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Why do we dance?  Why should we dance? 

 

According to the Australian official guidelines we should be striving towards 60 minutes of exercise (per week), to decrease chances of illness and motivate a positive mindset. 

 

Dance is a  great option for anyone looking to grow and develop new skills. A Backstreet Dance class is an encouraging safe environment for students to participate in. With classes on average spanning  an hour and catering  for every skill level,   adding a weekly class is a  great way to develop a schedule. However, there are many other outstanding benefits Backstreet Dance has taught me as a willing student that are transferable to all walks of life including;  

 

·         Offering a creative outlet to reduce stress

·         Increasing self-esteem and confidence

·         Improvement in time-management

·         Communication  and teamwork

·         Building social skills and family

·         Body confidence  and gratitude

·         DANCE GROOVES, of course!

 

All of these skills listed above have moulded my personal growth. Dancing in an uplifting and encouraging environment that has allowed me to strengthen these skills independently through fun activities and enriching workshops. I love coming to dance and knowing it is preparing me for my future while keeping me in shape and being so much FUN!

 

By Sarah Jegou (General Assistant & Student Teacher at Backstreet Dance)

 

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Tips for Over 50’s wanting to Learn to Dance

 

  1. Feel confident, even if you aren’t,  know that you can be by just holding your head up with a straight back as you walk into class.
  2. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, you have one less thing to worry about
  3. You may think others are judging you but they aren’t as they may have similar issues as yourself
  4. Be present, listening to teacher and feeling the vibe and beat of the music, most times you can sing along to feel more comfortable.
  5. Most times you can video the teacher or class to take home and practice the choreograph
  6. Finally, just simple:  Smile and have fun and make the most of meeting new people and dancing

 

By Christine Downie (Deb's mum and an Adult Dance Student in Adult Jazz)

Christine is in her 70s!!

 

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5 Tips for better Stretching Techniques!

 

 

  1. Breathe through your stretches. Breathing while you stretch is so important as it ensures oxygen is getting to all your muscles – when you go into a stretch breathe out all the way to enable a deeper stretch.
  2. Incorporate dynamic stretches. These are stretches with movement which loosen up the muscles and thoroughly stretches them out.
  3. Hold each stretch for a minimum of 30 seconds. This enables muscle fibres to be stretched out adequately and give maximum results.
  4. Stretch every day. Find the time to do this every day even if it is just for 5 minutes - this will improve body elasticity and increase flexibility.
  5. Stretch with music. This is will help motivate you and it will be easier to stretch to the rhythm of the song.

 

By Hayley Verwey (Qualified Assistant Teacher)

 

 

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