Sunset, mango salsa, live Latin music, my wife Tracy.  These are the ingredients for a perfect date for me.  Yes, I’m a man; and yes most of the time a woman would be more inclined to describe a perfect date with these ingredients.  The truth is, and every married man that takes his wife dancing knows what I’m about to say, husbands that dance get more…, respect.  Honestly, this one activity incorporated into date night exponentially helps my wife feel more loved.  And that leads to a number of fringe benefits. 

My wife and I have taught ballroom dancing as a vocation, and currently as an avocation, for many years.  We became professionals with the Arthur Murray Studios in our 20s and have never lost the love that we have for teaching dance.  And after all these years we continue to see that couples who dance together generally have better relationships and deeper intimacy.  Not only that, but just about every couple we’ve taught proclaims that learning to dance together parallels learning to have a better relationship.  And it’s true; the couples that look the best on the dance floor have learned to be better partners.  They understand their individual roles and know how to enhance their partnership.  “They move as one” is often how you hear their dancing described.  “Moving as one” is a great way for a marriage or significant relationship to be described.  And just like learning to dance, it isn’t easy.  It takes understanding and intentionality to become a better partner.  It also takes practice.  Practice doesn’t make perfect but it does make permanent. 

If you’re looking for a way to light the fire in your relationship or simply turn up the heat; I recommend that you add the right ingredients.  Swing, Salsa, Tango, Rumba and Waltz mix very well together!  But don’t forget to add the other romantic touches as well.  Your commitment will be well rewarded.  We’ll see you on the dance floor and at the marriage retreat!