big floor. There are now of course more than 25 variations of Swing Dance. Pretty cool fact, right? Back in the 1920’s, African dance moves were formed into what is now known as the the Lindy Hop and the Charleston, two very popular Swing dance styles. They were both danced to contemporary Jazz music, and from there, as we all know… the rest is history!

Although the historical roots of this dance can be traced back for almost one hundred years ago, today West Coast Swing, and all other forms of this dance, can be found all throughout the world, very alive and well. The reason why so many people absolutely love Swing dancing, and it has lasted throughout the years, is simply because Swing can be danced to many different genres of music from Pop, to R&B, Contemporary, Country music, and most Top 40 hits too. This allows people to pick and choose from an almost “infinite” amount of music of which to dance to and also makes it attainable for a large spectrum of different age groups and physical abilities.

At Dance FX Studios in the Phoenix East Valley of Arizona, we would love the opportunity to  give you cool tips on how to be an awesome Swing dancer. Let us help you to uncover this exciting, healthy and joyful dance.  If you’re intrigued by Swing dancing, our New Student Offer for beginner’s Swing Dance Lessons with us is a great place to start.  You will soon be on your way to years of fun and dance, so come on in and find out what you’ve been missing!

All The Reasons You’ll Love Swing Dancing!

swing dance lessons near mePeople all over the world are beginning to see the many benefits of social ballroom dancing (think Salsa, Swing and Country Two Step),  and are starting to take up adult dance lessons in their local areas. In this day and age of information, it’s easy to find a dance studio near you, but which dance to start exploring first can feel overwhelming.

Maybe you love Country music and oldies, Reggae and 80’s tunes. That’s OK.  Swing dancing covers all of these genres and more. That’s just one reason why you should absolutely love this dance! Let’s take a look back and see where this amazing dance came from, and how it evolved to be so amazing today.

Swing dancing can be traced back to almost 100 years ago in Harlem, New York. From the early years of the prohibition, to the very inception of the internet, to today, Swing dancing has lasted for generations, and hasn’t lost any popularity among the youth.  You could be at a bar or at a wedding, hear a few seconds of Frank Sinatra, and can’t help but tap those feet and get moving out of your seat.  Music from the Swing era is loved by many people, transcending years of cultural change. In fact, people from all over the world listen to American music from the 1920’s through the ’50s,further spreading the love for Swing dancing world-wide.

For some of us, social ballroom dancing can feel intimidating at times. If you are shy, Swing dancing can be a wonderful opportunity for you to sharpen your people skills, make new friends and come out of your shell. You see, dancing is a language that doesn’t require words, so it can be easier for some, once you know how to speak it. It’s incredible that dancing offers an unspoken connection between two people-even if they don’t come from the same country.

Another reason for you to love this amazing dance is that you can pretty much Swing dance anywhere in the world. For instance, the European Swing Dance Championships, founded in 2011, is held annually in different European cities. In 2011 and 2012 it was held in Barcelona, Spain. Swing dancers from all over the world attend and compete in the dance contests, or take part in workshops taught by top international instructors. It doesn’t matter where you’re from; Swing dancing is truly a global hobby that is enjoyed by all.

By far one of my favorite things about Swing dancing is that dancing offers an incredible cardio workout that doesn’t require a machine. I’ve done extensive research about the many health benefits that comes along with social ballroom dancing, but I can never seem to list all the benefits in a single post simply because there are SO many! Sure you could go to the gym and run in one place on the treadmill while watching some terribly depressing story on the news, but wouldn’t you rather dance? I know I would! Dancing around to old-school music, and getting a workout at the same time?! I can’t think of a better way to stay fit.

I could literally spend all day here writing down the great benefits that come along with learning how to dance, especially Swing dance. Or…you can come in to Dance FX Studios in Mesa, Arizona (if you happen to live here in Phoenix) and find out for yourself why more and more people are taking adult dance lessons here with us. Together, we’ll transform you into an amazing and confident social dancer in no time!