Bachata Is Back, Baby! A Dance Fitness Workout With Laurel

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In my latest dance-workout video, have fun and be challenged with these mixed-level bachata dance moves. Some moves may feel easy, some will feel hard.

When it feels hard and your brain says, “Ugh, I can’t do this” or “I feel silly doing this,” keep going! You may not be able to do them now, and yes, you may feel challenged. Know that this feeling IS normal! Everyone has felt this way before when learning something new.

If certain movement is new to your body, your body needs to understand it, learn the path you want it to take, and then you WILL be able to do it, and you WON’T feel silly. Everyone can dance, it just takes time. Expect resistance from your body as it will try to do movements that it’s comfortable with and are muscle-memorized. This is all part of the process of dance, of learning something new.

Keep dancing, do it slow, have patience. Your body will learn, and you’ll feel awesome.

Cardio Dance Workout, Bachata Edition: An Exercise For The Mind, Body & Soul

Start with the first video and drill all the moves. This is your workout; this is where you want to keep moving — keep trying no matter what. If you lose the movement or need an active rest, go back to your basic step until you can jump back in again.

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Move right into the second video, the bachata dance tutorial, where we learn a fun and sexy bachata dance routine with the moves you just learned and drilled in the first video! Your body learned the moves, and your brain learned the order, so trust yourself and let’s put this together.

This tutorial is a workout for not only your body but also your brain. Did you know that learning a dance sequence helps develop new neural connections, especially in regions involved in executive function, long-term memory and spatial recognition? We could all use a little of that. I know I could!

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Now, perform the full bachata routine with me in the last video to one of my fave Latin songs, “Peligrosa” by Jiory and Chris Paradise. If you need some more time before this video, repeat the others until you’re comfortable. That’s what’s great about having video classes: You can slow it down, rewind, do it over and over until you are ready. Just make sure you do join me here because it’s where you escape into the music and dance. It’s where the soul gets elevated and where that dancer’s high comes from. And, oh, it feels so, so good!

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I hope you enjoyed this dance workout series. Let me know in the comments. Go to The Mom Edit’s YouTube channel, and make sure you hit SUBSCRIBE and turn on your notifications for new dance workouts and strength-training videos every week!

See you in the next video.

xox,

L.

This week's cardio dance workout will have you feeling sexy & fit as we learn a smooth bachata routine to "Peligrosa" by Jiory & Chris Paradise. Ready to sweat? Let's go!
This week's cardio dance workout will have you feeling sexy & fit as we learn a smooth bachata routine to "Peligrosa" by Jiory & Chris Paradise. Ready to sweat? Let's go!
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Laurel Card, based in Philadelphia, is a celebrated Latin dance instructor and the Owner and Director of Laurel Card Latin Dance. With 20+ years of experience, she specializes in Salsa, Bachata, and her - unique!! - Latin House classes, certified by DVIDA and recognized by the National Dance Council of America. Laurel brings her expertise and passion to The Mom Edit, offering dance and fitness tutorials tailored for women over 40, from bachata basics to dance workouts and weightlifting series. She fosters a welcoming atmosphere for all skill levels, emphasizing the joy and confidence movement can instill. Laurel lives outside Philadelphia with her daughter, Gia, three dogs, and a cat. Read more about Laurel (and see her class schedule) here: https://laurelcardlatindance.com/

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