It’s no wonder so many people of all ages are turning to dancing. It kills two birds with one stone: it’s a great way to meet members of opposite sex and new friends, and it offers exercise, one of antidotes to depression with or without therapy, with or without medication.
If you know you should be exercising more and just can’t drag yourself out of bed an hour earlier in morning to go jogging in freezing cold, or can’t find tennis and racquetball partners, dancing’s an option you need to consider. It requires no partner, no special equipment, costs little, happens after work hours, and you probably have something appropriate to wear already in your closet.
Many dance halls now offer free or nearly-free group dance lessons and there are dancing studios cropping up all over country where you can get individual and group lessons.
Typically dance teacher in private school tries to balance ratio of men to women (arguably hardest part of job), and encourages changing partners, partly to increase your leading and following skills, and partly so you can develop social skills of dancing – where to look, what to say, how to invite someone to dance with you, and how to decline politely.
They also may fill in with dance assistants who are learning how to teach and want practice. “You don’t need to have a partner,” they advertise. Singles are welcome, often outnumbering partnered, and there’s likely to be a wide age range, skewed slightly on older side. How sweet it that?
The private dance studio may also offer social outings and field trips to other dance halls which will extend your knowledge of what’s available and also bring you new acquaintances and dance partners.
And a nod to future? Many schools offer training for your first wedding dance. It’s a big moment when bride and groom take floor, and they will teach you how to make it look and feel good.
If you’re a man, you can also use this training to allow you to become a Gentleman Dance Host on cruise ships, including coveted Cunard line. These gentleman, who are older and have good social and dance skills, are on duty every night in various lounges of ship dancing with women in need of dancing partners, as part of their working vacation. For more information on this, see my ebook, “Presenting on a Cruise.”
Country and Western dance halls, Salsa Clubs and Big Band Ballrooms are filling empty nights (weeknights and Sundays) by offering group lessons you can take advantage of. They usually have a male and a female teacher, so you can see what it looks like when you actually dance with someone.
You can learn Triple Two Step, Salsa, Merengue, West Coast Swing and new line dances, as well as traditional ballroom dances like waltz and polka. My dance school is having a Polka Party this Sunday afternoon. 2 hours of instruction followed by open dancing. Can you imagine exercise?
Check with dance halls in your area, or go here to locate a dance teacher: http://www.dancespots.net/Find/FindATeacher.asp?SE=Y. This website needs more names and numbers (there were none listed for my zip code, while there are many opportunities in this town), so if your dance school or teacher isn’t listed there, call and tell him or her to get on this website. It provides needed information.