First of all, I’d like to apologise (no, this is not a spelling mistake, I live in UK and I’d like to keep my spelling British rather than American so please don’t comment or email me about this mistake 😉 ), this post won’t be long and it will be boring … 😀
So I went to a Boogaloo bounce tea party today. For those who want to know how it went, well, it was a BLAST! Just like every social dance party I go to 🙂
OK, first of all, the venue is lovely but it is not good for sliding so I could not practice my sliding unfortunately 🙁 I stomped off a lot though. I also love where it is located – around 40 minutes away from my home (well, 25-30 minutes with my driving 😀 ). Also, parking is free (I think, parked twice, no fines yet …). I parked like 50 yards from the venue tops (I parked like quarter of a mile from venue last time, had hard time walking to the venue because I was lazy and all 😛 ).
Anyway, I came to the class as well but classes are suited for complete beginners. While they were doing their warm up, I did my own – a bottle of Corona with a piece of lime, warmed up really well 😉
In class, they learned rock step and triple step … send out (6 count send out I think), bypass/change places, bypass where leads turn and bypass where both turn (OK, I got to admit though, I have never done that before …).
After a class, I had a break and all … for one song, needed to finish my beer and stuff …
Then dancing started. We did not have any birthday jams this time but we had snowball. I love snowball, for those who don’t know: it’s when a single couple starts and then after a few eights, they separate and find another lead/follow who is not dancing so 2 couples are dancing after that and it repeats until everybody is dancing. Cool.
The dancing area was really crowded, it was hard to do any swing out/lindy turns … I didn’t practice Charleston entry variation or drifting or sliding … I don’t know why, perhaps because we didn’t have much space.
The highlight of today would be during Johnny Cash’s song “Sixteen tons”. I have to admit though, I really hated this songs until today … I realised you can do jazz stuff during this song. So I did some random jazz kicks which I didn’t know I could do … Cool.
I also liked that we had original swing music in the beginning and then some not-so-vintage music … more like 90s songs but it was great to dance to this kind of music too … Cool.
I had many great dances today but I feel like Boogaloo Bounce (BB) is getting more and more popular. 2 weeks ago, it wasn’t as crowded as it was today … I also met a few friends I did not expect to meet 🙂
That’s all for today, I hope I can go to swing pit tomorrow. If I do, I will practice tandem Charleston entry variation there 🙂