One thing I’ve found I like about general social blues dancing is that it’s not at a bar or club. Meaning that they don’t serve alcohol, which I’ve actually come to like.
That is not to say I have any kind of problem with alcohol. I don’t. I’ve certainly been known to enjoy a drink or two…or ten…on occasion 😛 . And most social dancing venues I’ve been to allow people to bring their own alcohol if they so desire. But since the place isn’t serving alcohol, nobody goes to these venues who are interested in spending the evening drinking instead of dancing. And it makes for a very safe-feeling space. Nobody really has to worry about anybody else being inappropriate or sketchy (though there is the rare exception every now and then), as most people who act that way need the aid of alcohol to do it. And so people allow themselves to open up a bit more than in other social venues, which makes for a very fun time, in my opinion.
It’s a different kind of fun, if you will, than you generally have a clubs and bars. Not necessarily better or worse, just different. And sometimes just doing something new and different is fun for that very reason. 🙂 And you also meet new kinds of people, which is a great deal of fun. It’s just interesting to see how a night out goes without alcohol acting as a social lubricant. But you find that it’s not really necessary; conversation acts as a great social lubricant all on its own.
Again, nothing against alcohol. It’s helped me have many a good time, and will continue to do so, I’m sure. But it’s fun every now and then to take it out of the equation, and see what happens. 🙂
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!