ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
How do I get started square dancing?
Most clubs and their callers hold square dance lessons at least once
a year, and although there are exceptions, most lessons last about 15
to 20 weeks. The easiest way to get information is to follow the "CLASS/EVENTS"
link at the top left to find lessons close to you. You can also visit
the "SARDARA Clubs" links under the "CLUBS"
link to get contact information on the club nearest to your home, and
contact the club.
How much does square dancing cost?
Once you have taken lessons, you may visit and dance at any
club in the world. Most dances cost about $4 to $6 a person, depending
on the type of dance. Many clubs have a pitch-in type meal included
in the cost, so you can eat and dance on $8 to $12 dollars a couple.
3. Do I have to wear the typical square dancing clothes?
Most clubs now days have relaxed their rules on square dance
apparel, however there are still some dances where square dance apparel
required. But the typical square dance outfit has changed somewhat in
that prairie skirts may be worn instead of the square dance dress with
a petty coat. This helps hold the cost of outfits down.
Will I be required to join a club?
No, but there are certain benefits to joining a local club.
Most clubs provide insurance to members, and membership into SARDASA.
Clubs also arrange car pooling to local dances.
What is a typical dance like?
Most dances consists of 6 tips of square dancing, which consists
of a "hash" call and a "singing" call. The hash
call is where the caller moves the dancers around the square in no predetermined
way. The dancers job is to execute the moves as the caller calls them
and the callers job is to get the dancers back to their original partner,
in their original order. Hash calls can be lots of fun because nobody
knows what call might come next. The singing call is a little more structured
as the calls must be completed in a certain amount of time because the
music is set at a certain amount of beats. The singing call is where
the caller can really "perform" for the dancers. In between
the 6 tips, most clubs perform either round dancing, line dancing, or
just rest up by socializing before the next square dance tip. All clubs
encourage visitors to their dances, so a visit to the local club dance
would be a great way to see what a dance is like.
What are the physical and mental benefits from Square and Round
Reprinted from www.Sixwise.com
If you secretly sashay across your living room when you're home alone
or long to cha-cha with your significant other, you're in luck. Not
only is dancing an exceptional way to let loose and have fun, but it
also provides some terrific benefits for your health.In fact, Mayo
Clinic researchers reported that social dancing helps to:
• Reduce stress
• Increase energy
• Improve strength
• Increase muscle tone and coordination
And whether you like to kick up your heals to hip hop, classical or
country, the National Heart, Lung
and Blood Institute (NHLBI) says that dancing can:
• Lower your risk of coronary heart disease
• Decrease blood pressure
• Help you manage your weight
• Strengthen the bones of your legs and hips
Dancing is a unique form of exercise because it provides the heart-healthy
benefits of an aerobic exercise while also allowing you to engage in
a social activity. This is especially stimulating to the mind, and one
21-year study published in the New England Journal of Medicine even
found dancing can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease and other forms
of dementia in the elderly. In the study, participants over the age
of 75 who engaged in reading, dancing and playing musical instruments
and board games once a week had a 7 percent lower risk of dementia compared
to those who did not. Those who engaged in these activities at least
11 days a month had a 63 percent lower risk!Interestingly, dancing was
the only physical activity out of 11 in the study that was associated
with a lower risk of dementia. Said Joe Verghese, a neurologist at Albert
Einstein College of Medicine and a lead researcher of the study, "This
is perhaps because dance music engages the dancer's mind."Verghese
says dancing may be a triple benefit for the brain. Not only does the
physical aspect of dancing increase blood flow to the brain, but also
the social aspect of the activity leads to less stress, depression and
loneliness. Further, dancing requires memorizing steps and working with
a partner, both of which provide mental challenges that are crucial
for brain health.
How Good of a Workout is Dancing, Really?
The amount of benefit you get from dancing depends on, like
most exercises, the type of dancing you're doing, how strenuous it is,
the duration and your skill level.Says exercise physiologist Catherine
Cram, MS, of Comprehensive Fitness Consulting in Middleton, Wisconsin,
"Once someone gets to the point where they're getting their heart
rate up, they're actually getting a terrific workout. Dance is a weight-bearing
activity, which builds bones. It's also "wonderful" for your
upper body and strength. "Plus, dancing requires using muscles
that you may not even know you had. "If you're dancing the foxtrot,
you're taking long, sweeping steps backwards. That's very different
than walking forward on a treadmill or taking a jog around the neighborhood
... Ballroom dancing works the backs of the thighs and buttock muscles
differently from many other types of exercise," says Ken Richards,
professional dancer and spokesman for USA Dance, the national governing
body of DanceSport (competitive ballroom dancing).
Specific Benefits of Different Dances
If you're looking for specific health results, here's a breakdown
of the benefits of some popular dances. Just remember that any type
of dancing is better than no dancing at all!
Square Dancing —
• Provides cardiovascular conditioning.
• May lead to a slower heart rate, lower blood pressure and an
improved cholesterol profile.
• Strengthens bones.
• Helps you develop strong social ties.
• Loosens and tones muscles.
Round (Ballroom Type) Dancing —
• Conditions the body.
• Helps keep the heart in shape.
• Builds and increases stamina.
• Develops the circulatory system.
• Strengthens and tones legs and body.
• Increases flexibility and balance.
• Helps with weight loss.
• Relieves stress.
Physical benefits aside, dancing has a way of brightening up a person's
day, says ballroom owner and operator Karen Tebeau.
"A lot of times, when people get want to get started, it's
because there's been a change in their life: a divorce or they've been
through a period of depression. They (continue) coming in, and you see
a big change. After a while, they're walking in with a sunny expression.
You know it's the dancing that's doing that," she says.
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