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Dance Memories

Updated on January 22, 2013

Ballroom Dancing

So, you think you can dance? For some people they are going to say a definite yes, I can! But for most of us, the thought of dancing in front a group of people scares us. In my younger years, I have experienced being forced into performing the hula dance, all the while wishing I am glued to my chair so that they can't force me. In some instances, my older cousins will be successful pulling me out my secluded location in our family reunions that I am embarrassed to remember I performed like a block of ice or a frozen statue come to life. Those were the days.

Enter college where I have to choose a Physical Education subject. Lawn tennis or Ballroom dancing. To quote Wikipedia:

" Ballroom dance is a set of partner dances, which are enjoyed both socially and competitively around the world. Because of its performance and entertainment aspects, ballroom dance is also widely enjoyed on stage, film, and television. Ballroom dance may refer, at its widest, to almost any type of social dancing as recreation. However, with the emergence of dancesport in modern times, the term has become narrower in scope. There are also a number of historical dances, and local or national dances, which may be danced in ballrooms or salons. Sequence dancing, in pairs or other formations, is still a popular style of ballroom dance."

One of my fears came to life. I was boxed into two brick walls. I have never been a sports buff, the only sports I am faintly interested was chess (social recreation) or bowling. And these two games I have already finished taking up as a course on my previous semesters. Now, I have run out of options, I have to choose my last PE subject. I have to choose between running around with a racket or put out my nonexistent dance diva from within.

As time ran out, I chose the lesser of two evils, one was done outside the blazing sun and the other was indoors. I guess, thinking it over, it was not a hard choice for me at all. Ballroom dancing won fair and square. Now, all I needed to survive was a dance partner and dancing shoes. Fortunately for me, guys were flocking towards basketball, lawn tennis and volleyball games that the ladies outnumbered the guys 10:2. A good thing since our teacher, with her wisdom, decided to teach us both girl and boy dance steps to complete our studies because of the lack of a suitable dance partner. I have developed the appreciation for the seriousness of tango; the fun of boogie, the charm of chacha and romance of waltz. For two days in a week, with an hour and a half of fun filled dance lessons became a memory I cannot forget.

After three months or so of ballroom dancing, we set up our culminating activity inside a first class hotel. I cannot forget that this night was our last dance together, also our final exam. After this we will bid goodbye to each other. But we will not forget the experience. It was a magical night. Full of fun and laughter that the three hours just passed us by almost like a blink of an eye.

Therefore, for those who are still afraid to dance, give yourself the opportunity to try something new and enjoy your life to the fullest.


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