Dance Classes and Sesame Street - 060524
Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
To live in the presence of great truths and eternal laws, to be led by permanent
ideals - that is what keeps a man patient when the world ignores him, and calm
and unspoiled when the world praises him.
~ Honore De Balzac
Instead of thinking about where you are, think about where you want to be.
It takes twenty years of hard work to become an overnight success.
~ Diana Rankin
The second law of Newtonian Lindy Hop, Momentum: a Follower set in
motion, will continue to stay in motion, in the same direction, until
that motion is changed by the Lead.
~ Joel Plys, Swing Dance Instructor
The swing dance workshop was great and the party a lot of fun.
You know how children loved Barney, but adults wanted to
pull out their hair and scream, "just shoot me", whenever
Barney came on. A lot of beginning dance classes are like
that for people who are already at a higher level.
Sesame Street is different. Sesame Street is two shows in one.
Something simple for children, and something entertaining
for adults, with funny jokes, inuendos and quality singing
and dancing that goes over the heads of the kids.
During the beginner Lindy Hop lesson, the teachers, Alison
and Joel Plys, did an interesting thing, that reminded me
of Sesame Street.
They taught the Lindy Hop, 8-count basic, for an hour.
At the same time, they went over specific techniques for each
step of the basic. They gave so much information, that the class
was good for beginner, intermediate and advanced dancers,
even though they only covered the basic pattern. Each person
could take what they were ready to receive.
In our classes, a lot of our advanced dancers show up right at
the beginning, yet we never know how many beginners will be there.
We try to do the same thing, and make the beginning classes,
as enjoyable for the advanced dancers as for the beginners.
There was one woman at the swing party, who could dance fine, but
because she was so nervous, she was overly concentrating on what
steps she was supposed to take. Normally in any kind of dancing,
counting is helpful, but she was so focused on counting, to the
exclusion of everything else, that it was impossible to dance with her.
So I told her, to relax, have fun, enjoy herself, and that I was
going to make up steps, so her counting would not help. I told her
that since I was inventing steps, the only thing that she could do
was to stay loose and do whatever felt right. After that she did
great, and we had a good time.
We have to do more of that too and allow ourselves to do what
feels right, at least when dancing to the beat of the music.
Thanks to Izzy Shniadoski and the Swing Affair, the South Florida swing
dance club, for hosting a great event. You can find their information
Thanks to Alison and Joel Plys for their excellent instruction.
You can find their information at 2plyswing.com.