leads to another. Last night was the first social dance party at Riverside in Boulder. I teach a lesson from 7:30-8:30pm, then we dance until 10. And did we dance…! The plan is to spend two weeks on each dance, then progress to a different style so that during the dance party (and every social event you attend from now to the end of your days), when the music ranges from Tango to Hustle - you’ll be able to have fun to whatever is playing! And describing last night as “fun” is the understatement of the month!
Most people enjoy a wide range of music - which is why I find it hilarious when they say they only do One type of dance!? Why limit yourself? That’s like eating only one type of food. Ludicrous! Some people claim they can’t learn multiple dances at once. That is simply not true. There are truths to movement that transfer not only to other dances, but other activities in life. My students range from ski instructors to horse back riders to piano teachers. Every time I get the same response: “That’s just like ____” - “skiing… riding a horse… playing piano” - the list goes on. It boils down to: the more you challenge your body and mind - the better you get.
You may get confused with which pattern goes to which dance, but guess what? A lot of the dances borrow from each other! You can do the same moves in Foxtrot that you do in Waltz. The same moves in Waltz that you use in Rumba. Your “go to” moves in Salsa can become your “go to” moves in West Coast Swing. I could go on – but I think you get the picture.
Especially where partner dancing is concerned – it behooves you to know multiple dances. There are principles to leading and following that transfer to ANY partner dance you do. It’s helpful to learn these if you want to be a great dance partner! So, if this doesn’t convince you to bust open that shell you're hiding undrer
and come cut a rug with us on Tuesday nights – watch “So You Think Can Dance” or “Dancing with the Stars” and find out how cool ALL the dances are!
See you on the hardwood:)
Allison loves to write almost as much as she loves to dance, so no one had to twist her arm to get her to write about dancing!