Real men do dance (and women dig it)

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Anybody who thinks that ballroom dancing is not for real men has either been out of touch with reality or is simply using that as an excuse for their own fears.

Several famous sports figures dance away night after night on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."

They do not hesitate to dance in front of thousands of people without any prior dance experience but know it took many hours of practice to get to the point of performing.

I've heard all kinds of excuses for not taking ballroom dancing lessons: "I've got two left feet"; "I don't have time to learn something new"; I have no rhythm"; What's the point? I'll never compete"; I'll look stupid"; I'm no good at it"; I don't like it"; It's too expensive"; and on and on.

But what they are really saying is "I lack confidence in myself and I'm scared."

Knowing what I know about ballroom dancing, there simply is no excuse for not learning. I've watched bully types, geeky types and overweight men move with style and beautiful movements.

I've seen men dragged into the studio against their will and I've watched as they developed into great dancers. One even went on to become a phenomenal dancer. How much they all would have missed if they had been afraid to try.

There are many things in this world to be afraid of. Ballroom dancing shouldn't be one of them. Don't be afraid to open yourself to new possibilities.

Dancing can help build confidence, so take advantage of it. You just might find yourself actually having fun!

Watching from the sidelines is a waste of time when there is an option to get out and do it. You're missing out if you're sitting out.

Dancing always works when meeting new people. It's a great icebreaker and allows you to get to know people in a different way. It can even help develop communication skills.

Take a lesson and learn to have fun with it. Remember, everyone is there for the same reason - dancing. Men can enjoy the benefits of dancing, find out what it can do for them and realize that real men do dance.

Sandro Virag is a partner and instructor at Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Hilton Head, located in Bluffton at Seaquins Ballroom. www.fredastairehiltonhead.com

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