So just after one lesson of learning pretty much how to count at Dance Manhattan, I worked up the courage to go see what an open swing practice session was all about. After all, lessons don't mean anything without practice, practice, practice. Wow, I didn't think there were going to be so many advanced dancers. I was expecting a bunch of us beginners. It was a bit unsettling at first but as soon as my partners found out that I was brand spanking new, they were nice enough to take it at my pace, and more importantly, encouraged for me to keep going back because, as one of the ladies put it, "We've all been there". Elena Iannucci, an instructor there, was especially good to me. Mickey Fortanasce and his partner really blew me away with a featured dance that they performed for us...wow, wow, wow... So what was your first open dance like? Were they just being polite to me, or do they really not mind that they're dancing with a newbie?