My first waltz class

people-2595846_1920Yesterday, I made the last minute decision to attend a beginner waltz class. By myself. My dance partner has been sick, but since I’ve been missing dance and will be away for a while, I decided to go for it. I reserved my spot and paid for the class after work, a few hours before the class began. Then immediately started second-guessing myself. What was I thinking? While the studio welcomes both single dancers and couples, I was pretty sure I’d be the odd one out. I even sat in my car for about 10 minutes in the parking lot, psyching myself up enough to go in. I kept reminding myself that I was flying to Asia in less than a week. Yet dance class seemed more intimidating at that moment.

I still ended up walking in about 15 minutes early (as I hate being late). A salsa class was in session when I arrived, so I wandered around the reception area for a few minutes. It was an inviting environment, filled with warm and rich red and brown tones, which set me more at ease. A few minutes later, the owner of the studio introduced himself and gave me a short tour. I then got to check in and said hello to a few who had arrived.

It was then time to walk into the studio. We met our instructor, then had to introduce ourselves (really, why is this still a thing?). After the introductions, the lesson began. As expected, I was the only person without a partner. However, this meant I got to dance with the instructor the entire time, which was one of the best things to happen. Getting personalized instruction from a professional was fantastic. He critiqued everything: my form, my steps, and my frame and it made a huge difference in my movements. It also didn’t hurt that he was taller than I, very handsome, and had a pleasant accent I couldn’t quite place.

The only stressful moments came when I had to demonstrate new movements with the instructor. Things my body had never done before in my life. But as long as I focused on his movements, I was able to follow decently well.

I still have a long way to go, and a lot of dances I still want to learn, but waltz is definitely a new favourite. It was so much fun and I left with a smile on my face. I can’t wait for next time!

How have you broken out of your comfort zone?

 

12 thoughts on “My first waltz class

  1. twainwall says:

    Always a massive thing going to something like that on your own – well done Ally. πŸ˜‰

    I would have been just like you, sat in my car getting myself together and wondering was this a good idea or over analyzing things. πŸ™‚

    Have a great time in Asia on your travels. πŸ™‚

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  2. Savoring Sixty and Beyond says:

    It is always difficult to take those steps isn’t it? It is a constant battle for me. I have to say, that in most cases, I am usually glad I was able to take that deep breath, and make my self walk toward the unknown. I am usually doubting myself the entire way. Have a safe trip to Asia!

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    • Ally says:

      So true! Once you get past those first few difficult steps, the rest is usually a lot easier. That’s awesome you’re able to push yourself, despite the self doubt πŸ™‚

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  3. VTNessa says:

    Wow, great job pushing yourself to do that!! Any kind of public classes make me so nervous. And yay for up close and personal instruction from the best one there to learn from- the instructor! Congratulations on breaking through the comfort zone and daring to learn something new and fun. πŸ™‚

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    • Ally says:

      Thanks! In this case, I think the regret of not taking the class would have been far greater than the potential stress/awkwardness of attending. I’m definitely glad I went, it was so much fun πŸ™‚

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    • Ally says:

      You can do it! Although I completely understand how stressful taking the first step is. Hope you’re able to give them a try πŸ™‚ They definitely push you outside your comfort zone though, so quiet time before and after is a must!

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