Blues dancing has great beauty in its versatility, and it’s easy for beginners to pick up and have fun with. I’ve taken this versatility for granted until recently because blues dancing is the first kind of dancing I really delved into.
Swingin’ on the Charles
This past Saturday, there was a swing dance hosted by Boston Swing Central: Swingin’ on the Charles.
It was different from blues dances in that it was mainly a lindy hop and east coast swing dance. I was actually a little nervous about this dance, as I’d only danced east coast swing once for about 20 minutes, and I’ve never done lindy hop. And unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend the lesson beforehand.
Despite that, I decided to go. After all, it still sounded like fun! So I went down to the docks on the Charles, and got in for $10, thanks to the student discount. There were A LOT of people there, which was great to see. I spent a couple of songs just observing, trying to pick up any important steps, moves, etc. I’d need to know once I got out there.
East Coast Swing
And then I stepped out onto the dance floor. I was actually able to blues dance for a few songs, which helped me ease into thing. But eventually I started dancing east coast swing. It felt a little awkward at first, but people were very accommodating. 🙂
And after a few dances, I started to get it! It was a great feeling. And of course, I was able to throw in many of the moves I normally use while blues dancing. Not to mention, the music they were playing was great!
Overall, I was really glad I went, despite my initial trepidation. And it’s experiences like this that make me want to get my friends involved. After all, I was pretty new to swing dancing, and I still managed to have a great time! And if I can have fun learning some new dance moves, then so can you!
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!