by Rich Monetti
No doubt, many of you will once again resolve this January 1st to become more active and get into shape.
As a fun alternative, consider taking some classes with Carol Mamara of Dance Emotions in Chappaqua. Not only will you elevate your heart rate, but according to Mamara, a dance class is an entertaining option which can hold your interest and keep you focused on a fitness regimen “whether you think you can dance or not.”
Offering adult dance classes at 75 South Greeley Avenue, Dance Emotions transforms the quest for physical fitness into an enjoyable activity which will bring you back for more. With “Jazz up the Bar”, “Fun with Tap” or Ballroom Dancing, Mamara maintains that you will develop an interest in making progress because you are doing something that is beautiful.
Letting loose on the dance floor with Zumba not only burns the fun into your feet but burns calories as well. That sensation definitely doesn’t have to stop at Mamara’s front door. Now, when you go out to dance, your improved moves and greater self-confidence will make you into a better dance partner, she says. You will show off a new found poise when you enter a room. It may even translate into increased popularity!
Even if you think you were born with two left feet, “you can learn,” Mamara says. Although you may not become a dance superstar, making progress and acquiring poise is great for you–body and soul. If you are a self-conscious beginner and even have anxiety about learning in a studio setting, find a strategy which makes you feel the most relaxed. Come in individually, with a partner or a small group of friends, she says, make yourself comfortable and let your feet loose.
Whether you choose to come in by yourself or with others, seasoned professionals will focus on each pair of feet and help you dismiss your remaining inhibitions. “You’ll just feel comfortable,” Mamara says. Now, there’s no longer an excuse to only sit and “dance with the stars.”
Whatever your motive, the Dance Emotions Studio provides classes for the recreational dancer and even those interested in pursuing dance professionally.
Everyone receives individual attention to make them feel like part of the family. The goal is always to make the experience happy and rewarding.
Rich Monetti lives in Somers and is known to dance if the circumstances call for it. You can find more of his work at www.richmonetti.com