West Coast Swing dancers go to events for several different reasons… To watch and get inspired by their dance peers, compete, social dance… One thing a lot of westies love at events – Social dancing. Some of the most magical moments happen either at late night or during the dance breaks in between comps.
I came back from a dance weekend today, and I still have some of social dances replaying in my head. One of my favorite dances came late at night. I typically struggle with the slow, lyrical, and emotional songs. This time was different. I let my emotions dictate the movement. We had these great moments of hesitation to add drama, and even if I botched a few patterns, we smiled through it. Being calm, patient and letting the song breathe have all been things I have been working and I am so glad I felt confident with that dance.
Social dances are what I take away from westie events. As much as I love workshops and comps, social dancing builds us. Before most of us were competitors, we all started out social dancing. I love getting to know people through social dancing at events. You’ve never met and all of sudden you’re having a full blown conversation through movement.
Partaking in social dancing strengthens the westie community, and leaves us with wonderful memories. Enjoy the moment! Ensure that you and your partner have a marvelous time in those 3 minutes. Partner dancing is a dialogue. A conversation is only worth it if two people are involved. 😉