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.


Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar Declares Salsa Shortage in Texas; Expected to Run Out on April 1st

Austin, TX, March 28, 2013 – Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar today announced that due to the unusually cold weather this year, there has been a significant shortfall of high-quality, vine-riped tomatoes, which the restaurant uses to create its award-winning salsas made fresh daily. The famous Tex-Mex dining establishment predicts that its two famous salsas, the warm-roasted and cold salsa, will run out by April 1st.

“We ask guests to visit our five locations on or before April 1st while we have salsas available,” stated Gary Manley, General Partner at Iron Cactus. “We will continue to offer our unlimited chips and salsas free of charge even as we face this crisis,” added Manley with conviction.

Iron Cactus, which has five locations in Texas including three in the Austin-area (6th St. in downtown Austin, North Austin and Hill Country Galleria), downtown Dallas and San Antonio Riverwalk, are all affected by the salsa shortage. Iron Cactus’ salsas are made daily with the freshest and finest ingredients. The restaurant will not compromise in its commitment to using only the best ingredients for its dishes, margaritas and desserts including its salsas.

“We will make it through this salsa shortage. We will know if the crisis is averted on April 2nd,” added Manley.

About Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar

Iron Cactus serves award-winning Mexican dishes and premium hand-crafted margaritas. The original restaurant opened on historic 6th Street in downtown Austin in 1996. Since then, Iron Cactus has grown to five locations including restaurants in Dallas and San Antonio, and two additional Austin locations. For the latest restaurant updates, “like” Iron Cactus on Facebook at or follow on Twitter at More information about Iron Cactus can be found at