What to Do With an Empty Nest

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The kids are headed to college and careers, and suddenly your house is eerily quiet. In a way, you’ve yearned for this day for years – but also dreaded it. The role you’ve known – parent – is evolving, changing, and no longer your primary focus.

What to do?

Remember that life partner you share a home with as well as the responsibilities of parenting? He or she is facing the same silent nest as you are. Remember how you used to laugh together, gaze into each other’s eyes, get all romantic and silly – before kids came along?

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You can get back there. And the best way to do it is to dance together.

You’re laughing. You can’t imagine it. Life is different. You’re decades older. You’ve never danced. He has his hobbies, you have yours. Work demands a lot. What about that sport you’ve been wanting to try?

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Excuses, excuses.

Here’s the deal: give dance a try. Step into the studio, sign up for an introductory lesson, meet your instructor. Grab her hand, stand tall on the dance floor, let the music seep inside your skin.

Just go with it. Let yourself move and be moved. Let yourself laugh (so many couples come to us for their first dance lessons and end up laughing as they gain confidence in the steps – laughter is energizing, and bonding).

A good percentage of our students are empty-nesters who, in mid-life, realized they have talent and time, a great combination to take to a dance studio. They want to move to the music. They want to meet new people. They want time just for them – to breathe, to talk, to listen, to be.

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Dance gives you all that and more. It builds confidence where and when you need it. It connects you to a supportive, encouraging community. It gives you a break from the to-dos and demands of daily life.

And it reunites you with the love of your youth in a way that cements this next phase of life.

So many empty-nesters feel forlorn and alone, wondering how to fill the void in their homes and their lives as their children launch. You are not alone!

And if you come dance with us, you never will be.

Plus, you’ll fall in love on so many levels – with the new you, with your partner all over again, with the art of dance. It’s waiting for you, right here, right now.