I have been in the Ballroom Dancing industry for 30 years now, and I love nothing more than to share the life changing stories that I have seen first hand!
What I feel people don't realize when starting to learn how to dance is that about 90% of dancing is mental/emotional! It is rare to find someone that wants to learn how to dance just because they are curious about memorizing step patterns! More time then not, it is an emotional drive to change something in their life! For a wedding couple it might be symbolic of the union between each other and how to work together to create something beautiful!
For others, the drive can be anything from changing someone's self image and physical muscle tone, to wanting to attract the love of their life, to getting out of the house and around others, to recognition from friends and family that they are a competitive Ballroom Dancer!
There is never a reason to dance that does not come from an emotional place. Why? Because dancing is an elective sport! It is for enjoyment, personally growth, therapy, unity, and so on!
I have owned and managed multiple studios in multiple locations around the US and I have seen first hand that students personality fluctuate around the world. However, one thing is undeniably the same. Growth! Personally, emotionally, spiritual, and physical growth occurs in every student no matter what their circumstance!
I have known students that have lost 50lbs and changed their entire physical appearance looking years younger. I have know students that have lost their significant others and have found new friends and a studio dance family that have taken them not only out of severe depression but have shown them a new path of life without their other half. I have know students that were introverted but had such a strong desire for recognition in the arts that they were able to overcome their fears and became one of the top students in the nation in competition Ballroom dancing! I have known youth students that have started out shy and found their voice and conference through dancing that later opened the door to a full ride scholarship to college!
I have known a wedding couple with one person in a wheelchair that had the desire to dance with his wife on their wedding day, and learned how it was possible to have a wedding dance choreographed for wheelchair dancing!
And I have known students that have come to dance together as the last resort to saving their marriage. They not only stayed together but they loved dancing so much that they stared competing all around the world together and now have a hobby for life!
Change is inevitable. And there is nothing wrong with deciding to dance through life instead of managing "the struggle!"