People of all ages and from all walks of life enjoy dance lessons for both learning and socializing. CINDA SEAMON

Is ballroom dancing really just all about the dancing?

No! There is so much more to ballroom. It’s a lifestyle and a lifelong learning process.

Many competitive dancers become instructors and teach. Instructors realize how difficult the process can be when students first begin dancing. Many are in unfamiliar territory, the moves feel awkward, and they are outside their area of comfort. They forget how it feels to be a beginner at something again.   

This is where we begin to build life lessons.

Rather than become frustrated, it’s best if students can take charge and learn their steps – they are ultimately responsible for their actions. With persistence and the right attitude, they can meet the challenge head on. 

Frustrating? It could be, but also the rewards can be great. Students are now mastering the art of persistence. 

In learning anything new, we must accept our mistakes – it’s part of the process. Some of our biggest mistakes are our hardest learned lessons. Take the criticisms given and learn to grow from them. We can’t dance perfectly every time.

As students diligently work through steps and routines, they will find that being patient will yield great results. Anyone who is willing to learn must understand it will take time. We don’t expect overnight results and students shouldn’t either!

Bring something to your partner by doing your part. Respect your partner, respect yourself.  Anything worth doing could very well be the most challenging experience you encounter. 

Dancing with a partner will certainly teach tolerance and self-control. All the different people you will encounter along the way will require an open mind. There are so many different personalities out there, and the more you learn to accept others, the more you will find you are mastering the art of kindness as well.

And finally, when it all starts to come together and you find you really can dance, your confidence will build. Every time you hit the dance floor, your confidence increases – along with your enjoyment. 

Maybe the most important life lesson you will learn through dancing is to find the joy. You will find yourself smiling and laughing while you are on the dance floor. Learn to relax, enjoy yourself and experience the joy of dancing.

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