Feb 9, 2014

Ballroom Blitz

Curls took a swing dance class a decade ago, talks about it often and suggested we salt the floor and learn how to hoedown.  After making sure no "your package shows" white tights were involved, I agreed.  She signed us up for a six week ballroom dancing set. We meet once a week in a school gym with a bunch of old people.

Curls showed smooth hip action swinging the salsa today.

I flail.

Looks like I'm playing charades and acting out the word "seizure."  Instructor Aimee tries to fix me.  She grips my hands and dances, saying:  "Lead with your arms first, legs next.  Pretend like you're holding a beach ball, use your hands to signal the next move."  This is the first time I've had my personal space invaded with sustained skin-to-skin contact with a 60-year-old lady.  Please don't tell Curls, but I'm beginning to wonder if Aimee might have a little crush.

Here's week 4, shuffle stepping with a turn.


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We're having a good time.  It's deceptively difficult, the instructor is helpful and we'll register for another 6 week set.  Need more quality time with Aimee and I think we're ready to try a backflip.

The dudes in my running group caught wind and are convinced I'm taking ballet.  Let me know if anyone has some white tights I can borrow.

-Beard

17 comments:

  1. After scrubbing the image of men in white tights out of my mind, I laughed out loud at 'looks like I'm playing charades and acting out the word 'seizure''. Ha ha ha ha ha!!! Oh, I needed that laugh. I used to be a competitive ballroom dancer (in another life it seems now - aka my late teens/early twenties) so I think it is great you are doing this! For newbies, you are doing fantastic! You have reminded me of how much I miss it... hmmm, might have to go and look up some classes.

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    1. You should get back on the horse!

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  2. Cool Beard! I love it! After 18 yrs I still haven't convinced my man to come with me...I'll get there.

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    1. See if he'll try it for a 6 or 8 week session. Everybody in the beginner classes are at the same level and not very good, so we never feel too silly on the floor.

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  3. Anonymous2/10/2014

    Most running tights are black but still make you look like the ballet dude.

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    1. Unfortunate people of Des Moines have to see that eyesore on our daily lunch runs. #spanx

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  4. Hey! Good for you. I've just started Jazz Class again after oh 20years (used to dance all genres as a kid/teen). Teacher whipped my sorry ass last week. I had a lactic acid attack and had to fend off the vomit monster. 2 more days and we do it all again. I'm hoping my recovery will be swifter this week. Please include another video, after your next 6 weeks.

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    1. Curls has a dribble of sweat on her neck after our clogging session and I eat a big bowl of Golden Grahams to reload. No projectile vomiting yet.

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  5. Fabulous! Give yourself more credit, my Midwestern husband is much much worse. (Who is the Hispanic girl who married him? Yup. I always end up dancing with my dad or brother. #kindofawkward)

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    1. Dad/daughter dance this Friday, we'll bust some moves!

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  6. Anonymous2/11/2014

    bravo. A for effort. and yes, i am just gonna say it.... are you and curls back together? like romantically? i realize its none of my business but - you did put it out there that you were 'toast'. just sayin'.

    we are all rooting for you two :)

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  7. Alison2/13/2014

    When are you going to dethrone the badger on your chin?

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    1. PHF (pubic hair face) goes away when temp reaches 70. So May.

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    2. Alison2/18/2014

      Can I help?!?! That will be fun.

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    3. Of course, bring your garden clippers and a haircut cape. Curls can't wait, she hates this thing...

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  8. Beard, I'm not quite old enough to be your ballroom dancing teacher, but I can say, for all the dancing curls out here (like how I did that, eh?) that there is nothing closer to foreplay than dancing with us .. . at any age. You go Beard.

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