One of the great things about learning to blues dance is that it’s such a universal skill. Think those dance moves are only useful at blues venues? No sir! (or madam) At any social venue where there is dancing, there’s probably a chance for you to impress some folks with the moves from blues dancing. Not to mention it’s just much more fun to be able to dance as opposed to having to sit around.
Blues on a Cruise
I actually experienced this myself only a few months ago. I was on a cruise ship for a vacation (very fun, by the way), and on the boat there was a club.
The club was…well, pretty typical. Top 40 music, people grinding with each other…etc.
One night, my friend and I decided to go check out the club for kicks. When we got there, we ran into some of the people we’d befriended earlier on the cruise. We sat down and hung out with them for a while. Then, one of the girls came over from the dance floor, talking about how it kind’ve sucked out there, it just being grinding and whatnot. I agreed. After a few minutes of discussing this, I extended my hand across the table and asked, “You wanna really dance?” She said yes, so we walked out onto the dance floor.
And we started blues dancing to club music! It was so much fun. Surprisingly, using blues moves to club music was pretty easy. So we danced a song, and then sat down, having both had fun.
Then, another girl from that same group of friends came over to me and said something like, “You know how to dance like that?” I said yes, and then she grabbed me, and onto the dance floor we went!
We danced to a song or two, which was of course a blast. We sat down and chatted for a while, my friend of course thinking my blues dancing at a club was quite a sight. After a while, I decided to head out. I learned later that some people approached the second girl I danced with, and said, “You and that boy danced so well together! How much have you practiced?” She of course smiled and told them we hadn’t, but thanked them for the compliment none the less. So even though we were totally improvising, apparently it looked like we’d worked on it! And all because I knew a few basic blues moves.
Seems Pretty Handy!
So as you can see, blues dancing doesn’t have to stay at the blues venues. Take it anywhere! Parties, weddings, cruises, clubs! You never know when you’ll wanna do some dancing. 🙂
If you have any thoughts, questions, or experiences of your own you’d like to share, feel free to post a comment! I’d love to hear what you have to say!