You know those people who get laughed off the stage when they audition for shows like So You Think You Can Dance?
Yeah, well that’s pretty much how I look when I try to freestyle on the dance floor.
I have sucked at dancing for pretty much all of my life, and it’s time to change that!
My name is Cathy, and until this year, I was the stereotype of a bad dancer. One person even made me cry telling me how bad I was, just when I thought I was getting better.
I belonged against the wall at clubs and school dances.
But having three left feet didn’t stop me from watching what I considered “good” dancing: So You Think You Can Dance was the only show I followed on TV.
With the advent of daily deal sites, I started giving dancing a shot as an adult. Buying unlimited month passes to various Vancouver studios let me get a taste of different dances. But I always had to leave just as I was starting to not completely suck at a dance style. I HAD to leave to use the other deals I’d bought. 😛
I discovered salsa and ballroom dancing last summer at Robson Square. And I learned that I can follow a good leader pretty well (at least in partner dancing).
Two months ago, I started taking proper salsa dancing lessons at World Dance Co., a dance studio with classes taught by World Champion salsa dancer Diego Sanchez and members of his professional dance company, Grupo America. Among other classes, the studio offers eight levels of salsa, and while taking Salsa Levels 1 and 2 concurrently there, as well as other dance classes, I saw my dancing become two to three times better than it had been previously.
In two months, I got rid of a pesky bounce in my salsa step that I feared would never go away, incorporated smooth salsa hips into my step, and learned the most essential salsa moves.
I was only supposed to stay the two months and then move on to other deals, but I decided I couldn’t leave, after falling in love with a Zouk class they offer, and starting a spinning class that promises I will be able to spin by myself at least three times (maybe even four times!) in a row by the end of two months. Since I can’t stand to leave, I have come to a decision, and one of the biggest commitments I’ve ever made in my life:
I’m going to take as many dance classes as I can and become the best dancer I can be within the year.
Taking all the classes the studio offers actually requires quite a lot of patience and sacrifice. World Dance Co. offers classes every day of the week, and some days see me taking as many as five dance classes in a row. I am usually fed up by the time the fourth class rolls around.
But I am determined to stick to my challenge.
If football players and actors can learn the quick step a la Dancing with the Stars and ballerinas can transform into Krumpers via So You Think You Can Dance, I want to see how much an ordinary girl like me (with no childhood or teenage dance training) can accomplish in one year of dance training.
So here’s my dance class challenge:
1. Sign up for a year’s worth of unlimited dance lessons at World Dance Co.
2. Take every class I am allowed to take (re. at my level — no advanced classes for me until I move up to them!).
3. See how many dance courses I can “pass” successfully within the year (re. I should be able to do the dance with a real human partner at a party or be able and willing to perform without looking like a spaz).
My dance class challenge starts today.
I am currently taking Salsa, Bachata, Argentine Tango, Casino Rueda, Ladies’ Styling, Hip Hop, Ballet, Jazz, Zouk, Bellydancing, 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.
FOLLOW MY DANCE JOURNEY . .. … …. ….. …… ……. …….. ………..
If you’re interested in learning how far and fast you can progress with only one intense year of dance lessons, check in every week or so to follow my dance adventures at World Dance Co.
Trust me: If I can do it, you can too. So use me to show you what you are capable of doing.