The Last Thread of Goodness
Among ballroom dancers, there is a real sense of community that is not only fun,
but is also supportive, warm and welcoming. ~ source
There is discord in the world. There is discord in the government. There is discord in wars. There is discord in the economy. There is discord in everything! Almost.
How can people avoid such an ever present shadow of gloom? Perhaps there is something people can do to practice living alongside others. Pleasingly, ballroom dancing can give people respite from this discord. Giving many people respect for others, ballroom dancing is maintaining the friendliness and charity that the rest of the world is trying so hard to push away. When people ballroom dance, they learn how to direct others kindly and work with them happily.
In this extremely beneficial social dance, people are taught to treat others with kindness. When you ballroom dance, “you will be not only practicing new dance moves, but will also be learning how to dance with many different people” (ballroomdance.co). Dancing with different partners, one learns to respect various people in all that they are doing in their life. Secretly, while ballroom instructors are teaching their students how to dance, they are also teaching them to respect their partner. In Waltz, for instance, the leader and follower overlap their legs throughout the dance, but experienced dancers never step on each other’s feet, instead working and dancing together perfectly.
Ballroom dance, which promotes smiles and cooperation, is upholding a light of peace and social goodness. Through dance, one learns to engage in conversation, proper social etiquette, and can even help people deal with crowds. Asking someone to dance is a big first step for many people. All in all, dancing is the ultimate source for social education and eventually comfort – not only in social aspects, [but] in day-to-day life also. ~source