You know how you can be just sitting somewhere, minding your own business, and somebody just out of the blue strikes up a conversation with you? It's annoying when you're on an airplane, like when I was flying to LA next to a man who pulled out half a liter of Captain Morgan and emptied it before we landed. It's not quite so annoying when they're actually interesting people, like when I had a layover and was reading an article and the guy at the next table noticed and turned out to be a professor whose lab works on remarkably related stuff. This time, it was actually really cool.
Since I started dancing in CT, I've been really peeved that there's no west coast swing in southern CT. Really, all the dances are way up in Hartford county, nothing worthwhile closer than 45 minutes away. I don't mind driving 45 minutes for Blake's dance, but most of the time it's hard to get me to go that far for lesser dances. The west coast void exists because there aren't any pros down here to run a dance and get people going.
But just recently, E. N. moved to Westport and is starting up some dances around exit 20, a mere 25 minutes from my house. Sweet! I tried it out tonight. The floor was small and sticky, most of the dancers were beginners, and there were way too many women. But I had a really great time!
I had just walked in and began changing my shoes when this woman started talking to me, and became my new friend. She introduced me to two other women, one she'd known for a while, one she met tonight. And the gabfest began. I got basically the run-down on the last ten years of their romantic lives, but I'm sure I missed a few things when I was dancing. Anyway, they were fun. We danced, we sang, we exchanged emails, we had a ball.
But here's the best part: I danced with E. N. three times. And not only did I have a ton a fun (duh, he's a superstar), but he really did too. Don't get me wrong, he's no Demetre, with whom dancing is like a musical hug. The way he moves... [sigh]. ...But there's something really awesome about being able to add to the dance.
This might be hard to understand if you aren't a dance whore like me. Most followers do just that: follow. Some do it well, some don't, but most of the time it's all responding to what the leader leads. But within each basic move there are little options for variation. Using those variations makes the dance more like a conversation than just lead/follow. And that's exciting.