Many dance forms can help you lose weight, but what really helps is imagining yourself as you would like to be. Dancing not only raises the heart rate through movement, it also tones and tightens the major muscle groups of the body. Dancing can burn as many calories as walking, swimming or riding a bicycle. A half-hour session of sustained dancing can burn a lot of calories. The more effort we put into our movements, the more we burn.
Here are the basics:
Calorie Burning using Dance Moves
The key to burning calories is to move your whole body. The best dance moves include the old standby move of a step with one foot and then bringing the other foot next to the first one and then going the opposite way. Add arm movements that go at least up to the shoulders and your heart will start pumping. In the warm up and choreography part of aereoballet, we should go with all the energy we have if we intend to lose weight, and not give up! I will add steps with resistance jumps for general classes and provide direction in the room next week. We really need to put energy in if we like to burn! You’ll be surprised how tired you get if you have your legs shoulder-width apart and you just twist and alternate bending each leg with your arms doing the washing machine rotation movement at chest level. If you mix in leg lifts and knee lifts, bringing your opposite elbow to the knee, you’re really working your legs and abs. Then it’s all about creativity and keeping moving. You can just gyrate and swing your arms like a mad person! The best way to reduce fat is to burn calories “passively” and the best way to do that is to add beautiful long lean muscles – dancers tone. In fact, healthy toned muscles will burn calories 24 hours a day – even when you are at rest! This is the reason why we do so many reps about barre exercises: targeted exercises that will work poorly toned, unused muscles, particularly in your thighs and abdomen. From your first workout you will begin to create strong, toned muscles and burn calories. The results will look and feel fabulous!
It’s important to avoid increasing your caloric intake when you start your dancing exercise program. If you add more calories, you’ll either maintain or gain weight. Your body might want more calories because you’ll be increasing your metabolism. In this newsletter I will report a food plan of a famous performer dancer in a working day (3 hours of rehearsals and 1.30 of show).
Managing Dance Time
To lose weight by dancing, you should strive for at least 20 minutes of time with an accelerated heart-rate at least 4-5 days a week. You should start with a 5 minute warm-up and end with a 5 minute cool-down which means 30 minutes, 4-5 times a week. Rather than watching the clock, manage your time through music as described in the next section. Set an alarm for your total dancing time on your cell phone or a clock that you can then hide. It will make the time go faster. I put the radio on in the kitchen and use the ‘pauses’ in the cooking time to try steps and jumps…
Butts, any reasons to be unshaped?
A “hanging bottom” is a frustrating condition suffered by too many women. But exercises we do are effective to firm and raise and firm your derriere . You are learning proper pelvic positioning and exercise movements to work these muscles and pull up your seat. Can you spend 5 min a day to do some pliès and small pulses? Sexy beautiful butts are the target and it is never too late.
P.S. in the picture Emily Howens and Rachel Ellison doing Contemporary Motion Class.
‘I danced since I was a child. After a dance injury at 25, I got a degree in Architecture in Italy but after that I always worked as an Art director and Choreographer in fashion and art, creating many videos, graphic work and installations until 4 years ago when I moved from Milan to London.Background: Vaganova ballet technique, Martha Graham, Dance theater. Recent Qualifications: Workshop in the Technique of Lester Horton (Alvin Ailey School), Stott Barre, ETM with YMCA, Zumba. I'm a certified REP and EMDP instructor.
I believe in dance therapy, in transforming the body using aerobic movement for a happy and long life; I believe also that the grace of a movement and not just do it, brings our body to explore different shapes; I believe in a beautiful and lean body behind every dress at every age; I believe in art as a life choice. Dance is the best way to maintain a good body and a good spirit. Every age can dance and use the body. I believe that gravity can be managed if we really want to have a healthy body!
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Dance is the best way to maintain a good body and a good spirit!
I believe in the therapy that dance can produce , in transforming the body using aerobic movement for a happy and long life; I believe also that the grace of a movement and not just do it, brings our body to explore different shapes and inner spirits; I believe in a beautiful and lean body behind every dress at every age; I believe in art as a life choice.
What a Perfect way to start the summer, with a mind and body detox! I discovered so many new ingredients and ways of preparing delicious and healthy food that anyone, not only vegans. would love to eat. Yoga on the beach was stunning! and of course Diana's trademark Aeroballet classes had me toned and feeling taller than ever. The location is perfect, spectacular views of the sea to the left and the snowy mountain tops of the Gran Sasso Ranges to the right. Peaceful hillside idle for relaxing but close enough to pop into town for aperitivo or a swim in the sea if you fancy. Thanks for looking after Diana!
Ho avuto il piacere di trascorrere due giorni con Diana nel suo Casale in Abruzzo.
Esperienza intensa e profonda di corpo, mente e spirito.
Due giorni pieni e coinvolgenti.
Ottima leader ed ottima cuoca.
Una Professionista con la P maiuscola in un luogo magnifico.
Da rifare e da consigliare.
In summary: fantastic!
In more detail: the passion for dance this dance teacher has, is used in her classes to transmit it to the women taking part. She offers a great selection of different styles and techniques with different levels of energy. Depending on what you prefer you can subscribe to individual lessons or packages. Additionally she offers individual training with focus on the individual vulnerabilities and injuries.
And if you want more than dance lessons: the teacher is a wonderful person! Very inspired by the movement of the human body. She may also offer help or advise on changing life habits or dietary styles :)
Personally, I have been dancing all my life. Moving to London I have tried different schools and teachers to dance and finally met Diana. She seems to bring it all together for me! Additionally I have met wonderful people through the dance company she has set up.
Excellent and attentive teacher! Fun and challenging classes for all levels. I feel stronger and more aligned since starting Diane's classes; definitely recommend to anyone looking to push their fitness and strength to the next level.
I joined Diana's classes approximately two years ago and haven't looked back since. I enjoy the great music, the great choreography and the company of all the fantastic people I have met on the way. Diana is a great teacher who gives constant feedback to help us get things right and improve our movements, while also providing an excellent exercise regime to keep us fit. I have always loved to dance but I never thought I could be part of a dance company in my late forties. Diana has made a childhood dream come true.
The Bold Bodies classes are wonderful, offering a highly professional and warm approach to ballet conditioning, fluidity, barre work & full body training, noting the dancers' development and creating routines drawing influence from great artists, culture, and her history as a dancer and creative director. Diana also offers intelligent advice in nutrition, wellbeing and the vegan based diet chosen by many philosophers, and athletes. My performance, concentration, flexibility and energy levels have improved greatly since I began the classes & I always leave leave glowing. Thank you Diana!
Fantastic classes, a great work out to brilliant music. I always feel a foot taller after a class. Diana is a great teacher and really attentive to make sure you are getting the best out of the moves and stretches.
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