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Do you have any early memories of dancing?

Asked by lucillelucillelucille (29225points) 5 days ago

Are you a good dancer?
Do you have a favorite style?

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ragingloli's avatar

The only dance that I can do is the Epileptic Attack.

ragingloli's avatar

Any music, really.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@ragingloli -Sounds like an innate talent ;)

rebbel's avatar

My earliest memories of dancing are from when I went to the disco(!), some thirty-five years ago.
I sucked at it, I am sure.

In the last ten years (only not the last year) I’ve been dancing on and off, in the safety of my home, only to be seen by my girlfriend.
She tries to let me perform my moves for others to see, but I refuse.
It’s a dance that I’ve choreographed myself (or so I like to pretend).
It has a name.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@rebbel – I had dance lessons as a little girl (tap,ballet & jazz)
None of these helped me become a good dancer… and I am still not a good dancer.
My husband has good rhythm and is pretty graceful in spite of being a bit of a monster-and I mean that in the happiest of ways :)
I have a dance I perform for my husband called “The Dance of the Ratty Bathrobe”. It is an expression of my love for decent lounge wear.
What is your dance called?

LadyMarissa's avatar

I started taking tap dance & ballet when I was 2. That instilled in me some pretty good rhythm. Sadly, when I had the stroke at 40, that stole my body’s ability to retain that rhythm. I still LOVE moving to the music & often do my attempt to dance when alone & out of sight of others. That was the GREAT thing about my husband…he understood & would often pull me in close so we could slow dance cheek to cheek. Any other dance & I think I could compete with loli for my inability to maintain!!! ;)

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@LadyMarissa -That is sweet! You’ve described how my husband & I dance when out somewhere.
I have also stood on his feet.On purpose.
Btw, do you know where he can buy men’s dress shoes in ZZZ width? :D

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Ballet and Tap10 years old, helped me play better Little League Ballroom at 11 years old until I was 13. Student teacher for Ballroom, reduced cost and was on LA TV. Seven or 8 different dances with a total of over 100 steps and breaks. Don’t think I can think of more than a couple now.

jca2's avatar

I took what was called “Modern Dance” when I was in elementary school. It was contemporary, kind of “dance what you feel” but it was good for us little girls to learn the mind-body connection.

As an adult, with my job, we go to fancy holiday parties and there’s disco, R&B, stuff like that. I love to dance. It helps if I have a few drinks and the lights are dark LOL.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Tropical_Willie -Nice! Do you have a favorite dance?

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@jca2 – I hear that! Lol!

ucme's avatar

I genuinely wanted to be a tap dancer when I was a kid, that or a stuntman, no real difference XD
It was the shoes, the shiny tippy tappy shoes that attracted me to the dance, unfortunately it was not to be.
Mum bought some rugby boots instead & the rest is history.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@ucme – I genuinely wanted to run out of the classroom tippy tappy shoes and all.
Are the soles of rugby boots grippy?

ucme's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille On grass, yes, on a wooden dancefloor…not so much!

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@ucme -I think a good workout would include tap dancing on the field in those boots or shag carpet.

hmmmmmm's avatar

The only dancing I took part in was “slam dancing” (it was later called “moshing”). Spent much of my late teens voluntarily getting the sh*t kicked out of me for “fun” at punk/hardcore/industrial shows.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@hmmmmmm – I am familiar with it but have not done that unless you count fighting with my sister.:)

Demosthenes's avatar

Well, I remember learning dances in school, from line dancing in elementary school P.E. to the Renaissance dances we learned for the Renaissance fair in 7th grade to the Charleston for my class’s “Decades Project” in 8th grade (we had the 1920s) to the dance I learned for the Senior Fashion Show. I always enjoyed dancing to choreography in these situations, but I’ve never been much of a dancer. And at prom and other formal dances I was just awkward.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Demosthenes -Renaissance fairs are a blast!
I’d guess that if you can follow a choreographed routine, you probably do just fine on your own. :)

anniereborn's avatar

I most certainly do. They are my most treasured memories. My mom taught me how to ballroom dance in our living room. My last video of us together in our home before she went to assisted living is of us dancing in that same living room. (not exactly swing dancing at that point).

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@anniereborn -That is a wonderful thing to have recorded.Really, very touching to watch, I’m sure.

anniereborn's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille It is. Unfortunately tho it is very short and it’s crappy quality. It was when cameras first had video abilities. But I treasure it like nothing else.

zenvelo's avatar

I took 20 weeks of “ball room dancing” in 6th grade.considering I did not use the steps again until my wedding at age 35, it was passable. I have used such steps only once, at a charity formal dance four years ago.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@zenvelo – Was it like riding a bike for you?
I personally think it is a good skill to have.

ucme's avatar

I used to watch a show called Curious & Unusual Deaths (yeah, I know right)
One particular case focused on “dance-a-thons” which were apparently all the rage in 50/60’s America. Contestants would dance together in couples for like 24hrs straight without breaks & the last ones standing won a cash prize or whatever.

Anyhoo, one bloke died of exhaustion & these competitions were then banned, death by dancing huh…how strange.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@ucme -Now that is strange.
I wonder if anyone has ever had a dance floor installed over their grave? On purpose. lol

ucme's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille Michael Jackson considered that but was advised against it coz fans would rub out the engraving with all that moonwalking shit

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

I refused to participate in junior high social dance. The co-ed teachers said that I can dance with any girl in the gym. I said really? They said yes. So I picked the teacher. They kept their word and I slow danced with the teacher.

Patty_Melt's avatar

When I was very little my town had a centennial celebration. Women sewed pioneer type clothing for their family members, men grew beards for contests, and many events ad contests took place.
One night they closed off the one street which went clear through town for a dance. Everyone was supposed to wear their “Little House On The Prairie” clothes. There were fiddles and guitars and a caller. Being about two or three I didn’t much get what was going on. There were some type of oil lamps which were black balls and looked like the bombs seen in old cartoons. While my parents danced, I was off to the side in my tiny long dress and bonnet with other rugrats doing that twitch your shoulders and bend a little forward sort of at the rhythm of the music dance. My next experience was tap, ballet, gymnastics lessons at age ten maybe.
It was only a year, and then the young teachers got a studio in another town. Watching my classmates let me see the difference between stiff jerking and actually moving with the music. I later worked on practicing moves at home with that awkward jerking in mind. I didn’t dance in public until I was seventeen and went to a bar that didn’t card pretty girls. I had a roommate who taught me disco moves, and when we went to the bar she let me borrow her boyfriend to practice my new moves. My Navy days is when I really cut loose and danced most every weekend.
There are many cool memories associated with that. My mock strip tease, my husband dancing with a guy who was just as crazy, hitting my head on the disco light, and so much more.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Patty_Melt -Fun memories!
When you mentioned hitting your head on the ball, I thought of a friend who is a wild dancer.
He and his girlfriend would hit the floor. Literally. I have seen them fall so many times it became expected.Funny as hell too :)

Sagacious's avatar

I’ve been dancing as long as I can remember. We danced in the house when we were little kids. My mother liked to dance too.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Sagacious -My mom loved dancing too. She told me that when she & my dad were dating, he took lessons to keep up with her. :)

rebbel's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille
It’s called Djumba!

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@rebbel -After that hotel I just looked up?:)

rebbel's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille What hotel did you just look up?
You looked it up after or before I wrote it?
Are you planning a Europe trip?

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@rebbel-https://www.booking.com/hotel/cy/djumba-amp-cafe.html

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@rebbel -We were going to visit the UK but that went by the wayside.Also,on my list is to someday go here:https://tulipfestivalamsterdam.com/keukenhof/
Have you been there?
I looked that hotel up after I saw your response.

rebbel's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille Ahhhh, I thought that would’ve been a huge coincidence…
Pity about the UK visit…
Yeah, I have been there, about seven years ago, and to the tulip fields, about three years ago.
It’s really a nice event to visit.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@rebbel -It looks awesome! The photo opportunities alone would be worth it.
I am getting ready to put more tulips in my garden as it is starting to get chillier.I love those flowers.
I’ll get to the UK someday. :)

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