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Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Arts

Two Left Feet

Two Left Feet

Last week I started beginners’ Latin dance classes. It took a lot of courage for me to register. As I sat in the reception room waiting for my class to start, I glanced furtively around. Everyone looked so dressed up. Some students were even wearing leather-soled dance shoes. I looked down at my sneakers which were Vessi shoes for men. At 7pm sharp, the door opened to reveal a huge room with a shiny dance floor and mirrors everywhere. It was too late to back out. I took a deep breath and stepped into another world where the Rumba, the Foxtrot and the Quick Step reigned.

The petite Russian instructor moved like a feather floating on water. I shuffled and flailed about the room  like a wooden soldier with two left feet. But despite the awkwardness, I’ll be back. That evening I learned that dancing maximizes brain function by integrating several functions at once — kinesthetic, rational, musical, and emotional. In fact, regular dancing helps ward off Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementia. So bring on the moves.  Hit me with the Cha, Cha Cha, the Mambo and the Samba. I’m ready to get fitter and smarter. And who knows — I  may end up buying a pair of glittery dance shoes.


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