‘Twas time for swing dancing! It’s been a while since I’d gone, and a while since I’d been out of the house, so I killed two birds with one stone tonight. This time I arrived early and derived the benefits of the half-hour lesson that starts the evening (I missed it last time). I learned some new steps and brushed up on the old ones. I wasn’t worried about losing anything during my long absence; I spend most nights sliding around my house in my socks and underwear like Tom Cruise in Risky Business. You know – practice.
Swing dancing is great I finally get to dance with girls, and they actually seem to enjoy dancing with me! Awesome. Not only that, but the people there are all so friendly and outgoing and approachable. It’s almost unnerving. I’m not used to that. Maybe I’ve unwittingly stumbled across a cult… But what’s nice about swing dancing is that you can ask pretty much anyone there to dance and nobody turns you down. You get a turn with everybody in the room.
Once again were a few young lovelies in attendance, some I recognized from last time and some new faces as well. I took a few spins around the dance floor with each of them, which was great. I was really getting into the “swing” of things. They also play an occasional non-swing dance tune throughout the night, which mixes things up nicely. I was in the middle of dancing with this real pretty girl when a waltz came on. Ho, boy! I may not know how to really swing yet, but I sure as hell know how to waltz. However, the girl I was with didn’t.
“It’s easy,” I told her, putting one arm around her and holding up her other arm. “Just follow my lead…” And away we went! In fact, all the couples formed up into one ring encircling the entire dance floor. It was awesome. Probably the closest I’ll get to being in a Viennese Ball. But what I wouldn’t give to find someone I could do this with all the time.
The girl in my arms sighed contentedly at the end of the dance. “You’ll have to show me how to waltz sometime,” she said. “I just wish my boyfriend could dance like that…”
Boyfriend. Of course.
But whatever. Tonight was easily the most fun I’ve had in some time.