Archive for November 22nd, 2006

“I don’t want to be the kind to hesitate,

Be too shy, wait too late

I don’t care what they say other lovers do,

I just want to dance with you.

I gotta feeling that you have a heart like mine,

So let it show, let it shine.

If we have a chance to make one heart of two,

I just want to dance with you.


I want to dance with you, twirl you all around the floor

That’s what they intended dancin’ for,

I just want to dance with you.

I want to dance with you, hold you in my arms once more,

That’s what they invented dancin’ for,

I just want to dance with you.

I caught you lookin’ at me when I looked at you,

Yes I did, ain’t that true?

You won’t get embarrassed by the things I do,

I just want to dance with you.

Oh the boys are playin’ softly and the girls are too,

So am I and so are you.

If this was a movie, we’d be right on cue,

I just want to dance with you.”  George Strait


This is one of our favorite songs.  It appears prominently on a personalized CD that Jim made a couple of years ago which he calls “The Dance Album”.    It also includes such classics as “Love Will Keep Us Alive” and “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”

We like to dance together.  However, after being together for nearly a quarter of a century, we decided that we need to be better at it.  We want to know how to twirl around the floor without running into other people.

So, after a certain amount of searching, we found an instructor who would give us some lessons, and yesterday we made a pilgrimage to her studio, “Step by Step”,  and took our first steps towards being more proficient on the ballroom floor.

The first style we are being taught is the Two Step.  This is an uncomplicated modification of a walk, so you don’t really have to worry about your feet getting confused.   (Surprisingly, they do anyway.)  The Two Step  gives you a a chance to dance while you  learn how to turn, and also how to maintain your “frame.”

Frame is the structure between the two dancers that is formed by the hands and arms in the classic “dance” position.  It turns out, that this is how you communicate with each other during the dance, how the man tells the woman that “we are going to turn now” and “this is the way we are going.”  If your elbows are noodly, the frame collapses and you no longer can sense what the other is intending.

We also learned about keeping knees bent a little and always maintaining contact with the floor.  I learned that if I close my eyes while dancing, I can let go of my ingrained need to lead.  And we learned that shoes for ballroom dancing are obscenely expensive,   but we are going to get some anyway.

Today, we find our quadriceps a little sore, and also our upper arms.  Well, you try walking around with knees slightly bent with your arms held up at shoulder level for an hour and see how you feel tomorrow morning. (!)

It was a lot of fun.  Practicing is a lot of fun.  We can hardly wait for our next lesson.

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