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A ballerina pirouettes, graceful as a gliding swan. A circle of dancers leaps and lands in perfect rhythm, smooth and precise as seagulls in flight. Three sisters dance, tripping over their feet like a trio of drunken ducks….

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Marcia shares some unconventional… Dance Lessons The secret to looking like a great simchah dancer? Never look at your feet. Or anyone else’s feet. If you don’t know the steps, that’s okay — just fake it. Look like you know what you’re doing, and no one will suspect you have two left feet. Wish I’d known that trick back in high school. Every year, I tried out for all the clubs. I got into choir by singing loud. I got into band by knocking out chords on my guitar and covering any glitches with my loud voice. For drama I actually landed a lead role in our ninth grade musical production, botched one of the tunes, and managed to fake that too. But dance? Didn’t make it. It took me years to master the art of faking “cool motion.” But once I started… the dancing never stopped. After high school, I kept picking up more tricks and pointers — both for dance and for life. Like safety in numbers. Practice. Originality. My sisters and I figured out a way to combine all three of those elements: we developed our own Sister Dance. It was a three-person series of repeated figure-eight twisty-turny hand-off moves that looked more complicated than it really was. Ooh… that’s another great lesson: Keep it simple, but make it look complicated. Well, we’re not quite that bad, but while the Schmoozing Sisters have many talents (give us a minute, we’ll think of some), grace in dance is not one of them. None of us got past the auditions for our high school dance group. We all feel more comfortable in old sneakers than in shiny ballet slippers or patent leather tap shoes.

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