Social partner dance, a healthy way to meet new friends and, just maybe, even that someone special!
Do you remember ‘Country Dances? Maybe not personally but we have all heard about them, maybe your Mum and Dad or Gran and Grandpa met at one?! Tarcisio met a couple recently at a kids Birthday party (with three kids the weekends can get pretty jam packed with them) who met at a youth social dance party as teenagers and we loved hearing the story. No, they were not grandparents at the party! They were asking if we have youth social dance parties… we might just have to look into it! Anyway…
Country dances were a place people socialised and multiple generations were present. You danced with your uncle, your Gran, your Mum or your Dad, other young people of the area, and the kids played and danced too. Often it was the place you made long lasting friends, where you met your future husband or wife, the place you caught up on local happenings, and spent soul filling time with family and friends in an inclusive community. If not a ‘Country Dance’, maybe it was one of the many Dance Hall’s of the past like Cloud Land here in Brisbane.
Where did they go? It became the norm to meet at a pub or a nightclub where, lets face it, most of the time you can’t really have a decent conversation, the dancing is not exactly courting or dancing with your Pa or Aunt, it’s often sleazy and the focus is on drinking.
Then came the online world, now the norm is finding new friends, staying in touch with old ones and finding your soul mate online…WHAT?!?!
We are wired for human connection, human touch, a need for platonic touch and interaction, joy, and a sense of belonging. We come from tribes, real ones in the flesh – not online ones (though they have their place now of course as our chosen tribes often span many continents).
Well did you know that in another form ‘Country Dances’ and ‘Dance Halls’ still exist? They are alive and kicking strong, with thriving worldwide communities across many genres of partner dance such as social Latin dance, Ballroom, Jive, Rock ‘n’ Roll, West Coast Swing and more.
According to Tony Robbins there are six core human needs beyond the basics to survive like air, water and food. Four of them can be found through social Latin dance; connection, growth, love and variety.
Connection, both with others and self physically and mentally.
Growth in life skills, self understanding and acceptance, the ability to interact and communicate better and brain growth/re-wiring.
Love, increased for self and others in the form of lasting friendships and sometimes someone special.
Variety, there are so many styles, moves and options that you can continue to experience variety for years on end. Not to mention every single time you dance with a new partner to a different song it’s a brand new experience, more on this in our blog post “Dance is a conversation”.
We believe that, done right, social Latin dance provides so much more than just the dancing. You experience connection with others, make lasting friendships, increase happiness, improve your memory, decrease stress and so much more (see our blog post ‘10 Reasons social Latin dance is SO good for you‘ to find out more).
So, if you’re looking to meet new people, create lasting friendships, strengthen current friendships or maybe find a new special person, we encourage you to come check out our vibrant community of Latin dancers!
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