All pictures in this post were taken by the lovely Raeley Stevens. Find more of her pictures and thoughts on art here. First, let me clarify something. MSUBDC is not strictly "ballroom dance." We also have latin and swing and whatever other partner dance floats our way. MSUBDC doesn't discriminate against any type of partner dance... Unless it's a stupid dance.
1. It will impress your parents and your parents' friends and basically every other adult you meet. Working the MSUBDC table at orientation organization fairs, I discovered a common theme. Almost all the parents wanted their kids to learn ballroom dance. So go ahead, butter your parents up for whenever you get a C in a class that you really should have gotten an A in. So what if you didn't get a 4.0 GPA, you'll be able to waltz effortlessly.
2. It's FREE and we college students are all about free stuff. I feel completely comfortable in saying that this is probably the only time in your life that you will get the chance to take dance lessons for free. Unless you happen to become famous and then forgotten about by the general public and ABC contacts you to do season 47 of Dancing with the Stars. But I wouldn't hold out for that.
3. It's a great way to meet people. I'm gonna be completely cliche here. Some of my best friends are people I know through the Ballroom Dance Club. Also...
4. It's been known as a great way to meet a significant other. Hint hint, cough cough. What better way to bond with a super attractive person who can't walk away without being super rude? I'm not just saying this. I actually know of a few relationships that grew out of a mutual love for ballroom dance.
5. It's a fun way to exercise. The freshman 15 is a real thing. It is a serious thing. It has not been exaggerated. If you don't have an awesome metabolism or a love of exercising, dance is a great way to burn some calories and have fun. Dancing east coast swing for an hour burns almost as many calories as running for an hour.
Bonus for the die hard sports fans: In April, we competed against 4 other schools including Alabama and MSU pretty much dominated.
For the record there are a few reasons I will accept as sufficient excuses for not coming: 1. You do not go to MSU. 2. You are missing limbs. 3. You have no desire to learn, in which case, you are missing out but I respect you for simply saying you don't wanna come.
Dancers: any other good reasons to dance I forgot about?