Uconn Dance Sport

December 23, 2010

Find a Local Favorite

Filed under: Television Shows — www.uconndancesport.com @ 7:49 pm

I was recently visiting family in Pennsylvania when I ran across the most interesting television show (the term “interesting” is left wide open for interpretation at this juncture) that I just could not pull myself from regardless of how much my own befuddlement and curiosity puzzled me. I can’t recall the exact name of the show but it was something along the lines of “Dancing in the Poconos” or “Polka in the Poconos,” but the crux of the show was people (typically over the age of 70) doing the polka and I believe it was broadcast from the Poconos. Now the reason I say that the dancers were “typically” over 70 is that there was one dancer who happened to be a police officer from the state of New York and he looked to be about 32 – 35. He loved what he was doing, no doubt, as he rhythmically strutted to the accordions with his over six foot frame guiding his 4 foot 2 inch partner. Don’t get me wrong, I love all forms of music and all forms of dance; it’s just that I was taken by surprise that such a show existed in today’s VH-1, MTV, and Dancing With the Stars fervor. The point is that I just happened upon the (more…)

December 16, 2010

It’s Still Here: Jazzercise

Filed under: dance fitness — www.uconndancesport.com @ 12:00 am

You may have done it years ago or heard your mother or aunt talk about it. Jazzercise was the fitness craze founded in 1969 by Judi Sheppard Missett when she was attending classes at Northwestern University in Chicago and also teaching dance classes at a local jazz studio. Realizing that the dance movements could benefit non-dancers in their fitness goals, Missett reworked her class to attain a newly defined mission: to develop and market fun and effective fitness programs and products that enhance the well-being of people of all ages. Jazzercise classes have several formats with the classic session consisting of dance movements set around aerobic exercise and strength training. Other formats include (more…)

December 4, 2010

You’re Never Too Old

Filed under: dancing competitions — www.uconndancesport.com @ 12:00 am

If you danced when you were younger but fret you might be too old to get back into the swing of things you might want to take a cue from Jennifer Grey, Season 11 winner of Dancing with the Stars at the age of 50! Best known for her role playing Frances “Baby” Houseman opposite Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing when she was 27, Grey hit the dance floor again 24 years later and won the competition dancing with her partner Derek Hough. Sure, Grey had her share of physical woes that come from being a woman her age coupled with the fact that she was in a head-on automobile accident resulting in severe whiplash back in 1987, but she worked through her pain and managed to compete in every dance that was asked of her quite frequently scoring perfect scores of 10 out of 10 from the judges. And if anyone happens to wonder if she was channeling Patrick Swayze to give her courage throughout the competition, the answer is yes since she physically broke down at one point as (more…)

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