Q. Why Is Dancing So Romantic?

A. From Dirty Dancing to Downton Abbey, dancing is an integral part of romance. There are obvious reasons for this–the beat of the music, the movement of the bodies involved, the lyrical quality of the music in general. But the main reason goes back to the Regency period in England, and later in the 1850s in the United States, when young ladies were first introduced to eligible males by a dance known as the Cotillion Ball. This was the first time ladies and their prospective life partners were able to touch each other, albeit through many layers of clothing.

In my debut novel, The Reluctant Debutante, Ginger and Joseph dance one dance together, and it seals their fate for all time. The minute their hands touch, they both know no other would claim their hearts.

Couples in the 1850s didn’t start off dancing cheek to cheek, but you can. Pick a partner, sway to the music with your cheeks touching and your arms wrapped around one another, and just see what happens next!

— Becky Lower, author of The Reluctant Debutante (Crimson Romance, July 2012)

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