Internet, I revealed a secret to our dance class tonight, and now I’m going to share it with you. But it’s a secret, so I’m going to whisper, and then you can’t tell it to anyone else. Only your fellow dancers can know this. Lean in close. Wait, let me get a mint. Okay, now lean in close…
You don’t have to know very many steps to make other people think you’re an amazing dancer.
Sure, if you want to compete or do performances, then you need a bit more variety. But if you just want to dance socially–weddings, parties, events like that–a few basics will take you a long way. The key is in the way you do the steps. If you are standing up straight with a nice big frame and a pleasant look on your face (or, where applicable, a good nasty tango face), you can do the same three steps over and over again and people will come up to you afterward to say “You are such a great dancer!” Enjoy your dancing, and other people will enjoy your dancing. Daniel and I are not the best technicians in the world (yet…hahaha) but people always remark on how much fun we seem to be having. That’s what it’s all about, after all!
And take it from me: after you get a compliment on your dancing from a stranger, you will never want to miss another lesson. Mark Twain once said “I could live two months on a good compliment.” I’m pretty sure he’s not the only one.