"It gives people a chance to see that they can learn to dance," said Alice Hajjar, ballroom dance instructor at Delmarva Dance.
"People don't think that dancing is something that they can learn.They believe it's a natural skill.I hear 'I have two left feet' or 'I can't hear the rhythms,' but someone can teach you how to do this."Hajjar teaches classes in Salisbury at the Mid-Atlantic YMCA and also in Selbyville at Selbyville Middle School.She
took a break for the summer but classes will restart in September.She
has taught ballroom courses on the Cha Cha, Waltz, East Coast Swing, Fox Trot, Rumba, Tango and others.
The classes teach students to recognize and understand rhythms and to match the proper dance with the song.
The benefits from learning different dance techniques surpasses showing off in the club, Hajjar
Dancing is exercise that doesn't feel like exercise.It's not only physical, but mental as well.Hajjar
said studies have shown that learning the steps and thinking about the moves can significantly reduce the chances of having Alzheimer's later in life.
"You can't just get up and dance these, you have to think about the steps," she
classes are held for three consecutive weeks with dances held at its conclusion in Salisbury and in its midsts, in Selbyville.Delmarva Dance
is holding a Welcome Back Dance on Sept. 8 to let students get their feet wet and allow others to see what it's all about.
Both "Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance?"also made people aware that formal dancing is a fun activity.
"I don't think people thought about it as much before (the shows)," Hajjar
said."They see it and think, 'Maybe we should try it.""Hajjar
said the ballroom classes are a great way to spend time as a couple, as a family and with friends.