Whether you are just starting a new relationship or celebrating decades of marriage, National Couple Appreciation Month reminds people to carve out time to fan the flames of romance.
Fred Astaire Dance Studios is helping couples keep the spark alive in their relationship by offering dance lessons for people who want to embark on a new hobby and put a scheduled date night on the calendar each week. Today’s couples are busy navigating jobs and juggling childcare responsibilities — on top of the everyday tasks of homeownership. Increasing use of handheld communications and social media mean couples are spending more time staring at screens than focusing on each other. People spent at least 145 minutes a day on social media in 2020, Statista reported. While social media can make it easier to meet people, it can be a source of jealousy and anxiety for couples, according to a report in Psychology Today.
Dancing Improves Communication
Dancing is an important communication tool. Partner dancing is an easy way to strengthen your relationship by forcing you to take a step back and focus on the subtle cues provided by your partner to master the dance moves. Nearly 65 percent of social meaning is derived from nonverbal behaviors, like touch, facial expressions, and eye contact, according to a study from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The study revealed dancing helped convey confidence, interest, flirting, attention, and attraction. Most long-time couples would agree that having a good understanding of your partner’s nonverbal cues is a great way to eliminate arguments on the homefront.
Dancing Improves Health
Most couples do not plan aerobic exercise on a date night. In fact, many women would probably be quite disappointed if their husband ditched the fancy dinner reservation and registered them for a 5k as a way to spend time together. However, a dance lesson can bolster your physical fitness and get your endorphins pumping while promising a romantic experience. Ballroom dancing is a low-impact aerobic exercise that can get your heart pumping, increase flexibility and increase endurance. Couples who exercise together stick to their workout plan, Psychology Today revealed.
Dancing Ignites Intimacy
Having a shared goal can help you and your spouse connect. Making a plan to learn ballroom dance can deepen your emotional bond, and the endorphin rush can’t hurt either. Endorphins bolster your mood, and research reveals couples who are happy have more fun behind closed doors than couples who are stuck in a rut, Shape magazine reported.
Dancing is Fun
Last, but not least, learning to dance at Fred Astaire Dance Studios is fun. Every Fred Astaire Dance Studios location provides an atmosphere of kindness, warmth, and inspiration. Our instructors are trained to work with students of all ages and abilities and complete the rigorous work required to become certified in the Fred Astaire Curriculum, which presents the building blocks of partner dance in the way that people naturally learn.
Check out how well these couples communicate on the dance floor with these spicy numbers on “Strictly Come Ballroom,” a dance competition show on BBC.
Ola Jordan and Ashley Taylor Dawson dance the salsa to “Conga” by Gloria Estefan. The upbeat song features conga drums and lots of romantic moves.
In this clip, Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice perform the rumba to “Writing’s On The Wall” by Sam Smith. The rumba has African and Caribbean roots and features subtle side-to-side hip movements, while the torso remains erect.
Anita Rani and Gleb Savchenko samba to “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira. The singer wrote the song about her ability to tell when one of her pieces is ready for listeners because her body reacts physically, and her hips start moving to the beat.
Surprise your significant other during this National Couple Appreciation Month by contacting your local Fred Astaire Dance Studios location to schedule a lesson this month. Couples who spend time dancing together, stay together.