1. I LOVE ballroom dancing. You simply can’t be sad or annoyed or anything negative when you’re gliding about the floor. We taught our kids early and now everyone dances. LOVE IT!!!

    • Laurie Stone

      Chris, Thank you. Since my husband doesn’t dance, it was never something I looked into. I’m glad I got a little glimpse into it, though.

  2. my husband and I gave it a shot several years ago – it was the middle of Summer and really hot and we weren’t very good. I think gracefulness is not my middle name. I have a deep envy for those who twirl effortlessly across the dance floor.

  3. What a divine post! Jack Jones… There’s name from a distant universe! Your charming post is just what I needed, today. It reminds me of the Richard Gere, JLo movie, “Shall We Dance?” Think about all the hidden world behind doors that we pass by each day and don’t give a thought about the lives and loves behind them. Thanks, Brenda

  4. I so, so envy people who can do this. I have taken lessons and nothing comes less naturally to me, with the exception of golf. It just looks so incredibly freeing. Possibly I’ll try again.

    • Laurie Stone

      Susan, I suspect like anything in life, it takes practice. I’m glad I went and would go again. Its something that looks like fun, once you know what you’re doing.

  5. Erik Erikson

    Great story, Laurie! Last year I tried fly fishing for the first time. I have fished since I was a kid and have always enjoyed it but fly fishing was another world to me. It seemed to complicated to enjoy. It was very frustrating in the beginning but I took 3 lessons and now I am hooked. I can’t believe I sat on the side lines all these years. I guess maybe that’s my ballroom dancing.

    • Laurie Stone

      Erik, As we get older, I think its good to try new things. You never know when you’ll walk through that next important portal. So glad you found a hobby you love.

  6. Heather

    The hubs and I took classes years ago. It was fun but we did not keep up. I recently started aerial yoga! I am a long-time “traditional” yoga student and I was interested to see how it would be. I am totally HOOKED! It is like being a kid on the monkey bars.

  7. I haven’t tried it but I totally would. In fact, I could tell at the last wedding I went to that had “real” dancing that I might need lessons before the upcoming September wedding!

    • Laurie Stone

      Paula, It never hurts to learn. I even wish I had lessons before I went that night. I think I would’ve been more confident, but it was still fun.

  8. This was simply enchanting, Laurie! It made me think of the Richard Gere, JLo movie, “Shall We Dance?” Life should be about saying yes and stepping outside of our comfort zones. I will remember your words and your evening while I find more opportunities to say yes. xoxo, Brenda

    • Laurie Stone

      Brenda, I’ve always found the simple word, “Yes” has opened so many doors. As they say, we regret what we don’t do, more than what we do.

    • Laurie Stone

      Jennifer, Wow! That sounds wonderful. Weren’t you lucky to have two parents who seem so compatible. I’m glad I did it and would do it again.

  9. Sounds like a lot of fun! I really have 2 left feet and my poor husband is worse. We took a class, private, decades ago and I laughed and laughed! Still at a wedding reception we will get out on the dance floor and I prefer ballroom to anything else.

    • Laurie Stone

      Haralee, I was embarrassed at how bad I was. Still, it was fun and I’d do it again. Dancing is fun anyway you do it.

  10. Hubs and I took lessons about a decade ago–we love music from the swing era. Every now and then we’ll find Sinatra or Ella on Spotify and dance around the kitchen. Music really can transport you. What a sweet post. And yes, what doors a simple “yes” can open!

    • Laurie Stone

      Roxanne, Dancing to Frank or Ella sounds like fun! It’s amazing how music really can bring us to a different place. Glad you like my “yes” theory!

  11. I have to admit that I’m not very coordinated, so dancing isn’t my forte; however, I’ve always wanted to try ballroom dancing and your gutsiness has inspired me to consider trying it 🙂 Great post!

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