Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Dancing is as easy as Counting 1-2-3..........4!

"Hey, do you dance Salsa on the 2?  Who me, uh, uh.....yeah that's what I do,  dance on 2.  How about you?  Oh me, yeah, yeah I dance on 2, of course why wouldn't I, that is the place to be? "

Well if it is the place to be, wouldn't you want certainty as to how to get there, stay there and purposely leave and come back there, with confidence?

I have always been exposed to music, my dad was a musician and it was a daily part of our lives.  I took piano lessons as a child, was in the choir at school and always danced at home assuming everybody did such an activity. My brother had a band as early as I can remember and setting up equipment, practicing in the garage and lots of writing song lyrics was a common occurrence in my environment. Music fed my soul then and now I know it does.......

When I started taking drum lessons is when the flood lights came on.....wow, what a world.  I thought I knew a lot about music and when I realized what I did know, it was made aware to me that my knowledge was mostly intuitive.  It wasn't until I literally got into the music and assessed the rhythm that I gained great confidence in my dancing, meaning I began to count and put emphasis on the accuracy.  Counting is the ONLY way to gain control of the music and rhythm and THEN use the  body to express the part of the song that you intuitively hear and BAM nail that son of a biscuit eater, so you can GET DOWN!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dancing Makes You Smile!

A smile is like a magnet that stirs up feelings of joy. Whenever I see a little kid or a baby that smiles at me it just melts my heart. I don't have babies but I have parents and when they smile at me it is with the same intensity of that of a child and it sends joy throughout my being.

Many times my students do something cute or endearing and during class I smile...... I always wonder if they know it's cause of them. So thank you to those who make me smile, smiling is infectious. Dancing makes you smile. 

The dance floor is a palace for a smile.  It is very rewarding to get to the point where one can smile and dance.  It is a really good test; 'is he/she smiling'?  If the answer 'NO' then they are probably dancing beyond their comfort level, which can be great for learning.  Part of the 'dance intrigue' is going out, getting dressed up and having a great time allowing the music to fill your heart.  If the brain is working too hard it will interrupt that process.  Rungo Dance social dance and Rungo Dance Fit dance fitness are designed to break the chains that the brain imposes on us and allow the body and heart to work together.  It is a BZMIS....body zaps mind into submission...... and it happens all the time!

Give it a try! Dance for fun and dance for fitness, and DANCE!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

RungoDance: Strong Man; Good Girl!!

RungoDance: Strong Man; Good Girl!!: The roles on the dance floor are clearly defined!  Girls must be 'good' and guys must be 'strong.' A man is the leader; he i...

Strong Man; Good Girl!!

The roles on the dance floor are clearly defined!  Girls must be 'good' and guys must be 'strong.' A man is the leader; he is strong, confident and committed to making the ladies experience enjoyable, memorable and enlightening.  A lady's position it to follow; no matter what.  She is to be respectful, patient and allow the man to deliver his plan with ease and deliberation.  If you both dedicate yourselves to fulfilling these roles: MAGIC!!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

A Ballroom Dance Fitness Class

So what exactly do we get from this class......formerly known as rungodance, soon to be 'something' else.  Who cares really,  what it's called?  What the heck is it good for?  Well frankly I have amazed myself as how nicely my students have progressed.  I have taken non-dancing people and created a sense of coordination and fluidity, I tell ya, I have been amazed.

It's easy to learn the ballroom dances in this format; all of them. I use all the rhythms in my class from Foxtrot to Salsa and Bolero to Zydeco and anything else you can think of! It's a must experience kind of thing! The class imposes such movement and demand that the participant disengages the mind and the thinker (always the culprit ) and gives the body a chance to move and grove to the beat and rhythm.  Ladies follow and learn to WAIT for the cue before they move and men do the same as for the key to any good leader is to be a great FOLLOWER (one secret out!).

Calories burned equal any where from 300 to 600,  depending on the energy out put.  Sweat, yes you will sweat and use every muscle in the body. Stretch, yes you will stretch and gain flexibility if not on purpose, by accident.

Your relationship with music will be enhanced NO MATTER WHAT.  Your understanding and predictability of music will get better and better.  I have seen NON music people actually develop a sensitivity and awareness to the music.  It's really all about the music.

Whether you feel like learning to dance, developing your lead or follow, feeling  the music, building your confidence, losing some fat or burning some calories or just feel like being expressive and having a good time,  this class is for you.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Fat Burning Machine Post Cruise Update

June 2nd was the first leg of our Fat Loss Seminar and on June 7th I went on a cruise; 4 days of food, drink, desserts, boose and many decadent choices of items to intake. This is the third cruise I've been on since I has 'changed my eating habits' and I must say this is the third cruise that I have not stressed over 'what am I going to eat today' scenario. I have been a bonified binger/purger and I am so happy to declare that the urge to do either didn't even enter my mind this trip, nor the previous two cruises. It's been about 2 years now since I would say my bullimia is under control. Hallilejiah! It has not been easy, living with food addiction is quite challenging. (Another time to elaborate on that topic)
The point of my story is that can go on a cruise and make good choices AND enjoy yourself. I had decided that I would not stop working out on the trip and also that I would not skip meals. (Remember that this system of fat optimization considers 'skipping meals' cheating) . I ate 4 to 6 meals each day. I drank alcohol and sugar drinks moderatley and I maintained my normal work out schedule. (Most hotels and cruise ships have gyms as to accommodate the guests). And of course each evening hit the nite club and danced the night away. Once your body is on the other side of being a fat storage incubator you can deviate and enjoy life and it's decadence.
I am here to tell you that it CAN be done. You can do it. You can turn your body into a fat burning machine!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Dance Progress in a Year!

Cyndi takes 2 to 3 Rungo Dance classes per week and rehearses with The Rungo Stars Team weekly. She has never had any official 'ballroom' dance lessons but was exposed to jazz and modern in her youth. She is very athletic and retains a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Her Latin blood has always availed her the opportunity to get along well rhythmically no matter what the music that is playing or the dance that is expected. She is no stranger to the dance floor!
About a year ago she accomanied a current student to one of my Rungo Dance Classes; she has been comong ever since. The point of the story is PROGRESS. We chatted last night, as we often do after class, and she said 'come on, be critical with me and tell me how I can improve.' I did, we reviewed her specific issues but more importantly I also was able to praise her for her wonderful achievements and progress. She is dancing as if she has been taking many private lessons.
Cyndi is a married, busy professional, she has three beautiful children and has dedicated herself to maintaining her classes for an entire year. When you see her dance it is breathtaking, I am amazed and taken back. I am so pleased and proud of her and my system because together they have really deveoped a force of synergy! Now, how do we get her husband to dance?