My two left feet

I am using this title only because this is a common phrase to be used to show your poor or no dancing skills. But when it comes to me and dance … even this phrase would be like overstated. I feel I have no feet at all and that goes with no hands and no expressions what so ever. My childhood memories of dance was limited to the so called freestyle dancing that’s integral part of ‘baraat’, and may be ‘kathak’ or ‘bharatnataym’, that so many girls used to learn. For the first one – I detested the idea of middle aged men trying all sorts of weird dance steps, and for the later I found it too slow and too cumbersome. And as far as the bollywood dance is concerned, that time it was limited to only dancing around the trees that too in rains. Yucks.

I could never see the dance in the dance, the skill involved, the talent that is there. I disliked the idea of people jumping, making strange moves in the name of dance. 

When in 2nd standard, my friends went for dance auditions for school annual day, I also went with them, and to my surprise was selected as well, but soon I realized it wasn’t for the dance part of it, but as ‘bharat mata’ standing still at the back; this shockingly happened again when I was in 4th standard and again in 6th… Can you believe it??? In my 14 years of school life I was a part of any dance only thrice that too just as Bharat Mata – standing still at the back ….how embarrassing – what stories I will tell my kids…??? And my dislike towards dance became justified. I just couldn’t do it. 

Once in my teenage years during one of my cousin’s wedding, I was standing seeing others practice for the sangeet ceremony, a cousin told inquired why I wasn’t participating, and I told her, I don’t dance. She said you don’t look like someone who doesn’t dance. I was like how does look justifies someone’s dancing skills….and still wonder about it. 

Then in all college for three years I never danced in any parties, gatherings and all my friends were pretty ok with it, I mean after a lot of manana, trials they understood I just cant dance. In our college farewell, my beloved junior announced, “Unless OHW mam (that’s me) won’t dance, no body would go on the dance floor…” so poor me, had to dance …that too in sari, what I thought was ok thirakana turned out to be so embarrassing in the videos and pictures that came thereafter.

And then a couple of years back it was my another cousin’s wedding. This time the paternal side, so more responsibilities and more involvement. Despite all my excuses, the sangeet choreographer put me into a two minute dance sequence…I was so nervous on stage about dancing that when the music played, I danced whatever was taught to me, and then after a minute the music stopped, and the choreographer told (that too on mic), “this wasn’t your song, you danced at the wrong number, now we will play your song”. Imagine, just imagine my embarrassment; my image in front of my hundreds of relatives, specially my new bhabhi’s handsome brothers and cousins. And on the top of it, they have put my solo enlarged image on the wedding album, in one of my FAMOUS Dancing move. Everybody at the family makes fun of it, saying ‘look here OHW  in the millennium dancing pose”. I wish I could put that pic here…

Now since past few years, dance reality shows are quite popular on television. They have captured my attention as well. I feel like learning dance now. I can see the beauty of it. The sensuousness. The feminine feeling. Everything. And I am just not able to take the first step.

I want to learn it with TBH or rather dance with TBH. TBH is an abandoned baraati dancer. He enjoys it so much that it doesn’t matter that he is not into any particular form. With his encouragement I have at least moving my legs in whatever way I could. I have started moving with him in baraats, rain dances, gatherings etc.

But I want to officially learn it too, any suggestions on where should I start and how?



10 thoughts on “My two left feet

  1. Little Fingers July 30, 2013 at 8:02 am Reply

    LOL at Bharat mata, that too 3 times 🙂

    Can I request you to post that picture here for us please? With all those what you mentioned I really want to see that millennium pose 🙂

    Not sure where you can start officially but if you are coming here,there are way too many options including salsa. I have been pulling my hubby to join a salsa class.

    • onehonestwriter July 30, 2013 at 6:01 pm Reply

      There are a lot of options here as well, but I am looking for something very simple that would not discourage me to learn considering my negative dance history.

  2. greenboochi July 30, 2013 at 10:42 am Reply

    Same pinch OHW. I too have two left feet and that only makes it an understatement. I have so far danced only thrice in my lifetime and that too when I was in LKG, UKG and 1st std. After that, I realized dance doesnt come to me naturally. In South India, there is nothing like dancing in weddings too – so there wasnt any pressure at all. Sometimes I wish I could dance. My sister dances so well and I have always encouraged her to join classes, appear in stage shows until college. S doesnt like dancing much too, though he was in school dances until 12th 😛 These days during weekends, I just pull S and we both dance (atleast jump) and its so so energizing.

    I so want to see that pic of yours 🙂

    • onehonestwriter July 30, 2013 at 5:59 pm Reply

      Even we just flow with the music at times with a lot of push from TBH. It is fun though. But now I want to surprise everybody with proper dance and all. And I don’t have that pic and it would be rather difficult to get it now.

  3. Visha July 30, 2013 at 12:14 pm Reply

    Bharat Maata thrice, oh dear 😆

    I used to dance very well in primary and middle school. Once high school started, I became the proverbial nerd 😀 I stopped dancing completely then, not even occasionally. After marriage, when we went to a New Year’s party, I found that Zack dances worse than me, so that was an encouragement for me to start dancing again :mrgreen:

    Please do put the pic, blur your face if you want to 😉

    • onehonestwriter July 30, 2013 at 5:56 pm Reply

      The thing is I don’t have that pic, and its too cumbersome to get now.

      And all of you claiming to have feet like mine, is a kind of relief in the world where every girl I know can dance pretty well.

  4. Sia July 30, 2013 at 5:20 pm Reply

    Same pinch..Even I have two left feet but like TBH I love dancing on baraats..It is so much fun and people do not care if what steps you do..Its about being a part of that fun..

    • onehonestwriter July 30, 2013 at 5:52 pm Reply

      I know and only recently I have started enjoying that fun part.

  5. techie2mom August 21, 2013 at 5:32 pm Reply

    Even i can’t dance well, but i don’t care…but making my hubby dance is almost impossible, he is never seen dancing in public, NEVER. On our wedding reception, he refused to dance, so ditched him and danced with others 😉

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