Dancing for Health: Let's Salsa!

 

Dancing for Health: Let’s Salsa!

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Martha Graham, one of the greatest choreographers and dancers, once said that, “dance is the hidden language of the soul.” Dancing is a powerful, beautiful act, a way to find joy, connect with others, and express ourselves. We love dance almost as much as we love wine here at Beliveau. 

Why is a winery talking about dance? Because our annual Salsa Night is just around the corner! Salsa dance is a type of partner dancing, incorporating elements of the cha-cha, mambo, rumba, and various other Latin American dances. Salsa styles vary by region and country, as well. 

If you’re debating whether or not to join us as we salsa under the stars, let us help convince you. 

Social Benefits  

Expressing yourself, connecting with others, and building meaningful relationships not only make life more enjoyable, but are also very important for social health. Dancing allows us to express ourselves through movement and connects us to others by building trust, communication, and confidence. In order to successfully land a dip, or a spin - even just making sure you don’t step on each others’ toes! - you and your partner must communicate, trust one another, and be confident in your skills. 

Dancing requires you to be mentally present and fully involved, allowing you to fully embrace the people and life around you. You’ll create meaningful experiences and lasting memories. Dancing is more than a few steps to the right and a slide to the left; it's a very unique way to express yourself and connect with those around you. And through dance, you develop important social skills and forge lasting bonds with your salsa partners. 

Physical Benefits 

The best workouts come from changes in heart rate. Activities that raise your bpm (beats per minute) and keep it at a consistent level are the best for burning calories and working those muscles. The fast pace of salsa dancing keeps that heart rate up, so you can burn up to 420 calories an hour!

While you're "cha-cha-ing" away, your heart rate is increasing, oxygen is flowing, and your body is releasing endorphins. Endorphins are known as the “feel-good” hormone, released when the body is under stress in order to alleviate pain and discomfort. Exercising applies stress to the body, thus triggering a release which makes you feel happy and energetic. Dancing really does make you happier! 

If salsa sounds like something you would love to try, Beliveau’s annual Salsa night is happening Saturday, July 27th! Salsa lessons start at 6:00pm followed by a salsa dance party from 7-10pm. Admission is $10 at the door. This is one night you're not going to want to miss, mark your calendars today!