Want To Dance? Frequently Stated Excuses:
Dancing rocks! It’s a fantastic social activity: an inexpensive way to meet cool new people and listen to great music. You can work off those chicken wings you had for lunch - up to 400 calories an hour. Recalling steps and patterns is great mental exercise. It elevates moods by raising endorphin levels, healing depression and stress. A good sustained session even makes it socially acceptable to sweat in public.
What’s that you say? You don't dance? That’s probably for the best. After all, some people were just born good dancers and other people, well they should probably just sit on the periphery and watch. Anyway, you need to practice and learn all those complicated moves and join some sort of club or something.
Is that true? Heck no! But if you’ve thought something similar before then you’re not alone. Dancing is Intimidating, as most of us learned at high school formals and from those intense ballroom competitions on 3a.m. cable television. Given our cultural cues, one could argue that it's right up there with dating when it comes to the contest of Looking Good, convoluted and arbitrary etiquette, and rejection potential.
Dancing is actually none of that. Dancing is simply moving rhythmically to music, often following a set sequence of steps. If we can ditch our preconceived notions about dancing, we can be free to enjoy it. Fun and confidence ensues.
If you have ever said, "I wish I could do that" while looking at the dance floor, we are here for you. We’ve been cutting the rug for long enough to know that it’s a crazy good time. What makes it better for us is having new companions to groove with. We are honored and delighted to show you what we know. Heck, you may even teach us something. So come out and play with us for some no-pressure jumpin’ and jivin’.
We believe that anybody can enjoy a good whirl but we know that many people have reservations about stepping on to the dance floor. We’re pretty sure we’ve heard just about all the reasons why "I don’t dance" and, at the end of the day, we think they’re mostly bullcrap. If we’ve missed a particularly good excuse, please let us know.
"I don’t know how to dance." Or "I need to take some lessons and then I’ll try it in public."
"I’m not very coordinated." Or "I’ll step on you/get stepped on/fall down."
"I’ll make a fool of myself." Or "They’re all going to laugh at me."
"I’m a bad dancer." Or "I have two left feet." Or "I have the ‘Bad Dancer’ gene."
"I have no rythym." Or "I am so White."
"The person I’d like to dance with is way better than me."
We've got a few recommendations if you're looking to bust into social dance. Swing
Look for a Tal Stein event. He consistently does an amazing job of having people get connected to the feel of swing dancing in remarkably little time. Swing Nite at the Atomic Cowboy or Swinging the Monday Club are great places to start. Come to think of it, Dance Impulse is an all around treasure trove for diving into swing dance opportunities.
Seek out Kelly Brown. His events always feature a great beginner lesson. We recommend Salsa Nite at the Atomic Cowboy on Sunday's. If you would prefer a more structured approach to getting your feet wet, an 8 week session of Salsa I lessons will serve you quite well. See Calve con chi for up to date info on Kelly's classes and events.
The Childgrove Country Dancers is a great group of dedicated members who are uber welcoming. Contra Dance is called and follows a few simple patterns, and so has one a super-low barrier to entry. Go to one of their events, found at the Monday Club on most Sunday nights. Their beginner lesson from 7:30 to 8 will provide you everything you need to have a great rest of the night. See their schedule to plan your night out.