Welcome to January’s Birthday Blog, with a post – or maybe more – a day for your entertainment and fun :).
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Are You Dancing?
As a teenager, I did A Level Music. Part of this was a practical performance exam, and as I had been a little lax in practicing in earlier years, I found the move from GCSE to A level standard quite tough. At one point, my flute teacher said, “You’ve got an internal metronome, Sandra, but you need to turn it off.” His point being that, in order to progress, I needed to learn to feel the shape and emotion of a piece of music, not just see and approach it as a technical challenge.
Fast-forward about a decade, and in 2008 we moved from a middle-England market town to a small village in the mountains of Mid Wales. As we knew my husband would be working away from home all week for at least the first year of our being here, one of my priorities was finding ways to meet people and make new local friends.
So I took up line dancing.
Now, I know, there’s probably at least half of you who will have laughed out loud at the thought of doing line dancing, and believe me it wasn’t top of my list of “things to do in my lifetime”. But the thing about small villages is that there’s not usually a wide range of social activities on offer.
Seven years on, and I’m still line dancing. Only once a week, and I usually stay for just the first half of the session these days, but most Wednesdays I’ll be across the road from my house, in the community centre, having a laugh and learning new dances.
There’s two things I’ve learned from taking up line dancing:
1) Even if something scares you (meeting new people), or you think it’ll never really be your sort of thing (line dancing), give it a go because sometimes it’s more important to have a place where you can just have a laugh and catch up on gossip than it is that the activity fits in with your usual self-image.
2) Just because something is a disadvantage in one area doesn’t mean it’s a complete negative. The internal metronome thing? Turns out that while it was quite a difficulty for me to overcome & get to the standard I needed to for my music A level, it’s exactly the right sort of attribute to have for dancing.
So, as a lot of you will be thinking about changing habits, or taking up new things, in this shiny new year of 2016, I’d like to encourage you to have a go at something you might never have considered doing before. For me, seven years ago, that was moving to a small village and taking up line dancing. There’s one or two other social activities on offer these days, and this year I plan to add an extra one: I’d like to start up a model railway club.
In the meantime, if you see me sitting down when there’s music playing, you can always ask “Are you dancin’?”, and I might respond “Are you askin’?”
Follow the month’s posts at your leisure:
Jan 01: RJ Scott on her inspiration for a new series in 2016.
Jan 01: Temple Dragon on giving for free during December.
Jan 02: Chrissy Munder on an author’s passion for paper planners.
Jan 03: Meredith Russell on inspirational cop series.
Jan 04: Becky Black on her five-year anniversary as an author.
Jan 05: Alexa Milne on characters stepping outside their comfort zone.