An Alabama news outlet has a story on an online retailer of dance shoes, Ballroomdanceshoes.com, that has been giving fairly poor service. It makes better news to accuse the proprietors of intentionally defrauding customers, but I suspect it is more a case of the proprietor not understanding the limits of the technology he is using.
Found this press release announce a social networking site for "people who love dancing". Seems a bit more limited in scope than that to me, with a focus on a particular movie, and a particular dance, and targeted to seniors.
Dancing with the Stars judge Len Goodman was apparently sitting on a prostate cancer last season, but chose to move forward and delay procedures to address it until after the season completed.
Why do they do it? Richard Johnson of the Telegraph spends some time with dancers from the Royal Ballet to find out what life is really like for them.
The US News and World Report talks about a study linking dancing to fitness. A two hour weekly ballroom class added an average of 2000 steps daily to the regimens of otherwise sedentary people, out of the 10000 daily steps recommended for health. The article also reported on a similar study, with salsa dancing being the activity used in the study. I agree with the conclusions of the article that for the beginner, salsa and swing would provide greater fitness benefits than ballroom dances such as waltz and foxtrot. However, we found that as our technique improved, standard or smooth dances were at least as strenuous as salsa, if not more so. The three most strenuous for us have been Viennese waltz, quickstep, and samba.
From tampabay.com. He highlights something that we have noted, that it is ultimately a popularity contest more than a dance contest.
The Independent reports on a program to teach ballroom dance in school, with the benefit of improved fitness levels, improved social skills, and greater discipline.
Welcome to the newly created Dance Central Information web site. Stay tuned for more.
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