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Author:  PB+J [ Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:59 am ]
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Because my wife is a wonderful woman who deserves a better husband, I went with her to an adult beginner class in Irish dancing.

Sadly, it confirmed my life long hatred of dancing. I'm lousy at it, it brings me no joy. I had nightmares about it all last night.

I've played many many gigs for swing dancers. I love playing for dancers. I loath dancing.

I did manage to learn to waltz at one point, pretty credibly, but I can't say I ever really enjoyed it.

How many of you who play also dance?

Author:  Mr.Gumby [ Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:28 am ]
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I love playing for dancers. I loath dancing.


Fully with you there. To me it's a spectator sport.

Author:  fatmac [ Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:34 am ]
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Not me, two left feet...

Author:  PB+J [ Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:44 am ]
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"two left feet" has to be an excuse though. It's like people saying "i have no musical talent." What they're really saying is "i have no appetite for practice."

I was thinking about this--I don't feel like a naturally good musician, I feel like I've always had to work really hard at it. But the practice was a relative pleasure. It still is--it's like an itch I have to scratch. I assume most "natural" musicians have that inclination, to a greater degree.

Learning to dance is awful for me, but my wife--who isn't particularly graceful--loved it and thought it was great fun. I think part of it is dance is inherently social--you have to deal with...shudder...people. A huge part of musical practice is solitary

Author:  fatmac [ Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:24 am ]
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I think part of it is dance is inherently social--you have to deal with...shudder...people.


You could be right......& at close quarters too... :lol:

But honestly, dancing has never impressed me. :wink:

Author:  Wanderer [ Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:33 pm ]
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I spent a lot of years doing martial arts in my youth.

I spent no years dancing.

When someone steps up belly-to-belly with me, all I want to do is this:

Image

Author:  Tor [ Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:42 am ]
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PB+J wrote:
Because my wife is a wonderful woman who deserves a better husband, I went with her to an adult beginner class in Irish dancing.[...]
I did the same, for the same reason. I don't *hate* dancing, but when we did that course I thought (as I often do, or used to do when I watch dancing), "it looks kind of fun". But it wasn't. Set dances was what we did. I even managed to actually do it right now and then, feet and everything doing the right thing, on time, but then I realized that it did not feel nice at all. It was as un-interesting as doing the stepping games (or what should I call it) we did as children, as an adult. Absolutely meaningless. I will continue to work a bit on simple pair dancing with my wife. I dislike dancing with other women.

Author:  Nanohedron [ Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:19 pm ]
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If I dance at all, it is like haiku: very brief, and abstract.

Author:  bwat [ Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:33 pm ]
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Nanohedron wrote:
If I dance at all, it is like haiku: very brief, and abstract.


The juxtaposition, haiku and dance is truly inspired.

Author:  Katharine [ Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:29 pm ]
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PB+J wrote:
A huge part of musical practice is solitary


So is a huge part of dance practice...

Author:  PB+J [ Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:08 am ]
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Katharine wrote:
PB+J wrote:
A huge part of musical practice is solitary


So is a huge part of dance practice...



Is it? I have no idea. My daughter is a serious dancer, doing ballet, and group practice seems to be a heavy focus. Swing dancing seems to require partners to learn. Maybe Irish dancing is more of a solo practice thing?

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