Hello and welcome back to Second Chance to Live my friend. I am happy to have you around my table. In today’s article I would like to share some share a little about myself that you may not be aware of, because I have not previously shared the information with you. I LOVE TO DANCE. I combine different styles, west and east coast swing, hustle (4, 6 and 8 count), shag, country swing and other dance styles. I am not a purist and for ladies who are not set in their ways (have to do dance using specific steps in set way) they have a lot of fun dancing with me. I have been told that I am a strong lead and easy to follow. Recently I attended a Valentine’s dance, by myself; and did a lot of dancing with different ladies, almost every song throughout the evening. I had a lot of fun and so did each one of the ladies.
No pictures were taken at the recent Valentine’s dance, that I have access to; however below are a few pictures from dances that I have attended over the past several years.
In my experience, as with my process and journey, I have found how to use what works best for me when I dance. I have a difficult time learning the sequences of the different dance styles. So what I have learned how to do is to use a 4, 6 or 8 count hustle step, depending on the beat and tempo of each song. I have learned, over time; how to incorporate these hustle steps to accommodate the steps women are making when we dance, because I am quick on my feet. My training in different martial arts styles has aided me in my footwork and agility. If you have not tried dancing, I have found that it is a lot of fun. Take some lessons and make it work for you. And as I have found, dancing is a process and different with each woman. To dance in synch takes a few dances and some times dancing in synch does not work.
And as I have found, if you find that the women who you are dancing with are set in their dance ways, move on. Find women who like to dance to have fun and you will both have fun.
When I first started to dance, I was very self-conscious, however as I worked on my recovery process; I found that when I danced I let my inner child come out and play. Now when I dance, I create. I focus on flowing, not on critiquing what I am doing. As I allow myself to flow, I polish my skills as a dancer. My style is my style and I excel. I use what I have in ways that work for me. I do not focus on what I can not do – remember sequences — but what I can do and I have fun — when I dance.
“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.” William W. Purkey
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