Whether you’re a new couple or have been married to each other for decades, dancing serves as an excellent physical activity for couples to bond and connect on an intimate level aside from having fun. A 2017 study published in the Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience linked dancing to improved white matter integrity in the brains of adults.
According to some experts, dancing with your partner can strengthen your relationship as well as allow you to feel more loved and close to your loved ones (https://www.mydomaine.com/dance-with-spouse-connecting-in-marriage-2302967).
This is undeniably true as couple dances tend to have more skin ships or physical activity than the usual types of dance. For couples that identify with ‘physical touch’ as their top love language amongst the 5, couple dance is one of the ways you can enhance your relationship with each other.
In adolescent females, a regular dance class positively impacted their mental health. A study by the American Medical Association found that adolescent girls had more positive thoughts and felt more confident after dancing. They reported better feelings about their overall health after participating in structured dance classes that focused on enjoying movement rather than perfection and performance. (edition.cnn.com)
A 2017 study published in the Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience linked dancing to improved white matter integrity in the brains of older adults, says Agnieszka Burzynska, an assistant professor of neuroscience at Colorado State University and that study's first author. (time.com)
If these reasons aren’t enough to convince you to try out a partner dance as a couple yet, read on to understand how dancing as a couple is beneficial to both of you and your relationship.
Burn calories and lose weight together
I’m sure you’ve come across couples workout at least once when you’re looking through your friends’ Instagram stories. Many couples have tried exercising together but not dancing together.
Since dancing is also a form of physical activity, all the more it gives incentives for couples to dance together. You can kill 2 birds with 1 stone – burn calories together while having your desired intimacy – why not?
Build your trust in each other
Couple dances require teamwork – in other words, you’ll have to learn the dance steps together, move together in sync, and work together to produce a beautiful item. Of course, you don’t necessarily have to perfect your choreography like a professional but it’s the process that matters more.
Couple dances require communication just like how a healthy relationship functions and both (verbal and non-verbal) forms of communication are vital in enhancing your connection with your partner as well! Remember to refer to our guide on complimenting a dancer as well.
I vividly remember in my Junior College days where all incoming freshmen had to learn a traditional couple dance that had been passed on from batches to batches. As a nervous freshman myself, I was appalled by the sudden gesture to learn and execute a couple dance with someone of the opposite gender, as it was a first for me.
To my surprise, it went pretty well, and my partner made the entire experience a fun one. Certain moves like spinning into your partner’s embrace or even just moving together made me realize that I had to put trust in my dance partner to execute the move well.
Of course, existing couples would feel the connection when dancing with each other but because I was dancing with a total stranger (the whole purpose was to make friends and learn our school’s traditional dance), there were no sparks or whatsoever. Hehe. I did learn to communicate and trust my dance partner though.
Make up for the lost time
After a busy and hectic day at work, I’m sure most people would have expensed their energy at work and as a result, have little to no time (and energy) for date nights with your partners.
Dancing is a form of physical activity, even simple moves like embracing your partner and swaying to a piece of slow jazz music are romantic enough to spend quality time together. Furthermore, it is relaxing, takes your mind off work, and allows you to simply stop and enjoy the simplicity of life. You can share with your partner why dancing is important too.
Trust me. Dancing together, albeit at a slow pace, is significant enough to make your partner realize how much you love and appreciate them.
So, you may be wondering what kind of dance can I try out with my significant other?
Well, ballroom dancing is one type of couple dance that allows you to connect with your partner on an emotional and physical level. In ballroom dancing, couples usually make close contact while moving together as one. This category of dance requires high synchronization with each other which enhances your relationship in one way or another.
Fun fact! I have a friend who met her current significant other through ballroom dance, as they were dance partners for a substantial amount of time before deciding to get together.
There are many types of dance under the ballroom dance category so do some research and find out which type would suit you and your partner best!
If you wish to rekindle some sparks or add further excitement to your already satisfying relationship, why not try dancing together? It may be intimidating initially for those who have not danced before, for the fear of stepping onto your partner’s leg or hurting them in any way but learning and growing together is crucial and a vital element of every healthy relationship.
Dancing together especially in a good atmosphere is certainly romantic. Surprise your partner today!