Swing Dancing

I try to keep things positive on here, sharing mostly the good stuff.  But last year was particularly difficult emotionally.  I decided that this year I want to make an effort to do more fun things.  I like my small-ish town, but there really isn’t a whole lot to do here.  There are things if you know where to look; sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t.

In looking for things to do I came across info for a Swing Dance class…in Seoul. That means about 1.5 hour bus ride one way, in good traffic.  It’s on Saturday evening, so that makes it more doable. So far I’ve been to two classes, and it’s been so much fun!  I’m taking a beginner Jitterbug class.  Usually after class they have a ‘social dance’ time to which more people show up and you can just chat, dance, and practice what you’re learning. I think I’m doing pretty well for only being two classes in.

That said, it reminds me of an experience I had in college with dancing in public.  I’ve always enjoyed dancing, who doesn’t? But in my UWF days the only dancing I ever did before was musical theater/show choir dancing in high school. (I can do the box step, grapevine, and jazz hands like nobody’s business!) Also, it’s relevant to note that in those days I wasn’t too keen on clubs or dancing outside of weddings or my bedroom.  So, it was a big step for me to actually go to a dance event that was put on by some group or other on campus.  I remember it vividly. “Two Steppin’ Tuesday.”  Yea, country line dancing.  I don’t think I had ever done any line dance except the Electric Slide, and let’s face it. Country line dancing isn’t a snap. I did my best, but alas…

Apparently some of the organizers were also acting as secret judges because at some random point in the evening I won the “award” for the most uncoordinated.  To say I was hurt is an understatement, but I tried to take it on the chin, suck it up, smile and laugh. Because, of course it was supposed to be funny. (It wasn’t.)  In retrospect I think that prize said more about the people who gave it than it said about me. Also, perhaps my supposed lack of coordination said more about the teaching. Who’s going to be great their very first time trying something?  Having taken just two classes, many years later, I can say what a difference good teaching and dance partners who know what they are doing can make.

Anyway, all that trip down memory lane to say,  maybe I have some dance skills after all! Try something new and fun that you’ve always wanted to do.  Make the time for it. (Budget for it if that’s a concern.) You won’t regret it.

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