Finding new activities to do at home is a great way to deal with the boredom and monotony of staying home for a prolonged period of time. If your daily lockdown routine has become a bit staid and you’re keen to shake it up a bit – then why not boost your brain and body by dusting off your dance shoes? Just like learning a musical instrument, language, or any other new skill, learning dance moves takes focus and activates the hippocampus – the part of the brain that’s responsible for emotions and memory, as well as raising your heart rate and giving you those all important happy endorphins.
If you fancy bringing some much needed sparkle and glitter in to your life then Strictly pair Natalie and Tristan will take you through the eight basic steps in this gentle tutorial:
If that whets your appetite for more, then this online dance school can take you even further with step by step Latin and Ballroom dance lessons. Their videos are easy to follow and break everything down to make sure you know your steps, timing and technique.
To get your toes tapping then this Tap Dance beginner’s tutorial will be sure to get you up and dancing and your heart rate raised.
For ballet and contemporary lessons, DanceEast has released ‘Home is Where the Dance Is’ with a timetable of classes to stream of home with plenty for adults to enjoy, including some seated sessions. https://www.danceeast.co.uk/get-dancing/home-dance/
Dance is also a great way to join together different generations, so if you fancy setting your family a challenge – invite them to all learn the same routine and then ‘virtually’ meet up to show each other the results! It’s a chance to dress up and have some fun with those you love without having to leave your home. A good start for this is a step-by-step choreography tutorial of the Meghan Trainor “All About That Bass” dance routine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzES1m_Mqp8