Today is Valentine’s Day and every year that comes with the “what should we do this year” brainstorming for that special someone. While it’s our thought that you shouldn’t wait until Valentine’s Day to do something exciting with or for the person you love, if you’re in a quandary about the matter, nothing beats dance to really make a love connection.
The first step is taking the first step.
Ok, so maybe dancing isn’t something that comes naturally to you and you feel awkward doing it, or maybe its just never occurred to you that learning to dance might be something you or your partner might enjoy. Trying something new with your partner is half the fun! Learning together and progressing together will foster a sense of teamwork and will give you shared goals and experiences.
It takes two to tango.
Dancing is a way to connect to each other. While physically touching each other and having your bodies close together you will learn movements that will put both of you in harmony with the other. You will learn to trust and respect each other while sharing the passion of the dance. In the words of George Bernard Shaw, “Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.” ‘Nuff said.
“Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.”
Spending time together where the focus is just on the two of you is paramount to a healthy relationship. Going out to dance provides time for the two of you away from the daily grind of the every day. When dancing together, you have to pay attention to one another and communicate both verbally and non-verbally with each other. Taking regular dance lessons and attending dance parties at the local Arthur Murray dance studio is a great way to spend a “date night” and alleviates some of the pressure of finding something to do. By dedicating this time to each other, you are showing how valuable your relationship is to your partner.
While giving flowers or chocolate or going out to dinner on Valentine’s Day are nice, they are customary and transient. Giving the gift of dance to your partner (and to yourself) is something that can be kept forever. The connections made while dancing can grow and deepen and be revisited anytime you feel like taking a quick spin around the kitchen floor.