A favorite Valentine’s Dance memory was attending the Rod Pierson Big Band dance at Walford. Dan and I would dress up for the occasion. Many times we would have dinner with friends. We would invite our Dance with Me Ministries class to join us for the evening. For many of them, this was the first time out on a crowded dance floor. What an experience to dance with the music of a live big band. The music was amazing. ‘ In the Mood’ by the Glenn Miller Band was always a crowd favorite.
It was a date. It was a time to get away from technology. It was a time to enjoy the company of friends. It was so nice to see what joy it brought to those attending.
Here we are in 2022, with no dance to attend. Ballroom dancing has definitely been a casualty of Covid. Many of the dances we have attended in the past, no longer exist. Some are hanging on by a thread. Many dance instructors are no longer in business. People are afraid to be with people. Is this healthy? We now have even another reason to be more sedentary and non-social. All the things that are horrible for a person.
With all the benefits of ballroom dancing, it would be a tragedy if it no longer exists. I think of what it has done in my own marriage. Dan and I have an activity we do together. It’s a planned date. It brings us laughter and joy. Dancing keeps us moving. We have met amazing friends through our social contacts of dancing.
In my dreams, ballroom dancing would become an activity that married couples would want to do together on a regular basis. It would bring couples closer to each other and with friends. We all could use a little more closeness right now.
I don’t know if Ballroom dancing can survive this Covid epidemic. Praying it will!
Valentines Dance 2009