an escape from reality because reality wasn’t something I wanted to face
To be honest when I was asked by Heath to write an article about our experiences with teaching Jive classes at the Basement Project I felt a little unsure as to what to say and how to put it across. You see, you put me in front of a group of people and ask me to teach them to Jive and I’m comfortable. I served 22 years in the Army, 17 years of which I served as a Unit fitness instructor and at times I have had to take a large number of soldiers and put them through their paces in physical training sessions and was comfortable doing so but for me to put pen to paper like this and try to express myself is very much out of my comfort zone. When I thought about it, that’s what this learning to dance, learning to Jive for a lot of people here at the Basement Project is all about – being out of your comfort zone and trying something new.
I suppose the best thing to do would be to give some kind of introduction to explain how Lynn, my dance partner, and I got into the 1940’s and 50’s dancing and how we came to teach dance here at the Basement Project.