My dad was my first dance teacher. I don’t remember this, but he says the year the Thriller album came out we danced in the kitchen to it regularly (it must have been more of a hold-baby-Rachel-while-daddy-tries-to-moonwalk kind of thing.) As I got older and began to train in dance, he started teaching me a loose version of the hustle. As a single guy, he often took me as his date (still does) to weddings and we looked forward to the dance floor. Instead of gifts for birthdays, dad would take my sister and me to music concerts: our first was Paula Abdul, then Janet Jackson. We danced in the aisle. When I heard JOMDC hired award winning and master hand dancing instructor, Kevin Tisdale, to start a new intro class, I bought us two entries for his Hanukkah present.
I can’t describe how fascinating it is to experience dance this way. It wasn’t easy at first. Learning a new technique takes time. We are both stretching our limits, leaning on each other, and laughing along the way. Classes like the Intro to Dance series are a delicate balance of focused attention and letting go.
What did we learn in 6 week?
Basic, tap step, check step, freeze, attitude, travel, left turn travel, stationary left turn and a 6 and 10 count send back.
What can you expect if you bring your parent to dance class?
1. They will be frustrated. You’ll feel like the parent! Be encouraging, but give them space.
2. You’ll see each other more because you need to practice outside of class. Learning something new takes more than an hour a week. If you’re preparing for your wedding this is a great chance to wedding plan in between dance classes.
3. You’ll learn how to dance with someone who taught you a lot. It’s quite special.
The Intro to Dance Enrollment series at JOMDC happens every six weeks. We like to say every six weeks is a chance to start over. The next series begins the week of February 16, 2015. The social dance series is listed below.
Tell us YOUR story. Have you ever brought a parent, aunt, or grandparent to dance class? Got any advice for us?
See you in the studio!