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Do The Shuffle

I hope you are all finding things to keep occupied (besides your homework) in these trying times. I personally have a workout routine that takes about 30 minutes or less to do and it does work every muscle in my body. I also have a rebounder that I continually use, throughout the day. I’d rather hike, go to the gym or take a Zumba class, but right about now, I have no choice.

Let me tell you what I found or what Marilyn (Winkie) Fordney found and turned me on to. It is the Shuffle dance! Once I started learning it and doing it, I’ve been practicing the moves everyday. It’s such a fun dance to do and breaks up the monotony of doing the same old exercise routine everyday.

It is technically called the Melbourne Shuffle. It is considered a rave dance that developed in the 1980s in Australia. It’s basically a fast heel-toe movement or a T-step adding in variations of the Running Man with accompanying arm moves. What’s so cool about this dance is that you can improvise as you go while shuffling your feet inwards, then outwards, and moving your arms in various movements to go with it. When you get the hang of it, you can start interjecting spins, jumps and slides into the basic dance moves ~ making it your own!

You don’t need a very big space to practice and start dancing. Your bedroom, front room or backyard will work just fine. This dance is fun to do because you can actually make steps up and a routine too, as you go. You can be any type of dancer or not one at all. This dance is designed to get you off your feet and keep you moving. It is a fun way to release stress and you can share with your friends in a video. You can teach your parents and siblings to do it and even get your pet in on it too. Of course, add in some cool beats and music grooves to go with your dance, and you are off to shuffling! There are tons of videos out there with people doing the Shuffle in many variations. Take your pick and get inspired!

I can’t think of a better way to improve your physical and mental health and I think it even gives you a sense of accomplishment, especially, if you are doing it brand new. Dancers, it works every muscle in your body, keeps your legs and abs toned and burns enough calories to keep you fit. I love it and I think you will too!

Let’s Shuffle to better days,

**We have received contributions from individuals who would like to have a dear relative or friend who passed on remembered that loved to dance or was a dance aficionado. We call these memorial contributions. Perhaps you would like to have someone memorialized in this manner. Make a donation and give us their name. We have on our website a yellow brick road to engrave their name to a brick as a memorial to that person. This contribution will assist future generations of dancers and help keep young people more positive and healthy.

Thought Of The Week:

It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others – Dali Lama

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Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website

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