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Re: Dancing for the not so serious dancer?
Posted by Ladydance
9/10/2009  6:51:00 AM
I think attitudes toward dancing may be changing here in North America. More young people are getting interested because of the extremely popular dance shows on TV. We have seen a huge increase in young couples taking our group classes, it used to be all middle-aged to old folks. Our group classes are very inexpensive. As well, the studio has a party every Friday night, open to anyone, where folks can come and dance and socialize. We try to stress that these parties are for fun, not practice (there are lots of other times for that). So even us international dancers, relax and yes, even have a beer! There might not be room for a slow fox but everything else is doable. And since anything goes on Fridays we quite often mix styles!
Re: Dancing for the not so serious dancer?
Posted by jimdance
9/10/2009  7:06:00 AM
Here in the Washington, D.C. metro area, dancing for fun is alive and well. There is folk dancing, square dancing, round dancing, contra dancing, English dancing, Irish dancing, Cajun dancing, Blues dancing, polka dancing, swing dancing, a bit of country western dancing, salsa dancing, ballroom dancing (American and international) and other forms (as at the clubs) that I've not mentioned. Older persons dance. Younger persons dance, too, and in good number.

Check out DCDANCENET.COM for more specifics about the variety and extent of dancing here. (Close to but a comprehensive listing.)

There are those who pursue dancing seriously, often (but not always) for competitive. But the majority dance for fun and, truth be told, many also ISO relationships.

Enjoyment comes first. Yes, great form and all that is fine, but not at the price of pleasure. Enjoyment reinforces continued dancing.

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