Real men do dance, and they really do have fun! CINDA SEAMON

Anybody who thinks that ballroom dancing is not for “real men” has either been out of the loop or is just hesitant about facing their fear of dance. 

I’ve heard all kinds of excuses for not taking ballroom dancing lessons: “I’ve got two left feet.” “I don’t have time to learn something new.” “I have no rhythm – what’s the point?”  “I’ll look stupid.” “I’m no good at it.” “I don’t like it.” “It’s too expensive,” … and on and on. 

But what these people are really saying is, “I lack confidence in myself and I’m scared.” 

Several famous sports figures and celebrities dance away night after night on ABC TV’s “Dancing with the Stars.” They are dancing in front of thousands of people even though they might not have any prior dance experience. 

These people took a leap of faith, put in the work, and practiced many hours to get to the point of performing.

I’ve watched bully types, geeky types and overweight men move with style and beautiful movements. I’ve seen many men literally dragged into the studio against their will, and have watched as they developed into great dancers – and one 

even went on to become a phenomenal dancer. 

How much they all would have missed if they had been afraid to try!

There are many things in this world to be afraid of. Ballroom dancing shouldn’t be one of them. 

Don’t be afraid to open yourself to new possibilities. Dancing can help build confidence, so take advantage of it. You just might find yourself actually having fun! 

Watching from the sidelines is a waste of time when there is an option to get out and do it. You’re missing out if you’re sitting out. Just think – the next wedding reception you attend, you might really have a great time and be a hit on the dance floor.

Dancing always works when meeting people. It’s a great icebreaker and allows you to get to know people in a different way. It can even help develop communication skills. 

Remember, everyone in the studio is here for the same reason – dancing. 

Take a lesson and learn to have fun with it. Men can enjoy the benefits of dancing, find out what it can do for them, and realize that real men do dance.

Sandro Virag is a partner and instructor at Hilton Head Ballroom Dance Studio of Hilton Head, located in Bluffton at Seaquins Ballroom.