Tonight was the Ballroom Dance Society’s Halloween Costume Ball. I had a blast! But oh, Lord, do my feet hurt!
So I got to dance with a whole lot of people, and to a whole lot of dances. Some I’m definitely a lot better at than others.
Dance rundown of the night:
Swing – My favorite, and my best dance. It’s probably my favorite cause its my best, or vice versa, or something like that. I learned a couple new moves tonight too. Fun!
Jive – Basically just like swing, only faster, so I’m not bad at it if I can stay on the beat.
West Coast Swing – No f~ing clue.
Cha Cha – probably my best Latin dance. I’m not bad, I just need to be in synch with my partner, or he needs to be a strong leader. If I don’t know what he’s doing, then it all just goes to hell.
Rhumba – I like rhumba! I’m not that advanced in it, but I’m really not that bad. As long as my lead knows what he’s doing.
Salsa – Not bad, but not my best Latin dance. Could use work. I wouldn’t last long in a salsa club.
Samba – Umm, I suck at samba. I haven’t even gotten the basic step pattern down. Needs work.
Hustle – Definitely not one of my strong dances. I don’t quite get how the basic is counted, or how the beat works, so that messes me up. I just don’t “get” it yet. Needs work. I’m better than I was before tonight though.
Tango – I’m MUCH better after tonight than I was before, although I don’t know what version of tango (American or International) I was doing…still needs lots of work.
Foxtrot – I now know how to do it, whereas before tonight I had no clue. Still needs a vast amount of work. Like the tango, I don’t know what version of foxtrot it is that I was doing…
Quickstep – Not completely sure what I’m doing. I can pretty much handle the basic, not sure about turning corners (same for all the standard dances), don’t know anything but the basic – needs work.
Waltz – I need a really strong lead to waltz decently. Needs much work.
Polka – Skipped the one polka they played at the end. I’m a horrible excuse for a Western Pennsylvanian, I generally fake my way through polkas by skipping around the room.
I think that’s it. So yeah. I danced. A lot. With a lot of different people. It was great fun! But my feet hurt soooo much right now.
On a side note…I noticed tonight that my shoes are falling apart. I shouldn’t be surprised, I’ve had them for almost 4 years now, and they’re really the only shoes I dance in. But that makes me sad. I’m to cheap to buy new shoes, especially ballroom shoes. I guess I have been abusing them lately with the whole ballroom thing.
Forgot a couple dances.
Viennese Waltz – I can do it, if I have a strong and patient lead.
Lindy – Somebody showed me how to do the basic step. Do I remember it? No. Could I really do it when he showed me? No. But I know what it looks like.