Go and ballroom dance regardless of your
It is never too late to learn to ballroom
dance whether you are 8 or 88. A lady I know
who read my articles on ballroom dance for
seniors started to take ballroom dance
lessons at age 79.5. Those were her words.
She had been depressed because her husband
was in a nursing home for 20 years and she
needed a social atmosphere to continue to
live. She took a few group lessons and this
developed into private lessons.
She even had the desire to take from Ron
Montez who is a brilliant former dance
champion and now teaches and choreographs
dancing for shows and groups. She had so
much fun and her energy increased and her
life developed into something meaningful.
She credited my articles with instilling
in her the desire and the ability to try.
There are many forms of learning and some
quite inexpensive. You should try to find a
group lesson at a desirable dance studio.
The group lessons usually cost about
10-15 dollars per hour and you are mixed in
with other people learning to dance. Then if
you really can afford it, later on you could
take some private lessons meaning you and
your partner or you alone with the teacher
for one hour. This usually costs different
amounts depending in what city you reside.
It could be like here in Baltimore, Maryland
perhaps 50 dollars per hour or 60 dollars
per hour or more or less depending on the
Try it, not only will it stimulate your
body, your mind and most of all your soul.
There is a Japanese custom done upon
someone getting married. The groom has to
make 1001 paper cranes that he folded and
this is an act of traditional love which
will insure the bride and groom a long life
of happiness. I know someone who had to do
this before his wedding. He himself is half
Japanese and half Caucasian and his bride
all Caucasian. The tradition is called
When I saw the 1001 cranes, I was
overwhelmed at other possibilities that
these cranes could mean to anyone regardless
of their nationality. This could mean a long
life no matter how old you are at the
present time and this could be encompassing
a happy life of doing new things in new
moments. I saw these cranes at our very fine
dance facility where we have been dancing on
Sundays for about ten years now. It is
called The Promenade Dance Facility in
Baltimore, Maryland. If you are ever in
Baltimore, go and see this beautiful studio
that looks as if it belongs in Hollywood.
California with its delightful interior and
fantastic dance floor. Cindy Sumida is the
owner and she presents ballroom dancing in
its finest appearance with this lovely
atmosphere. Her handsome designs in the
layout gives one a sense of a dancing
phenomenon.When you are at the Promenade, it
is as if you are in a different world and
you are away from any problems you have, any
health difficulties or even if everything in
your life is great, being at the Promenade
makes life extremely and pleasantly
complete.You are fulfilled while you are
there for the two to three hours you are
dancing and socializing.
One day last week, #3 grandson of mine,
Ethan asked his daddy what phenomenon meant.
He had heard it somewhere. He is five and
Dad ( my son Jeffrey) told him it meant
outstanding. He understood it then. So is
the Promenade. Outstanding it is and so is
Cindy Sumida who owns it. She makes the new
dancer feel unbelievably wonderful and to
us seasoned and older dancers, she makes us
feel loved. We love her too for making our
hours of dancing so gratifying.
Ballroom dancing for the average person
is not what it appears on Dancing With The
Stars. That is all non reality. Real reality
is real living and real living helps us to
be happy in whatever we do. DWTS is pure
nonsense because no one in life takes seven
hours or so of learning to dance six days a
week. We take one hour a week to start and
maybe two hours after a few months depending
on our money situation which in the present
day is not a lot for many folks. So ballroom
dancing is a luxury and we have to
incorporate it into our budget. So seven
hour days with high prices professional
dance teachers is out of our realm.
DWTS should not deter new folks to think
they cannot dance because these stars make
plenty of money from the sponsors of the
show to even enter into the show itself. The
longer the amateur stays on the show, the
more money he receives.
When we enter the ballroom dance world to
learn to dance at any age, we do it for our
self confidence and for our happiness and
also for our health.
There is a saying that anxiety does not
empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It only
empties today of its strength. Let us fill
our today with strength and tomorrow with
more strength and endurance and happiness.Go
and ballroom dance for a phenomenon in your