One of the hardest things that Snake and I have dealt with during lockdown has been the pause on our dance lessons. They have been a Monday night break where we can focus on each other and just have fun for almost 6 years.
While we definitely do not look like this, we have a great time learning new styles of dance and new moves. We’ve dabbled in country, ballroom and Latin over the years and enjoy pieces of each one.
They are each unique in how you move even when the steps actually have the same name. Some are more floaty while others are much more grounded. And apparently polka doesn’t actually have to look like the wedding dances from my childhood!
We have competed doing routines and actually won a trophy. We ended up not continuing that piece because we discovered that our love is actually doing solos. We pick a song that we like and our instructor choreographs a dance for us to perform. It rarely contains only one style and we get to play with lifts and other tricks that are challenging and fun.
I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.Mikhail Baryshnikov
We had started working on a solo in February to perform in April to the Addams’ Family theme. It was quirky and silly and we were really looking forward to doing something so different from anything else we had done. And then March 9th was our last lesson. Things quickly moved to complete lockdown. No lessons and no show.
We knew this obviously wasn’t the biggest issue in the world right then and it was easy to assume that it was going to be a short pause. Which turned into a 7 month pause.
BUT…we started lessons again on the 5th. It isn’t the same, masks are worn and there isn’t the usual hugging and such. That said, we danced. Not the Addams’ Family routine, but an older one that we had been working on before the show inspiration had hit. It’s a Viennese waltzy kind of dance to a country rock kind of song that is almost completely choreographed to the words.
The next show for us will hopefully be sometime in the spring. That is our goal and hope. In the meantime, we are loving being back to our lessons and the ability to dance and laugh and connect.