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DATE NIGHTS: WHY SETTLE FOR “NETFLIX AND CHILL” WHEN YOU CAN GO SALSA DANCING

We live in the era of “Netflix and Chill,” the go-to date night for millennials. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve fallen prey to a lazy night in but I cherished the dates that the guy put thought and creativity into. I vividly remember, for example, my excitement when this guy took me to Bounce, an indoor trampoline spot. I felt like a gymnast again and did backflips without the warranted fear of snapping my neck. Another guy took me to a local roller skating rink, where we raced and competed to see who would fall first. Thank God it wasn’t me! I’ve also biked on the boardwalk of Long Beach while real fireworks lit up the sky and my heart. So what’s the common thread between these dates? Well, my partner and I bonded in a meaningful way by doing a physical activity together.

Why Social Latin Dancing Is the Best Investment During the Dating Stage

Dating is meant to be spontaneous and exciting. That’s why “Netflix and Chill” is overrated in my opinion. So switch it up and turn dating into something more meaningful. Treat each other like a worthwhile investment and take social Latin dancing classes together. In a culture that promotes short-term flames, let’s explore why Latin social dancing is the best date night idea.

  1. It Caters to Our Innate Desire for Connection

Social Latin dancing could be summed up in one single word: connection. The dancers rarely speak a single word, yet they exchange energies with their bodies. It’s like electricity. This is why Latin social dancing subconsciously appeals to most of us. In other words, we crave connection. It’s human nature, and social Latin dancing caters to that desire. Think about it. Isn’t the purpose of dating to discover if there’s a connection between two people that’s worth delving deeper into? Isn’t it to find a companion to travel through the seasons of life with? Well, Latin social dancing helps build that connection, and you might walk away with a companion for life!

  1. You Don’t Have to Worry About Your Date Being on the Phone

Today, the biggest threat to connection is the cell phone. It’s ironic because Martin Cooper invented the cell phone to facilitate verbal communication yet it’s now a connection killer. Every second, we take the present moments for granted because of the addiction to our phones. We consume ourselves with checking the likes on Instagram, the work emails or if the guy or girl from last night’s date texted. The worst behavior is when your date is into his or her phone more than you.

Well, social Latin dancing removes this major distraction because you must be fully present at the moment to experience that connection. In fact, you learn how to use your senses like sight, touch and sound to connect to the music and your partner. The only time that you’ll use your phone is to record the dance instructor at the end of class.

  1. It’s a Journey, Not a One Night Fling

Most dates happen once, and you never speak or see each other again. Yup. Ghosting is a thing nowadays when you cut off all contact with someone without an explanation. Social Latin dancing, however, makes it likely to go on a second, third, fourth or even seventh date. It’s an opportunity to have fun, step on each other’s feet, release those feel-good chemicals (aka endorphins) and embrace the process of learning about each other. Like the mantra goes: enjoy the journey, not the destination!

  1. You Get the Bonus of Intimacy (But with Your Clothes On)

Social Latin dancing is real close. Like I can smell your cologne or body odor type of close. I can’t lie. It’s uncomfortable being that close with someone that you barely know. However, I promise that it’s worth it in the long run. You experience intimacy without having to take your clothes off and become curious to learn more about each other. Before you know it, you’ll grow closer than ever and perhaps dancers for life. 

Naldine

About Naldine

Naldine is a dancer for Rhythmology and enjoys sharing her journey to inspire people to step outside of their comfort zones. During her free time, you'll find her reading a new book. She also mentors college students, who aspire to pursue a career in law. If you see her in a Salsa or Bachata class, you can't miss her because she always wears her smile. So don't be a stranger and smile back!

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