If you have struggled to come up with a way to spend quality time with your significant other, but are too busy commuting kids all over town or reviewing homework and attending their baseball games, we have a solution for you.
5 Reasons Dancing is The Date Night You Need
1. Get Away From The Kids
We know you love your kids and would do anything possible to make their lives better — which includes taking care of your adult selves in order to better accomplish that goal for them! Adult quality time is usually last on the list of things to do for the day.
Between school commutes, work, soccer practice, band practice, after school activities, homework, probably dinner somewhere in that mix, it can be hard to make time for the parents at all. The result is that parents are left feeling like their own sanity isn’t worth setting aside time for and are constantly in a state of drained exhaustion.
Sound familiar? You’re not alone.
Lest you feel guilty about deciding to treat yo’ self to a little kidless time, the Huffington Post provides additional reasons why it’s healthy for parents to get away from the kiddos — much as we know you love them.
2. Quality Time Face-to-Face
For the rare moments a couple manages to set aside time with just each other, often the date night of choice is a movie, or dinner where both people are zoned into their phones. Dancing is one of those magical activities that requires you to interact face-to-face with your partner — no screens allowed.
The benefits of face-to-face interactions are countless, but here is our favorite:
It provides depth and clarity to communication. Body language, facial expressions, and tone of voice change the ability to communicate with our partner immediately. With the ease of technology ever-present in our daily lives, it is less and less common for us to experience this type of communication. This type of communication also creates a higher sense of value between partners.
3. Learning a Shared Skill
Many parents feel that after years of spending time with and around kids and their schedules, there is a distance created in the partnership. Date nights can even feel awkward or strange, if the couple has not managed to keep the romance alive through the years.
The great thing about dance is that it creates a shared learning experience. Rather than being focused on trying to force conversation (that doesn’t revolve around the kids), learning together helps create emotional closeness as you work through a new skill.
This can help relieve any awkwardness you might experience on a different type of ‘first’ date. Plus, you get to keep a shared skill and can use it forever!
4. Setting the Mood
Between the twinkly lights, romantic music, and kid-free nature of the studio, it’s easy to set the mood for a perfect date night. Not only will you and your partner experience this for yourself during lessons, but our practice parties often take it to the next level with decor and ambiance.
If you want to recreate that mood at home while practicing your new dance skills, we are happy to give you the inside scoop on tips and tricks. Parties and romance are our specialties. We want your date night to be as romantic as possible!
5. Happy Endorphins
When it comes to dancing, the best way it improves your date nights is the happy endorphins that are released. Don’t just take our word for it though; Psychologist Dr. Peter Lovatt shares his thoughts on the subject:
“You appear to get a much bigger release of endorphins when you dance than during other forms of exercise; it also connects with the emotional centers in the brain. For many people, dancing prompts an emotional release – often that’s uncomplicated happiness, while for some it can make them cry. It’s cathartic – a letting go of pent-up emotions.”
Often parents don’t realize the stress or burden of handling life with children and the toll that takes on their emotions. Through dance, conversations can be inspired that help you debrief with your partner about these complex emotions. Or even if you don’t want to talk about things, you both share the experience of letting dance wash away the stress and will be happier for it.
If the goal of date night is to feel valued as an adult and reconnect with your life partner, dancing is the perfect way to accomplish that goal. Give us a call to schedule a date night.
Your kids need it but more importantly, you both need it.