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    12-04-2012, 05:56 PM

A co-worker/friend of mine is a huge dancer. And I mean the fancy kind, not the typical club bump and grind. So yesterday at work, she asked me to go to a dancing lesson at the local grange and I figured its only $5 so why not? Plus, Dirty Dancing is one of my favorite movies.

I've always wanted to take lessons, it's always looked like fun and who doesn't want to be able to do all those fancy steps? I've always held back because of money, time, fear of embarrassing myself, and no one to go with. Now that I have someone, I really hope I can do more of it. My friend can teach quite a bit of it [cha cha, salsa, etc] which helps. The lesson last night was the waltz, and I had SO MUCH FUN.

For the most part, it was really easy to relate it to horses. You have the lead [typically the man] and you follow. It is the lead's job to guide you, not run you into anyone, and as the instructor kept saying, "to make her look amazing," lol. The whole thing has a very chivalrous atmosphere, and for the most part, if you get confused about where to go, you can blame your lead for not guiding you better, haha.

So anyways. I kind of learned to waltz last night, and did a little cha cha and west coast, and it was incredible. My friend can teach me more, she knows where to go for lessons and whatnot, and I'm so excited! So does anyone here know how to dance? Or wanted to learn? Share your experiences!
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    12-04-2012, 06:11 PM
I LOVE the ballroom dancing. And love heels - always wanted to tango in some tall strappy heels! I also love Zumba - there is a little bit of everything mixed in there along with exercise so it is satisfying my crave for different types of dance for now, anyway...LOL! I actually just got back from a Zumba training - we broke down the tango, belly dance, flamenco, salsa and several others and learned how to do the steps correctly and how to twist your wrists, arms - hips to give it that slow, sensual seductive look - and then of course, we turned up the temp and really burned some calories. But when I got home, I actually started looking up dance studios in the area and found a couple of places that actually teach these dances (with partners) and I really want to give it a try! I love the costumes, too. But I don't have any desire to be competitive - I just wanted to learn the dances for fun - you know, just a personal goal! This topic makes me want to go rent that movie with Richard Gere and J Lo ..... "Shall We Dance"...great show!
    12-04-2012, 06:18 PM
I have always wanted to learn how to dance, my friends have tried to teach me and just give up on me...
Lets just say, I can't dance... not at all. Even if I have a few drinks and think I can... it's just all bad lol. This white girl has no rhythem

I am going to try Zumba classes in the New Year, maybe they will help me lol! Looks like a great time too.
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    12-04-2012, 06:48 PM
I want to rent Shall We Dance, too! Haha.

I tried Zumba, I like it enough but it moved along too fast for me to pick up much and just overwhelmed me. The lesson broke it down a lot slower, and having a partner REALLY helped.

I'd love to learn all the other dances. I need to research and learn a bit more to distinguish the different kinds and know what they're all called. The lesson was 7-8 and from 8-10 it was just dancing. Lots of different types. There was one fast paced dance, can't remember what it's called, but it was a lot of big skipping-like steps. It looked so fun!

I can't express how excited I am to learn all this!

Fulford, I'm sure you aren't that bad! You just need the right instructor/lead! Haha.

The hardest part for me is keeping my frame. You need to be relaxed and supple, but there is way more tension involved than I would have thought. With the waltz, it's almost like you are trying to push your lead away and he is trying to keep you there. I had no idea. But practice makes perfect, right?!
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    12-04-2012, 08:35 PM
Yes it took me about 6 months before I'd ever make eye contact with myself in the mirror during a zumba class...LOL! I had no rhythm either! Some of those old style dances like the Charleston (makes you want to wear a fringe flapper dress) look like a blast, too! The waltz is so romantic.............
    12-04-2012, 08:55 PM
Haha!! If I could see myself, I probably wouldn't be able to try. I'm my worst critic. Luckily, no mirrors, and nobody I knew to make fun of me later, lol.

My friend tried to show me how to do the steps and get the hips going and get that "sexy and seductive" look going. I told her I wanted to make sure my feet were stepping in the right places and I'd worry about looking sexy later. She about doubled over laughing at me, haha.

I'll get there. Eventually. Maybe. Haha. There were so many dances and different types of music, I loved it all. It also helps I was in a relaxed, casual place. There are snooty dancers for sure, but not many where I was, which was nice.

The waltz is so romantic! I had no idea it could be. One day, I'll have me a Patrick Swayze lookalike and we can waltz and swing and cha cha all night. *swoon*
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    12-04-2012, 09:11 PM
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Iíve been following Ballroom dancing since I was a late teen, and I thoroughly enjoy the art of dance and expression of movement. That said, I have always wanted to take actual lessons in ballroom, jazz, and contemporary but either didnít have the time, or when I had the time didnít have a partner.
When I was younger I was a decent freestyle dancer who could pick up stuff by watching others, and later I was able to pick up some salsa from friends who knew how. I just adored it!

Iím hungry for more if I can ever find the time, although this thread has given a an idea of what a good friend and I could do some cold blustery Thursday afternoon while her kids and my munchkin are in schoolÖ we can hunt down a dance studio!
Her hubby would never go with her and Iím on my own, so maybe there would be other singletons there too, like us.

At home, when I do have time to watch TV, I like to watch the ballroom world championships on PBS when they air, and I love So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) on Fox. Those kids are soooo good and inspiring!
(Yes, I will admit to watching DWTS as well, but SYTYCD is much better!)
    12-04-2012, 09:28 PM
I'm a belly dancer. I used to do Egyptian but I do Turkish now.

I'm also a Zumba fan and a licensed instructor. If anyone needs help figuring out how to keep up, make it easier, harder or just any question in general, feel free to PM me and ask! Too bad you guys don't live near me in MD. I'd run a special HGS zumba class!

Aside from that, I also know how to: salsa, merengue, cumbia, tango (argentine), samba, mambo, cha-cha, hip hop, waltz, tap, ballet and jazz. I used to dance a LOT, can you tell?!
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    12-04-2012, 09:47 PM
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Originally Posted by DancingArabian    
I'm a belly dancer. I used to do Egyptian but I do Turkish now.

I'm also a Zumba fan and a licensed instructor. If anyone needs help figuring out how to keep up, make it easier, harder or just any question in general, feel free to PM me and ask! Too bad you guys don't live near me in MD. I'd run a special HGS zumba class!

Aside from that, I also know how to: salsa, merengue, cumbia, tango (argentine), samba, mambo, cha-cha, hip hop, waltz, tap, ballet and jazz. I used to dance a LOT, can you tell?!
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    12-05-2012, 12:04 PM
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Dancing is fun & great exercise. Enjoy!

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