Sunday, June 11, 2006

Father's Day is June 18th-Give him the gift of dance!

Do you have a hard time finding the perfect gift for the men in your life? Father's Day is nearly here, and I have a last-minute gift suggestion. A gift certificate from your local ballroom dance studio. Nearly all studios offer them, and if your favorite studio doesn't, then pay for a session of group classes in his name for him to take at his convenience. Or arrange for a couple of private lessons for him. He can schedule them whenever they will best fit into his busy routine. There's no worry about size, color, or if he already has one. It's a perfect choice if your dad is in another city. Contact a studio in his area and have it mailed to him. If you're fortunate enough to live close to your dad, perhaps an offer to attend the classes with him would be the greatest gift of all.

Think there's no way your dad would ever take dance lessons? He might just surprise you, maybe even surprising himself and a few others in the process. Maybe it's something he would never do for himself, on his own, but with a thoughtful gesture from his child, he may be willing to give it a try. If he's married, I can promise you his spouse will be a willing partner and source of encouragement. If he isn't, what a great way for him to meet some lovely women and be able to socialize in a non-threatening environment. Studios always welcome singles, and unattached men are an especially treasured addition to their clientele.

What if your dad is already actively involved in a studio, or is already taking lessons? Doesn't matter. In fact, that may be even better, because you know he will love and use a gift of more lessons. Other suggestions for those of you with 'dancing dads'--consider dance music to practice by, dance videos, a pair of dance shoes, a new shoe bag, or a folding shoe brush (a great site for that is located on the left-hand side of this page).

Whatever you decide, just be sure to show your love and appreciation for your dad on his special day.