I was speaking with a student today and she was explaining, with exasperation, that she couldn’t get her husband to understand what the dancing means to her. I asked her if she could explain it to me. She took a deep breath, paused and looked at me with tears in her eyes and said, “It makes me feel like I fit in for the first time in my life”!
I have conversations like this one several times a week. Students who are tormented trying to explain the value of their experience to others or justify their investment in their dancing programs and events. It never ceases to amaze me that someone would rob another of the joy and healthy experience that ballroom dancing provides. Everyone experiences something unique and personal. Each benefit of dancing is special to the individual and should not be judged by another.
I think of how society can be judgmental; jobs can be demanding; family can be combative; and life can be unfair. On the other hand, I look around the studio and see smiling faces and hear joyful laughter. I hear words of endearment and see gestures of kindness. I feel joy and passion for music and movement. The energy is intoxicating!
I can’t put into words the magic of dancing! One has to experience it to understand it for themselves. The cost is a small fraction of the return on the investment!
If there is someone in your life who dances, don’t ask them how much they spend at the studio… ask them WHY they dance!!!
Maybe you’ll understand why they feel it is PRICELESS!