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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Mad Hot Dance Lessons

Trixie gave us dance lessons for the December holidays and tonight we took the first one, in an unintimidating place in North Davis. I have been a little nervous about the whole prospect, confiding to Anna last night that I'm completely without rhythm and profoundly awkward. "If it were breakdancing, I'd have two left arms," I told her.

Our first class covered three different Rumba steps. Here's what we learned:
  • A polite way of saying "ass shaking" is actually Cuban Motion and Anna turns out to be good at it.
  • Anna and I will engage in a struggle over who will lead until I get better, which means more forceful at steering her around the dance floor.
  • Our instructor appears to be about 14, although very professional and encouraging.

1 Comment(s):

  •   Posted by Blogger BrooklynDodger at March 04, 2006 1:58 PM | Permanent Link to this Comment
  • Rumba is like a museum piece. Assuming for the moment that "ballroom dancing" is what happens at a wedding or bar-bat mitzvah [are there confimation parties like bar mitzvim?]the key dances you have to learn are the lindy [swing], cha-cha, and the line dance [the hustle is a line dance to a non-country song]. The fox-trot would appear to be the real step to the generic slow dance, which when speeded up is an aspect of the lindy.


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