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Derekweb
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« on: March 27, 2010, 10:36:45 AM »

Hello.   My on line handle is DererkWeb.

Elise asked my to say hello here.

I have been dancing for about 4 years.   I started dancing to keep DW happy.  Yes, one of those eyes-glazed-over guys in the class clueless about where his feet were!  After a year of leader's beginners hell, I really started to enjoy dancing. Now I just love it! 

Where I reside (Central Jersey), we are lucky to have a wide variety of studios, dancing organizations and universities that hold socials as well as excellent instructors in all styles.   I dance most dances at bronze level.  My goal is to not have to sit out any dance, so I am an intermediate beginner at Waltz, American and Intl Fox, VW, American Tango, QS, Argentine Tango, Samba, Cha, ECS, WCS, Hustle (3 count, 4 count Hustle  is uncool in the East) 

I have no innate talent for dance, except for musicality.  I can pick out the 1, syncopate, double time, cut time, whatever, without thinking about it.   I am a social dancer and my technique only improves by accident!   I spent many years in my youth learning Chinese martial arts the old fashioned way  -technique, technique, technique.  I do not wish to do that again, so I dance for fun.   We have made many good friends through our dancing and continue to do so.
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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2010, 10:40:17 AM »

WElcome again (hey, thats three times I think Grin).  I think you dance for the very best of reasons - which is its own justification.  I'm actually not sure why I am driven to both dance and compete - sometimes I see it as a failing.  It has, however, driven me to improve my dancing way, way beyond anything I thought possible.  Now I can't imagine life without dance and dance without working on excelling.  It works for me just as social dancing is obviously working for you.  And thats what its really about n'est pas?
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« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2010, 10:11:12 PM »

Welcome, Derek!  Your story about how you got started sounds a lot like mine.
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« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2010, 11:13:03 PM »

Hello and Welcome Derek. You will see me around a lot generally but this week has been very busy with organizing a comp. do enjoy looking at the older threads and continue your love of dancing Smiley
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Derekweb
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« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2010, 12:55:34 PM »

Thank you.

Cornutt, your posts on DP were very helpful for my journey into social dancing.   My all time fav was your "why men don't dance" response.  I still have a copy of that post.   Glad I found you here lately. I wondered where you had gone!   
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« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2010, 03:01:32 PM »

Thank you.

Cornutt, your posts on DP were very helpful for my journey into social dancing.   My all time fav was your "why men don't dance" response.  I still have a copy of that post.   Glad I found you here lately. I wondered where you had gone!   
well, please don't keep it to yourself - we love to share our major assets here Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2010, 06:12:16 PM »

Welcome, glad you decided to drop by.  We have quite a cross-section of people, dance styles and levels so I am sure you will find something of interest here.  Even though I am a competitive dancer I love social dancing as well.
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« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2010, 09:01:26 AM »

Hi Derek,

Wow, I wish DH would love it more.

Actually I got hooked because I convinced DH to take some lessons. We took a private once a week from a less than great but fun instructor for over a year.

We had to find a new instructor  and I did and that's when i got introudcued to comps and DH left me to it.

It's great to hear that you started it and learned to love it. Maybe there is hope for my DH? although like you he will never compete and will only dance for fun.
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