Ladies, sometimes it feels like it would take a miracle to get your guy to take ballroom dance lessons with you. You’d be surprised to learn how many men just don’t realize that it’s something that would make you so very happy.
Take a moment to tell him about your dreams. Let him know how good it’ll make you feel to be in his arms. How warm and content you are when he holds you close and moves with you to the music.
Men, when you take your lady to dance class you’re exposing a new and exciting side of yourself. Are you ready to be seen as a delightfully mind-blowing partner?
Ballroom dance instructors see it often. Many teachers say ballroom dance lessons are a way to stay out of the counselor’s office. “Some people call this marriage insurance,” was a favorite of Bryan, an instructor in Bradenton, FL.
Life stages where couples seek dance lessons to revitalize their relationship include:
Newlyweds – New couples love to do things together so their choice, of course, would be to share dance lessons. You could take tennis or golf lessons with anyone, but ballroom dance lessons must be done with your best partner!
Parents – With work, kids in school, after-school activities, etc., mom and dad want – no, need – to carve out a time just for themselves. They use their lessons as ‘date night’.
Empty Nesters – There comes a time when the kids have grown and moved on and a couple will look at each other and say, “What do we do now?” Hold your woman in your arms and dance, dance, dance.
The Young at Heart – Looking back, the old days of were, “The best years of our lives!” What better way to relive them but by dancing together again.
What is it like to take ballroom dance lessons with your significant other? Depends. It could be:
- All of the above
Exactly what goes on when a couple takes their dance lessons together?
Let’s start with the group class. A group lesson occurs when there is one instructor working with a number of students, both singles, and couples, learning at the same time.
The group class will focus on steps – learning what direction to move in. Ladies and gentlemen will line up on either side of the instructor.
In most classes, the number of men and women isn’t equal. Not to worry because there will be a rotation of partners so everyone gets to try it with different people.
In class, we’re looking to develop muscle memory so there is much repetition.
Teaching the First Step:
The teacher will demonstrate the man’s part followed by the ladies part.
- Students will do it by themselves to the teacher’s count.
- Next, come the music and more solo practice.
- Partnering up for a chance to do it together to the teacher’s count.
- Music now.
- Rotate partners – ladies move one to the left (or right or men move – whatever the teacher decides)
The Second Step:
Repeat 1-5 above and add 6: Create a combination (a series of steps to perform one right after the other) by dancing the first step and second step consecutively.
The Third Step:
Repeat 1-6 above and add 7: One more step layered to create a 3-step combination. This can be danced and repeated a number of times creating the ability to complete an entire song.
A private lesson is one teacher with one student or a couple. Private lessons focus on techniques of execution and the individual’s issues in learning.
Taking private lessons with your partner is a delightful way to reconnect.
The Leader – The man’s job in ballroom dance is to guide the lady. He decides where and when to go and what you’ll do when you get there.
On the dance floor, there can only be one leader.
The Follower – The lady must become sensitive to the leader’s direction. This will happen as she learns to have confidence in his clues, relaxes, and follows them.
The follower’s job is to trust the leader.
One thing to keep in mind is that we are now dealing with two people with different abilities and learning styles. The teacher will quickly assess the couple and determine the best way to deliver the information to each individual to keep it fun and make continuous progress.
Check out the blog post called “Getting Started with Your Dance Lessons” for more information about how to go about making your loved one’s dream come true!
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