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Submission + Dance

Before I embarked on the whirlwind tour with Mean Girls the Musical, I was immersed in the world of private Ballroom dance lessons. From the sultry Salsa to the elegant Waltz, I explored a myriad of styles, each with its own unique charm. Yet, it was Swing dancing that truly captured my heart.

Tanesha backstage Broadway's First National Tour of Mean Girls the Musical
Tanesha backstage Broadway's First National Tour of Mean Girls the Musical

My love affair with Swing began back in college. There's something about the fluid movements that feels utterly natural, like a conversation between bodies. And let's talk about the music—the swing-era tunes are pure magic, unmatched by anything else.

But here's where it gets interesting. Lately, as I've delved deeper into moments of silence and reflection with God, I've found myself pondering the parallels between partner dancing and relationships.

In partner dancing, the man typically leads. There's a sense of security in following his lead, trusting that he'll guide you through each step. But, as with any partnership, there are bound to be missteps. Sometimes, the lead falters, and trust wavers momentarily. Yet, the ability to recover from these missteps truly defines the partnership.

Each partner brings their own flair, techniques, and experiences to the dance floor—a reflection of the dynamic nature of relationships.

Tanesha Swing Dancing
Tanesha Swing Dancing

In both dancing and relationships, alignment in desires and goals is crucial. Mistakes are inevitable, but it's the grace we afford ourselves and our partners that allows us to move forward.

Of course, not all partners are created equal. Dancing with someone lacking experience or investment in the dance can be a frustrating experience. It's a reminder that compatibility and shared vision are vital in any partnership. Thus in my dating journey, discussing values and vision are important conversations.

Reflecting on my joy of Swing dancing, I realize it's about more than just being led—it's about the freedom to express myself while co-creating something beautiful with another person.

Submission often carries a negative connotation, but it's really about partnership—building trust, communicating openly, and finding joy in collaboration. Just like in dancing, submission in relationships is about embracing each other's strengths and creating something remarkable together.

Tanesha L. Moody Logo
Tanesha L. Moody Logo

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