Ballroom Dance Masters Inspire Fitness as Professional Sports on Hold

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Ballroom dance masters are helping people cope with the postponement of professional sports, including the Masters Golf Tournament. Fred Astaire Dance Studios is excited to shares videos from the masters of dance for fitness inspiration and entertainment.


Golf lovers tune in this week to watch professionals showcase their skills at the highly competitive Masters Golf Tournament. This major golf tournament is played annually at the Augusta National Golf Club and features numerous golfing landmarks, like Rae’s Creek, a small brook known for swallowing balls before they can land on the 12th green. Tickets to the coveted event sell out quickly, and players vie for a chance to play on the rolling green hills of the celebrated course. Only the best players from around the world get a chance to don the green jacket and celebrate a win at Augusta. Some previous winners include Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Justin Speith.


As our nation adjusts to social distancing guidelines, many treasured sporting events, like the Masters, have been postponed or canceled for safety purposes. The masters of ballroom dance provide a welcome distraction and teach an exercise option people can do in their living rooms. Ballroom dancing helps improve posture and flexibility, and it can also boost muscle strength and improve cardiovascular health.


Gaynor Fairweather and Donnie Burns

Gaynor Fairweather and Donnie Burns were 14-time Professional World Latin Dance Champions and 11-time Professional International Latin American Dance Champions. The pair were undefeated for 13 years. Burns is currently president of the World Dance Council, a group dedicated to dance teachers. Here’s a video compilation of some of their most well-known performances over the years.


Marcus and Karen Hilton

A British couple, Marcus and Karen Hilton, hold a number of ballroom dance titles, including nine first-place wins at the World Professional Ballroom Dance Championship. In this clip, the pair perform the foxtrot.


Kym Johnson

Kym Johnson is a professional Australian ballroom dancer, widely recognized for her stint on “Dancing With the Stars.” In this performance, Johnson dances the cha-cha with Robert Herjavec, her husband.


Fred Astaire

Master dancer Fred Astaire used his skills on the dance floor to help improve his golf swing. Astaire takes ballroom dancing to a new level, impressing any of the Masters winners at Augusta, by combining dance and golf from a scene in “Getting Out of Town.”


Fred Astaire Dance Studios can help brighten your day by introducing you to a masterful new hobby designed to improve physical fitness, lower stress and boost mood. Contact your local Fred Astaire Dance Studios to find out more information.