If I had £1 for everyone that told me they had two left feet, I’d have more money than I’d know what do with!
It’s a common misconception that people think they can’t dance, it’s maybe because they find it hard to move or they have no rhythm; but I’ve found a few smart solutions for all of you Two Left Feeters out there.
Stand on one leg, then the other. If you can do this, you can dance!
You’ll find dancing far easier when your weight shifts from one foot to the other instead of being stuck fast to the ground and don’t stand rigid to the floor either, loosen up.
Let go and open up. We know how frightening it can be and sometimes we remember when we were at events that just weren’t nice. Unpleasant experiences from our childhood aren’t easily forgotten and that’s why at Lindy Jazz, we really do welcome everyone with any ability to come and have a go.
In the 70’s I wondered how my friends looked so good on the dance floor and how they learned their moves. Then came Saturday night fever and I still wasn’t convinced! Over the years I’ve grown to watch and learn from others to know how to dance. The trick, make your moves natural and simple and just enjoy the music.
Learning a new skill, whatever your age or ability is a great asset to have. It’s never too late and if learning a new skill means making friends and widening your social circle, then all the better!
Take a look at these top tips…
- Don’t try too hard!
- Do as few moves as possible
- Repeat the simple moves
- Relax your knees, hips and ankles. Don’t stiffen up
- Remember to smile and breathe, it’s supposed to be fun!
- Don’t think about what other people think. They’re probably more concerned about themselves
- Enjoy the music and move naturally
Give those a go at your next social event and just see the difference a few changes makes.
Like with any skill, practice makes perfect and at Lindy Jazz we dance every week to help build our confidence and learn new moves. We teach how to listen to the music and what to listen out for when dancing. In an informal environment you have the freedom to be yourself and go with the flow.
Lindy Jazz encourages everyone to just have a go. You’ll be surprised at how good you really are; with a little guidance you’ll be beaming with confidence and getting those dancing shoes on in no time!
Come along to a Lindy Jazz dance club for free and we’ll show you how to get over those two left feet.
Mondays at Alington House Durham from 7.30 pm
Tuesdays at Gosforth Parish Hall from 7.30pm