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Call Me Kelly. Gene Kelly [Jan. 19th, 2005|09:38 pm]
Young Geoffrey
Well. Since Laura will read this, I'd better come clean.

It all started quite a few months ago now, when Laura and I were still getting to know one another. Somewhere in the breaks between bothering my neighbours one of us mentioned dancing.

"I've never done it," I said, "but I've always meant to take lessons. Ballroom dancing - you know, waltzes, polkas, that kind of thing." (When I said, "I've never done it," I meant, "since one or two hideous episodes in gym class in grade 8. Technically not true, but close enough for the Toronto Symphony.)

Laura snorted. "Ballroom?!? Swing is where it's at, baby!"

"Jesus! Isn't that really fast? Why don't I start with ballroom," I suggested, ever the evolutionist, "then move on to swing?"

"Swing," said Laura and I - dominant male that I am - agreed.

Months went by. Once in a while we'd bring it up, agree that we really should get cracking, then got busy bothering the neighbours and forgot about for the time being.

Until not long before Christmas, when we got serious.

On Friday, we found ourselves in the desolation that is Bloor and Dovercourt and made our way to a church where a "west-cost swing dance" (with lessons!) was to be held. The old phrase, two left feet, certainly seemed to apply to me. Step-step-step, step-step-step, really shouldn't be that hard.

But it was.

Ego-bruised, but otherwise well, I blamed the lack of actual teaching along with my extreme case of exhaustion for my poor showing.

And boldly signed us up for an actual 9-week class. This time, out at an old United Church on the Danforth.

At first, things seemed much better.

Where before there had been 50 people, this time there were probably no more than 12 or 13. One instructor, one assistant. This, I thought, should go well.

(You guys are all ahead of me, aren't you, Gentle Readers?)

The concept is easy. Left foot to the side, right foot follows, left foot moves again; reverse the process, then bring your left foot behind the right and lean forward on the right.

Simple, isn't it?

Not for me it isn't! Christ, by the end of the class I still hadn't mastered that basic step, and meanwhile was trying to keep up with turns, counter-turns and god damned spins.

Laura, of course, was angel throughout, and only made fun of me about 17,000 times.

Nevertheless she did predict it would take me three classes to get things down and I am only hoping she's right.

[User Picture]From: stolen_identity
2005-01-20 04:03 am (UTC)
my parents have been ballroom dancing for years now, and they absolutely love it. they've been trying to get me to go for ages. but i'm not much of a dancer.

they take classes at arthur murray studio, at bloor & queensway area.

i'm sure you'll get the hang of it soon :)
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2005-01-22 04:20 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure, but I intend to give it the proverbial college try. It looks like so much fun.
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From: patriarch420
2005-01-20 04:25 am (UTC)
No comment.

P.S. - I realize the irony in leaving a comment that just says "no comment". Except i just somewhat ruined the irony for blatantly explaining it to you.

Erm. Coughs. It was only 17 000 making fun-of shots at you in my head. I only verbally expressed maybe 4000 of them.

*kiss lix*

sleep tight! rest your dancin' feet up for friday ;)

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[User Picture]From: amaaanda
2005-01-20 05:48 am (UTC)
Hahaha! I swear, I'm not laughing at you, I'm laughing with you.

Next time, take pictures, and share.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2005-01-22 04:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Sure you are.

Sadly, any photos would probably make me look better than I am. Or maybe not. In any case, I have no intention of visually documenting my ongoing humiliation.
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From: mitchd
2005-01-20 05:59 am (UTC)

The true test of a relationship

We (Carrie and I) are currently enrolled in "Hot Latin Dance" Level 2 (for the second time). We have had great times and miserable times - only tried our Salsa moves once at a night club - one of us was intimidated by the other pro's on the floor and thus had a hard time getting it... the other stormed of the dance floor... But when it works it is a wonderful way of connecting We are learning Salsa, Mirangai, and Cha Cha
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2005-01-22 04:23 pm (UTC)

Re: The true test of a relationship

Hi sweetie. Love the icon.

Anyway. If I do manage to force some grace into my body, I think I will follow up (and, I hope, Laura will accompany me) with other types.

But first, I must learn to swing.
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[User Picture]From: handofachlys
2005-01-20 07:35 am (UTC)
Oooo yeah! I agree with the person above me! We want pictures!

Dont worry... Im sure you'll get the hang of it soon...
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2005-01-22 04:26 pm (UTC)
See above for the likelyhood of pictures.

I think I will get the hang of it - but the getting there isn't going to be easy.
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[User Picture]From: offermeescape
2005-01-20 01:54 pm (UTC)
ya're steppin' in my neighborhood with your dirty swing dancin', m'boy. better watch your step (literally) the next time you decide to dance on the Danforth. ;) i be watchin'.

(i've been up for 24 hours you?)
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2005-01-22 04:25 pm (UTC)
ya're steppin' in my neighborhood with your dirty swing dancin', m'boy. better watch your step (literally) the next time you decide to dance on the Danforth. ;) i be watchin'.

So far, I have to watch my steps - which is part of the problem.

(i've been up for 24 hours you?)

Not even close.
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[User Picture]From: pbprincess
2005-01-20 06:04 pm (UTC)
As someone who is finally beginning to take classes again, social dancing is the key to success. The whole left foot/right foot thing has always been a challenge and will never make sense, but if you love the music, that doesn't really matter. Go out and have fun with it. Dance with lots of people and make an ass of yourself.
You're learning with the TSDS? They're really nice but, um, older? somehow. I would have recommended Alana or Mandi, but who is your teacher?
Seriously though, go out dancing. The Gladstone does a Sunday night thing, I'm going to try to make. And if you go, can I come with you? I'm trying to coerce all of my friends into going, since I'm now taking lessons and need to practise, but reception has been lukewarm so far.

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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2005-01-22 04:29 pm (UTC)
TDSDS? Not sure. We found them through torontodance.ca.

The crowd was pretty mixed, younger than I'd expected. Average age maybe 30is?

The Gladstone does a Sunday night thing, I'm going to try to make.

I'm planning on quitting smoking tomorrow (shudder), so I don't think I'll be going anywhere, unfortunately (and despite the fact that getting out would probably do my good). Maybe next week, though? I should be sane by then.
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[User Picture]From: pbprincess
2005-01-24 06:34 pm (UTC)
I've made plans to go to the Gladdy THIS sunday with friends. You should both come too.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2005-01-26 12:09 am (UTC)
We'll see how tomorrow's class goes. If I feel confident enough to not make a complete fool of myself, I might do it. I fear Laura will be tied up though (correct me if I'm wrong, darlin'!)
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[User Picture]From: pbprincess
2005-01-26 12:59 am (UTC)
Even if you will make an ass out of yourself, there's nothing like watching other people make asses of themselves too to make you feel better.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2005-01-29 04:39 pm (UTC)
I still don't feel able to make plans even a day in advance, but I (and maybe Laura) just might find my way there.
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[User Picture]From: pbprincess
2005-01-29 04:48 pm (UTC)
'kay, I'll hope to see you (both) there.
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