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Page 4 Just Dance Ballroom Saturday, March 17th—St. Patrick’s Day Party Saturday, March 31st—Live Music, Dinner Dance Party Newsletter & Calendar of Classes Follow JDB on A Tribute to the Unknown Dancer He’s the fellow who was dragged practically kicking and screaming into class. Never, in his wildest dreams did he envision himself doing a Foxtrot — whatever that is. Nor did he ever think he’d ever allow himself to be persuaded to take group lessons. Reluctantly, he watched his partner leave his side. He felt alone in this strange and seemingly hostile world; the last thing he ever wanted to do was look clumsy and awkward all by himself. His first priority was to get right up against the wall, behind everyone, and become as inconspicuous as possible. Live Bands in Waterfront Ballroom all month!! Business / Practice Hours Monday Yes, he desperately yearned to be a good dancer, driven as he was by images of couples weaving down a dance floor with effortless ease and, yes, to the applause and admiration of everyone. With a gigantic effort of will, he summoned the courage to enquire about lessons and, over the bemused advice — and ridicule — of friends, signed up for a series of group sessions, along with a friend. As the lesson began, he struggled to make sense of the instructor’s words: Slow, slow, quick, quick. What in heaven’s name is that!? His frame felt like molasses and, after congratulating himself on taking the first step, his mind went blank: he had no idea what to do next. Panic ensued. The sound of laughter echoed through the hall. They’re dance lessons at one of the numerous dance studios suddenly seemed pretty attractive … So, the next time you see someone clumsily weaving his way down the dance floor, give him room to maneuver. Be patient with him and, most 2500 Embarcadero Oakland, CA 94606 510.436.9888 www.JustDanceBallroom.com 12pm—7pm or 7pm—10pm Tues - Friday 2pm—7pm or 7pm—10pm Saturday & Sunday 10am—5pm or 7pm—10:30pm No in-and-out privileges for practice FREE 30 minute practice per private lesson. Teachers: Floor Fee for Private Lesson is $10 per Couple, per Session The class was scheduled for the evening and, throughout the day, he mentally psyched himself up to muster the courage to even pass through the doors of the Ballroom. The idea of getting lost on the way to the place appealed to him. After all, he tried, didn’t he? It wouldn’t have been his fault if he accidentally took the wrong turn ... would it? On entering the hall, he was a overwhelmed by the size of the crowd. He fought back the momentary panic and fled to an empty corner with his partner in tow, hoping they hadn’t been noticed. The instructor seemed friendly enough and first did a demonstration of the Foxtrot with another lady. She then segregated the students, men on one side, ladies on the other. making fun of me, he thought. He wanted to simply disappear ... The lady smiled graciously at him and discreetly counted out the beat as she hummed the tune. Ah yes. That’s better. Timing and foot/sound coordination was beginning to seem less of a mystery. Time passes. The odd word of encouragement. That act of random kindness when an experienced dancer graciously pulled him to the middle of the floor and had him doing things with his feet he thought magicians could do only with their hands, that momentary sense of exhilaration when she complimented him on his frame and the Foxtrot seemed easy and (dare he say it?) fun! By now, he wanted more — much more. The thought of taking private importantly, help him when you can—always keeping your own humble beginnings in mind. Remember, you could well be looking at a future Fred Astaire (or Ginger Rogers) as you tip your hat to the unknown dancer.