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Dance Class

Dance Class

Date: Jan 22 2002


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Exercise is a great way to stay healthy. There are many types of exercise. For example, you can jog, swim or lift weights.
Tanis likes to dance for exercise. She says that it’s very tiring but fun. In this conversation, she tells Migs a little about it.


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Miguel:  So how was your dance class the other night?

Tanis:  Oh, Miguel it was really hard, but it was great.

Miguel:  Hard? Why?

Tanis:  Well, I’m a little out of shape for dancing, and, it’s hard for me to remember combinations.

Miguel:  Wait, you’re out of shape? I didn’t know dancing was, like, a hard exercise.

Tanis:  Well, I think just going to a club and dancing might not be, uh, that hard on you, but, taking a ballet class is pretty hard work. It’s a lot more difficult than going to the gym for me.

Miguel:  So what are these combinations you are talking about?

Tanis:  Well, when you take a class you do, um, warm up exercises and then you put all sorts of different steps into routines that they call combinations ‘cause you’re combining different steps.

Miguel:  So what are some of the moves that you do?

Tanis:  Well, um, I don’t know, this guy that taught this class had us doing a lot of chasses and pas de bourees and, um…

Miguel:  Are those French words?

Tanis:  Yeah. French is the language of ballet, so those are all French words. There’s, uh, ronde de jambes and just, uh, a lot of different moves that are pretty basic on their own but when you put them together, for me, they’re hard to remember.

Miguel:  I see. Well I think I’m gonna need a demonstration or something to really understand this.

Tanis:  I might need a few more classes first.



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So what do you think? Would you like to try dancing? Tanis makes it sound pretty fun. Migs doesnt’ sound too interested though. Maybe he should try. Send him an email to migs@englishbaby.com and tell him you’d like to see him dance. If enough people write to him, he might dance for you!
What kinds of exercise do you like? Do you walk very much? Do you ever ride your bike? Please share your thoughts on the Life Goes On message board.
See you soon!
Your American friend,


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