Today’s modern dance leaves a lot to be desired! I’m all for creativity and “getting down and doing your own thing” but I often think a girl takes her life into her hands and certainly risks a bruised limb or two if she’s near an over enthusiastic fellow dancer 😛
As a kid I spent a lot of time peering out of my bedroom window jealously watching the boys and girls attending the Peggy Spencer Dancing Centre. I dreamed of dressing up in the posh frocks and gliding across the ballroom. Strangely when I grew up and left home I found I wasn’t remotely interested in tripping the light fantastic.
However a few years ago I received an invitation to Maddy’s jiving school, run by Robin and Collete. Having no interest in visions of me being swung over someone’s shoulder it took a fair bit of persuasion to get me to class. But once it was explained that not all forms of jive involve such energetic turns and tumbles I was willing to give it a try – and was hooked 🙂
Maddy’s worked on the basis of ten basic and ten advanced lessons which I completed several times and was able to use to good effect when attending musical vintage events. I loved the cues, the twists, the turns, but was invariably left frustrated by not advancing more than the twenty or so moves I’d learnt. I was also really keen to keep attending just to sharpen skills but not necessarily keep repeating the class as it proves to be an expensive way of doing it.
I KNEW there had to be more – and I was right 🙂 I’ve kept my eyes and ears open and a friend recently waved a flyer in my face – By some lovely miracle the Adrian Marsh School of Dance began a new class on Friday nights in Woburn Sands, just a few weeks ago for the economy saving sum of just £6.50 per session. I’m definitely a dedicated student once the hurdle of having to find a partner was overcome as the class is set up so everyone moves around and shares 😉
Adrian has a fantastically easy manner and is very clear, and happy to repeat instructions if he thinks we need it. We’re a noisy bunch but he keeps us in line with a smile. The lovely Sara and he recently got married (congrats :-)) and she’s great at really showing us girls how to move – and I think she has a lot of patience with the guys too :-P.
The talented Adrian and Sarah take a break from teaching
The music – ahh the music is brill and I find myself bouncing on the balls of my feet in anticipation of yet another great track. All in all I’m really chuffed to have found such a great class so close to home where the guys and girls are all easy to get along with, the teachers are fun and soooo talented, and where I feel I am finally learning some fun moves that will really help a gal to shake, rattle and roll!
PS Make sure you pop back and have another look at this page soon as my photos of my dance class will finally arrive.