The Benefits of Dancing According to Austin’s Dance Authority

Every Friday night starting at 8 p.m. at Iron Cactus North Austin (10001 Stonelake Blvd.), Austin’s most famous Latin Dance instructor, Tony Mogaddam, offers our guests free dance lessons from the sophisticated Tango to the steamy Salsa (and we don’t mean our famous warm-roasted salsa although you can enjoy that too).

To get you going to hit the dance floor every Friday night at Iron Cactus North Austin, Tony put away his dance shoes for the moment and shared with us the benefits of dancing. He would know he’s been doing it for years and have won awards to prove it. If you’d like more information about private or group lessons, visit:

Here’s why you should DANCE! DANCE! DANCE! according to Tony:

1 Dancing is a Calorie Blaster.

Dance exercises our bodies to allow for increased circulation. It helps us burn those calories away, while improving our stamina. It is estimated that dance burns anywhere from 5 to 10 calories per minute depending on speed and intensity. For example, swing and mambo (salsa) burn more calories than a slow waltz. Check out approximately how many calories you burn while dancing salsa to your own tune:

Dancer’s weight:    Approximate Calories Burned Per Hour:

100 lb………………264  Calories Burned Per Hour
125 lb………………330  Calories Burned Per Hour
150 lb………………396  Calories Burned Per Hour
175 lb………………462  Calories Burned Per Hour
200 lb………………528  Calories Burned Per Hour

If you don’t believe it, just watch the Tay-robics video below:

2. Dancing Is the Fountain of Youth

Dancing is tremendously beneficial in keeping us young. It slows down the aging process immensely. It benefits our heart, cardiovascular system and increases our lung capacity

Fact: The muscle exertion and breathing rates of dancers performing in one dance competition is equivalent to those of cyclists, swimmers and an Olympic-level 800-meter runner.


3. Dancing Keeps Your Bones Strong (Got Milk?) and Lubricated Joints

Dance aids in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, which is a major concern for women, especially during post-menopause because of the significant drop in estrogen that occurs at this stage. A decrease in our estrogen levels is what stops calcium from being absorbed into our bones. Dance also keeps joints lubricated, which helps prevent arthritis. J-Lo is proof of this.

4. Dancing Improves Your Memory

Dance improves our memory by making us recall steps, routines and dance patterns making it a great mental exercise for our brains. The big benefit is that increasing mental exercise keeps your mind young, quick, alert and open.

Betcha y’all still remember the steps to The Carlton. Don’t deny it! We don’t judge.