Last night was a new first for me. I finally gave in and let saintmichael
take me out two-stepping. Every Sunday night the Sundance Saloon has two-stepping down in the dance space on Barneveld. They have free lessons at 5:30, then regular dancing starts around 7pm.
Since it was my first time, we went early for lessons. We warmed up with a waltz, then I got to learn the basic two-step. It's a slow, slow, quick-quick shuffle in 3/4 time - 1/4, 1/4, 1/8, 1/8. Also learned half turns and a spin. I only learned the follow part, since leading is harder. After all that, they taught us a line dance called the Honky-Tonk Twist. Damn, I haven't had to learn choreography in years!
One of the nicest things about the night was how sociable everyone was there. Part of the social norm at these things is that when someone asks you to dance, unless there is a good reason to say no, you say yes. Acceptable reasons to say no are, "I'm catching my breath", "I promised this dance to someone else", and "I have to go to the bathroom". Also, there are a lot of regulars there. The last guy I danced with (a really cute guy and good dancer) had been coming up from San Jose every Sunday for over two years. Most people there seemed to know most other people, which can be good or bad, but it seemed pretty nice.
During one of the advanced lessons when Michael and I were hanging out watching, I got to chat up a cute guy, tall and dirty blond, very clean-cut looking. He'd been watching Michael and I dance during the lessons, so I said hi. We ended up out on the floor learning the line dance together and laughing at each other tripping over our own feet. Later we did a two-step or two - he was nice to dance with, a good leader. When he left for the night he made sure to come find me to say goodnight, and gave me a politely intimate kiss on the neck. Big points for that!
My feet are so sore today! I danced a whole heck of a lot. I couldn't keep up with some of the faster dances or the swing or shadow dances, but the rest of the night I danced most of the two-steps. I even did the line dance I'd learned in class earlier (and acquitted myself admirably). I got asked to dance by a lot of guys too. Anytime I wasn't dancing, I could count on someone asking me for a dance. It was nice to feel so young and cute for a change, haha. I'm just glad I have pretty good rhythm (especially for a jewboy) and could keep my footing without tripping up too much. I guess I'll go back and do it some more - I want to get good enough to do some of the more advanced moves, they look like fun.
Public service advisory: Line dancing involves standing face-to-face at close range with your partner. Chewing gum or breath mints are a good thing.