LESSONS

Whom should you befriend?

Whom should you befriend?

Dancers often make mistakes, and female dancers especially. They make friends as if they were normal people, not dancers. They befriend people they like - people they can talk to, joke with, and so on. And so it happens that girls usually hang out with girls. That’s all nice, they text each other, plan their outfits, borrow scarves and dresses to one another… It’s idyllic, really. Until the time to register for a festival comes, and the panic sets in. Early bird registrations are usually open to couples only, and these BFFs have no one to sign up with. So...

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How to come to a party

How to come to a party

How to show up at a party full of strangers all by yourself? And for the first time as well! The first time! Hey! You’ve never been there before! There are people there who know each other, and talk, and drink, and dance! And you know no one! And now you’re supposed to show up without a friend, all alone, and, to make the matters even worse, start dancing!? No way, José! No can do. Nema šanse. No me interesa. Non lo voglio fare. It’s quite certain that there are more people wanting to attend a party than there are...

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Why go social dancing

Why go social dancing

Starting to dance is not easy. Going to classes, learning and doing what you are told to do is not so difficult, but more than a few beginners don’t get any further than that and never show up at a party, so they never actually dance socially. There are a few possible reasons for that: they don’t have anyone to go to a party with, they are embarrassed to dance in front of others or they started taking classes only to learn a new skill, which they’ll never use. A part of them expect to do all their dancing in...

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Getting dressed

Getting dressed

Swing dance parties can seem like a big deal because of their dress codes, especially if there’s that one person who makes a fuss about it. The word swing has a retro or vintage sound to it (whatever retro or vintage may mean), so it’s very probable that the people who are into this will seem like a subculture (if not like a cult or a sect). Those things can make the beginners feel an unnecessary pressure. Of course, Facebook events with things like "wear a colourful little dress and get your dancing shoes on" in their descriptions don’t help...

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