In today's world, it takes special care and concentrated effort to keep a marriage strong. Many couples look for ways to draw closer together, especially during times of hardship or difficulty. While there are many activities that can bring you closer together as a couple, dance offers a number of unique benefits.
Here are just a few ways that taking dance classes together as a married couple can benefit your marriage.
1. You'll stay in shape together.
All types of dance provide exercise. Ballroom dancing, for example, will help you burn some calories, and you'll also get some muscle definition from holding the dance form together and completing the steps. Latin dance styles are vigorous, giving you a great cardio workout, and swing styles will leave you both tired by the end of the lesson.
Exercise helps because when you work out, your body produces "feel good" hormones than help you associate the activity with something good. These same hormones can help you bond with your spouse. Plus, regular exercise helps to manage stress, which can be a source of tension in a marriage. The increased fitness level can also be a benefit for more private, intimate couple activities.
2. You'll become more aware of your partner.
Dance is about paying attention to the details. When working together during a dance, you'll need to pay attention to how your partner moves and breathes. This increased awareness can help you become more in tune with your spouse on and off the dance floor. Dance is all about body language, and with practice, you'll be able to read each other more effectively.
3. You can reconnect physically.
With the hustle and bustle of day-to-day living, do you ever get time to just slow down and hold your spouse? Dance is the perfect excuse. Not only are you doing something fun and beneficial for your body, but you actually get time to reconnect physically. For people who thrive on physical touch, this time together can be a great way to feel close again. Dance is like a long, active hug, and you can use the time to really show your affection for your partner in a meaningful way.
4. Dance helps build individual confidence.
Sometimes, one or both of you may experience times when you aren't feeling as confident. Maybe she gained weight after a pregnancy and doesn't feel as beautiful as she once did, and that affects how she views herself in the marriage. Maybe he has had trouble feeling fulfilled at work or hasn't had the time to invest in working out. Whatever the reason, dance can build confidence back again, helping each partner to have improved self-esteem. Increased personal confidence can mean fewer arguments or hurt feelings and better communication in a marriage.
5. Dance helps you to form friendships together.
Another source of strain for a marriage can be a lack of togetherness in the sense of world experience. For example, if a woman works all day at an office and has friends there, but her husband works instead as a freelance author, they occupy different social spaces. Sometimes, the simple passage of time can make spouses strangers as they gradually drift apart. Dancing together consistently helps you meet people together who share a similar interest. You and your spouse are working on the same plane with the same people, and you can feel more united as you form friendships together instead of separately.
6. You can set joint goals.
Maybe you want to work toward something together. You might sign up for a local performance or beginner competition just to say you did. You can set goals together as dance partners, which can draw you closer together in your marriage.