Why You Should Join Ballroom Dance

By Anakin Martineau.

If you’re a guy reading this, you may be thinking, “Dancing is girly; I don’t need or want to learn how to dance.” If I’m being honest, I also thought this before I decided to take the class. Guys, lots of cool guys can dance like Michael Jackson or Hugh Jackman. Yeah, the Wolverine can dance. While learning how to dance might not be a skill you absolutely need, it is for sure a nice one to have.

Onto the girls reading this: ballroom dance is not the same as regular dance, which you are probably already aware of. It is a class that has partners, which would mean you don’t need to dance by yourself, if that’s something that worries you about regular dance. Additionally, if you like dresses, you get to wear some pretty fancy ones in the Ballroom Showcase.

Ballroom Dance at Heritage Academy is a class you may take every semester in high school and earn fine arts credits for. In Ballroom you learn multiple dances, such as Waltz, Tango, and so many more. First, you may join Ballroom 1 and later advance to 2 and/or 3 if you’ve got the skill for it. Ballroom helps you learn to move with swift and graceful coordination. Not only that, but it’s an excellent class to have fun with new people and potentially make some friends.

When I first joined in, I had a rough go of it. I had never danced in my life, and I started in the class a few weeks late. But even though I wasn’t good at it, it was the most fun I ever had in a classroom. From what I experienced, the people in there were understanding and knew that it’s not that easy at first, so they were nice and helped me through it. If you are a shy or quiet person like me, then fret not. You don’t need to feel embarrassed or anxious about asking someone to dance. The class is usually in a sort of circuit where you are just paired up with someone, usually of the opposite gender depending on if you have an even amount of boys to girls in the class.

This class welcomes anyone that is willing to put in some effort to learn something new and fun. My last piece of advice would be to join as early as you can. I started in 11th grade, and now as a senior, my biggest regret is not joining it back in 9th grade. I wish I could’ve taken more of the classes. They were by far the most enjoyable thing about coming to school.

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