Curtis High School principal Dr. Aurelia Curtis and Kelly Gilmore dance the salsa during the Alice Austen House Museum’s “Dancing With the Stars” gala in 2008. Gilmore, director of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio, says that ballroom classes can help couples to “strengthen skills of cooperation and communication.” Staten Island Advance / Bill Lyons

Reported in, “€œDancing in each other’™s arms is a proven path to rekindling the romance in any couple’™s relationship,” says Kelly Gilmore, director of Fred Astaire Dance Studio.

“Inevitably, he says, at some point during the lesson he sees the chemistry between a couple he’s teaching, whether they are young and learning a routine for their wedding or have been together for decades.

“€œThe spark of intimacy is suddenly ignited,” he remarks, “€œexpressed with a certain smile, a laugh or a joke at the other’€™s expense, with a quick, little cuddle or kiss.”

For Joan and Tom Springstead of Eltingville, high school sweethearts who’€™ve been together since 1968, dancing has turned into a joint passion.

Gilmore observes that not only does “€œlearning to dance together give couples that special one-on-one time together that is sorely missing in our busy lives,” it also “€œhelps [to] strengthen skills of cooperation and communication, usually bringing out the best in a partnership.”

It requires team work and trust, a conversation exchanged through body language, holding one’s own while still navigating the space with a partner.

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