Thursday, August 23, 2007

put on your dancin' shoes

Now that we had the music locked into place, we had a bit of a problem.

Neither of us really know how to dance.

Back September '06, before we were engaged, Calvin gave me dance lessons for our anniversary. Unfortunately, due to a variety of reasons, were not able to figure out a time to take them. So this summer, at the recommendation of a friend, we started with lessons at Arthur Murray.

The wonder who is Arthur Murray. Photo from Dance Heritage.

Lessons at Arthur Murray consist of three different parts. The first the private lesson- just you and your partner, with an instructor; the lesson lasts about 45 minutes. In our case, there are normally 1 to 2 other private lessons going on in the studio when we are there. The second is group lessons- you and your partner, with a few other couples of the same ability. For us, there are normally 2 to 3 sets of group lessons going on at a time, each with 2-4 couples. Finally, there are the parties- open dancing, with people of all skill levels and all types of music. Instructors are around to give pointers.

In the first four or five lessons we took, we had progressed enough that we were all over the dance floor at his cousin's wedding. Compared to how we were at a wedding the month before (when we had only had two lessons), we had definitely improved a lot in both our skill and confidence. I'm glad that we started lessons with so much time before the wedding, and have many more lessons to come.

The thing about dancing is that you can do it the rest of your life. For us, this is an investment so that we can enjoy all the weddings and parties of the future. On top of that, it is a good source of exercise, and is a great way to spend some quality time with the one you love! And who doesn't want to look fabulous on the dance floor?

Fred and Ginger in Flying Down to Rio

Do you plan on taking dance lessons?

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