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OPINION: Dancing Around

Whether we do it in the secrecy of our homes, out in public or in a club, most people get the urge to dance every once in a while.

It may be head bopping, toe tapping, or booty shaking, people are compelled to do it when a favorite or catchy tune gets turned up.

It may inspire moves everyone knows or outrageous motions that would surprise even the most seasoned choreographer; dance is a very natural means of expression.

For what it's worth, I don't particularly like going out dancing.

There is a style, and there is a place for everyone to enjoy it.

It's an oxymoron but, I find that while I may not initially want to hop up and hit the dance floor, once I do, there are few things more enjoyable or freeing.

No matter the reason, in the guise of socializing, working off some steam or burning a few calories, it's a great way to have a good time.

So by writing this, I must be some sort of dance master, right? Of course not! I may be able to throw a spiral, shoot a basket and hit nothing but net, or swim a mile in a race, but once I hit the dance floor it's game over. Nothing about dancing is natural to me, I feel awkward, uncoordinated, and worry about embarrassing myself.

Yet, for some reason I am compelled to get out there and do it. Perhaps I'm a masochist, or more likely, the benefits outweigh the initial responses I described above. For starters, if I'm in a club and everyone is dancing, I'm not the only one who feels that way.

It's not comfortable to get out there and do it, but it's the joy of doing that makes it worthwhile. In a club where anything goes, I've seen people dancing to their own drummer, but it's fun for everyone simply because they are willing to get out there and try, that they want to join in even if they aren't the best. There's something very comforting in sharing that.

There are many kinds of dance, the kind in the typical bar/club where there is little structure, and the traditional type of formal dance. Dancing, besides simply being a great physical outlet, is also a great social equalizer. It brings people together from many walks of life and diverse backgrounds and puts them in the same room.

In a beginning dance class, everyone shares the same insecurities, but they also share the same desire to learn and have a good time. In high school I took Swing lessons, and had a great time in spite of my lack of natural ability.

Did it take me longer to pick it up? Perhaps at times, but it was no less fun for me and I found everyone to be very encouraging. I had friends that did it, and it was a great way to spend time and was something to talk about. We shared tips, tried new moves, and had a great time listening to different music as well.

There is the waltz, the tango, samba, rumba, jitterbug and many, many more. There are countless old styles, international styles, modern styles and there are line and square dancing as well. Then there is the kind we make up and dance for fun when we are alone in the house, when we are sure no one is watching.

There is a style, and there is a place for everyone to enjoy it. It provides goals to improve and heights to aspire to if a person is serious about it, and it is a simple, free of charge pleasure most everyone can engage in.

It can be formalized and structured, or freeform and uninhibited, and though it can be daunting at first, so it is for most of us, yet somehow and for some reason, we keep doing it.

It's a great way to meet people, a wonderful way to get together with friends, or just a simple way to have a great time.

Adapted from an Opinion by Will Clement as submitted to



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