Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Just dance - 3.25 #sol20 Story Challenge

When it comes to my life's potential partners, dancing sits against the wall, pressed into a corner far outside my comfort zone. Music, I enjoy listening to, but releasing my body to those rhythms and melodies is never something I've embraced.

In fact, for our wedding, I tricked myself into dancing by approaching the endeavor as an odd cognitive exercise. (Which, when I write it that way, sounds shamefully unromantic.) My now wife and I enrolled in a semester of dance classes, with four other couples' worth of friends and an instructor who was fittingly a moonlighting college professor. The professor taught us principles and steps, which I learned like recipes. "Put your hand here and here. Your left foot goes there, your right foot, like so. Now do this." Et cetera. We already had a first -- ahem, only -- dance song in mind, one that made us laugh self-deprecatingly, and the professor programmed us with a routine that synced our kinesthetics to the tune's aesthetics. Like a player piano, we followed the mental equivalent of a perforated music roll, over and over.

At the wedding reception, 13 years ago today, we carried out the plan we had practiced. We danced a tango to a cover of this song about tangoing. We smiled at each other all the way to the last choreographed dip, our assembled friends and family grinning in amusement. Whew.

5 comments:

  1. My favourite line: "dancing sits against the wall, pressed into a corner far outside my comfort zone." This personification cuts straight to the feeling and works so effectively. I read that line twice before reading the rest. And, yes. Dancing and I sat against a wall on this past New Years while other awkward Boomers tried to recreate the high school experience - it felt just like you said - "far outside my comfort zone".

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  2. I just grinned and chuckled through your whole slice. And I enjoyed the song! Question is, "Do you still tango?" Or at least dance:)

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  3. Too funny. Happy Anniversary! Perhaps you'll reprise your tango dance as you celebrate today.

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  4. Happy Anniversary! I hope your celebration includes a dance.

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  5. Great opening line: "When it comes to my life's potential partners, dancing sits against the wall, pressed into a corner far outside my comfort zone." Who can resist that? Not your wife, apparently, but evidently dancing can resist... Happy anniversary!

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