Learn To Dance With Us
FRIDAY BEG BALLROOM
6:00 TO 7:00PM
Next Lesson - May 10, 17, 24, 31
One hour beginner ballroom dance lesson
four sessions (rumba, cha-cha, waltz, swing/foxtrot)
$20 Per Couple. Registration Required
WEDNESDAY LATIN SOLO
6:00 to 7:30
Dance lesson and stretch (On Going)
Singles Style - Drop In Program
$5. at the Door
4 and 6pm sessions (One & Half Hour Long)
Basic Social and Ballroom Dance
$75 per couple (4) lessons
Next Session - May 5, 12, 19, 26
Mother's Day Special...
Latin Dance Lessons for Two
Lesson Time 6:00 to 7:00 pm
Friday May 17, 24, 31 or
Friday Jun 7, 14, 21
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Friday Club News...
City of Norwich Recognizes The Norwich Dance Club during National Ballroom Dance Week Celebration
Mayor of the City of Norwich Joe Maiurano presented a Certificate of Recognition to the Norwich Dance Club and its founders Martha Ryan and late Bob Arnell for their contribution to community arts and culture.
Why Are Dancing Shoes Required at the Dance Club?
Ballroom dancing is a little different than Zumba or Kickboxing. Ballroom dancing requires you to glide. Shoes with rubber soles stick to the woodfloor in our ballroom and it can cause an injury to your knees and back. In order words...you get stuck to the floor instead of gliding and your body will naturally try to find balance so you can twist your spine or liggaments in your legs.
Ballroom dance shoes are expensive but once you try a pair of these well crafted shoes you may want to use them to go shopping. They are incredible! These shoes hug your ankle with great support and because they are made of fine leather, they are flexible so that your toes are not squeezed. Here are two suppliers on line for dance shoes. If you don't want to invest in a pair of dancing shoes right now, use any shoe with comfortable fit and leather soles.
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening
that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of
you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will
never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not
have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable
nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it
yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to
believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to
the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. ... No artist is pleased.
[There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine
dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more
alive than the others”
― Martha Graham
I become the stars and the moon. I become the lover and the beloved. I become thevictor and the vanquished. I become the master and the slave. I become the singer and the song. I become the knower and the known. I keep on dancing then it is the eternal
dance or creation. The creator and creation merge into one wholeness of joy. I keep on dancing...and dancing...and dancing. Until there is only...the dance.”
― Michael Jackson
The Power of Ballroom Dance
Author:Michael MechamDate Published:November 1, 2012
"Approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years are obese. Since 1980, obesity prevalence among children and adolescents has almost tripled.
Children and adolescents who are obese are likely to be obese as adults and are therefore more at risk for adult health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis." - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Childhood obesity is a growing problem in the United States and other developed countries, but there are things that can be done, namely, DANCE! Dancing has many positive health benefits. Ballroom dancing is considered a "moderate" level activity. There are definitely some dancers who would disagree with that analysis, but even a moderate level activity will increase muscle tone, flexibility, endurance, and organ functionality.
Several studies have additionally suggested that ballroom dancing helps to maintain proper brain function. Some studies even propose that ballroom dance can help deter illness like Alzheimer's and dementia that specifically target a person's mental faculties. It is suggested that this is due in part to memorizing footwork and choreography, and the benefit is increased in ballroom dance because of the interaction with a partner.
If ballroom dance becomes more accessible to children and adolescents throughout the country, the benefits are exhilarating. Ballroom dance has the potential to decrease the number of obese adolescents and youth in the country, increase the quality of life for adults, and perpetuate the joy, love and fulfillment found in mentally stable seniors.
In a recent email, Barbara Wally, the Director of K-12 Student Programs for USA Dance, addressed the increasing rate of childhood obesity and reminded members about a tool that USA Dance has available for members to use in their communities to set up programs with the potential to specifically combat the childhood obesity epidemic.
USA Dance has available a Guide to Starting a School Dance Program (SDP) for use by chapters
and individuals. The SDP does not replace or conflict with current efforts, including arts in residence programs or school curricula. Instead, chapters, educators, parents, and students are encouraged to form dance clubs as an extra-curricular activity to extend and enhance the dance experience for all youth.
Of all possible after school activities, dance is unique in that it offers the opportunity for sport, recreation, aerobic exercise, and artistic expression. It is a gateway to a life-long activity. Recent news indicates that childhood obesity and lack of exercise have reached epidemic proportions, while school budget cuts often target both Physical Education and Arts curricula. Health guidelines call for a minimum of one hour of physical activity per day for children and young adults. SDP offers a way for interested adults to provide part of the solution.