“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” is playing in my head right now. I just caught myself singing it, oh man.
When I was younger–I might have been seven–I danced in a jazz number to that song in my ice arena’s Christmas show. I remember we had these red silk skirts we were supposed to wear over our black leotards, and mine was HUGE on me. I remember the trauma as I stood there with my mom poking safety pin after safety pin through the fabric. I didn’t get pricked, but man was I scared.
My friend Maddy is in an a cappella group called the Kopitonez, and I went to their concert last night. They invited some special guests to perform as well, all of them dance groups. They all did hip hop (or traditional Taiwanese dance, hah), and even though I’ve only ever done ballet and jazz, it made me really want to take up dance recreationally again. Actually, it made me want to do hip hop.
My brother used to dance hip hop. He was good at it, but he ended up quitting after a few years, probably because he didn’t like it as much as he did when he first started. He taught me a move called a “coffee grinder” once. We used to practice it in our living room. It took me a couple days, but I got it. I don’t know if I could do it now because I am not nearly as strong as I used to be, especially not in my legs (I used to be really strong from figure skating). I would try it now but there isn’t enough space in my room!
At the concert, I thought it was funny that the dance groups kept being announced as doing “modern dance”. I guess no one knew that modern dance is actually a less-strict, usually barefoot adaptation of ballet. I guess that’s the problem with the countless dance groups at my university–there are the ones who do breakdancing, and then there is everyone else who doesn’t know if they’re doing jazz or hip hop OR WHAT. I mean, I can accept them as having fun and doing dance that is fun to watch, and I don’t mean to be an elitist or anything, but the modern dance thing sure amused me.
Although, I guess I can’t help being a little bit of an elitist, having danced ballet for eleven years. xD
Final note: I changed both my Skype and Twitter usernames! They are now chromaticism and @rleggos, respectively. Go ahead and add me, if you so choose. 🙂