Just Dance

by Sandra Foreman January 28, 2018

"Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.” – Dave Barry

It’s 2018 and a new year when many people will make a promise to start improve their health by starting a fitness routine.  For those that have not made fitness a part of their routine for quite some time, this article recommends considering a fun form of exercise. Do something nontraditional. Master that fun fitness activity, and, then, supplement that activity with other exercises, such as weightlifting or other forms of resistance training.  

The city of Austin is well known for its music and festivals, but it also has a thriving health and wellness scene. There are many choices, including hiking, rowing, kayaking, recreational roller derby, mountain biking, etc. The list is plentiful. However, this article recommends that you consider learning Brazilian samba and dance with the ever spectacular Austin Samba School.

The Austin Samba School is one of the largest samba groups in the United States. It includes dancers, drummers and performs various forms of Brazilian music and dances at parades, festivals, and at an annual Carnival in Austin that coincides with Carnival in Rio.  The Austin Samba School originated in 2001 and offers classes to beginners for approximately two months, usually in May and June of each year. Thereafter, the participants can decide to join as members.

Men and women, please know that nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just show up during the open season and the Austin Samba School will teach you to either dance or drum. You decide. Trust that no matter whether you choose to learn to dance or drum, you will engage in fun movement. You won’t think about the fact that you’re exercising because Brazilian samba is full of joy and excitement.

The open season for new members is a few months away. Until then, please consider attending Mardi Gras Austin on Saturday, February 10, 2018, from 8pm – 2am on at Speakeasy, 412 Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas, for $15. Don’t miss this annual opportunity to see this joyous group in motion and dance the night away.


Sandra Foreman
Sandra Foreman


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