And We Danced…
What I noticed first when I entered the studio that evening for my group lesson was that the male students outnumbered the female students. I thought I needed to move to Alaska to get those kind of odds. Who knew all I had to do was head to my local Fred Astaire Dance Studio?
The reception area became filled with jovial banter and laughter as students came in, removed their coats and changed into their dance shoes. Though I was new to the group, they welcomed me right into the fold.
The super chic and stellar dance instructor, Nicole Jeurgens, would be leading this evening’s lesson. The dance being taught was the cha-cha.
These group lessons were important, Nicole explained, as a way to gain your own sense of balance. So while you want to offer resistance to a dance partner, you do not want to rely on them for balance. You must be able to stand on your own before you can merge with another.
Yeah, I know, I know. I won’t even type it out loud.
Nicole explained and demonstrated the cha-cha as well as a variation on the basic step while the entire class followed along.
We spent the remainder of the time going over the newly learned moves in our own space.
After class, staff announced that the following Friday would be a social dance night. What? FADS regularly puts on social dances right at the studio so you can mix, mingle and practice your moves. What a brilliant idea! I’m in.
Hope to see you there!
That’s a photograph of the letter that was waiting for me when I arrived to work on Friday morning. To say I was delighted, would be putting it mildly. I had a smile plastered on my face all day long.
Abbie is a fan and asks:
Q. Why do you enjoy dancing and what inspired you to perform and video tape it?
A. Dear Abbie
I enjoy dancing because it makes me feel happy when I’m doing it. I love music too. All kinds of music. And sometimes when I’m listening to music, my toes tap or my feet stomp. I just want to move. I thought taking lessons would help my toes tap and my feet stomp a little bit better. You see, Abbie, I happen to be kind of klutzy. I’ve been known to walk into poles or trip up the stairs for no good reason (I even broke my toe once doing that trip up the stairs bit…true story). I was hoping that maybe I would gain a little grace by taking dance lessons.
I brought along the camera because well, if it didn’t inspire people to try to dance themselves, they might at least get a kick out of watching my silly antics. However, the teachers at Fred Astaire really know their stuff and I learned a lot from them. Maybe my bumbling days are over!
I’m glad you have enjoyed the series. Our last episode of Champagne Social airs on Friday. Hope you tune in!
Tune in for my very first group lesson on the next episode!
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