Danicng.docx - Lauren Sundine Dancing From prehistoric times to the current up-and-coming trend dance has been an ever-present activity While dabbing

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Lauren Sundine Dancing 12/5/17 From prehistoric times to the current up-and-coming trend, dance has been an ever-present activity. While “dabbing” and “whipping” may suffice at a high school dance, there is much more to dancing than what appears on the surface. Popular television shows such as” So You Think You Can Dance” exemplify the technique, dedication, and creativity that goes into developing a routine that will capture the audience's attention. Although some may argue that participating in a dance class is expensive, physically dangerous, and inherently effeminate, ultimately dance classes are an activity for all to enjoy that will sufficiently increase. In spite of the fact that some individuals may be opposed to taking a dance class because it is known to be an expensive activity, there are some cost-effective alternatives to ensure participation in a dance class. Focus Dance Center in Irvine, California, lists its prices per month as, “$60 for 1 class, $110 for 2 classes, $145 for 3 classes”(Focus Dance Center). The prices reflect the cost of a one-hour class, that happens once a week, for a month. This includes the cost of learning technique along with a choreographed dance to be shown at the end of each year’s dance recital, however, the price does not include additional recital fees. While this pricing may be concerning, there are a variety of alternate opportunities to be able to participate in a dance class. Focus, and other studios, also offers “Drop-In” classes: classes you can take just for one day for $20 (or for college students and professionals, $10.) If even that cost is still too much, there are verified dance accounts on social media outlets such as Instagram and Youtube that can help potential students learn proper stretches, techniques, and dance combinations. Moreover, programs such as the Kids Dance Outreach has provided approximately 18,832 free
dance classes and partners up with schools and communities to provide children with opportunities to immerse themselves in dance (Kids Dance Outreach). Also, the National Endowment for the Arts has funded classes in small towns such as Pikesville, Maryland to help children in smaller communities to have access to dance (Time). Whether it be online or on a budget, there are plenty of alternatives that encourage dancing. While the audience may be paying for training , they may also be paying for the possibility of getting hurt. This is why teachers implement stretching into their classes while also providing proper training to avoid injury. According to the John Hopkins, some of the most common injuries go as follows: “hip injuries, foot and ankle injuries, knee injuries and arthritis.” The unfortunate reality is that any time someone engages in a

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