Dancing As Exercise!

by Kathy Sykes on July 27, 2010 · 1 comment

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As part of living my passion, I have begun taking a tap dancing class. Yes, tap dance!!! In my former life (20 years ago), I participated in a couple of musicals at the local theater and dancing was a huge part of them. I loved it then and remembered how “alive” and “in my element” I was during those times. I wanted that feeling back.

Last week was my first tap dancing class in twenty years. I was signed up (by my sister) for the beginners class and I swear, it felt like the “advanced” class. The instructor called out different tap moves and counts for about twenty minutes (but felt like an hour) and THEN she says “now that we are warmed up” we can start dancing. I was like “Huh”??!! I was already drenched with sweat and my legs were killing me! I have to tell you that the other dancers in the class looked to be between 18-22 years of age. I was trying my best to “get in where I fit in”…..which should have been at the assisted living facility taking their dance classes.

Anyway, I made my way through the first class and limped all the way to my car. When I got home, I took two Aleve and a hot shower and dove under the covers. The next day was very difficult to go to work since my legs were partially paralyzed.

My second dance class was much better by leaps and bounds. My legs were fine during the class and I got some of my coordination back. I would not be welcomed on Soul Train today. We were given choreography to Harry Connick, Jr’s song Elijah Rock and since I totally love him, it made for an easier learning process.

Yes, I did take two Aleve when I got home in preparation for the next day’s pain, but it was less severe this time. 🙂

In addition to this dance class feeding my spirit and soul, it is the best exercise I have found that I don’t mind doing. I used the website changing shape to determine how many calories I burned during an hour of tap dancing. This is a co0l website because you can determine calories burned from many physical activities you do.

I’m having a blast living out my passion and will keep you posted on my progress.

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KECIA WYNN July 28, 2010 at 1:32 am

GIRL, YOU HAVE INSPIRED ME! DANCING IS MY PASSION TOO AND I HAVE BEEN WANTING TO SIGN UP FOR A CLASS, BUT CLAIM I AM TOO BUSY! IT IS MY GOAL TO GET SIGNED UP FOR A CLASS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. ONCE SCHOOL STARTS FOR THE KIDS AND I HAVE THEM ALL SETTLED SO I CAN SET A SCHEDULE FOR THE CLASS. I AM SO EXCITED!

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