Dancing ?

  • Artesin

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    Apr 15, 2008 1:37 AM GMT
    Anyone here an avid dancer ? Been wanting to learn for a while but just one class a week isn't really cutting it due to lack of retention on the moves and my partner being a bit flakely from conflicting scheduales. So I was wondering what mediums, if any, do you use when your between classes (or were)? Focusing more on the latin side while incorporating ballroom and hip hop every once in a while. Any advice helps icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 15, 2008 1:39 AM GMT
    I am a freestyle dancer, not a specific dance. Only one thing I enjoy more in life than dancing, and us gay guys all know what that is. icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 15, 2008 2:01 AM GMT
    I usually go to "straight" venues where they offer group lessons. Those normally do not require you to have a partner. They also usually have social dancing after lessons. There are often more experience dancers around, so you can always try the moves you learn in private lessons there. You can learn a lot dancing with different people. However, since these are straight venues, it would be easier if you are a "leader" instead of a "follower". Then again, you will never know.
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    Apr 15, 2008 2:11 AM GMT
    Haha i try to lead but god damn the female friend I go with doesn't wanna follow ! -.- . I'll have to find a bigger venue, that may be a huge part of the problem. Anyway, thanks for the advice though it would still be great if anyone knows of any dvds that is good as a refresher.
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    Apr 15, 2008 2:18 AM GMT
    One of the most important thing about leading is that.... You have to be F-I-R-M.

    Of course, knowing what you are doing helps. icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 15, 2008 2:41 AM GMT
    ides saidOne of the most important thing about leading is that.... You have to be F-I-R-M.


    Rawr.

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    But seriously, ides (lower case i) is right -- I find straight bars are best for "real" dancing. Pairing up with woman who knows how to dance and can follow your lead is awesome. Not much of that happening in gay venues.

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    Apr 15, 2008 2:47 AM GMT
    DVDs for dance, or DVDs for leading a strong follow?

    For dance, check out:
    http://www.thedancestoreonline.com/video-help.htm
    ...and pick the dance of your choice.

    If you'd like to become a stronger leader, I suggest private dance lessons from the instructor(s) in your area.
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    Apr 15, 2008 2:55 AM GMT
    I love 2-stepping. I learned it at our local gay c-w dance bar.
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    Apr 15, 2008 4:00 AM GMT
    iguanaSF said Pairing up with woman who knows how to dance and can follow your lead is awesome.



    Ain't that the truth. Imagine going to a party and have this most amazing conversation with a stranger that by the end of the night, you feel as if you have reconnected with a childhood friend or found your soul-mate. Now condense that experience into a mere 3 minutes.... It can get pretty intense ... even with a woman.... icon_redface.gif
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    Apr 15, 2008 4:04 AM GMT
    yes I am a dancer too; i like dance very much, I dance hip hop, latin dance, salsa, and many more stylesicon_biggrin.gif
    Dance is a very good exercise, and you can be happier!

  • Apr 15, 2008 8:17 AM GMT
    Hey Death Dodge,
    I'm an avid dancer (I dance over 24 hours a week). I have a stronger focus on ballet, modern, and jazz, but have had some training in the genres you are into. Ever try taking other techniques at other studios?

    To answer your question, I'm assuming you are asking about other opportunities for partnering dancing right? Well, around here, we have restaurants with open floor nights. My friends and i go there every so often (its a latin restaurant). Great way to meet people. Maybe you can look into other studios where you dont have to come with a partner in hand?

    As for hip hop, many studios do offer those classes as well. And so do gyms! (24 hour fitness). But if you like that dance technique, you should also try jazz. They can be very similar at times, and is often danced to pop music. I think you'd really enjoy it.

    Hope that helps..
    ~Poli
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    Apr 15, 2008 9:56 AM GMT
    hey i started doing ballroom and latin dancing when i was 8, and the group classes that Ides was on about are a really good idea, thats how i started, i found a really good partner and ended up competing in regional competitions until i was 18, we didn't win anything major but we had a hell of a lot of fun along the way!icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 15, 2008 10:25 AM GMT
    I love dancin'
    not much into ballroom though
    it's all in the practice
    but to improve and get some insight into new techniques
    you need to take some classes...in whatever form you want
    never tried dvds though
    you guys who have tried them...are they any good?
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    Apr 15, 2008 3:51 PM GMT
    Ohhh yeah baby! Totally Groovy! I started dancing with my baby sitter when we watched this variety show called "Hullabaloo" on television. We learned all the dances then, the watoosi being my favorite. Then, after bugs bunny on Saturday early afternoon was "American Band Stand" and I'd practice dancing to that.
    If Dad wasn't home I'd get to watch "Soul Train".

    Disco was the nirvana of dance music. Too bad it's all over now.

    This new music is tough for me to move to. I watch the younger guys at the club and look so stupid trying to copy their moves, the music and the moves just are not meant to coinside. But it's fun anyway.

    I've recently joined a group of players who do Rocky Horror Picture Show at a local theater and various theaters. I know I can do Dr. Frankenfurter's part better than the guy they have but he's little and scrawny and easier for our Rocky to pick up after being shot with Rif's ray gun. They have me doing the
    criminologist now. The trouble with that is, I do have a neck and there's no dancing. I can stand in for any part though. Once I get tap dancing down I can do Columbia's part. Our Rocky doesn't have the Charles Atlas Seal of Approval unfortunately, he needs to spend more time in the gym.




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    Apr 15, 2008 3:54 PM GMT
    Two Left feet here.
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    Apr 15, 2008 3:55 PM GMT
    GQjock saidI love dancin'
    not much into ballroom though
    it's all in the practice
    but to improve and get some insight into new techniques
    you need to take some classes...in whatever form you want
    never tried dvds though
    you guys who have tried them...are they any good?


    I am telling ya guys...nothing beats the ole 2-step. It's like ballroom but ya dont have to get dressed up. And hold the man in your arms, while you fly and glide around the floor!

    Yes, it takes practice...but what a way to practice...with a man in your arms and his arms around you!...his tight ass in a pair of tight jeans reflecting the mirror (there is always a mirror on the wall next to the dance floor)...and talk about making friends. You will have a whole dance card full of new friends...men-friends...fit, active, happy, men-friends!
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    Apr 15, 2008 4:01 PM GMT
    My co-workers started a weekly street/hip-hop dance thing. I couldn't resist joining--it's a style I've always wanted to get into. I like the rapid-fire energy and the freedom of it. icon_smile.gif
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    May 26, 2008 6:18 AM GMT
    honestly the more class you can take the better! Even if it's a junk dance class at a local fitness center! As long as every time you take class you are in it 200% and willing to soak up everything you'll be learning in no time! I actually only had 1 year of training before i started working professionally and now i find myself still taking class regularly to keep up with things! Class is great but without practice nothing will happen just like any other sport.
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    Jun 08, 2008 8:02 PM GMT
    Im a ballet dancer with modern thrown in, and I'm in love with it. Toss in years of gymanstics, and I like to think I'm stronger than the average bear.
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    Jun 08, 2008 8:06 PM GMT
    I'm a TOTAL Hip Hop Dancer JUNKIE!!!
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    Sep 21, 2009 5:04 PM GMT
    Very hard for me to find someone to go dancing with, but I do love it. And I'm kind of fantastic at it icon_cool.gif
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    Sep 21, 2009 5:06 PM GMT
    Ciarsolo7 saidVery hard for me to find someone to go dancing with, but I do love it. And I'm kind of fantastic at it icon_cool.gif


    I´ll gyrate and get sweaty with you any time.

    I´ll dance too if you like icon_rolleyes.gif