I haven’t posted here since early October, when I wrote about my very rewarding trip to Italy. The effects of that trip continue to ripple through my life in a variety of ways, all of them good. I honestly don’t know where to begin in explaining them and I certainly can’t cover all of it in a single post. I am determined to become more regular in my writing here. I enjoy it so there is no reason for me to go silent for such a long period.
Did I tell you I have been attending dance classes? Yep, that’s one of the new things in my life triggered by my trip.
I have always liked to dance but for years I have been faking my way. I have a decent sense of rhythm having played guitar and bass guitar for 45 years. I just didn’t have any specific dance skills.
So, I took their advice. Upon returning to Tennessee, I researched dance clubs that offered lessons. Sure enough, I found out that the Nashville Swing Dance Club holds dances every Monday night at a roller rink only a few minutes from me. The first hour of each dance is a beginner group dance lesson. There is a series of four weekly beginner lessons for each dance, with a new dance starting every four weeks.
So I have been taking foxtrot lessons. I haven’t danced the foxtrot since middle school. It is a good dance to know for any slow to moderate tempo music written in 4/4 time.
After getting over my initial nervousness, including realizing that I wasn’t the worst dancer on the floor, the lessons have been a lot of fun. There are between 100-200 men and women (of all ages) in each class so we get to dance with a lot of different partners, in 30 second segments.
I haven’t injured anyone yet so that’s a good thing. It helps that our dance floor is a large roller rink.
Another good thing: Each dance and lesson cost me $9! That is hard to beat, considering how good the instruction has been.
Now I am waiting for the beginner swing dance classes to begin. I’m not sure when that will be. I may try to learn another dance in the interim, if it is something that I think I can remember!
Another piece of advice I received from a fellow traveler who had lost a spouse some years ago: Say “yes” to all opportunities.
I am following that advice as well and will be soon be writing about some of the “opportunities” that I have recently said “yes” to.
So are any of you swing dancers? Please tell us about it in a comment.