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The very first line dance I ever learned and memorized was Ms. Jody’s Thang and therefore it is fitting to highlight this dance for the first post on this blog. Most people probably know the Electric Slide, but I didn’t even know that one – actually still don’t!
I have wanted to learn to soul line dance for 40 years. In the 8th grade, I would watch the girls line dancing on lunch break. I would eat quickly, so I wouldn’t miss one step. I loved the rhythm and how all the steps were in sync. I was amazed at how they could remember all the steps. I loved watching how they moved to the music. I wanted to do that, but I was too shy to ever try something like that. Fast forward to 2015. I’m a 50-something woman recovering from the worst year of my life. My marriage came close to breaking up, I nearly had a nervous breakdown and I had come to the realization that my mother was a narcissist.
I was reading Will I Ever Be Good Enough? Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers by Dr. Karyl McBride Ph.D. and one of the chapters talks about finding your passion. Do something you’ve always wished you could do. A couple of the ladies at my job had briefly mentioned going to a line dance class. I remembered the line dancers in grade school and decided maybe that was one of my unfulfilled passions. I did a Google search and found a class on my way home from work, which began after my work day was over and was extremely affordable. Win-win-win. I impulsively decided to go and I have only missed one class.
Tip: Try to find a class to attend in person. The instructional videos found online are great, but if you are a beginner it will be much easier to make sense of the instruction in real life. Realize you are going to flail around in the beginning, we have all been there. Even if you think you have two left feet, you will get it!
The ladies in my class are wonderful. They are beautiful dancers and everyone is so sweet and encouraging. Our instructor is amazingly talented. We have a wonderful line dance family. The next video is the one I use to practice Ms. Jody’s Thang. Have fun! 🙂