# 2 Steel-Toe Dance Shoes
With Ballroom dancing, the more you practice with each other, the more you will step on each other’s toes.
Dan and I have been teaching basic ballroom for over 12 years. When we teach a new step we separate the gentlemen from the ladies. Gentleman on one side of the room, ladies on the other. Dan begins by teaching the guys their steps. Then they repeat over and over again until it becomes more smooth. Then Lori teaches the ladies part. She shows the girls their steps and they practice over and over until smooth. But at this time it is not dancing ballroom. Ballroom is a lead and follow dance, with the husband and wife dancing together.
So now the fun begins. We put the gentlemen and ladies together and they try the steps they learned as an individual with their partners. The learning process starts over again when they are putting each of their steps together as a couple.
No one gets hurt or toes stepped on if they continue as individuals. But when they try the movements as a couple, they start bumping into each other and step on each other’s toes. They may even inflict a little unintentional pain on the other partner. I always thought steel-toe dance shoes would be nice. : )
But if you want to continue dancing, there is no other way. Stepping on each other’s toes and bumping into each other is part of learning to dance.
If we don’t extend grace and forgiveness to our dance partner the dance will be over.
I have come to the conclusion that the couples I see on the dance floor have mastered grace and forgiveness.
They will continue to dance.
God’s Word-Matthew 6:14-15 NIV
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.