I realise it has been almost a year since my last update and time has certainly flown by. I have immersed myself in getting back into dancing and learning some new styles. I considered Tango but as I could not find a regular partner to attend classes with, have put that on the back boiler for the moment. So I threw myself into the world of West Coast Swing and now can honestly say, that my interest in dancing has been totally renewed. I am loving the challenges and all the new people I am meeting along the way.
Dancing really is a great hobby…not only for the health benefits but the social side too.
West Coast Swing – Elitist?
I had heard previously that there was an elitist mentality with the WCS scene and I can honestly say, I have found that to be totally unjustified. So any of you out there who have been put off by these rumours, please take it from me the scene is warm and welcoming and there is a class and teacher to suit everyone. I will put links up for you over next few days. The WCS freestyles have been some of my favourite dances this year and I always find the leads very patient and helpful. It has been a joy to be welcomed into a new dance community. I am loving the music played at these events too, it is varied and inspiring.
My other new passion is spending time in the Blues Rooms at events whether dancing WCS or now blues too, it is really giving me a chance to express myself in dance terms. I have managed to go to some blues classes too and really enjoy the way my dancing is evolving as a result. I am now toying with the idea of getting more involved and perhaps promoting some freestyle events with live music, so watch this space!
One of the high points of this year was discovering a Blues club called Big City Blues which operate out of the most incredible venue in Kew. There is a Blues class at the beginning then plenty of freestyle where you can practise and get a feel for the music. What I love about this club is that everyone mixes and dances together plus it is extremely friendly. I have learned more on a Sunday evening there, dancing with the fantastic leads to eclectic music, than I ever have at a workshop. So don’t be shy, come on down to Big City Blues and express yourself, for the love of dance.
Weekend Dance Events
I am now working at most of the Ceroc Escape weekend dance events and this has meant me travelling as far as Southport and Weston Super Mare. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the events, each unique in it’s own way. There are classes for all levels from beginners through to advanced, so something for everyone. I tend to spend more time in the blues rooms these days but still enjoy a good boogie in the main rooms too of course.
My favourite weekender was an independent one with MJRoc at Warmwell, a much smaller event with only 650 dancers but organised with a real personal touch to make everyone feel welcome and part of the event. I had some of the best dances of this year at that weekend. Thanks to all the great leads, you know who you are, you made a girl feel good! My favourite DJ was playing too, Nick Stephens from Cornwall. Watch out for this dude, he is phenomenal!
My advice to anyone considering Warmwell as an option, is to get booking soon as the last one was a total sell out and you do not want to miss out on the next one. It will be spring time and it is such a lovely place with all the log cabins sprinkled round the lake.
Well, I have a lot of plans in the pipeline and some new areas to consider. I am going to keep up going to the gym, as I am on a quest to get fitter and lose the weight gained. I have already lost well over a stone, so it is remain focused and get it done time!
I am considering doing adult ballet classes in the new year to improve my core skills and strengthen my body. I have never been the most graceful of people and I would like to do something to improve that while still retaining a ‘get down’ feel:) Will keep you posted on how that comes along.
With a full year now behind us at Hollywood Boogie, we are looking forward to another year of events in both Penge and Kent. We have some exciting events planned already so join our Hollywood Boogie Facebook page and keep up with what is planned.
I am going to do minimum of monthly blog entries in the new year, so do expect to hear more from me again. In the meantime, Merry Festivities to you all.