World class ballroom dance teachers and performers dance a Jive at Danceland in Latham, NY. Pasha and Daniella visit monthly from their studio in NYC to give Albany area residents high quality ballroom dance lessons.
They teach in New York City and travel the world competing in ballroom dancing.
This TED video by Esther Perel really helps us understand why partner dancing can be so valuable to your love life.
I’m sure you will enjoy the whole video, here are some of the highlights.
1. We adore each other from a few inches away, not as much when we are touching tightly as in sex.
2. We desire each other when we see the other person enjoying themselves and mastering what they are doing.
3. We desire each other when we are away from each other, this happens when you change partners while social dancing.
4. We desire each other when we experience other people, also when you are partner dancing.
5. The monogamous male female relationship has evolved to require a lot of our partners, dancing can help simplify these roles and provide many of them in one experience: safety and adventure, caring and creativity, touch and distance, alone time and community time.
I really feel more and more that social partner dancing is really valuable to a healthy culture. What do you think? Feel free to leave your comments below.
Our ballroom dance formation team of 16 people from Albany traveled to the NYC dance festival this past weekend. I took several videos and photos to share with you.
Here is a video from just outside of the competition ballroom. You can get a sense of the excitement and ballroom dance vendors.
Next I chat with Paul and Louise our ballroom dance team choreographers and teachers. Paul and Louise are the best dancers in their age group in the United States and super awesome people to be around.
We are always open to new folks joining our team. Feel free to contact Louise if this looks like fun to you.
Dawn and I dance Merengue, Cha Cha, Hustle and West Coast Swing to Don’t Stop the Party by Pitbull. You can dance like this by visiting our website and checking out our videos on how to ballroom dance.
In this video we dance a Merengue, 4 count Hustle because the song is pretty fast for 3 count Hustle at 127 beats per minute, Cha Cha and West Coast Swing. We start with simple dance patterns and get more advanced.
This is social partner dancing not professional show or competition dancing. We are dancing lead and follow which means she does not know the steps I am going to lead until I lead them. This the style of dancing that is mostly enjoyed by millions of Americans. Very few people do competition ballroom dancing.
There are many ballroom dances around Albany, NY every week. Most of the time there is a lesson before the dance.
These are usually drop-in lessons meaning that you pay for a single lesson and don’t have to sign up for or attend a whole series of lessons.
One of the benefits of going to these lessons is that you get to meet more people. In the dance studio lessons you are with a smaller group of people more frequently. Dance studio lessons are great for getting to know people and of course improving your ballroom dancing.
In today’s episode of Want Romance Learn To Dance I take you on tour to the monthly SOS Ballroom dance at the Polish Community Center in Albany, NY. About 45 people are learning some rumba dance steps from Eileen Spadaro a local ballroom dance teacher from Schenectady.
If you feel like you are too tired to go dancing I know how you feel. Yet, every time I go dancing as soon as I hit the dance floor I feel alive, excited and full of energy. The music starts to energize me, the woman in my arms smiles at me. After a night of dancing, that is sometimes only an hour or two, I sleep much better and am ready to have a fun productive day the next day.
So I challenge you to get off the couch and head out to your local ballroom dance. You will feel better as soon as you get there.
I know you may not know how to dance or don’t have a dance partner. We will cover those topics in future episodes of the daily dance video blog.
Social partner dancing has a unique ability to bring us to the moment. Neither person knows what is coming next, there is no dance choreography. The music moves our bodies and spirits in unique ways in every moment. The past and future are not part of the equation.
Music takes over our senses of hearing and feeling. Dancing takes over our sense of touch and creativity. There are no more bodily resources available to consider the past or the future. Every moment is a new moment, a new movement and a new connection. It is as if time does not exist.
If you want to know more about the Power of NOW, and living in the moment, check out Eckhart Tolle’s best selling books on the topic. If you want to experience it easily and quickly for yourself, check out my book and DVD here on Want Romance? Learn to Dance!