We are so pleased to welcome a guest author to our blog this week. Donna Duda has been in the dance industry for over 20 years. Her love of Ballroom is a great passion in her life and we are so excited to have her join us.
Ballroom Dance:~ The Heart of the Matter
By Donna Duda
The way to a man’s heart may be through his stomach, but the way to a woman’s is through the dance floor.~ Nothing says romance like sweeping a woman into your arms or for a woman to feel like a princess with her knight protector on the dance floor.~ ~
Ballroom dancing has swirled in and out of the public eye for generations, but it has always been a part of our cultural imagination. Movies and television have recognized this appeal and romance and has brought ballroom dancing back into our awareness, leaving viewers wishing they could dance like that and wondering if they, too, could actually learn.
Couples and singles alike are taking a deep breath and stepping onto the dance floor in spite of their trepidation and realizing, as so many have before them, the benefits and joys of ballroom dance.~ While nobody is born knowing how to partner dance, at the National Dance Clubs, we believe anyone can learn, and once you try, you, too, will begin to appreciate the ways ballroom dancing can touch your life; ballroom dance is not a passing fad; it is a way of life.
Ballroom dance is a proven heart-healthy way to get in shape, not only because it is a great aerobic workout and because it tones those large muscle groups, but because dancing is such a fun way to exercise that you are not only willing but wanting to do it more often and, indeed, to continue throughout a lifetime.
The heart of ballroom dance, however, is social: connection, interaction, and communication.~ Attending a dance is a wonderful way to meet people, spend an evening away from the stresses of your everyday life, and escape into the adventure of becoming Cinderella or James Bond.~
Oddly, this very desire and expectation can hold people back from trying to dance. ~What keeps many people off the dance floor is the fear that they lack the natural talent to learn to dance or the worry that they simply have an inoperable case of two left feet.~ Nothing could be farther from the truth.~ If this were true of other activities, there would be no bunny hills, no wading pools, no putting greens. ~
So, take heart; nobody‚ not even the most gifted natural dancer, could fulfill the fantasy of dance the first time they step on the dance floor, nor the second or third time.~ As with any skill, partner dancing is learned, and with desire, discipline, and a well-trained and enthusiastic instructor, anyone can learn to dance.~
In looking for a place to take lessons, remember, as in anything, you get what you pay for.~ You want a reputable establishment with longevity in the community, an enthusiastic commitment to service, with lesson guides to mark your process, and plenty of opportunity to practice and use your dancing.
Remember, learning to dance is not just about getting lessons to learn steps; it is about the whole experience.~ It’s not just about mastering a pattern; it’s about the complete package: dancing in a room of dancers to a live band and sharing the experience. ~Ballroom dancing is also about the joy, the confidence, and the poise you find on the dance floor that you take back to your home and work.~ It’s about becoming the person you dream of being and waltzing into a new way of thinking about yourself and the people around you.