Swing Dancing=Big Smiles
Success--I made it through my first lesson! As an added bonus, I didn't step on any toes! I admit I was nervous heading into the lesson (I had visions of taking down a whole line of dancers like dominoes and then explaning to ER doctors why several people were severely injured.) When I arrived, however, there was a slightly more advanced class still in session, so I sat down and watched. And awed. And I was hooked--it looked like such fun!
Eventually, it came time to stop watching and start moving. I was thankful that there were a good number of people there for the lesson, and a good mix. Some couples, some individuals. Some with dance experience, some (like me) with no background. Once the lesson (basic footwork and movement) started, everyone frequently rotated partners. Note--this is not as terrifying as it may sound. It was extremely helpful to dance with guys who have varying dance backgrounds, and I got to meet really awesome people who were happy to be out dancing. :) Win.
I think that the footwork is going to take a fair bit of practice before it is "muscle memory", so I've been trying to practice while brushing my teeth, making photocopies, etc. (Much to the enjoyment of my cat, who I did almost step on at one point as he likes to run circles around my feet.)
They have a dance after the lessons each week (and a great one on Friday nights that I'd like to try out.) I ended up staying for half the dance before my schedule that evening dictated that I had to leave. It was a blast and had an even greater mix of people and backgrounds. I'm definitely staying for the whole dance next time. and working up the courace to dance with an instructor who will give me real-time feedback.
*No toes, dance partners or animals were injured in the research portion of this blog.*