Saturday, November 8, 2014

Dancing in the Mall

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This week my husband and I began practicing our ballroom dancing at the mall. Our teacher, Flo, has recruited us to demonstrate a waltz routine at some of the local community centers. The routine requires tons of space...space we certainly don't have in our house! We have searched every available place we could think of to practice.

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We even entertained the thought of joining the local YMCA fitness center and reserving one of their exercise rooms. We took a tour of the facility last week. It's quite nice but, because of liability concerns, they will not allow anyone to use the rooms without an employee in there. We consulted the city community center and were told that we could rent one of their empty rooms for $75 an hour...I THINK NOT!

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

So, one morning it dawned on us. People go to the mall early every morning before the stores open up, and do their daily walk out of the heat , rain, or cold. Why couldn't we just stake a spot in the center where no one walks? Once that decision was made, it was just a matter of organizing music to dance to and mustering up some courage. 

That's really putting yourself out there! An MP3 player with two sets of headphones-- one wired and one Bluetooth--took care of the music, so all that was left was a self-peptalk to get me out there and dance to music that no one else could hear. The first day we went, I spent the entire time waiting for mall security to come tell us we had to walk or leave.

"Till I Waltz Again With You" by Theresa Brewer

But by today, the third day, we are having people come ask us if we are teaching lessons or who our teacher is. We have even had the 20 year old who works getting the cookie stand ready every morning make a point to tell us how well we're doing. Now we start every morning with dance. What could be better?!

Sheryl Lambert    

We have had quite a bit of line dancing in our Malls on Oahu, but not much in Social Partner dancing. Seems like an ideal place to start would be in West Oahu. Of course, we might get too big a crowd of interested spectators.