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Woman Loses Weight on the Dance Floor

Posted November 5, 2007

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— Ballroom dancing might appear graceful and effortless, but it can be a workout – the kind that helps with weight loss.

Sherri Field, of High Point, N.C., said she lost 118 pounds.

Going through a separation and a career change, Field would eat a lot, "preferably chocolate until I felt better," she said. "I bottomed out."

That's when, in October 2003, at 250 pounds, she began taking ballroom dance classes at a local dance studio.

"The dancing – it was something I didn't think I could do," Field said.

But she could. And as the weight went down, her self-confidence shot up.

"The last time I weighed, which was about three weeks ago, (I) was 132 (pounds)," she said.

The number of calories a person burns per hour depends on what kind of dance he or she does. Slower ballroom dances, such as The Waltz, Fox Trot or Tango, burn about 204 calories per hour.

Faster social dances, such as Swing, polkas and line dances, burn 306 calories per hour. More demanding, advanced dances, such as a Paso Doble, can burn 374 calories per hour.

Field, a principal in High Point, now requires her students to take a ballroom-dancing class before graduation.

She's proud of her own success. And she's not the only one.

Jeff Trent was hooked on cheeseburgers and pizza. He gave them up and now teaches ballroom dancing about six to 10 hours a day. He lost 25 pounds.

"The weight just came off really easily," Trent said. "But it was because of the exercising."


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  • 2alegal Nov 7, 2007

    I say do anything to get MOVING.....Catch up on TV later. That is what DVR is for....I walk over 4 miles a day and my weight is slowly shedding too.......I guess I can require our clients to walk 2 miles a day before case is over and see how that goes????

  • Dominion Nov 7, 2007

    She made ballroom dancing a requirement for graduation??? OK, it's nice that she lost weight doing this, but requiring her students to do it for graduation is just dumb. That's why there are required PE classes in high school!

  • Adelinthe Nov 6, 2007

    There are women taking up pole dancing all over the country, and it's working for them.

    As for me though, I'd probably fall on my head or tie something in a knot.


    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • mt1190 Nov 6, 2007

    I became a server parttime in a busy place so we will see how that goes.

  • CestLaVie Nov 6, 2007

    I know this to be so true.

    Many years ago, while going to NCSU full-time, I took some clogging classes for relaxation. What a great workout that was & I met some great people too! Came home every time worn out & sweating-tired.

    Years later my husband & I took up square dancing. What another wonderful way to exercise & work off pounds. And it's not just the classes - there are clubs & meets all the time, everywhere you go, so the workout can be several times weekly.

    I mention this because not everyone wants to do the ballroom or social dancing mentioned in this article, or can afford dance classes such as these.