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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

O is For Opportunity

I have often heard beginning dancers say that they don't have the opportunity to dance. I will admit that dancers living in a large city may have more ready made opportunities to dance in the form of dance studios. But if you live in a small community, don't despair.  There are also  studios in small towns.

If you are lucky enough to live near a studio, they usually rent dance space for a couple to come in and practice. Smooth dances, as the waltz and foxtrot, require a large studio floor for practice.

In contrast, Latin dancing requires only a small area that can usually be found in the home. I have built many a wood practice floor.  Any lumber store will cut boards to your size and with a bag of screws (or nails) and drill/hammer, you'll have your Latin floor in no time.

Various organizations offer dancing in a comfortable facility. For example, the Elks, Eagles, VFW and YMCA. The dance floors are usually excellent and free dance lessons are often offered before social dancing begins.

As a beginning dancer, the more you practice, the better you will become and once you are hooked, there is no limit to where your dancing will take you. Spread your wings and fly off, my little eaglets. The world awaits good dancers.

Below is a video of dance lesson being taught in a YMCA
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28 comments:

  1. I am getting back in business and will try to catch up. I really wish there was a place here to learn dance. As far as I can tell square, line and clogging are the dances of choice here.
    Had to laugh at the "shot of courage" statement. Yep that was me.
    Those two kids were great.

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    1. Hi Patti
      Did you get the yard work finished? Your parting icon was funny, pulling on that big weed.
      Both clogging and square can be fun. I did clogging when I lived in Florida and had a ball. It's kinda like tap.
      Welcome back

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  2. Latin dancing would be cool to learn!

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    1. C.M.Brown
      Cool and a good way to get noticed on the dance floor because not so many dance it.

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  3. If I had you to teach me, I might be able to learn to dance.... I bet you would shake your head and laugh at me when you seen me dance. No Rythm Here!!

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    1. Terry
      Now would I laugh at you???? Not unless you came out of the ladies room with your skirt tucked in your panties. :)

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  4. I can't be taught, I forget too fast

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    1. John
      Seriously.... the teaching is not to think. Just FEEL the music and your body will move to it. :)

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  5. Around here there are classes for line dancing, square dancing and the two step. Others are probably available too, I just haven't looked. I'd love to take a class but hubby has two left feet!

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    1. That always means he has to buy 2 pair of shoes to get the 2 lefties. nyuck nyuck nyuck
      Seriously, square dancing is always fun for a couple.

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  6. Opportunity you say
    I know there are a few near my bay
    But to flail around like a fish and break myself
    Probably not wise at my shelf haha

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    1. Who can pun when on the floor
      Or sing hip songs by the score
      Never good to break yourself
      Better to go by the way of health
      But you know that, I surmise
      So I shut my mouth, oh what a surprise!!!

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    2. haha not that big of a surprise
      After all you have to rest your eyes

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  7. I think it's wonderful and fun to watch. :)

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  8. Rosey
    Thank you and I've meant to tell you that I like your profile picture. It looks loving.

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  9. My neice would love to get involved in dance but alas there are no studios in or near her small town.

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    1. Keith
      That's a shame when a young girl has a passion to dance. Maybe someone will appear, as I did when I moved to Montana for some gals who wanted to learn Flamenco.

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    1. Mark
      If you can do line dancing, you could do this. They're pretty much doing the basic step, back and forth.

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  11. Your post reminded me of the First Husband and our wedding. The dear man built a dance floor so we could dance in Golden Gate Park, where we held our reception, to a live jazz trio. :-)

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    1. Su-sieee
      Oh that's a sign of true love. I had to build my own dance floors. Well, no, for Mother's day when my oldest son was about 15, he built me a larger floor than the whimpy little thing I had made for myself. Your reception sound like a blast. Why wasn't I invited????

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  12. Those are all good ideas of places to look. I will do some checking around...

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  13. I love dancing. While I never took lessons, we had an aerobics class at my local gym and that was more or less a dance class just that it used the step. So much fun.

    Silvia @ Silvia Writes

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  14. Never been dancing, but it looks fun.
    Shawn at Laughing at Life 2

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    1. Shawn
      You've never been dancing and I've never had a twinkie.

      Thanks for stopping.

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  15. Did you ever see the movie - The Jerk, with Steve Martin?? He had no rhythm...that's me!

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    1. turquoisemoon
      I must have seen it but I can't remember anything about it. Must have not impressed me.
      He may not have rhythm but he's funny. And look at you, out chasing fires all hours of the night.

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  16. I only dance at home...with the curtains closed! :)

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