More Dance News

Well, I’ve been doing a lot more dancing since I moved and certainly in the last few weeks. I went to a Salsa on2 class on Jan 21st and a Salsa on1 class on Jan 24th, which was a lot more fun than Salsa on2. I returned to that same Salsa on1 studio for their first dance social of the year on Jan 27th.

I was pleasantly surprised at how many guys asked me to dance despite the fact that I did not know much beyond the basics. Praise Jesus for giving me the ability and talent to follow as well as I do because some thought I knew more than I actually do. Salsa is definitely not my dance, but it’s fun with the right dance partner. There was one guy who wasn’t as advanced as the others, but he still knew way more than I and managed to make me look really good on the dance floor.

The instructor finally asked me to dance and within seconds, the power went out in the entire studio!!!  It took a few minutes for the staff to come up with a remedy, but they got the music playing again and the party continued. I left shortly after the power was restored. I was debating whether or not to take another Salsa class on Wednesday night, but I have decided to stay home and conserve my energy for the Swing dance on Saturday night. The last Swing dance in my area was on Dec 2nd, so I’m really looking forward to this dance!!! I pray, dear Lord, for good weather and a huge turn out because I need to get back into the swing of things, pun intended!   🙂

I’ve been going to the Elks Club every Friday for the last few weeks, but will miss it this Friday because I’m going to support a friend as she and others share their testimony.

I’m now debating whether or not I will take a Waltz/Hustle class that begins on Monday at another local dance studio. The funny thing is that I was going to ask the Salsa studio about taking a class in these same dances before I checked another studio’s website and found that they’re offering a special: 4 classes for $45 for the month of February. I really want to take the class it’s just that it’s on a Monday and I hate to go out in the cold. Knowing me, I will probably take the class.

I’m sharing this Cupid Shuffle video because it always motivates me no matter what I’m about to do. One of the ladies from church shared a video on Facebook of some people doing planks to this song!!!  🙂

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Ballroom Dance Update

I know it’s been forever since my last post and I am going to try to be more consistent with posting moving forward.

I haven’t danced that much since September, but I have gone dancing a few times. I feel like I need to do a re-cap because I don’t recall where I left off with my dance news. So, I went to a Swing dance that was kind of like a feeler to see if people would show up or were interested in dances in this particular studio. There was a very nice turn out and the next dance is in February. Yes, a super long wait as the first dance was in November or December. I’m hoping these dances will become more frequent, but time will tell.

I believe I went dancing at the Elks Club a couple times between September and October. I did not go to the Elks in November or December, but I have begun attending the dances again as of this month. In fact I went Friday night, but didn’t have as much fun because 2 hours before the dance, I found out that my childhood best friend had passed away a month ago from breast cancer. I was in complete and total SHOCK!!! The Friday before that, I had an awesome time dancing! I danced a few times with Philip, who is the BEST dancer that attends the events at the Elks Club!!! I don’t know how old Philip is, but he’s at least 80 but you would NEVER know it because of how well he dances and moves about the dance floor!!!

I WANTED to attend the Swing dance in Whippany, New Jersey last night, but I just couldn’t force myself to drive that far to go dancing. I’ve told myself that I will go very soon, especially the dance that the Gup is DJing, and then try to attend more frequently as the weather gets warmer.

I’ve decided that 2018 is the year that I get back on track with my dancing! That brings me to the Salsa lesson that I took today, yeah on a Sunday! I did not know until I arrived that it was Salsa on 2, which is quite difficult for me because I’ve already learned the basics of Salsa on 1, which has the woman stepping back on the 1 with her right foot. Salsa on 2 means the woman steps forward on 2 with the right foot. I did pretty well considering I was totally confused because I naturally want to step BACKWARDS on my right foot not step forward!!! The instructor gave me a lot of praise after dancing with me on the 1 because he could see that I know what I’m doing but when I have to switch to dancing on the 2, it’s very hard, especially when I have to do a turn or cross-body-lead. At the end of the class, the instructor approached me and told me that I did well and encouraged me not to give up. He also apologized because there weren’t more advanced dancers for me to practice with because most of us were true beginners.

So, my dance card for the week ahead is dancing at the Elks on Friday night and possibly going into NYC to dance Saturday night at the You Should Be Dancing studio where I first began dancing at their Saturday night dance socials. They have a live band playing and there is NOTHING like dancing to a live band!!!

This video shows the Suzie Q that we learned in tonight’s Salsa lesson. This video is Salsa on 1. Also, we did a different Toe Tap, but this gives you an idea of what we did. We did not do the Ghetto Fabulous move.

It would be nice if I could find a studio that teaches Salsa on 1 so that I can build on the little that I do know because I don’t think I will ever be very good at dancing Salsa on 2. I’m too comfortable dancing Salsa on 1 and too good at dancing Salsa on 1! 🙂

Quiz: Which Dance Matches Your Personality?

It’s been too long since I’ve shared anything about my ballroom dancing/dance life.

I returned briefly to the studio to take Rumba and Bachata classes with Lisa Skates at Simply Social Dancing. The dance studio is a good 30-45 minutes from work/home, so the month of May 2017 was a bit challenging. I literally had to force myself to attend dance class after work. I always enjoyed myself once I started dancing. I guess it’s like going to the gym to work out…the hardest part is getting there! I would definitely take more classes if there was an affordable dance studio closer to home.

The other studio that I used to take classes at quite often a few years ago is Starlight Dance Center. They have reasonable rates. I’m going to take the summer off from taking classes because nobody wants to sweat on strangers unless you’re attending an actual dance, in which case, it’s to be expected.  🙂

Anyway, a few of the dance pros from Dancing With The Stars have a couple studios in New Jersey. I went to one of them a few years ago for the free comp lesson. At the time, they only had 2 locations in New Jersey, but I believe they now have 3 locations. The problem for me is that they don’t have dance socials on Friday or Saturday. I’m not interested in going to a party on a Tuesday night.

Anyway, I just received an email from Dance With Me dance studio with the following quiz. My quiz results came back with Jive as being the dance that matches my personality. East Coast Swing is my favorite dance, but I’ve always wanted to learn Jive.  🙂

Quiz: Which Dance Matches Your Personality?

 

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Random Thoughts…

I’ve been wanting to share with y’all, but I didn’t really know what I wanted to say or have a specific topic, so that’s one of the reasons why I haven’t written much lately. The main reason is that I spend most of my time job hunting. Praise Jesus, I have a job, the same one that He provided, which I wrote about, but Jesus and I both know that this is NOT where I am to spend the next 20 years until I retire, so I’m focused on my goal of getting another job with better hours, so that I can begin dance classes again and not be so tired all of the time. I’m disappointed that I had to give up the Bachata and Salsa class because I was really enjoying both. But, my body can’t handle getting up so early (I have no control over my internal time clock), working so late and then driving 30 minutes to dance class, driving back home and doing it all over the next day. I need a better work-life balance in order to pursue my passion, ballroom dancing!

Thanksgiving was good; I spent it with family from church. I enjoyed my Filipino Thanksgiving dinner. The hard part is eating dinner at 8 o’clock at night and going home with all that food in my stomach, but I’m always thankful that I have someone else to do the cooking because I have never enjoyed cooking…baking cupcakes, yes, cooking, NO.

I really wanted to go dancing Friday night, but when I looked out the window around 4pm and saw that it was raining, I decided to enjoy some time home relaxing.  Besides, I had just gotten my hair done earlier in the day and didn’t want to mess it up. Since I have yet to find a dance partner, I figured there was no point anyway, so I stayed home.

It’s 7pm on a Saturday evening and I could go dancing, but I’m enjoying myself too much to move. I’ve been watching some YouTube videos and laughing and watching a bit of TV, too. What can I say, I’m a homebody except when I’m dancing?!  In fact, I haven’t left the house all day. Guess I’ll have to go grocery shopping after church tomorrow.

I often wonder what my life would be like if I had my dream job and could live the life I’ve always dreamed of…Jesus, ballroom dancing and photography…it’s a pretty simple life.

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Finally…!

I made my way back my usual dance spot last night, Friday, Nov. 11th. I wasn’t due to return until January, but since my neighbor no longer needed me to sit with her daughter, I have Friday nights to myself again.

I mentioned in a previous post that I met a couple guys at a dance studio one Saturday night and one of the two guys sat the entire time. Well, that same guy contacted me to see if I wanted to go dancing this week and I suggested we go on Friday to my regular spot. I got there at my usual time, but he was 30 minutes “late”.

Well, turns out, dude can dance…quite well.  He and WE kept getting compliments all night! He only seems to know Salsa and Merengue, but he knows them better than I do, which is the kind of partner that I’ve been looking for!

He says he’ll find some place to take beginner ballroom dance lessons so he can dance the Waltz, Foxtrot, Swing and such.

Time will tell if this round of craigslist posts will pan out.

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East Coast Swing…or Jitterbug…

This is by far my favorite Swing dance routine.  I know it says Jitterbug, but East Coast Swing, Jitterbug and Lindy Hop are all in the same dance family, and most of what I see in this routine appears to be Swing.

I can’t wait to find a regular dance partner!  Dancing is life for me…AFTER…Jesus, of course!!!