You may or not may know this about me but I used to be a dancer. I took ballet, tap and jazz lessons and I made it to pointe in ballet. I would spend 3-4 nights at the dance studio and would be there for hours.
I remember one time when we had just come off of a cruise and my mum, Carol, thought it would be a great idea for all of us to take ballroom dance lessons. We went to some lessons and I really wish I had kept up the ballroom dancing when I was on the QM2.
The Queen Mary has the largest ballroom at sea and boy do they make the most of it. They organize Black and White Balls, Masked Balls, Buccaneer Balls and Ascot Balls complete with a live orchestra, host and often a dance display by the onboard dance instructors. On our last day on the QM2, they even had a tea dance during afternoon tea. When there isn’t a themed Ball taking place, there is still Ballroom dancing with the orchestra and also just recorded music.
It is a grand affair dancing in the Queens Room. The high arched ceilings and crystal chandeliers create a dramatic backdrop to the famous Royal Night Theme Balls. G32, the nightclub onboard QM2, is located just past the Queens Room and so you can dance until your heart is content on the ballroom dance floor and then boogie on down until the wee hours of the morning in G32.
Now I know what you might be thinking: ‘Well that’s great, Rhian but I don’t know how to waltz or do the quick step!’ Fortunately, there are always dance instructors on board who offer group lessons for everyone at no extra cost.
Dancing with the Stars has perhaps caused a spike in the popularity of ballroom dancing in recent years. Admittedly your partner may not share the same enthusiasm for ballroom dancing no matter how many times you manage to get them to watch the show with you but once again Queen Mary 2 comes to the rescue.
There are a number of Gentlemen Hosts, on most voyages, who will ask you to dance. They are very skilled at spotting the ladies who want to be asked as opposed to the ladies just enjoying the beautiful dancing and the wonderful music. Be careful though as the Gentlemen Dance Hosts keep up traditions and so although they will escort you to and from your seat to the dance floor, they will not ask a woman to dance if they are already seated with a man so ditch your other halves at the pub and dance the night away in the Queens Room!
Family Travel Specialist