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Club Vision and Unspoken Conversations

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May. 11th, 2006 | 11:18 am
location: home
mood: happyhappy
music: Outkast: "Roses"


I love the experience of meeting other dancers. And of social dancing in general.

I met Claudio at "Club Vision," a dance hosted on the last night of VSS during "Billie Jean" when I was dancing by myself, and he by himself. There was a moment where our eyes met and suddenly we were connected, and while we never touched, we danced the rest of the song with each other, separate but coordinated movements. It's a neat feeling, the feeling of connectedness with someone that only happens between dancers on a dance floor, the unspoken conversation that happens in relation to a song.

He asked, after the song if I was a dancer and I said 'yes, ballroom and latin, mostly, was he?' He does West Coast Swing and some hustle. Which was quite lovely, really, as WCS is among my favorite social dances and I hardly ever get to dance it because my ballroom friends being mostly competitive dancers and not social dancers don't know it. So we danced, and danced and danced... and he is a good lead and I a good follow, which meant we just had fun with the dancing. The beauty of WCS is that as much as it is lead and follow, of any dances, the girl gets the most freedom to hijack the dance and put her own moments and breaks and feelings of the music in it.

My colleagues looked on and pronounced it amazing how smooth and connected we looked, and I suppose it is pretty amazing. It seems so simple, in thought, just another illustration of Newton's Third Law of Motion. From the inside, all I have to do is find my partner's center of mass and pay attention to where that mass is going and counteract it with my own. And from there, the rest falls into place and other movements are embellishments. But with him a good lead and me a good follow, there was give and take, and playfulness and a a special sort of trust that I only have with certain kinds of dancers and leaders.

We garnered an audience for a particular hustle ("I like to Move it Move it"), which included cheers to the dips and spins he led me through and a round of applause at the end. While I suppose they were somewhat impressive, they feel so like a natural part of dancing to me at this point. Dips and turns have become reflexive... give me the suggestion to go and I will throw all of my weight into a dip or a line or a spin, which makes me, counterintuitively, a lighter follow. But I like how things (my following ability) are developing. The more I dance, the faster the neural pathways become and the less I think about following at all. I just react.

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nikki

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from: daysprings
date: May. 11th, 2006 06:31 pm (UTC)
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you're my hero. I'd love to be able to dance so freely and enjoy it the way you do!

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guardmisfit

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from: guardmisfit
date: May. 11th, 2006 10:41 pm (UTC)
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mmm. I want to learn to be a better follow. =)

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ternarybits

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from: ternarybits
date: May. 12th, 2006 05:08 am (UTC)
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Liz is an awesome follow.

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