One thing about dancing that’s always made abundantly clear: you’re never even close to done learning. Last night, my friend and I went to the Providence Swings Black & White Party in Rhode Island. And the swing dancing they did was a bit more intricate than the simple east coast steps that we knew. 😛 It was still a very fun dance, but it was also quite the humbling experience, as many of the people there were clearly experts in using the triple step, and in lindy hopping, which we definitely weren’t. Fortunately, we weren’t the only ones there who weren’t super proficient in said dances. And even though we were a bit out of our element, we still had a great time!
Dancing at a new venue was a lot of fun. Both my friend and I got to meet a lot of new people, which was great. Additionally, I was able to learn some new dance stuff on the fly. I was able to learn how to implement the triple step in swing, and I got a very impromptu lesson in how to properly waltz. 🙂
Unfortunately, at one point my friend got hit on by a pretty sketchy older gentleman. He used complimented her on her “nice figure” and her “child-bearing hips”. I wish I was making this stuff up. I’d never actually seen such unsavory things at a blues or swing venue before. Hence, she made an effort not to be in this guy’s line of sight much, and I danced with her a few times so as to save her from having to dance with him and endure his so-called compliments again. It was really the only bad part of an otherwise fun evening, but suffice it to say, it made me appreciate the awesome atmosphere of the blues union here at home in Boston. 🙂
Providence is easily the farthest I’ve ever traveled from Boston to go to a dance. But it was definitely worth it, especially if you can find a friend or two to go with. It’s a bit weird at first, going into a new venue you’ve never been to before. But with everyone dancing and having a good time, you quickly realize that the most important thing is that you’re somewhere where everyone simply wants to dance and have fun, just like 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!