Tighten Your Core with Break Dance

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Of all the dance disciplines, there are few as intense and body-transforming as break dance. Not only does it look amazing (and, let’s face it, really cool), but it also does incredible things for your body. Upper body strength is key to break dancing and general fitness will need to be upheld just to be able to pull off some of the more complicated choreography. Warm ups before a break dance lesson will tend to include an aerobics-style workout, featuring crunches, push ups and headstands, making this one of the more tricky styles of dance to get into. More than worth it, however, as once you have begun to pick up even the most basic moves break dance is energetic, exciting and will transform body your physical shape and the general way you move.

The History of Break Dance

Break dance originated in the 1970’s, inspired in part by James Brown’s energetic onstage moves, and quickly became popular with young athletic men who wanted to take part in a form of dance that was impressive and acceptable on the streets. Break dancers formed ‘crews’ and could meet up to ‘battle’ (basically a dance-off, with the emphasis on pulling off the most impressive moves to win). In the 1990’s break dance became a widely accepted dance form as it began to seep into popular culture, appearing in films, music videos and even television ads. Very much associated with hip hop music, it became one of the most popular identifiers for young people (by this point both men and women) that were part of the hip hop subculture.

Although break dance has faded out of public consciousness since the 90’s, it is still very much one of the more dramatic and popular youth-oriented dance forms. You can take part in break dance and urban dance classes as part of many gyms, or in independent classes run by urban dance schools. Just do an Internet search to find your nearest class.

Break Dancing Moves

 

Break dance relies on a few basic elements. There are simple moves for each, which will build your strength and balance enough to move onto some of the more spectacular moves. Toprock are steps performed from a standing position, and are used often to warm up before dropping into the more complicated Downrock, which involves movements and positions on the floor, using hands as much as feet. Power moves and freezes are used to add more stylistic elements to the dance as a whole, with power moves being the more gymnastic movements, and freezes tending to end a section of break dance choreography – holding a strong pose either on your hands or feet (the physical representation of a ‘ta-dah!’).

When beginning to learn break dance, one of the first moves you will perfect is the 6-step, which is basically just walking in a circle on the floor with one hand on the ground. From this position, it is easy to move into more complicated poses, stands and movements. Once you have the 6-step down, the hardest part should be over and your rhythm and balance should be right for learning the trickier elements. This video shows a detailed instructions on how to do the 6-step so it is a great place to start and see if you can get the basic moves down.

Break dance will tone your entire body as well as strengthening your core as you learn to hold strong positions for long periods of time, and move your body in ways that you hadn’t previously even thought of! It will not only improve your general fitness, but give you better balance and posture as well, as you learn to move with much stronger control of your body.

Whilst not one of the simplest types of dance to pick up, break dance could easily be one of the most rewarding skills to learn.

Written by Caitlin who is a blogger for UK based poledancingpoles.info where she blogs about pole fitness. Caitlin is dance crazy and there is not a dance craze that she hasn’t tried. When she is not busy blogging she is usually found in a dance class or shimmying up her chrome x-pole and showing off her latest moves.

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Some Advanced Salsa Moves

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You look like a passionate salsa dancer! It seems like you have been practicing those basic Salsa moves for a while with that hot partner of yours. Salsa is a great dance to have in your life. It enriches it and glorifies your life. You know the basic backward and forward steps, why leave it there? You are now in need for an introductory class for some advanced salsa steps. Salsa is a cheeky dance with a lot of intricate footwork and eye-catching twists and turns that would burn your fat, build your body muscles and get you a great body.

There are many exotic salsa moves, here are examples of some. Side-way basic, also known as the drop side is a move where you turn right and left, while doing the typical front and back move. Another salsa move is the Cuban open step. This move is simply moving diagonally to the left and diagonally to the right. Then you make a cross step sideways by crossing your right leg over your left leg.

A third example of an exotic salsa move is the spot turn. This move can be performed by two dancers; they do a full turn without moving from their spot. Extension is also a basic salsa move; this is when both partners break away from each other in different directions, creating arm tension.  Cross body is when you switch positions with your partner in a counter clockwise form. Reverse cross body, however, is the opposite. You switch positions with your partner in a clockwise fashion.

The above are only a sample of the many steps you will learn as you progress in salsa. As anything, it is always better to practice these moves rather than simply read about them. A good way to start is to download a good salsa video for the best dancers, such as Louis van Amstel, and then follow the steps of the instructor closely. You will find your salsa moves improving significantly, and the next time you go to a salsa class, you will have something to add.

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Swing Perfect Golf Swing

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Anyone that loves golf is most likely familiar with the perfect golf swing. Many often wonder how professional golfers do it. If you want to know exactly how to swing perfect golf swing, this guide will help you to learn the technique correctly and improve your game.

1. A trainable person is a must. Being able to swing correctly needs commitment and training. What training you ask? It means to keep your mind open to the many techniques of instruction and absorb the information correctly. If you learn how to do things and never change your ways you must retrain yourself to understand the learning process. A person that wants to learn tips on golf swing should be easily trainable. Doing so will allow you to learn this technique quickly.

2. People should have technique. A professional golfer can easily teach this technique to you. It is impossible to learn the technique correctly by yourself. A local professional can be hired to teach you this professional technique to swing perfect golf swing in your game. The accurate and expert advice provided by your pro will improve your playing technique and increase your overall ability. This method may cost more money, but it is most definitely worth the time and expense. A local pro can be expensive and if you cannot afford a pro the advice can be learned from experienced professionals that have played the game of golf.

3. Regular practice will help you develop your skills and techniques. Routine practice helps you develop a faster understanding of the techniques used for perfect swinging.

Golf does not have to be difficult, but some people find it to be challenging. Finding the best way to improve your game is easier than you may think. The motivation and determination involved takes time and patience. By using these techniques, you should relax and learn slowly and apply the skill taught to swing perfect golf swing in your game.

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