I’ve been an instructor for over eight years and one of the most amazing things I get to witness is couples falling in love again. Over and over again, every week in our dance classes.
Married or not, one month into the relationship or 30 years into the relationship. They just get this miny vacation once a week where they get to have fun.
They get to laugh, they get to support each other, lo in each other’s warmth, it’s incredible.
I can’t imagine a better idea for a couple’s night then dancing, especially dancing in a positive and warm environment. Where everyone’s cheering you on, even if you have two left feet, you’re still a winner, your winner in your partner’s eyes, your winner in the instructor’s eyes. you’re a winner in your classmate’s eyes.
That’s a great couple’s night.
So here are three reasons why dancing is great for a couple’s night.
- Learn to communicate: In Salsa and Bachata, the dances we teach, and many more, communication is key. You have a Leader and you have a Follower. Really you have one person learning to direct, become better and you have one person who is working on being a better listener. In life that’s, it is, no? When you ave to people talking at the same time, no one is listening…it’s just noise. When two people are waiting for each other to talk…you just have silence. So not only do you learn how to be better at communicating and listening but you also learn to be more compassionate in how you communicate. I have gotten to see couples that would come in, argue at the beginning of level 1, and then start to hug and kiss and smile and connect like school kids by the end. It’s amazing.
- Consistent date night: I think one of the reasons that couples struggle is because they just stop spending time together. It’s not planned anymore. It’s in the moments when they are free or available but I’m a strong believer that when you commit to something on a weekly basis, when you put it on your calendar, you honor that time. Nothing else gets in the way of you two connecting, reconnecting and sharing a time together. I remember when I first took over the dance school my ex partner had the standard nine to five schedule and I had the five to 12am schedule. She would be frustrated and we would start to get into arguments about how we never spend time together. So I said to her “Ok, starting next week, every Tuesday you and I are going to do date night. No spending time with others, no family time, no work.” Every week we started to do this and our relationship improved, she didn’t feel neglected and I felt more connected. Relationships aren’t built or maintained on birthdays, valentines or the ones offs. It’s the consistent things we do together…so why not dance?
- It’s a practical skill: When you learn to dance Salsa, Bachata or many of the other Latin dances…you can actually use those skills outside of a dance class. The goal is always that you can go to a Latin nightclub and have fun. Especially Salsa and Bachata, those dances, you can travel to any part of the world, ANY (South Korea, Italy, Russia, Greece) and find a Latin club to dance in. That means once you learn that skill, all you just need is music and any place becomes a getaway for you.
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