I’ve followed this blog RagTagDailyPromps for a little while, today managed to log on just when they posted the prompt for the day so, I’ll take part today…’Dancing’
One thing I just looooooooooooooooooove is dance, to watch it, do it, and learn it too! When I was about maybe seven or eight years old, I attended my first ever dance class. It was ballet, tap and modern dance that I fell into. I kept this up until about maybe 1999. I stopped as I suffered a knee injury! As a result all these years later I still have what the doctors called ‘fluid on the joint’ of my right knee. It’s the reason I have trouble bending down or sitting on my knees, well, that and the fact that I’m the wrong side of thirty-five now LOL
One of the most fond memories I have of my dance classes is, when we did a choreographed dance to ‘ born to make you happy’ by Britney spears. I loved Britney as a pre-teen and teen. ( I still do if I’m honest with myself), but this song as a youngster in the 90s I adored, and really enjoyed the contemporary dance our class learned. We had a fantastic teacher, I remember everything down to my leotard I wore, sadly not all the steps. I’m thirty-seven we’re going back to 1999 a long time ago! Here’s the video for old times sake. As I play this in the background while I type, I still remember the words. Check out Britney’s moves! I love her.
Later in life, believe it or not, I actually learned the dance movies to Britney’s ‘Slave For You’. That was when this song first came out. I can’t get enough of the way Britney moves her body!! Generally when she dances. I find her a very talented dancer, many disagree and feel she’s ‘taught’. While this is true, just like say Beyonce you can Brit has natural talent. I learned the routine from @1:36 time stamp to @1:53 it’s not even two mins BUT, it took a lot of practice, laughs, pausing, and sweat LOL
I really like belly dancing too over the ‘lock down’ period this year, during the pandemic, I have watched some YouTubers who give classes. I even bought a scarf with bells to wrap around my waist while I TRY to do the routines. These days I don’t really dance that much, as in classes, I feel that my knee would not be able to support doing any highly choreographed dance that well, but I do still have a love for it.
When I was in my twenties I spent a hella-lot-a time in clubs with my girlfriends, before I became a mum or had any really responsibilities in life. Each weekend we headed to central London, to the array of clubs we had back then. In my early teens and twenties I was ( and still am) a massive fan of soulful house music and the UK’s ‘Old Skool Garage’ anthems! In east London there were some great places, also the club ‘Fabric’ back then was a spot we’d go to a lot.
I can’t pin-point exactly what it is I love about dance, or any kind of exercise that is dance based. For example pilates, aerobics, yoga and even pole dancing! It could be the music, and my love for that. If there’s a song I love I automatically feel like moving to it sober or not LOL. I also like how good it is for the soul, I find it releases ‘happy vibes’. If time was not a problem I think I’d love to try to learn how to pole dance, but classic pole dancing that’s elegant as well as pole dancing for…well gentlemen’s clubs LOL ( Why not!)
I would also like learn salsa, it is a lot of fun. I only ever did one class with a girlfriend as it was more like her finding a ‘date’, rather than something we’d do each week. In all honesty, it’s time for me between juggling life and writing, I just don’t have the time. If I did, I would love to return to dance classes — gentle ones due to my knee and see if I’ve still got it!
Do you like to dance? If so what do you like to dance to? Do you have a favouite song or music?