I’m in Starbucks again today. There are two men sitting across from me. I like to watch people. These gentlemen are speaking rather loudly, so I cannot help but over hear their conversation. The men are talking about life and their beliefs. It sounds like one is counseling the other on his ideal life. I don’t quite see the happiness in the vision he portrays, but it makes me reflect on what each individual considers to be happiness. We all are so very different. One of my favorite versions of happiness is social dancing.
When I began social dancing as a profession (think Country dancing, Latin and Swing dancing), I received a lot of grief for it. People did not see it as a real job. They’ve been this way about many things in my life. But, as those who know me know, I’m a free bird and must try things out for myself. Over the past few years, I have tried to train my brain not to dwell on others opinions. Dancing makes me happy. I think it is important. I wonder how many people out there haven’t begun dancing because they are afraid of what people will think of them. They are postponing their own chance at happiness due to fear.
Here’s my advice to you, my dear. Jump in. Go for it. I read an article once explaining how you know you are on to something good when you begin to receive resistance. I think that is correct. I think the best things in the world come with some kind of push back. If you are interested in partner dancing, and you’re receiving some kind of negative or discouraging feedback, I encourage you to fight the negativity! Take a leap of faith. I can only begin to tell you of all the wonderful benefits of dance that you will experience when you cross over to the other side.
Give it a chance. Take some time to relax, de-stress from your busy schedule, or do something fun for yourself. Country dancing, or Latin dancing can give you just that. Maybe what you really have needed all along is a new hobby and the opportunity to meet new people. Perhaps you and your spouse are in need of a night out and some quality time together away from the kids or work. Social dancing is perfect for adding a bit of romance to your relationship. Whatever your reasoning is, don’t let fear prevent you from finding a little piece of heaven in dancing.
Dance FX Studios in Mesa, Arizona (where I teach) offers so many options for individuals or couples seeking to learn to social dance. We have everything from Latin styles such as Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata to Country styles like the Arizona Two Step and Country Swing. We also offer less genre specific styles such as West Coast Swing and Nite Club Two Step, so you’ll never be left without a song to dance to. Whatever your style or preference, we can help you get on the dance floor. You’ll have our support and encouragement the entire way. Take part in our New Student Offer, and schedule your introductory dance lesson today. We are open six days a week: Monday through Friday from noon to 8pm, and Saturday 11am to 4pm. I hope today is the day you do something good for yourself. Take a chance and have some fun. 🙂