A BRIEF HISTORY
Dance Fitness was originally called Movement and Recreative Dance ( M&RD) and was the only basic training available through the Scottish Women’s Keep Fit Association ( SWKFA). When the basic training in Exercise to Music was developed around 1984/5, men expressed an interest in becoming Instructors and the name of the organisation was changed to the Scottish Keep Fit Association ( SKFA).
In 1994, when the SKFA changed its name to Fitness Scotland, M&RD became known as Dance Fitness with Exercise to Music becoming known as Exercise Fitness. Interest in Dance Fitness waned as Exercise Fitness became more popular and other training opportunities were added, but a number of enthusiastic Dance Fitness instructors continue to run classes around Scotland.
THE GENERAL AIMS OF DANCE FITNESS CLASSES
• To enjoy a” feel good factor” through moving together with other people.
• To invigorate – i.e. to raise the aerobic threshold in order to leave you feeling ready for action but not exhausted and drained.
• To carefully stretch and mobilise – to extend the range of movement and to maintain as full a range of movement as possible. “ Use it or lose it”!
• To strengthen – particularly in the muscles required to maintain efficient posture. This will help to minimise wear and tear and, hopefully, reduce end-of-day tiredness.
• To improve balance and co-ordination.
• To develop kinaesthetic awareness, leading to a feeling of control in movement.
• To stimulate mental alertness.
• To enjoy the matching of movement to music and sharing rhythm with others.
• To promote awareness of all facets of “health related fitness”.
DANCE FITNESS EVENTS
Currently, 3 events are organised each year by the Dance Fitness Training Group.
Remaining dates for 2012/2013:
For further details and information, contact Nancy Duncan on 01592 759121
Plans are in hand for events in 2014 and anyone interested in attending our events will be made most welcome.