For Christmas I gave Jake a gift certificate for the two of us to take 6 weeks of beginning ballroom dancing lessons... Waltz, Foxtrot, and East Coast Swing. He was skeptical, but gracious and willing. Frankly, I just wanted to give him something that the two of us could do together and alone! Living with two kids, a sister and a mom doesn't leave much time for the two of us to just be by ourselves. I also wanted to do something fun, and something challenging.
We've now had three lessons, and we're having fun! The first time was okay, the second was exhausting, but it seems that we've finally hit our stride or something. Jake actually enjoyed himself!
One thing I can say about ballroom dancing is "Wow, the guy works hard!" He has to do almost all the thinking. As long as Jake knows what he's doing and is confident, I can pretty much just follow his lead and we look great. If he gets messed up, it's curtains. Of course, I can trip us up, but it's not the same...
I'd done some basic steps, but never worked like this with a partner. It's a lot of fun to work on something together... Since we met in church and on the praise team, we're used to working together, but we haven't been able to do music lately. He's playing with our worship band, but they don't use vocalists, and our worship leader isn't convinced of the need for a djembe... So, it's wonderful to have something creative & silly we can do together. (side note: I admit our teachers don't view it as quite the silly & fun thing we do! I'm glad we can laugh at ourselves even if they can't. They're great teachers, but they take this stuff pretty seriously...)