Dance your way into Shape

Lose the gym, try something that brings out the real you
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Stay Healthy and have Fun!

Dancing is a great way to stay in shape. Whilst dancing, you will be using your entire body. There is no leg day or arm day. Dancing helps you work on your endurance and general fitness, without even realising it! Through dancing, you will improve your muscle tone, your posture, as well as your general coordination. Dancing brings you joy. Whether you dance for yourself, or to dance as part of a group, dancing brings people together. 

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Release your Stress

We all live a daily race, whether it's at work, or at home, we barely have time to stop and breath, to release the tensions that build up inside of us. Whether you're on a high, or frustrated against a co-worker/partner, dancing lets you expell everything through its intense movements. Your body, face, and stare allow you to express your feelings and leave it all on the dancefloor. You may enter the room angry or tense, but you will leave rejuvenated and at-ease.
I had travelled to Spain a lot and fell in love with the traditional dance Flamenco. I had no idea that there was a place where I could dance Flamenco all year round, here in Dublin. It has been great to continue discovering this world, stay in shape, and share it all with my friends. Some of them have even started coming themselves, they love it!

Sarah McGregor

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Find your inner Rhythm

Whether you've been dancing since you were little, or you've been avoiding it because of your two left feet, don't worry you can learn to dance. Some people are lucky enough to be born with rhythm, some need a little help. If you've never heard Flamenco music before, you will not have noticed the specific beats. Before every dance, the dancers clap to the rhythm of the beat, so you know what you're in for. Regardless of your level or age, you can learn to listen for the beat and dance your way into a new self-confidence. 
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Discover a new Culture

Flamenco is first and foremost a dance of passion and resilience. The origins of the dance come from the gypsies who moved from India to Spain in the 15th century. When the Moors (the Muslims from Northern Africa who occupied Spain during the Middle Ages) were kicked out, gypsies and Muslims alike had choose, convert to Christianity, or be kicked out. Those who stayed developed a sensual dance to express themselves and express their hardships. The dance was eventually integrated into the general society of Spain. Different parts of Spain have since developed variations of the dance to express their own local customs.
I've never been much of a dancer. I was nervous starting this new hobby due to my total lack of coordination. I soon learnt my way though through the great teachers and the support of the others who were also learning new steps. I've found a new confidence in myself, as well as my own two feet. 

Aoife Connell

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