Lessons Learned from Ballroom Dancing

Elizabeth Dickinson, a Life Coach and avid ballroom dancer, was a regular contributor to area dance magazines.  When it was time to move on, Elizabeth shared the following excellent insights about ballroom dancing.

This is my 36th dance column.  I’ve loved writing these columns and hearing from readers how the dance or life insights have helped them to think about their own challenges in a new way.  However, after 3 years it’s time to move on.

I’ll end with “The Top Ten” of what I’ve learned from ballroom dance since I started in 2007.

  • Exercise that doesn’t feel like a chore or a ‘should’ is the best form of exercise.
  • Everyone who starts to learn to dance feels like they have two left feet.
  • The ballroom dance community has some of the happiest and most gracious people. It’s a pleasure to know you.
  • Learning to dance is a journey with no apparent endpoint.
  • Many of your life challenges will be mirrored in your dance challenges-and vice versa.
  • Dancing will change how you live your life.
  • Ballroom dance is unexpectedly democratic-people of all ages and backgrounds mingle.
  • Ballroom dance should be made available to more people.
  • The neuroscience regarding the physical, mental, emotional benefits of partner dancing is irresistible and compelling.
  • If ballroom dance hooks you, it will probably never leave your life.

May we pursue our paths, extending the joys from dancing into all areas of our lives.


Elizabeth Dickinson, M.A.

Life Coach, pursueyourpath.com

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