The Dance Class Challenge: How to Become a Good Dancer in One Year

Today marks the start of one of the biggest commitments I have ever made in my life.

I almost changed my Facebook relationship status to “in a relationship” — that’s how big a deal this is to me.

In a relationship... it's complicated.

I’d have a pretty hard time explaining this one. 😛

For one full year, I will be “in a relationship” with my dance studio, World Dance Co. in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Each and every day (except for certain holidays, when the studio is closed), I will be taking anywhere from two to five dance lessons in everything from salsa and bachata to hip hop and jazz.

I can’t wait.

For someone who has grown up with three left feet and had given up on the notion of ever being able to dance, this represents my attempt to prove to myself that I can become something I once thought was impossible.

In a nutshell, here’s my dance class challenge:

1. Sign up for one year’s worth of unlimited dance classes at World Dance Co.

2. Take every class I am allowed to take (re. start from beginner classes and move my way up to advanced levels).

3. See how many dance courses I can successfully “pass” within the year (re. I should be able to dance them with a partner at a party or be able and willing to perform without looking like a complete spaz).

I am currently taking Salsa, Bachata, Hip Hop, Argentine Tango, Belly dancing, Casino Rueda, Ladies’ Styling, Ballet, Jazz, Zouk, International Latin Dancing, and Zumba at World Dance Co., and plan to go through as many levels and other dance styles they offer as I can during my year there.

If you want to follow my dance journey, just check back here every few days or subscribe to my blog via email. I’m going to push myself to see just how far and fast I can progress with only one intense year of dance lessons.

If I can do it, you can too. 🙂

–Cathy

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