Think dancing is for the old folks?
While it used to be far more popular for everyday folks to dance formally back in the day, today’s dance students span the ages and stages of life.
We have young couples, starting out, preparing for their weddings or their friends’ weddings. We have young parents, eager for a night to rekindle the romance and leave the kids with a sitter.
We have single women and single men, looking for a fun way to get in shape and make friends. We have older folks and younger, in every kind of coupling situation.
It’s the one true gender-less sport, the one endeavor with easy access for all.
I never thought I’d say this, but apparently the name Fred Astaire can be a liability. Forget that we are the pre-eminent ballroom dance studio chain in the country with a tried and true method for teaching dance to our students.
Most kids today have no clue who Fred Astaire actually was. And if they do, they think of an old man from far-away days, featured in old-time films. Hence, the notion that ballroom dance is for old fogies.
But the thing is, dance is for everyone. Tall and short, heavy and thin, married, single, divorced, widowed, searching. Black, white, any race, any religion, any career. Dance is one of the true universal connectors.
Across the ages, and across town.