Virtual Dance Party…Date Night at Home

In the last few years, my hubby and I started a new family tradition.  Right around the last weekend of June or the first weekend of July, we rent a dance studio, throw together some food and make up several batches of champagne punch and invite our friends and family to our annual dance.

We always hire a dance teacher–last year we hired two dance teachers.  The first year guests learned the box foxtrot/waltz; the next year they learned east coast swing; the third year they learned the country polka.

We planned on continuing this tradition as long as we possibly could.  I thought it would be advanced age or poor health that would halt our tradition.  I figured if we got too old or too sick to carry on the tradition, we could pass the baton to the next generation.  But this year, Covid brought our tradition to a halt.  At least for now.

Last night my hubby and I had a date night at home.  We dressed up in our dance clothes and shoes, ordered dinner in, and opened our favorite wine and chilled champagne.  It has been 13 weeks since we danced and we are both out of shape.  Dancing is really good for your cardiovascular system!  We were huffin’ and a-puffin’ all over that floor!

Rhonda videoed a few of the dances and I thought I’d put them up here on the blog to share with friends and family.  We really miss our dance community and it’s sad that we don’t get to have our dance party and we’re missing all the dances we usually go to.  But this is what it takes to keep people safe. We are happy to do it, but I admit, I am lonely for them all.

This morning I looked at the videos and wondered if our friends are feeling the same way.  Maybe they could have their own dances at home and video them.  I know I’d love to have a video of John and Missy dancing the cha-cha or Sam and Joyce with tango and LORDEEE, Stephen and Olga with their west coast swing!  Maybe I’ll try to get that on here in the coming weeks.

We’re all sacrificing in this sad summer of Covid.  Maybe a little virtual dance party will brighten things up a bit.  Stay tuned for videos!

Dancin’ With My Darlin’

My hubby and I are dancers.  No, not the professional kind. We just love to dance.  It’s an activity that came to us later in life because my husband had no confidence in his ability to dance or to learn how to dance.  I used to tell people that for the first 30 years of our marriage, he had three left Baptist feet.  He did struggle.

When we were all younger, Rhonda and I took him out to The Red Barn in Kemah, Texas and got him pretty sauced. Suddenly he could dance…well, he at least acted like he could that night.  Over the years he would attempt to dance, just to make me happy. But he was never comfortable with it and really didn’t like it. Our dancing activities were few and far between.  Occasionally we would sign up for a community ed class for ballroom or country two-step. But without practice, those skills quickly disappeared.

Then we moved to the area we now live in, which has a vibrant dance community.  Most of us are older…50s and up.  Some of the dancers in our dinner dance club are actually in their 90s, but they can still cut a rug!

The way that J and I finally learned to dance with a little confidence is going to dance classes.  Now, we didn’t just go to one or two dance classes. No, we went to LOTS of them.  I guess you could call us remedial students.  I think the first class we started with was a country two-step class.  We knew the basic step but despite having taken the class before, we were pretty rusty.  I think the first class we signed up for was a weekly class that lasted an hour and went on for four weeks.  When we finished the class after four weeks, we immediately signed up to take it again. And again. And again. I don’t even know how many times we took that first class, but we found out that taking the same class over and over again was a good way to cement the steps and rhythms into our brains and muscle memory.  And that’s pretty much how we learned all the dances we know.

Now when women tell me they can’t get their husbands to dance because he has no rhythm, or is too shy, or is too klutzy, or whatever, I tell them not to worry. If my man went from being a klutz with three left Baptist feet and is now a great pleasure to dance with, anyone can learn to dance and lead on the dance floor.

We have been married over forty years and are still learning new dances.  But now that he knows what he’s doing on the dance floor, J loves to dance!  The great thing about dancing, apart from health and social benefits, is that there is always more to learn so you won’t get bored.  It keeps your body and your mind younger.  I highly recommend it.  Besides…ain’t nothin’ like dancin’ with your sweetheart of forty years.