16.1.06

Shall we dance?

I have heard of salsa being fun. I never realised how much till I actually joined a social dance class yesterday. It's a one-month programme at the end of which I can join for two more months if I like it.

Dancing has always fascinated me. Except that I never took a liking to classical dance forms. I remember my parents trying their best to initiate me into Bharatnatyam classes. Much to their disappointment their daughter never turned out to be a dancing queen.

But I am glad to say that I have finally found my calling.

Before we started, we watched a jive by the other class which has been at it for months. They were good. Our trainers were guy A and girl C. A kept assuring us that it was normal to mess up and abnormal to do the right thing. C was this stylish chick with a great body and great moves.

A and C went on to teach us the basic steps for salsa after segregating the girls and the guys into two groups. When we had picked it up, they decided to let us try it with our partners. The only problem being most of us were stag. It was A and C who teamed us up. Now I might have mentally chosen my partner -- this cute tall guy who looked just right to dance with. But it didn't necessarily mean that I ended up with him. While he was paired with a plump little girl, I ended up with J, a fat guy with oily hair (This mattered. There was this particular step where we had to keep our hands on the partner's nape. Each time I drew back my hand, I could smell the oil).

In social dance a guy leads the girl. J kept forgetting the counts, as a result of which I had to stand, and curse my luck. In the meantime he had the gall to keep insisting on me 'relaxing' my elbows. I was close to snapping but then I clung to that last thread of patience. I think I will need a whole lot of the latter for the next few classes because I am stuck with the same partner unless he leaves or I do.

But inspite of all the cribbing I have done, I must confess the class was fun and happening.

In the meantime, S and Mr S (that's her fiance) have with all noble intentions been trying their best to matchmake. So on Saturday night I was duped into meeting one of Mr S's friends from Bombay. I have never been more mortified thanks to the fact that I happened to have met him for an interview. It seems everybody is intent on getting me hitched. Only nobody is getting any successful at it:-)

27 comments:

Ardra said...

ha...good to see you back- and let me wish you the Best- the best in which ever way you want- to be or not to be- u'r take :-)

thalassa_mikra said...

Great that you had so much fun at salsa. I wish I could have derived as much pleasure in my salsa class, I abandoned after 4 months. I was getting sick of being led by stiff dorky men who at times would try and feel me up as well.

When I have enough time, I'm going to take up belly dancing.

Essar said...

Oh, since you brought it up, let me tell you that we have decided to set you up with R's friend. Hee hee. Don't panic when you get a call from a strange number!

Toe Knee said...

Someone's having fun. I wish I could salsa instead of slogging away at graveyard shifts.

AB said...

Ardra: Errr..do I know you? You haven't been here before have you? But welcome anyway:0)

Thalassa: I have not reached the feeling up part yet. When it comes to that I will probably stamp my partner's feet so hard he will think twice about getting fresh...

Whoa belly dancing sounds fun and exciting. Join soon and let me know, maybe my next venture would be that...

Essar: Now who is R? O god it's not that somebody we met that night is it???

Toe Knee: Don't. You have an option. It's been a long time so change.

couchpotato said...

Think all this 'partnering' business at the salsa school will definitely have you tripping on a success button soon, though! ;) Have fun!

Essar said...

R, is my friend, the one who picked you up, remember? Well, his friend is the man in question. You haven't met him.

Jay said...

Oooh dancing :-) You could always step on his toes a lot. Or eat garlic just before every session. Or stop showering. I guarantee he'll leave before you do. :-p

Ardra said...

I've been a silent reader for some time now-

Amy said...

I lurv salsa dancing! I took classes a while back....but the number of men were far less than the number of women. So my sister and I had to pair up. Poor shumi, being the taller one, she did most of the leading hence she only learnt the guys part.

Once in a while a bunch of us go to the salsa clubs to shake our booties. Glad you are getting into this babe. Its so much fun!

AB said...

Couchpotato: Success button! That's rather an alarming thought you know...

Essar: Ahem please let the wheel of fortune take its turn:-)

Jay: I am serious contemplating the few tips you have planted here;)

Ardra: So do keep coming back.

Amy: Yeah I can just imagine Shumi leading you in:-) But isn't it so much fun. I look forward to every Sunday class now. Really wish it was more than once-in-a-week affair though. We are also being taught the jive.

First Rain said...

So ur having fun dancing to someone else's tunes! :D Cool. Though I seem to have been born with a thoroughly confused set of left feet, I'd like to learn to dance some day too...

shub said...

hahahaha!! i've started learning slasa too and I'm having a whale of time too..laughing at myself in the mirror as I try to dance though! :)It looks least graceful and mostly like exercise when I try it! :)

AB said...

Firstrain: Yup. You should join whatever you wish to regardless of how good you are it you know...

Shub: Watching my instructors make me feel the same:-)

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Media said...

Where are thou? Do post soon.

Penny Lane said...

Well don't worry about getting hitched too much... it seems to be the big fad at the moment but I think it'll die out soon ;)

AB said...

Media: Will soon. Itching to but no time...

Penny: Welcome back. Where have you been?

Mint Chutney said...

Hell-Low?? Where are you?

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Amy said...

kire.....long time no post?? kothay udhao holi?

AB said...

Mint: Hi!!!! Am here but just getting no time. But am determined to post today. So much to say...

Roy: Welcome to the world of blogging. Now wait and watch how you get hooked;)

Amy: Udhao hoynee. Ekhanayee achi:-) Will post soon babe

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