OHHHHH MANNNN! Just got back from an awesome night of dancing. Was introduced to a new girl that just moved here from Germany. Let's just say her ability level is off the charts!! Oh MAN did we have some great dances!!! :banana:
Danced with 10+ new people yesterday night! Some catching up to do sinec I've been dancing with fewer people lately. Quite a few beginners who satrted off telling me they didn't know how to dance, and then almost skipping off the dance floor at the end of our dance.
It's been a while since I posted here -- but that doesn't mean I've stopped dancing with strangers! I just got out of the habit of *counting* strangers... And of course, everyone I danced with (except my SO of course) during my April holiday was a stranger. 8)
Last Friday I was asked to be a taxi dancer at a monthly. The job is to find people wearing a beginner badge and ask them to dance. I said of course and started dancing. There weren't many people wearing a badge, so I just kept asking people I didn't recognise, then after a while I thought, "this is what I do every time I'm here anyway!" :lol:
I was talking to my salsa friend while out dancing tonight that I could just see who would be there dancing tomorrow night...
when a salsa community is quite small (we have a so called "in-bred" salsa community here) and with not so many international visitors, the number of "strangers" available for dancing becomes really limited.. :? I guess I really gotta venture out someday (when I have the money :roll: )
total number of strangers for tonight: 2. One of them is not even a stranger... just never danced with him before.
He still counts as a stranger for the purpose of this thread* -- here are the rules:
they have to be a stranger to you in the sense that you have never danced with them socially. Therefore, dancing with them in class does not count - it is 'artificial' (stopping and starting, rotating etc) and how often do you actually dance a whole song in class (Plus, it will help make this challenge easier :wink: )
Recap on the ground rules:
1 - you must not have danced with them socially (any dance) except where you have danced with them previously but haven't seen them for say two months or more (one week isn't long enough :wink: :lol: )
2 - it does not matter who asks who to dance, as long as you dance!
the point is to dance with people we have never danced with before. There is a tendency to stay within our comfort zones and only dance with a few "friends" which a) does not help our dancing and b) adds to the perception of cliques, even though it is just a case of shyness :?
Well, between Friday and Saturday here, I think I danced with a total of....probably about 15 to 20 people, although if we are also counting house parties, then I would bump it up to almost 30. I go to lots of USABDA dances around here and they occasionally play mixers, so I dance with lots of people on those nights ^_^
But would all those people Mitra be "strangers" in the dance sense ie. even if you have had Sunday brunch together, that you have never previously danced together or have not danced together for 2 months or so?
Oh yeah, these are all strangers, most of these people I have never met before in my life. If we wanted to count people I know but have never danced with until today, then it would definately be at 30 or more, otherwise I would say just 25 to 30 for complete strangers.
It was a monthly, i.e., the "club" is put on monthly by local salsa promoters in a hired venue that is not a dedicated salsa/latin club. The promoters who run this club have always been keen to focus on beginner friendliness, hence the taxi dancer/beginner badge idea. Works quite well -- people who are not taxi dancers also try and give beginners a dance.
Last week I went to a club and, partly inspired by this thread, decided to dance with strangers only.
I have to add that my social dance life has seen several phases - starting phase where almost every follower was a stranger and I would get 9 letdowns for 10 asks, phase two with some more girls that would dance with me, phase three with hardly no letdown at all, phase four with some girls being angry because I would not manage to dance with all the ladies that expect to be asked. Not that I am such a darn good dancer but I notice when a lady that I know has to wait at the side for a longer time. So nowadays beginners fade somehow out of view without really wanting it.
But that day I danced with 7 strangers before I asked a lady that I already knew. It was great fun and I really enjoyed it. And when I danced a second time with one of those seven then she asked me:
We had our summer salsa ball on Saturday. Usually there are quite a few strangers (many from down south) at the ball, but there weren't as many this time. Still, I danced with 4 strangers this weekend, including our star guest, Orville Small! 8)