• Dance Excuses

    Last night we danced our new rumba routine at an International Festival event at Mercer University. It was a really nice event: good turnout, nice weather, really sweet organizer (Hi Laurel!). So if I didn’t dance well (spoiler: I didn’t), I can’t seriously blame anyone but myself. Still, on the way home I was consoling/amusing myself by thinking up excuses and pretty soon I decided that what the world needs is a master list of ballroom dancing excuses. This list will attempt to address social, competitive, and exhibition dancing. Feel free to add your own!

    • The floor was slippery
    • I couldn’t hear the music
    • We weren’t warmed up
    • Lost earring/eyelash/fingernail/concentration
    • It was too early in the morning
    • A judge was in our way
    • My shoes are too big
    • Dehydrated
    • I forgot the steps
    • My partner forgot the steps
    • I never knew any steps in that dance to begin with, a.k.a. “Who entered us in a Polka heat???”
    • The floor was sticky
    • Not enough hairspray
    • Not enough coffee
    • Not enough cocktails
    • Too many cocktails (moderation is key)
    • Handsy partner
    • We got an unlucky number
    • Other couples were sandbagging
    • Still working the kinks out of the new routine
    • Wedgie
    • Hypoglycemia
    • The floor was too small
    • I’m not cool enough for West Coast swing
    • Or Argentine tango
    • The tempo was off
    • The photographer blinded me with his flash
    • My shoes are too tight
    • We missed breakfast
    • I only know steps from [insert syllabus here]
    • I hate that song

    Debating whether I should put asterisks next to the ones that have actually happened to us!

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