We are taking a community education Beginning Ballroom class at Miami Dade Community College. As of now we can rhumba, cha-cha, and swing. The best thing about this class has been training ourselves to lead and follow on the dancefloor. Last night was the end of part one of the class and we had to perform all three dances in front of our classmates... we weren't too shabby!
The best part of this dance class has been working with my fiance in an arena that neither of us are skilled in. I think it has been an extension of our marriage preparation that we did in February. In our relationship we do not have a clear leader in all situations and I have been accused many times of not following when my guy chooses to step up. It is not always easy to follow as a strong-minded, independent woman and at the start of the class you could see us physically having issues with a power struggle. Over the course of the last eight weeks I have grown in giving up the reigns for my guy to step up on the dance floor and I think our communication outside of class has improved as a result. I could be giving the dance class more credit than it deserves because our communication level was already pretty high when class started. What I do know is that my guy's posture when he pulls a good dance move or is leading well is SEXY.
We start part two of the class in two weeks. Next up... tango, foxtrot, and waltz.
The other fun part of the class is music. Last night we heard "Begin the Beguine" by Cole Porter and it is definitely going on our wedding playlist. When class resumes in two weeks we are bringing in a CD of music we are considering for our wedding, including the first dance song. "Baby" by OsMutantes. Hopefully our instructor will give us some pointers on rocking that tune.