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Ballroom dancing: Burning calories while having fun

  • Ballroom dancers Randy Avis of Peterborough and Sonia Slevira of Manchester practice the tango, waltz and fox trot at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    Ballroom dancers Randy Avis of Peterborough and Sonia Slevira of Manchester practice the tango, waltz and fox trot at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough.
    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Ballroom dancers Randy Avis of Peterborough and Sonia Slevira of Manchester practice the tango, waltz and fox trot at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    Ballroom dancers Randy Avis of Peterborough and Sonia Slevira of Manchester practice the tango, waltz and fox trot at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough.
    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Ballroom dancers Randy Avis of Peterborough and Sonia Slevira of Manchester practice the tango, waltz and fox trot at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    Ballroom dancers Randy Avis of Peterborough and Sonia Slevira of Manchester practice the tango, waltz and fox trot at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough.
    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Ballroom dancers Randy Avis of Peterborough and Sonia Slevira of Manchester practice the tango, waltz and fox trot at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    Ballroom dancers Randy Avis of Peterborough and Sonia Slevira of Manchester practice the tango, waltz and fox trot at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough.
    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Ballroom dancers Randy Avis of Peterborough and Sonia Slevira of Manchester practice the tango, waltz and fox trot at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    Ballroom dancers Randy Avis of Peterborough and Sonia Slevira of Manchester practice the tango, waltz and fox trot at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough.
    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Ballroom dancers Randy Avis of Peterborough and Sonia Slevira of Manchester practice the tango, waltz and fox trot at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    Ballroom dancers Randy Avis of Peterborough and Sonia Slevira of Manchester practice the tango, waltz and fox trot at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough.
    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Ballroom dancers Randy Avis of Peterborough and Sonia Slevira of Manchester practice the tango, waltz and fox trot at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    Ballroom dancers Randy Avis of Peterborough and Sonia Slevira of Manchester practice the tango, waltz and fox trot at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough.
    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Ballroom dancers Randy Avis of Peterborough and Sonia Slevira of Manchester practice the tango, waltz and fox trot at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    Ballroom dancers Randy Avis of Peterborough and Sonia Slevira of Manchester practice the tango, waltz and fox trot at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough.
    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Ballroom dancers Randy Avis of Peterborough and Sonia Slevira of Manchester practice the tango, waltz and fox trot at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    Ballroom dancers Randy Avis of Peterborough and Sonia Slevira of Manchester practice the tango, waltz and fox trot at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough.
    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Ballroom dancers Randy Avis of Peterborough and Sonia Slevira of Manchester practice the tango, waltz and fox trot at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    Ballroom dancers Randy Avis of Peterborough and Sonia Slevira of Manchester practice the tango, waltz and fox trot at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough.
    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Ballroom dancers Randy Avis of Peterborough and Sonia Slevira of Manchester practice the tango, waltz and fox trot at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    Ballroom dancers Randy Avis of Peterborough and Sonia Slevira of Manchester practice the tango, waltz and fox trot at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough.
    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Ballroom dancers Randy Avis of Peterborough and Sonia Slevira of Manchester practice the tango, waltz and fox trot at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • Ballroom dancers Randy Avis of Peterborough and Sonia Slevira of Manchester practice the tango, waltz and fox trot at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • Ballroom dancers Randy Avis of Peterborough and Sonia Slevira of Manchester practice the tango, waltz and fox trot at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • Ballroom dancers Randy Avis of Peterborough and Sonia Slevira of Manchester practice the tango, waltz and fox trot at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • Ballroom dancers Randy Avis of Peterborough and Sonia Slevira of Manchester practice the tango, waltz and fox trot at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • Ballroom dancers Randy Avis of Peterborough and Sonia Slevira of Manchester practice the tango, waltz and fox trot at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • Ballroom dancers Randy Avis of Peterborough and Sonia Slevira of Manchester practice the tango, waltz and fox trot at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • Ballroom dancers Randy Avis of Peterborough and Sonia Slevira of Manchester practice the tango, waltz and fox trot at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • Ballroom dancers Randy Avis of Peterborough and Sonia Slevira of Manchester practice the tango, waltz and fox trot at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • Ballroom dancers Randy Avis of Peterborough and Sonia Slevira of Manchester practice the tango, waltz and fox trot at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • Ballroom dancers Randy Avis of Peterborough and Sonia Slevira of Manchester practice the tango, waltz and fox trot at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough.<br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

Energy. Laughter. Companionship. Fun.

The excitement on the ballroom floor is infectious and the movement too irresistible not to participate, said Argentine tango instructor Randy Avis of Peterborough and his partner, Sonia Slevira of Manchester, before a class at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough this spring.

“It’s like champagne for the soul,” Slevira said, referring to how dance has improved both her mental and physical health in the past seven years. “No one ever has a frown on their face when they are on the dance floor. There is wonderful energy.”

If you are feeling blue, Avis said, dance is a wonderful pick-me-up and provides so many opportunities for people to meet and interact with others in their community. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that dance burns a lot of calories, Avis laughed.

“We’re doers,” Avis said of ballroom dancers. “I want people to get off the couch and stop watching the stars, and be a star. They can do it, too.”

Slevira, who had her second child at the age of 43, said she gained 60 pounds during her pregnancy. She tried dieting, but nothing helped her lose weight like dance. Slevira said a girlfriend convinced her to try ballroom dancing seven years ago and since then she’s been hooked.

“I went to a studio in Manchester and I loved it. Because it’s so much fun, you don’t realize that you are working out and getting so physically fit,” Slevira said. “Within that next year [after I gave birth], I lost 40 pounds.”

Some people have this perception that rhythm is an innate quality, but it can be learned, Slevira said, adding that people shouldn’t be afraid to try dance.

Avis agreed, saying he’s had students with physical alignments or difficulties that didn’t think they’d find success in the ballroom, but did.

Every Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Avis teaches a beginner’s class at the Mariposa Museum, located at 26 Main St. in Peterborough.

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