15.7.08

Show me those Jazz hands, will ya?

"You walk like you are out to walk your dog on the street. When you are actually supposed to walk with attitude, one that screams, 'Hey look at me!'"

When my lithe little teacher from the Jazz dance classes (I have just joined) raps out those words and accompanies it with a mimicry of our versions of the Jazz walk she has the 30 of us in splits.

Speaking of which, I mean a split, have you ever done one? Not gorged on a banana split, split on someone or been in splits of laughter. Not those ones ok? A split in a dance!

It is incredibly entrancing watching someone do a full 180 degrees on the floor. But when you are kind of slowly instructed to stretch your legs asunder and sit astride the floor aspiring to a similar few hundred degrees, 'entrancing' quite tranforms into 'nerve racking'.

Pretty teacher made us do one today. She made us hold the position for a few seconds -- that seemed to last eternity. Right then the one thought running through my head was 'I am going to be split wide apart right now, god help!'

My hindsight says that at that precise moment had I chanced to see myself in the mirrors there, I would have been found in a dead faint in exactly that position. Which would have been kind of awkward. I am therefore trying to thank god for small mercies.

Go through a split will you? You can then visualise the traumatised lot that walked out of that huge dance studio tonight.

One of them, by the way, has since applauded herself a few times.

16 comments:

Avaran said...

hehe... well, i admire the tennis players who did the splits. like kim clijsters.. and even deepika pallikal was full of it that day!
never thot it had much of a role in dance!

AB said...

Avaran: Ummm a tennis split! Sheesh I meant try the dance splits:-X

Avaran said...

uhhhh... wats sheesh abt it? its both th same na? wer ur legs are in 2 vertically opposite directions...

hey btw, ur writing is pretty enjoyable... like, it teases th brain! (ok, thats how i describe any writing that makes me feel happy) so which paper do u write lifestyle reports for? or is that classified info?

AB said...

It is indeed classified! Anyway, most of the people on my list know me by now:( When I had started off I would truly revel in my anonymity which is kind of spoilt now...

And thanks:) the compliments are returned!

Divya said...

cool ya.. i had to do that in kickboxing class.. studio covered with mirrors and the not so graceful me.. not a good combo in the first place... add this and well.. :S ill spare u the image :P

AB said...

Divya: LOL...I indeed identify! So are you a certified kickboxer by now?:D

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Divya said...

Naah :P I had 12 hours of classes and I can impress a few people and freak out my grandmom as I once did with this really cool flying spin kick thing but I'm still quite capable of fallin flat on my face when I attempt these :D

Sonia said...

so that means your jaw is fine now i suppose?

good to see you've joined the dance classes. does thie mean you're staying put in dilli?

and what abt sept?

AB said...

Divya: Flying spin kick! OMIGOD. You can actually do that?! That says it all:D

Sonia: Yes jaw fine. Me happy. Dance on.

Yes in a way, I guess my reasons for moving to Bombay are wrong. So I am not.

September?:D Gimme some time will ya?

zombie said...

Jazz dance classes! Sounds interesting..I guess you will get your way around splits too.. I had joined Salsa classes for a while and I used to throughly enjoy the two hours spent there..so is there a performance anytime soon?

AB said...

Zombie: Trust me you don't want a performance!:P I guess the senior batches should have one...

Why I had joined Salsa too. But a couple of years back. I gave up because my partners were hopeless and reduced me to tears with sheer klutziness. I felt quite sad leaving it cause I felt so nice after each class inspite of them!

Anonymous said...

Ooo can i know who you are too? I'm not from India and i found you when i hit the random button. I'd still google you though :D Blog is ace btw.

AB said...

Anon: Sure if I could know who YOU are:D It's a deal.

And thanks a ton. Cheers!

Divya said...

Oh and because of the email address you had smartly posted, even I know who you are :P hehehe