Happy Thursday, everyone!! Welcome to my “next big thing” – a bit of news from Yours Truly on a Thrilling Thursday!
As you know, I can be a Grade A talker…which works seamlessly with teaching. I will teach you how to dance – and I have, or you wouldn’t be receiving this email from me right now – but it’s up to you to keep practicing, practicing, always practicing….(remember the Gene Kelley musical, ON THE TOWN?). You probably don’t remember learning how to walk, but I guarantee you didn’t do it perfectly the first time out of the gate. It took a lot of repeating the walking movements over and over so they became second nature, and were stored in muscle memory.
Check out this video of Kat & Anthony dancing Lindy Hop:
While Kat has been dancing country, swing, and lines since fifth grade, she and Anthony have only been dancing Lindy for about a year EACH – and there’s no doubt that they’re comfortable on the dance floor! That’s free-style dancing you’re witnessing; Kat was totally following Anthony’s lead, and he had no idea what he was doing until a split second before he did it. What’s the secret to their success? You guessed it; it’s the “P” word in Dancing –
Did you know you can go out dancing every night of the week in Chicagoland? Granted, you may have to drive a bit to get to the dance. But while you are there, you can enjoy great songs, meet new people, work up a sweat, laugh, and improve your memory, balance, & co-ordination. I encourage you to dance in different venues and stretch your comfort zone’s limits by trying something new…social dancing!! Where else can people aged 9 to 89 have a good time – together??!! This is good, clean fun at its best.
Our next open dance is THIS SATURDAY, July 21st, in Warrenville – and our Event Of The Night is the celebration of Jackie’s 40th birthday! Jackie started taking lessons with me in Wheaton in April of 2010 – yep, that’s a little more than 2 years ago. She now has over 110 line dances stored in that blonde brain of hers; she remembers some of them better than I do. That’s a lot of practicing! Come join the party – and I hope you like Costco chocolate cake, because Jackie cannot possibly eat the one we’ll have all by herself. And practice – you’ll dance that cake off before you know it. I’m looking forward to seeing you all again; it’s a big reunion of friends.
We had fun dancing at the Salvation Army last Monday night; thanks to all of you who attended! It’s a new venue for us; it was great to see so many of you and we hope you had a good time. Feel free to share any comments or suggestions you may have on this or any dance event; we want these dances to be as enjoyable for you as possible! For the remaining 3 Monday dances (our next one is THIS MONDAY, the 23rd), we are considering calling 2 line dances per song to offer more dances, and also pushing back couples lessons till 8:45 with couples review dances afterwards (till the end of the evening). Since a lot of line dancers leave at couples’ lesson time, that would mean they wouldn’t miss anything, and it would be couples dancing/lessons/practice for the last 45 minutes. We’ll try it this upcoming Monday. What do you think; are those good ideas or not? I welcome your feedback!
Take care till the next time we dance – lots of opportunities this weekend! See you on the dance floor!