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Everyone knows that sport unites. Why not also use it to strengthen your relationship with your partner? Today I will present to you the perfect sporting discipline for this purpose. Yes, I’m talking about partner dances, which bring significant benefits not only on a physical but also on a mental and emotional level.
The physical benefits of partner dancing are numerous. A single hour of dancing promotes the burning of 400 to 600 kcal. It is a cardio activity for all intents and purposes. This is why it is good for the heart, as well as for the other muscles involved.
It also helps a lot to improve posture and coordination, which is very useful for those who are inclined to have a sedentary life.
And of course, all of these benefits come combined with a lot of fun!
Dancing, however, brings not only physical benefits but also emotional benefits. When we dance, our brain produces endorphins, which are substances that relieve stress and make us feel happier.
Besides, it increases our self-esteem and confidence. Now imagine how great it is when both partners are involved in such an activity together?!
A stronger relationship and increased trust between you is guaranteed.
Older people are more likely to have a sedentary life. However, through partner dances, they can enjoy the benefits of sport without getting bored in the gym or making excessive efforts.
Thus, they will see a substantial reduction in their risk of developing heart diseases and type 2 diabetes, which is very common after a certain age.
Nevertheless, the possibility of sharing a fun activity with their partner will lead them to revive a relationship that, after many years, may have atrophied.
Finally, according to a study by Albert Einstein College in New York, the dance seems to be the only physical activity that can lower the risks of Alzheimer’s and dementia by up to 76%.
There are many different kinds of partner dances you can choose. I’ll present to you three of my favorite, which has its origins in South America.
Each of them is based on improvisation where the man leads and the woman follows.
It is essential, however, to know the steps that characterize each dance.
It is a ballroom dance created in Argentina and is characterized by elegance and passion.
The styles are mostly danced in either open embrace, where lead and follow have space between their bodies, or close embrace, where the lead and follow connect either chest-to-chest (Argentine tango) or in the upper thigh, hip area (American and International tango).
It is a popular form of social dance originating in Cuba. Salsa incorporates elements of jazz and rock. It is a pleasing dance with a very lively and festive rhythm. That’s why it encourages socialization and human relationships. In many styles of salsa dancing, as a dancer shifts their weight by stepping, the upper body remains level and nearly unaffected by the weight changes. Weight shifts cause the hips to move. Arm and shoulder movements are also incorporated.
It was born around 1940 in the most deprived social strata of the Dominican Republic. Initially, it was a dance performed on songs with sad themes, the so-called “música de amargue” (music from bitterness).
It was a type of dance despised by the bourgeoisie, not only for the themes of its songs, but for the movements of the dance itself, which were defined as vulgar and obscene.
The original style was very different from the one we know today, in which the man and woman were embraced for the duration of the dance, swinging and provocatively moving the pelvis.
It became a popular partner dance only in the 80s thanks to the media.
And what about you, have you ever tried one of these partner dances? Or are there others you’d like to recommend? Tell us about your experience in the comments 😉
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