Wednesday, January 19, 2011

10 Amazing Dance Facts

10. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest ballet class involved 989 participants in an event organized by Andrew Warth in Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Cape Town, South Africa, on August 24, 2008.

9. A prima ballerina can complete 32 fouette turns, while staying in the exact same spot on the floor. After performing the turns, the tip of her pointe shoe will be hot to the touch!

8. The seven movements of dance are: Bending, Gliding, Turning, Stretching, Jumping, Rising and Darting.

7. A Physiotherapist is a doctor who’s specialty is to treat dancer’s injuries.

6. All dancers have to take at least 2 to 3 years of ballet class or they must be at least 12 years of age before they may go en Pointe. This is because at a young age toe bones are still soft and the dancers could be badly injured.

5. Modern dance was developed in the 20th Century.

4. One tutu requires 60-90 hours of labor and over 100 yards of ruffle.

3. On May 24th, 1998, the greatest ever number of tap dancers gathered for a single routine at the Stuttgart City Square in Germany. Choreographed by Ray Lynch, the 6,952 dancers tapped away for 2 minutes and 15 seconds.

2. An hour of vigorous dancing (think quickstep, not waltz) can burn up to 500 to 700 calories depending on your height, weight and fitness level. And it's a lot more fun than trudging along on the treadmill.

1. A male dancer lifts about 1 1/2 tons of ballerinas, in performance only, during his career.

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