The Oxford Dictionary defines confidence as boldness, fearlessness, impudence & presumption. Well, you need all that and more when you learn to salsa dance.

Salsa dance and music came to the world from New York via Cuba. The Afro-Caribbean & Latin cultural mix has given us a very distinctive music and dance form. The frenetic pace of salsa dancing doesn’t leave any room for hesitation. Confidence in your every move is really essential if you are to get the most out of your dancing.

You don’t have to be worried or anxious about how you look when you salsa dance. No one will be looking at you. They won’t have the time as they will be totally absorbed in their own moves.

Any dancing will burn calories, but salsa dancing will burn up about 600 calories per hour when you are on the dance floor. You get a terrific cardiac workout, build stamina, slim down and generally will look better than you every have.

Experts agree that exercise helps in beating depression. Intense aerobic exercise can boost your mood. Studies have shown that regular exercise works as well as antidepressants to relieve major depression. It may even help prevent depression in the first place. 

Salsa dance three times a week for about 45 minutes a time (or thereabouts – more is better), for the best results. If you exercise hard enough to feel out of breath – that’s even better.

The thing is, you don’t have to go to classes when you first start learning. There is a good range of books, videos and DVDs so that you can start to learn salsa dancing at home. After you have got a basic idea of what to do, then you can launch out, find yourself a teacher and get out on that dance floor. 

Learning to salsa dance is great fun. It increases your self confidence, burns calories and develops muscles you never knew you had.

You don’t necessarily have to go out to a class while learning salsa dance steps either. You can safely learn these techniques in the comfort of your own home where no one can see you, until you are ready of course. The nice thing about learning at home is that you can learn salsa dancing at your own pace.

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