Dance, Dance

on Monday, October 08, 2007

Claudia seemed to think that I would have interesting stories to tell related to dancing and she tagged me to do this. Hmmmm, Claudia, I think you have been misled. Phil Collin says it all for me in the following video:

I did try to learn how to dance and took some classes in jazz dancing. I enjoyed that but luckily I didn't have to sit for any exam cause I would have failed. I struggled for weeks to learn how to do the waltz so that I could dance with my wife on our wedding day. Apart from that, my other dancing efforts could be described as being similar to Animal from the Muppets after twenty cups of coffee.

My latest effort was to try to do the traditional bamboo dance. The idea is that according to the song rhythm, the dancers are to dip their feet between the clapping bamboo poles. With correct timing, the feet are in the bamboo when they are held open and the feet are out when the bamboos are clapped. This beautiful professional dancer gets me on the stage and showed me what to do. The beat starts slowly and we get to try it out really slow. No sweat!

Photocredit: LGS

The beat picks up a little. Still no problem. You tell yourself that all you need to do is keep to the rhythm. The pace picks up. Still no problem. The pace increases. I am still doing this well. I am actually impressed with myself. This of course awakens my self doubting ego. "Who are you trying to kid? You are a klutz and will always be a klutz."

I begin to falter. The pace builds up again but this time....*WHACK* "Ouch!".....*Whack* ....Ouch! Suffice to say, the whacking picks up speed and I am soon hopping about, not to music but in pain. My dance partner tries to get me back on track but ....Whack* Whack* Whack*. The pain. The humiliation. The sound of Phil Collins singing..."I can't dance."

Nature doesn't like a dancing klutz.

Oooookay. Now is where I tag 5 others. Who might have interesting dance stories to tell? I tag geewits, eastcoastdweller, gina, jessica and mago.


Open Grove Claudia said...

That's a great story!! I love the idea of bamboo dancing. Alas, I'm not a very good dancer, but I do love it.

Molly said...

At least you tried!

eastcoastdweller said...

Oh, so that is where the tag originated.

Odat said...

What a wonderful story.....funny don't dance well either...but I do keep trying!
Thanks for sharing.

geewits said...

You were brave to try that! With all my dance experience, whenever I've seen that on TV, I always say, "Yeah, I could NEVER do that!"

adelym said...

Talking about dance. I was kicked out of ballet class at the age of 8. Teacher said that I was not good enough. Well I proved her wrong. Today, I may not have formal classes or train as a dancer but ppl always ask me if I took classes. I guess you can say our family is blessed to learn natural than to force it down our throat. So way to go uncle. You can do it as I have :)

Josie said...

I love watching bamboo dancing. But you have to be really fast on your feet to do that.

As Molly said, at least you tried!

How are you doing the limbo? Heh.

Great video. I love Phil Collins.

Tai said...

Was that Weird Al in that video???

(Also? Great post...oooooh, your poor ankles!)

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Thanks. It's another fine mess you got me into. :)

Tired, failed and punished around the ankles.

One hopes that you will carry on with the tag.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

I will have to look back at your post on this meme.

I think it is a matter of confidence. I started well but doubted and began to sink.

You should take it up again. Not necessarily ballet but something you would enjoy learning like jazz dancing about ballroom dancing?

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

What can I say? I am a middle of the road man. I can neither jump high nor limbo low.

That was indeed Weird Al. He doesn't add much to an already funny video though.

meggie said...

Ouch!! I sympathise!

Claire said...

I got nothing going on in the dance department either :(

the walking man said...

LGS, natuer may not like a dancing klutz but the rest of the crowd loves one!



Becky Wolfe said...

Funny - I have seen that dance on tv before and seen the feet get whacked & cracked! At least you tried!!

Janice Thomson said...

Loved this Lgs! I'd never be able to bamboo dance that's for sure. Great post!

...Kat said...


Did you ever see The Red Shoes?


Margaret said...

Try as I may, I really can't dance well either. If I do, it is totally by accident and perhaps I had a little too much to drink. Loosening up my self conscious shyness to pull me off the wall. Otherwise, I'm glued there.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

can I rightly claim that I now have "flat" feet?

I dance surprisingly well in my dreams but unfortunately nowhere else!

Kind words indeed but we all know that the dancing klutz is popular only in things like America's Funniest Videos.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

It's like volunteering for corporal punishment. "Who wants 30 lashes of the whip?" "Uh, okay. I'd like to try!" :)

In one version of the bamboo dance, two dancers actually are lifted up balanced on two poles and they carry on dancing as they are carried out of the stage as a finale. Very nice to watch.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Sorry but i am a Philistine. I don't know nuts about the Red Shoes.

I know what you mean. I think we both could learn a lesson from eastcoastdweller's post on this topic. Just follow the link at the bottom of the post.

adelym said...

Actually I have been dancing since 16 years old. I got my own style which I do. Ballroom is hard to find partner. I like of like more contemparary dance/dramatic dance.Btw if you didn't know, your niece took up gymrama in school. Won 3 prize representing school. Two of it was by default..ehehheh

Jocelyn said...

At least Animal is all soft and fuzzy, so when the bamboo slams into HIS legs, it doesn't hurt so much.

I always enjoy your self-deprecation.

MedStudentWife said...

The Bamboo Dancing reminds me very much of the skipping game "Double Dutch".... same kind of footie work.

I'm impressed you did as well as you did - I was always on the end of Double Dutch 'cause I couldn't get my feet to move the way they were suppose to go.

Banged ankles are not good !!

However - other dance forms are fun - I do love to dance :) I see you as a "soft shoe" dancing kinda squirrel.

Marja said...

Good try. I couldn't dance but kept trying because I couldn't resist the beat. Same as with your video I am swinging on my computer chair.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Clearly, your dancing talent skipped my generation.

I believe Animal would say, "Oooo, I feel no pain!"

"Soft shoe" sounds nice. Much better than splintering bamboo.

May I have this "virtual' dance?

HeiressChild said...

hi LGS, i enjoyed this post. i was reading it while talking to my daughter on the phone, and was laughing so hard at your description of you doing the bamboo dance. she said she did bamboo dancing in elementary school.

i've always been a dancer, even though i don't do much of it now. i took modern dance growing up. i'd love to do some ballroom dance. i thought about calling "dancing with the stars" and see if they're interested in a "regular" person to join the show.

leslie said...

LGS, ECD tagged me for the Dance post. I just put one up, and linked this post to it at the bottom.
Your post is such a good read! I love the sound of the clacking poles when I had heard them.
I can dance, but I can't jump rope to save my life, or hula hoop at all.

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