I wish that I could get my friends to try dancing. And by that, I mean "real" dancing of any kind -- swing, salsa, hip hop, solo jazz, whatever -- rather than the shapeless club-style wiggling that most people do. I realize that some people would find that comment offensive, but I'm hoping that you folks understand what I mean. Here's the deal. I have a lot of friends and acquaintances who say that they absolutely LOVE to dance. Several of them regularly attend these community singles dances where people pretty much just wiggle, shake, or sway about, nightclub-style. (And no, I don't think they attend just to hook up. By all indications, they genuinely enjoy dancing.) I've tried to get them to learn some swing and a few other styles, but to no avail. They pretty much have no interest in learning any real dancing -- unless, of course, the Cupid Shuffle and the Electric Slide count as "real dances." One of them even said, "I prefer to just kinda shake it around, cuz y'know, that what I'm good at." (I didn't have the heart to say that pretty much everyone else dances the way she does.) Once, I did manage to get some folks to attend a local swing dance, which included an introductory jitterbug lesson. Instead of trying to dance swing though, even at a novice level, they just gathered in a circle and started shaking their booties about. I'll admit; I was a bit embarrassed by that. Please don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that everybody should learn how to dance well. Nor am I saying that there's something morally objectionable about shaking or swaying about on the dance floor. As far as I'm concerned, people can do what they want. Rather, I'm simply saying that I don't understand. Why is it that so many people **LOVE** to dance, and even dance regularly, and yet have no desire to develop any real skill in this regard? Isn't that kinda like saying that you LOVE to play piano, and yet will only play chopsticks and/or kinda bang away at the keys? Or that you love to cook, but prefer to just wing it when you put a meal together? I realize that these analogies aren't perfect, but I think they capture my sentiment fairly well.