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Huron Salsa Social Club to begin

Modified: Monday, Feb 25th, 2013

Gianmarco Castellanos and his wife, Sara, are starting the Huron Salsa Social Club beginning March 7 at Grace Episcopal Church, 1617 McClellan Dr. S.W. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

Gianmarco Castellanos is planning to begin the Huron Salsa Social Club, an outlet for people to learn or just enjoy some Latin dancing.

The first meeting will begin at 7 p.m. March 7 at Grace Episcopal Church, 1617 McClellan Dr. S.W.

“It’s for everybody, everybody is welcome,” said Castellanos, who will be teaching the class.

“This is family-oriented so everybody can come, children too — but we don’t provide childcare,” he added.

Castellanos and his wife, Dr. Sara, an obstetrician/gynecologist in Huron, have a daughter, Esther Clarice, who will be 2 on March 24.

They moved to Huron last June.

“When I was little I participated in a dance program and I took some ballet classes,” Castellanos said. “Salsa is part of the whole umbrella of Latin dance.”

Besides being fun, Latin dancing such as Salsa has many health benefits.

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have found that social dancing reduces the feeling of stress, increases energy levels, improves muscle tone and can even improve an individual’s coordination. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has also found that social dancing can lead to lower risks of heart disease, decrease blood pressure and assist people in managing their weight.

Social dancing is also good for the brain. Like all physical activity it increases the blood flow which brings more oxygen to the brain. The social aspect of this dancing has been shown to lead to less stress and even less depression and loneliness because of the partnership that is needed for the dance itself. And, in order to complete these dances one has to memorize the steps, even if it is just the basic steps of the dance.

This memorization is important to keep the brain active and alert while performing a dance as well as the mental sharpness that is necessary for knowing and being able to perform all of the different step combinations.

It brings many people increased confidence outside of the dance class. Lastly, listening to the beat of the music and dancing is a stress relief for many participants when they are able to let go and forget some of their everyday worries. Even if the class is for an hour or two, it can have positive effects on the mind.

Overall, dancing is another way to burn off extra calories; however Latin dancing in particular can burn more calories in an hour than the equivalent time spent riding a bike or swimming.

With the various choices for exercise and physical activity, Latin dancing is quickly becoming a favorite. The benefits that Latin dancing has for both the body and the mind make it a great choice for anyone who is looking for a fun way to bring activity to their lives.

Castellanos said the Huron Salsa Social Club will meet every other week. There is a small fee to attend, with all proceeds to be used by the club for equipment needs.

Everyone is welcome to attend and learn more about the dance club.

For the complete article see the 02-24-2013 issue.

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