Line Dancing

10 09 2006

When? 9 September 2006, Where? Holiday Villa Jalan Ampang
Report by Yap Mei Han

The strong wind and wet weather didn’t dampen our spirits, as we eager beavers arrived at our usual meeting. The reason? Well encouraged by the cowboy images running through our minds and feet, we were ready to be taught line dancing by the renowned Ms Ruby.
Ms Ruby and her entourage came in cheerful red tops which brightened the entire room instantly. She opened her session with a short introduction on line dancing. According to her, line dancing is a popular recreational activity and is practiced and learned in country-western dance bars, social clubs, dance clubs and ballrooms worldwide. It avoids the problem of imbalance of male/female partners that plagues ballroom/swing/salsa dancing clubs.

Ms Ruby started off by showing us a fairly simple dance. We were literally in awe with the gracefulness shown by her. Her every movement seemed to be so convincing and portrayed such a great sense of feminity. I wish I could dance just like her…

In several parallel lines, one behind the other, we took our positions while Ms Ruby’s students positioned themselves on the outside edges of the group to guide us and allow us to watch their movement. In this formation, we danced in a synchronized manner but independently
of each other. There is no moved that require any interaction between 2 people other than executing maneuvers at the same time. Ms Ruby picked the simplest dance of all, with the 18 count 4 wall beginner “Electric Slide”. The first attempt by us was a disaster where everyone was knocking one another. It was so hilarious that Jennifer even ended her dance at the other corner of the room where she started!!

The last inset of the full twist also increased the complexity of the dance where again few of us changed the direction of the dance. It was a great workout and I definitely look forward to such activity in the near future.

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