Bring Dance Into Your Life

Life, for the lucky ones, is a creative process. Art, dance, music, and literature all combine to make our lives richer, with more value and depth of expression than they would be without the arts. My dad, a lifelong diesel mechanic, read the covers off of books, and took piano lessons when he was 70. He said he had always had to work so much, he never had time to learn. Don’t be like that – learn, today, about the arts. Bring them into your life in small ways, so that you don’t reach the age of 70 never having done what you really wanted. Dance is an excellent art to bring into your life. Most people these days are looking for ways to exercise, so why not take dancing lessons? When you bring dance into your life, you improve your health, get in shape, and explore new ways to express yourself.



If you are considering a gym membership, think about dance classes, instead. Really, now – which would you rather do – 500 sit-ups disguised as crunches, or several new swing moves? It can’t be any more embarrassing to miss a step or two in class than it is to throw-up from overexertion on the exercise floor. Dance classes are available in just about any kind of age group you want, and in any style. Dance classes are not limited to little kids taking ballet. Adult, teens, and children can take classes in ballroom dancing, swing, country dancing, Latin dancing, Hip Hop, jazz, and other styles of dancing. Pick out your favorite type of music, your dance shoes, and you’ll find that there are dance classes that get you moving to that kind of music.


If you are primarily taking dance lessons for exercise, consider Zoomba. This is an exercise-oriented dance that has helped thousands of people get in shape. But that is not the only type of dancing that gets your heart beating. Western Swing, swing, jazz, and the others all work out your entire body, rather than just one muscle group. You can get your heart rate up with dance as much as with any other exercise, and have fun doing it. And, you usually have a partner.

Date Night


Couples are turning to dancing for their date night activities. Dance classes are a great way to spend time together, and you’re developing a skill the whole time. Being on the dance floor gives you a more comfortable social setting, and you can still get to know the person you are dating.



Free dance is a distant goal for most people. But, you’ll find that on the dance floor, you are able to forget the stresses of the day and get lost in the rhythm and movement – both your own and that of your dance partner. Bringing this art form into your life is a perfect way to share with others while you enjoy the activity for yourself.

Bringing dance into your life is a great way to enrich it. Give it a try.

Improve Your Performance With The Right Gymnastic Wear

No matter what kind of physical activity you participate in, the right clothing is important for your comfort and performance. It is more than just a fashion need – although fashion can figure in significantly. The fit of gymnastic wear will enhance your practice and help you to concentrate on your performance.

Gymnastic Wear

Gymnastic wear usually consists of tights and a bodysuit, at the very least. These need to fit snugly, without binding. Binding clothing can not only restrict movement, they can chafe the skin, drawing blood and causing blisters. Besides the discomfort, performance in such clothing will be more difficult because it may distract you from your performance.

Just as difficult is gymnastic wear that is too loose. It will bunch up, rubbing and chafing. It can also make the gymnast trip. And, who wants to watch a gymnast who is constantly hiking up their pants or readjusting straps. Clothing that flaps around while the gymnast is practicing or performing detracts from the performance, and distracts the performer.


Grips are important for most gymnasts, as well. In fact, many items have grips built in. At the very least, your grips will need to coordinate with the gymnastic wear you are using during the performance.

Fashion Wear

Fashion wear for the competitive gymnastics routine is often required as part of team competition. While fashion wear for gymnastics is not as flamboyant as most dancewear, it is certainly functional and signifies team affiliation. Since fashion wear is usually in several colors, with patterns stitched in, high quality construction is important. The seams can rub and chafe. The structure of the fashion wear can also restrict movement. Therefore, before the team orders fashion wear for gymnastics, it should be carefully tested and studied to make sure that it will perform satisfactorily for the gymnast. This applies to bodysuits, as well.


Whether you are an individual, or a gymnast on a team, you will want individual fitting for your gymnastic wear. Professional fitting is important so that the patterns used for your particular outfit will fit your dimensions. A good fit makes all the difference in your performance and practice.


It is very important to make sure that your leotard or singlet does not have any adornments that hand down. These can not only catch on gymnastics equipment, they can be a distraction. You need to be able to focus throughout your practice or performance, and distraction can lead to serious injury. Therefore, beware of any straps, strings, or ruffles that might get caught or otherwise interfere with your activities.


Many gymnasts will wear shorts while practising. This is fine, but be careful that there is nothing on the shorts that can catch on the equipment. Drawstrings, snaps, and even pockets can catch on equipment, causing injury. Make sure they fit tightly so that excess fabric does not drag on gymnastic equipment or otherwise impede your movement.