Swing Dance

So this last week I went and tried, for the first time, taking a Beginner Swing Class.   Surprisingly to me, I was the only one in the class. Unfortunately they told me that this meant that although it was supposed to be a 45min class they told me it was now a 30min class. I was not really a fan of this because of course it wasn’t any cheaper, but whatever. One thing that made me really nervous before class was I had NO IDEA WHAT TO WEAR. I am not a dancer and most definitely don’t have dance shoes. I eventually went with a just above the knee skirt with shorts under and a workout tank. As far as shoes go I wore a pair that I already had that were a thin oxford style that looks a bit like jazz shoes but have no where near the traction which I quickly learned.  But it seemed like it didn’t really matter what I wore. So because I was the only person I danced with the instructor the whole time. He was very nice and taught me some basic moves. It was a lot of fun but I think I would have enjoyed it more in a group.  But overall it was tons of fun, but I would probably need a lot more classes before I could actually even say I could barely swing Dance, but I look forward to learning.






Hoop off the ground

So I recently I took an aerial hoop class. It was super fun! It was my first ever class and when I signed up I noticed that it was for two hour *gulp*, but still it sounded like fun. So it turned out that there were only two of us in this class. By the way this was an all levels class and she was way better than me but it was fun to watch her. So the way that they run the class is you take turns and everyone watches the person whose turn it was. This meant that since there were only two of us we got a lot of turns. The first thing I learn is how to get up in the hoop. from the start they tell me I’m using the hoop that is 6ft off the ground. I am proud of myself that I was able to get up on the first try.  The way I was taught to get up was by first holding the hoop above my head a little wider than shoulder width. Then while still holding on you kick your feet up pulling your knees to your chest while you lean back so that you can hook your heals on the hoop close to where your face was. The n you push the hoop until its under your knees.  Then you flip your hands over and slide them up the hoop until you can use them to pull yourself up until you are sitting on the hoop. From there I was shown all sorts of poses which mostly involves dangling from different grips. It was a ton of fun but pretty fast my hands started turning red. They are not used to hanging on to thing for so long. Because there were only two of us and my turns always seemed to be longer than her’s I spent a lot of time on the hoop. Overall I had a fantastic time but my hands would still need to get used to it. They were very tender by the end of the class.  I am definitely going to try and do that again.