It's not like we never tried again--we attended a free swing dancing group on campus during our last semester in college. We tried really hard, but for some reason what we were doing just didn't look like what the teachers were doing and it was hard to keep up. We tried to practice what we'd learned later on at home, but without much success, and so with great sadness I hung up my proverbial dancing shoes and vowed never to swing dance again.
Fast forward to last month as I was making my "30 Goals in 30 Weeks" list: I thought about how my husband and I have been together over seven years and still haven't learned a single dance together. I thought about how cool it would be if we could actually do it, but then I remembered how frustrated I'd been when I couldn't keep up with the teachers in that class we took and I almost put the idea out of my mind, but then I remembered the wedding dance DVD! For nearly seven years, it's been packed in a box, unopened and forgotten...until now! Click "Read More" below to find out what happened!
We spent a good couple of hours that evening learning the steps in single-time Swing to the tune of "When the Saints Go Marching In" (odd choice for a dance, no?). The guy in the video (Greg Gale) first explains the lead/male part and then his partner (Nancy Hays) does the female part. Greg narrates (I swear, the likeness of his voice to Elliott Gould's is uncanny) and Nancy gives little side comments in between each section and I think she's opening her eyes as wide as she possibly can. It's pretty hilarious.
By the end of the night, I'm proud to say that we were swinging away! Sure, we stepped on each other's toes a few times and we haven't quite mastered the art of the counter-clockwise turn, but I am confident that we could dance a single-time Swing to any appropriate song...plus, I feel like a rock star. Sayonara, Goal #2!
Next week, my goal is to hand stitch something. I've never stitched before (I've hand sewn a little to close seams and such, but I've never done anything decorative), but there are a ton of tutorials online and I think I could probably learn enough to make something cute. And anyway it can't hurt to try, right?
Do you have any old learn-it-at-home DVDs lying around? If so, shake the dust off this week and give that sucker a try, no matter how silly/crazy/pointless it seems. I bet you'll feel really accomplished when you're done and that you'll have a great time doing it! Oh, and definitely be sure to leave a comment and let me know how it goes!