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Dancing was more like therapy

an escape from reality because reality wasn’t something I wanted to face

dancing-therapy-1To 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.

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Jiving at The Basement

When it was first suggested to me that we were going to run an eight week jive class at The Basement, it would be fair to say there was a certain amount of trepidation, to say the least. Admittedly, my first thought was to say that I was busy on a Thursday and, therefore, couldn’t take part. My second thought was put your ego to one side and get out of your comfort zone and give it a go. If I’m going to be really honest part of me was thinking that it wouldn’t last because there wouldn’t be enough people to make it worthwhile. The fact that we now are going into the last week and there are more people taking part than originally joined up for the first lesson shows just how much I know.

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