I am in week four of my East Coast Swing dance class taught by Staver Dance studio in Eugene.
Never have danced a lick in my life, this is a whole unique experience, one that I very much enjoy. The first class I was a nervous mess. I wasn’t sure what to expect and not knowing anything about dancing made the fear factor larger.
So I go into this class with my friend who has paid for my classes, and am encountered by many walks of life. Most everyone is sitting in the entry way of class changing into their dance shoes-and some like me just putting their socks on. Our teacher Linda comes out and immediately has everyone pair up with your partner. If you didn’t bring a partner, she will pair up with you, or there maybe someone else to pair up with you-no problem.
We start learning the basics of the East Coast Swing- one-two-three…one-two-three rock step. And with each progression we learn a new turn, or twist which makes it a bit confusing unless you give up complete trust in the man to lead you into which move you will be doing next.
Okay…I think I have the hang of it, seems pretty easy…oh but WAIT!!! It is time to rotate partners…. Say What? I was happy with my partner in class, but the rules are you are learning a new move then rotate partners moving to the right each time; sometimes the girls rotate and sometimes the boys rotate.
That is all fine and dandy except when you do not know what you are doing and it seems that everyone else in the class-at least the men in the class-are fairly confident. Some more than others mind you, but none the less, much more confident than myself. Then there are the ones who know you are new, and really don’t want to waste their dance time with the newbie in the class and it is very apparent, so of course that makes me more a fumbling bunch of nerves.
At our last class, Linda came up to me and said how she was excited to see my progression coming along so well. Well we had a bi-week, so tonight I have gone two weeks without practicing a lick of class and I feel a bundle of nerves coming on again.
So I went onto Youtube to see if I can refresh my memories and now I see there are so many moves we have yet to learn…..EEEEK. It is all about posture, timing and trust.
Pretty soon I will be doing the East Coast Swing with fly rod in hand-maybe it will be a new casting technique…hehe.