Jazz, Cardio, Hydration

American Jazz Dance
Along with tap, American jazz dance is a unique American dance form. African dance, Irish jigs, English clog dancing, and other social dances, which helped to create syncopation in musical accompaniment, originally influenced jazz dance.

During the early to mid-twentieth century ballet, modern and East Indian dance began to influence American jazz dance. Choreographers and teachers Jack Cole, Matt Mattox, and Luigi all developed jazz techniques that are currently practiced today. Other notable choreographers that used these influences and techniques to establish their own signature styles in jazz dance include Bob Fosse, Jerome Robbins, Michael Kidd and Gus Giordano.

Cardiovascular Exercise
Recommended 30 minutes per day
Builds Stamina • Gives You Energy • Increases Lung Capacity • Improves Heart Health

By adding cardiovascular exercise to your daily routine you will notice an improvement in your dance training as well as your dance performance.

A cardio workout will wake up new muscle motor units that you do not usually use, giving you an added boost towards injury prevention.

Choose a form of exercise that you enjoy. Keeping it fresh will make it easy to add cardio into your active lifestyle. Make easy changes in your lifestyle by walking to dance class or taking the stairs.

If you have a previous injury that you are overcoming, try a non-weight bearing form like swimming or bike riding.

Mix and match your forms of cardio by taking a Zumba class one day, and going for a brisk walk on another.

Hydration
Feeling dizzy? Have a headache? Muscle cramps? You may be dehydrated!

Physically active people need more fluids in order to prevent dehydration and should drink plenty of water before, during, and after a workout. The National Athletic Trainers Association recommends that 17-20 oz of fluid are consumed before exercise, 7-10oz consumed every 10-20 minutes during exercise, and 16-24oz of fluid are consumed after exercise for every pound of body weight that you loose.

CAUTION: If you drink coffee, tea, or other caffeinated beverages, please note, caffeine will actually dehydrate you. During your cardio sessions, choosing water as your main form of hydration is always the right way to go!

Fun Facts:

  • Your body is made of 60% water
  • 3,160 tons of water flows over Niagara Falls every second
  • Cardio will not only keep your heart healthy, but it will also decrease anxiety and depression

FORMS OF CARDIO:
Aerobics class, Basketball game, Biking, Climbing stairs, Cross-country
Skiing, Lawn mowing, Jogging, Jump rope, Racquetball, Rollerblading,
Rowing a boat, Running, Shoveling snow, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis,
Volleyball, Walking, Zumba

Try Zumba at Steps on Broadway
Jennifer Savelli: Mondays 8:00-9:00pm; Sundays 10:00-11:00am
Danielle Pierce: Wednesdays 8:00-9:00pm

What gets YOUR blood pumping? Share your own cardio workout and hydration tips with classmates and fellow dancers on The School at Steps Facebook Discussion Board.