Lately I’ve been doing a lot of swing dancing. I was first introduced to swing dance when my brother Andrew took me to a dance in Golden Gate Park when I was 13 or so. I remember I only danced with two other people than my brother then, because I wasn’t as comfortable dancing with others and didn’t know as much about the dance as I know now.
Recently, I went to San Diego for my brother Andrew’s wedding. At his wedding, we did a lot of swing dancing because Andrew and a majority of his friends are all really talented swing dancers. I had a blast and I had the time of my life when Andrew, Liz, and Dewey and I took the stage and did an impromptu lindy dance in front of everybody. At one point my brother picked me up and spun me around, and other times I was jumping in the air as he kicked between my legs. The dance was intense because it ended up being to an 8 minute song called “Bill’s Bounce”, which wasn’t intended to be played during the dance session, but it was really fun.
I went swing dancing the following Wednesday and Friday with my brother’s best friend Jack as well, and had a great time. I made some new friends, and learned some new dances. I was sad when I had to leave on Saturday because I had enjoyed dancing in San Diego so much and meeting the people there.
Swing dancing is a great way to make new friends. It’s a social dance, so you dance with as many people as you can and will meet lots of people. And several of the people who are swing dancers tend to be pretty cool people from my experience. There seems to always be a few creepy guys at every venue, but you learn to spot them and set your boundaries with them if they are bothering you.
I think whenever you find something that you are passionate about and get involved in it boosts your confidence as well. The trick with getting involved in any type of dancing is being ok with not being good at it at first. This is a hard thing to accept sometimes because you’re dancing with other people and want to do well, but with anything it’s going to take time to get better at something. A lot of people try it and give up right away because it seems too hard, but if they would stick with it a little longer they would see that each time they practice they are getting better. I’m very glad that my brother introduced me to swing dance when I was young, and I know it will be something that I will continue to do all my life.
To see what kind of swing dancing we were doing, here’s a video. This style of swing dance is called lindy hop.