It’s been a while since I have updated! A lot has happened, dancing and otherwise
Last week was super busy. On Thursday we went to a free west coast swing class, and then paid for a west coast swing class. The classes were very beginner, but for me that was great. I need to work on west coast from the very basics.
Friday night classes played second fiddle to seeing Sherlock Holmes. We went with James friends Mike and Julie to see the new Sherlock Holmes movie, and then went right to the swing dance. Atomic Ballroom never ceases to amaze me. The last time that we were there we took two classes and then got lots of dances in, especially with the people from the classes. While there wasn’t quite as much dancing with other people, there was still quite a bit, and it was a very friendly dance. We reviewed some of the newer steps we had learned, and had a great time dancing.
The next few days were pretty dance-free…. oooops. But, in my defense, I was planning on starting this dancing every day business as my new years resolution. We worked on a step here or there, but with Christmas and lots of family and friend visiting, there was very little work on dancing being done! We did travel to San Francisco on Tuesday, and went to a great Lindy Hop that night. Stompy Jones plays this dance every Tuesday, and I must say, what a joy to dance to great live music. I didn’t get a ton of dancing in, because this is about when my left foot started hurting. Lesson learned on this trip- Toms are great for dancing, and awful for walking for very long distances. Still, it was great to see so many people enjoying what they were doing, and the Verdi club was an awesome venue for swing dancing. It was still decorated for Christmas and that was nice. It gave me visuals of this great 1940’s swing club. James and I popped upstairs to watch a little bit of a collegiate shag/stomp class and that was fun too, but looked crazy hard!
Again, not much dancing the next few days. Wednesday was a trip to Yosemite, and Thursday was busy as well. Friday night it was back to classes and a swing dance.
I loved the two classes we took. The first one was advanced Charleston. We learned a little combo that we can do in hand to hand. I need to remember the footwork, but it was pretty easy to pick up, and looked really great. The next class we took was advanced lindy hop combos. This class was super fast paced. We learned a few new moves in the context of the combo, and the instructors basically just kept adding steps on to the combo. I rotated through a couple of great leaders (and one really awful one that I dreaded, but that’s a different story). We went to the dance that night, and that might be one of the best dance experiences of my life.
It’s great taking classes before the dance, 1) we learn some great new steps and 2) we meet people to later dance with. I got some good dances in, and the DJ that night (who was the combo instructor) did a really unique thing. He would call out different things, like… no woman can be sitting on the side, if a woman is sitting go dance with her… and he would say it until everyone was up. Then there was…. Ladies choice, ladies ask a guy to dance and guys, if she asks you you have to say yes… which was really fun. I asked a random guy standing in the middle of the room by himself, and it was a great dance. The DJ would pick out people standing by the DJ platform and have them dance with other people. He pulled James to dance with a girl from atomic because he knew she was a great follow. And, he did this a lot. He was super high energy and got us a lot of dances. He also talked with us a lot. We asked if they did the shim sham, and little did we know at that time that we would be leading the Shim Sham!
Before I get ahead of myself. The birthday jam at Atomic is also a jam for people from out of town. This was our lucky day! So, we were in the jam circle. And, from my experience, and what I heard from James, this was great. We both danced with tons of people (good and bad) but it was a long song that didn’t seem so long since the people were trading in and out! After the jam circle, we led the shim sham, and that was a ton of fun. They used a different song than we were used to, and did it a little differently but we kept up.
We didn’t stay at the dance too much longer after that because we were tired, and wanted some good sleep.
Last night was the Very Vintage New Years party at Atomic. Of course we went to that. It was a little less crazy than the night before, partially because in typical New Years fashion, many people had their dates, and danced with their dates. A lot of the Atomic regulars were not there, but it was still great fun and we had lots of great dances. I will post a picture when I get there. I had a super cute yellow dress (that consequently Rachel Berry has worn on the TV show Glee) and James looked like his dapper self. There was great food, and a countdown with Sparkling Cider. We left early (around 12:30) as most of the dances at Atomic go till 1:30 or later. We didn’t leave without James buying a footwork and styling DVD that we watched part of when we got home. I am super looking forward to that.
Today is another day of great dancing. Atomic is hosting a Lindy Resolution workshop of 4 classes, and a special “golden ticket” class from all of the instructors, that Jofflyn has already said we would be invited to. The classes are about slow dancing, smooth dancing, fast dancing, and technique. There is a beginner and intermediate/advanced track, so that will be good too.
Goals for the week: Have a great day dancing today, begin working on footwork styling (james and I had some breakthrough realizations last night), practice all the new moves we have learned at least once a day, review the big apple a couple of times (which by the way, we have finished!!!)
Hope you all have a wonderful new year. I am so looking forward to everything about 2012~