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Dance does a body good

October 16th, 2010 - By Lauren Everitt, Medill News Service

Experts say dancing is excellent cardiovascular exercise. See how different dance styles size up to standard aerobic activity. (Graph by Lauren Everitt/Medill.)

Experts say dancing is excellent cardiovascular exercise. See how different dance styles size up to standard aerobic activity. (Graph by Lauren Everitt/Medill.)

Krista Ortgiesen is a marketing manager for the Old Town School of Folk Music by day and a ‘60s era Go-Go dancer by night—with no scandal attached.

The Chicago resident teaches ’60s Go-Go Aerobics classes at the Flamenco Arts Center on North Western Avenue where her students work up a sweat doing Tina Turner ponies (the classic pony with a Turner twist of the head) and purple circles (sassy, circular twists of the hips and arms).

Ortgiesen is part of a growing dance exercise industry that promises to candy-coat the exercise experience with music, flash and fun.

But does dance really improve fitness? Can it help students sashay through life instead of simply across a studio floor?

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Local woman uses her life’s hardships to help others

October 3rd, 2010 - By Erika Rose

Delynn Curtis uses Reiki as a method for spiritual healing. (Photograph by The Times.)

Delynn Curtis uses Reiki as a method for spiritual healing. (Photograph by The Times.)

Tucked away in the forests of Lowell is Delynn Curtis’ tree house.

It’s really a home surrounded by nature with a second floor porch that juts right out into the woods, giving it a tree house feel, but nonetheless, it is a place where she has found peace, a sanctuary where calm rises above chaos and she can hear her inner voice with amazing clarity.

Her life’s work spent as a dancer, movement has always been the way she expresses herself. It’s no wonder then, that finding the right words to describe herself is a struggle.

In business terms, she is a life energy Reiki master and a licensed esthetician. She’s also been known by the titles of youth minister and dance studio owner. Perhaps more encompassing, she is a teacher, a dancer, an artist, a spiritual being.

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Swing your hips to improve your balance

May 13th, 2010 - By Amber Lindke, Medill News Service

Seniors participate in a dance class to improve their balance and gait. (Photograph courtesy of Pinar Istek, University of Missouri News Bureau.)

Seniors participate in a dance class to improve their balance and gait.
(Photograph courtesy of Pinar Istek, University of Missouri News Bureau.)

Dance fever is one symptom that’s good for your health at any age.

For seniors, dancing improves a few of the physical nuisances that tend to appear with age such as wobbly knees and unsteady feet.

That’s the conclusion of one of two studies conducted by the University of Missouri-Columbia. Researchers found that half of the seniors who participated in a dance therapy program reported an increase in balance and gait.

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Taking steps to face life’s challenges

March 17th, 2010 - By Christine Bryant

Top junior ballroom dancer Alec Moseley, 14, of Griffith, competes with his instructor April Rodriguez in the Indiana Challenge at the Star Plaza Hotel. (Photograph by Tony V. Martin/The Times.)

Top junior ballroom dancer Alec Moseley, 14, of Griffith, competes with his instructor April Rodriguez in the Indiana Challenge at the Star Plaza Hotel.
(Photograph by Tony V. Martin/The Times.)

Gliding across the dance floor, 14-year-old Alec Moseley feels like he’s floating on air.

“I want to dance every day, but I have school,” the Griffith teen said. “It’s fun, it’s magical and makes you feel alive.”

Whether it’s the Cha Cha, Samba or Jive, Moseley is working to master them all. He recently placed as the “Top Junior” in the 2010 Indiana Challenge held in Merrillville, has a shelf full of medals and ribbons after ballroom dancing for only two years and won the 2009 Ohio Star Ball Top Pro/Am Male Junior in Columbus—the most prestigious national competition of the year.

Fitness or fiesta?

July 13th, 2009 - By Erika Rose

Fitness crazes—Jazzercise, boot camp, aerobics, kickboxing—typically hinge on form and repetition.

The latest trend is anti-workout.

As the Zumba Fitness slogan goes, “Ditch the workout, join the party.”

If you’ve ever blasted music alone at home and danced with uninhibited freedom and enthusiasm until you dripped sweat—or experimented with sexy Latin moves you saw on “Dancing with the Stars”—you’ve tried Zumba.

A word of caution. If you’re squeamish about shimmying and wriggling your hips in mixed company, this exercise class might not be for you. Then again, it might be just what you need to escape your comfort zone and shake things up a bit.

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Local Health News—Zumba Kids

June 17th, 2009 - By Casandra Riddle

For kids and teens that want to get movin’ and shakin’, LaPorte Regional Health System is offering Zumba Kids, a class with lots of energy and easy-to-follow moves to Latin grooves. Classes are $5 per class per kid, teen or child/adult team, and run on Saturdays through June from 9:15 to 10 a.m. at the Wellness Resource Center, 1203 Washington Street, in LaPorte. No pre-registration is required. Payment options include cash, check or credit card. For more information, call 219.326.2480.

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