5 Reasons To Get Off Your Couch And Take Up Social Dancing

5 Reasons To Get Off Your Couch And Take Up Social Dancing


Screen-Free Week starts on May 2, so if you and your family are hunting for something that will entertain, exercise, and educate you, look no further than social dancing.

I grew up in Texas hill country, which means I grew up going to “kicker” (a.k.a. country-western) dances. It wasn’t Friday night unless my high school friends and I were out doing the Texas two-step, the Cotton-Eyed Joe, the Schottische, the polka, and the waltz. There were usually a few rock-and-roll classics thrown in, too, but the bulk of the dancing was social dancing, where you touch your partner and move your feet in an established pattern. 

I didn’t realize at the time that I was learning a skill many young people — in fact, many

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