Have you been to the World Salsa Championships, yet?
This is the third year of the competition, and will take place at Coronado Springs Resort in Disney World in Orlando. Dancers from forty countries in six continents are expected to compete. They will compete in four divisions: On 1 (L.A. style), On 2 (New York style), Cabaret and Team. And $80,000 in prize money will paid out to the winners. The competition will take place over four days: a last-chance qualifying round on Wednesday, December 12, semi-finals on December 13 and 14, and the finals on Saturday, December 15. The finals will be televised internationally on a tape-delayed basis.
The website gives all information about the event and about purchasing tickets and booking hotel rooms.
Here are some tips on the physical benefits of Salsa Dancing
Salsa dance is an exciting aerobic activity that has many health and physical benefits including weight loss.
The basic principle behind weight loss and/or weight gain is "calories in vs. calories burned".
To stay healthy it is important to maintain healthy nutrition and move your body enough to burn calories. For example, a dancer weighing 125 pounds will burn 267.9 calories after one hour of Salsa Dancing. To find out your own weight and activity, check out this calorie counter on Self.com.
If you were to dance the night away, just think of the calories you could burn! But, that’s not all.
Often during competitions the dance floor is open for general dancing between events, giving guests an opportunity to get up and shake it out! So, not unlike the Seventh Inning Stretch, it’s a chance to get your blood flowing, stretch out and show off your newest moves. Your heart and metabolism gain from this too.
By challenging the heart to continuously rise in heart rate and then lower and cool down, the muscle gains strength by having to increase and decrease blood flow. Because of the nature of dance competitions, this can happen several times over the course of the day or evening, giving both the heart and the metabolism a work out.
Salsa Dance requires so many large muscle groups of the lower body. So, it enhances muscle tone in the glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves. Once you’ve got your Cuban motion down, the core muscles and lower back can experience toning and strengthening as well.
So, get out and do some Salsa Dancing today! And be sure to book your reservation for the World Salsa Championships before they sell out!
Hope to see you there!