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Re: Intimidated at dance parties
Posted by wlemery
9/25/2013  1:44:00 PM
If you were a professional musician, how would you respond to an amateur who showed up at a jam session with other professionals? The amateur is going to feel a little intimidated, but as these things are you learn by doing. You wouldn't expect the amateur to keep up all the time, but you also wouldn't necessarily exclude them.

The crowd you describe is normal, as is your experience. You probably ought to remind yourself that there are other places to dance besides AM. Seek them out, go there and have a good time.
Re: Intimidated at dance parties
Posted by nloftofan1
9/26/2013  7:27:00 AM
When we moved to the city where we live now my wife and I were pretty good Bronze-level dancers—though probably not as good as we thought. We were USA Dance members, so we went to one of their dances. There was a man who watched us very closely, and we didn't know what to make of the expression on his face. As it turned out he was an instructor, one of the best in town. Not only did he become our instructor but we became good friends. We gained a great deal from the chance encounter at the beginning.
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