I guess this stay-at-home crap has me bored, and my brain starts wandering to other, more enjoyable times. I got to thinking about how much I enjoyed Ballroom dancing. I haven’t been dancing in almost four years now. Once this pandemic is brought to heel, I may have to get back into it.
And please, don’t feel obligated to read this post. I am just trying to find things to write about to fill my time.
Benefits of Ballroom Dancing
There are many benefits to ballroom dancing. You meet great people. It is fun and it is also pretty darn good exercise. I also found that it compliments martial arts training very well.
Competition and Showcases
For the show-off in you there are competitions you can enter and Showcases you can participate in. Somehow, I got roped into doing a little of both, and I must admit, it was kind of fun.
I remember my first showcase! I was nervous as hell. Before the show, we tried running through our routine, a Tango to Welcome to Burlesque, and I could not get through it. I damn near chickened out. Somehow, during the performance, we nailed it!
And if that is too much, there are simple social dances and parties …
I always enjoyed holiday parties. There were St Patrick’s Day parties, Halloween parties, New Year’s Eve parties, Christmas parties … almost anytime there was an excuse!
One video clip …
You have to be careful about this. Most videos I have are to music that I don’t personally have the licensing rights to use. They were done under the auspices of the dance studio’s licensing.
However, there is one video I have that is done to some music called the Tarleton Waltz performed by Elise Denneny’s son, Jimmy, and a group of his musician friends. I believe it is safe to show it here.
So, if you enjoy music and need a little exercise, or just want to have a good time, once this pandemic nonsense is over, you might head down to your local ballroom dance studio and check it out. It could be just what you are looking for.
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13 thoughts on “Dancing Days”
Amazes me that I actually did that when I think about it … 🙄
Today, I read your poetry post and this one. Those are two of my favorite things – poetry and dancing (and music). They make the soul soar.
Well, glad I could bring some enjoyment to your day! 😎 Stay well.
You are looking good on the dance floor! I got into ballroom about 12 years ago and have done a few showcases and competitions years ago. There is an amazing competition in Asheville, NC I’ve watched a couple of times. Latin is my favorite, hence the blog name. My new favorite dance is kizomba because it is not as frenetic as salsa and I like the connection with the partner. I’ve attended Latin congresses in the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand as well as around the US. There are Latin clubs in about every decent sized city I visited around the world. They always welcome a stranger with open arms. Keep dancing and blogging.
Thanks for the comment! I do enjoy a lot of the Latin dances as well as Viennese Waltz and Quickstep. A little West Coast Swing as well. I have been to the Heritage Classic competition in Asheville at the Grove Park Inn. Only to watch. A bit out of my league! 😉
Heritage Classic. The name slipped. What a fantastic event. It is way out of my league too. Still fun to watch all of the dances.
It used to be fun, but now it’s been so long, my feet and legs would probably get tangled into knots!! 🙂
It’s just llike riding a bicycle, GP!
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Hey, DC, thanks for sharing some of your ballroom dancing adventures. I must say that it’s refreshing to hear that you’re thinking of getting back into dancing. Some of my fellow ballroom dancing bloggers are questioning whether or not to continue. However, I’m sure they’ll make the right decision.
It was a great deal of fun!