COLUMBIA — One step forward, two steps back. Some might say it’s bad to have that track record in a relationship, but for couple Loriana Tisher, 48, and Patrick Sekarski, 50, it's just a cha-cha.
The couple has taken private lessons at Studio B Dance Center since earlier this year, though they started dancing at the studio last September for Friday night group dances. In March, shortly after their first private lesson, Sekarski asked Tisher to marry him on a "sunset walk" at his farm.
The two spent their lesson on Aug. 5 laughing off mistakes and growing closer to one another.
“It’s really good for relationships because you learn to work together,” Tisher said.
Tisher also said dancing allows couples to see a new side of their partner. “What does that person do when they screw up? Do they get mad, do they own it, do they blame you, do they laugh?”
Sekarski loves to keep the mood light when he dances with his fiancée. "If you get too serious, it wouldn't be fun at all," he said.
Although they've learned the merengue, the waltz, the cha-cha and the fox trot, the couple agreed they enjoy dancing the rumba the most.
Sekarski and Tisher did not specifically take private lessons for their wedding, but their classical dance moves might make an appearance at their Aug. 29 wedding.
But one thing is for sure: Their dance lessons will not be ending any time soon. Sekarski said they plan to keep taking lessons for a while and would possibly enter competitions later.
"But we'll see," he said. "I've got two left feet."