Research says couples that dance together, stay together. While the research may or may not be true, dancing together makes for an unusual date and a great way to shed those love handles. Here are some of the dance forms that you can learn with your partner in Mumbai.

West Coast Swing

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Photo source: Dancesport India

With its roots in Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing is performed in a controlled environment and is based on improvisation. It’s a dynamic, living dance and is still evolving. It follows the music trends of each decade and frequently adjusts to accommodate new dance styles. It can be danced to most of the music played today and incorporates dance elements of hip-hop and jazz. Dancesport has classes for this form. Check them out here.

Kizomba

Photo source: House of Wow

Photo source: House of Wow

This Angolan dance form is mesmerizing to watch, and its unavoidable sensuality is helping it spread across the world. Kizomba is both a dance and a style of music, which developed in Angola in the late 1980s. The wonderful thing about Kizomba is that it’s not meant to be performed. It’s not about tricks or turns. It’s about the one-to-one connection with your dance partner. Great for those who hate fast-moving, difficult to remember steps. House Of Wow in Bandra {behind Al’s tattoo} has Kizomba classes and socials.

Quickstep

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Photo source: Conrad Coelho

A faster version of the Foxtrot, Quickstep is a ballroom dance style composed of extremely quick stepping and syncopated feet rhythms in time to fast-paced music. Although difficult to master and perform, the Quickstep is lots of fun to watch. This one’s for the pros. Learn it at Conrad Coelho. Visit them here.

Freestyle

Photo source: Danceworx

Photo source: Danceworx

If norms are the last thing you and your partner follow and prefer mixing things up, choose freestyle. A mix of everything from hip-hop, Bollywood and even disco, it’s a no rules activity. Although people usually think of street or club dancing when they hear the term “freestyle dance,” individuals use various improvisational techniques in many different genres. They can make up moves in styles such as jazz, belly dance, hip hop, blues, break dance, jumpstyle, folk and electronic dance, just to name a few.

 You can learn at D Element, Girgaon. Check them out on Facebook here.

Tap Dancing

Photo source: Steve Snodgrass via Flickr

Photo source: Steve Snodgrass via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Tap dance is a combination of British Isles clog, and step dancing with the rhythms of West African drumming. Created in the mid 1800s, it requires practice and perseverance – but once you get the hang of it, is one of the most fun dances. If you and your partner are more about chemistry created through creativity, tap dance is the way to go! Tappy feet has some classes you can check out. But be warned – you’ll have to arrange for your own tap shoes.

Featured photo source: Conrad Coelho