If our heart is to beat to the rhythm of love, we first must learn to love ourselves. That’s a given, but, let’s be honest here, there’s nothing like being on the receiving end of love. Above all else, don’t you really just want someone to love?
When you’re in the rhythm of love, your heart beats strong and fills you with happiness. However, if you stray from love’s cadence, weakness and bitterness take over. That’s not good.
Here’s the solution, ballroom dancing. When you make dance a part of your life, you’ll find that its rhythms keep you on track. Believe it or not, with the help of these dances, Cha Cha, Rumba, Salsa and Bolero, you’ll get in step with the natural order of love.
By the way, some of you might want to check out this Dance Safari post, “Newly Divorced Man? Learn to Dance”.
The characteristics of these Latin dances coincide with the way many relationships develop.
The rhythm of love begins with the Cha Cha.
The Cha Cha is a playful and flirtatious dance that’s high energy and showcases lively hip action. It’s chock full of the interest, curiosity and attraction one feels at the beginning of a relationship.
After a while, the Rumba takes over.
The Rumba is known as the ‘dating’ dance. You’re getting to know and trust each other. Things are progressing to romance and acceptance. Unlike Cha Cha, which has a staccato beat, the Rumba is steady and smooth, the same as the way your heart beats when you’re happy and healthy.
With the Salsa, things are beginning to heat up.
Salsa is spicy and fast with flashy turns and spins. When you get caught up in that sexy Salsa music, you’ll find it hard to play coy. The tempo is speedy and your heart is gonna beat hard. And, you’re gonna sweat!
Finally, we get to the Bolero, the true rhythm of love.
Ah, we save the best for last. The movement and expression of the Bolero are romantically passionate and sensually erotic. The tempo is slow and it demands fluidity and balance that can only come with practice. You might compare it to when you’re excitedly enjoying a good meal but you want to slow down to savor each bite. This is an intense dance that projects the couple’s sense of longing to be close and free to expose their true feelings.
When it comes to ballroom dancing, expressing the music is what it’s all about. The rhythm of love brings joy and happiness to everyone who participates in it. Here’s a post from the Ultimate Ballroom in Cordova, TN. They asked their students to tell them, “What I Love About Ballroom Dancing”. This is what they said.
As you can see, it’s not so far fetched to use dance to parallel the dating ritual of humans. And, learning to dance is more than just steps. It’s emotion and feelings displayed for the music, the audience, and, particularly for your partner. Become enlightened to the awesome freedom of expression when your heart is beating to the rhythm of love.
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