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Skateboarding, dancing and the art of learning merrily

I am not afraid of looking ridiculous.

My first few times on a skateboard surely fit the bill. Moving 0.2 miles per hour along the walkway behind my old apartment, I was sure I was perpetually just about to fall and crack my skull. This meant I spent much, much more time off the skateboard than on it: Ack! A leaf! I better hop off and walk past it just in case!

Slowly I grew a little more confident. I moved faster and ended up stumbling less; the speed actually helped me cruise over small obstacles my wheels would otherwise trip over. I was eventually able to skate after my running son while holding his tricycle in one hand, much to the mirth of people I rolled by. “You’re one fun mom!”

Else why would I wear Vibrams?

Yesterday I stepped on the skateboard for the first time in many, many moons. I did better than I expected, but not nearly as well as when I last rode consistently.

But you know what? It was a blast.

This fits the bill for something else I’ve start doing recently.

Inspired by my newly beloved So You Think You Can Dance, I’m teaching myself hip-hop. In my kitchen.

I’ve tried dancing a couple of times before, but stopped quickly each time because I was terrible. Because, you know, beginners should be great.

My mom and youngest sister often went ballroom dancing together. I joined them once, but was so awed by their mad moves that I quickly backed out. I couldn’t dance like that! Not ever! Clearly it was rational to compare the skill of my first dances with their skill after taking numerous classes. Yep.

Rational or not, I’ve continued to feel like dancing probably wasn’t something I could do. Watching So You Think You Can Dance recently has filled me with a longing to move along, but a simultaneous sense of impossibility of ever doing so well.

One particular dance–my favorite of the many I’ve watched the last few weeks!–had me itching to join in. So. Much. Fun! And yet, I was still sure I couldn’t do it.

Lucky for me, Ellen joined in a parody of that same dance later in the season after its original dancer, Alex Wong, was forced to withdraw following an injury.

Watching her made me laugh. Did she move like Alex? No. Not remotely.

Did it look like she was having a blast? Yes. Absolutely! I was inspired.

So now, as I make ridiculous faces stumbling through the most basic hip hop moves, I remember I’m OK looking ridiculous.

Looking ridiculous is part of how I’ll get to looking confident, even if I’ll probably never be mistaken for a professional dancer.

hip hop

  1. September 1, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I was terrible at Zumba for many months, but I love to dance and just stuck with it. My teacher said, “There are no mistakes in Zumbas. Only solos.”

  2. September 1, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Loved this! It inspired me to try again!

  3. September 1, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    I stopped caring how I look when I do things long, long ago. I’d much rather have fun than care about that! Good for you, Deb!!! XOXO-Kasey

  4. September 1, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Oh I love to acne. Actually, my iPad loves acne. Me? I love to dance, but the auto-correct was too funny to delete. Dancing is fun whether you know how to do it or not. It does just matter that you have fun!

    As for skateboarding — not me. While I don’t mind looking foolish, I do hate looking bloody!

  5. September 1, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    I love to dance, all of it. There is no way you can dance badly because dance is from the heart, the soul. Dance is an extension of music. Dance is a visual expression of music.

    Dance away

  6. September 1, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Good for you! I’m always too worried about looking foolish. The hubs and I have talked about taking ballroom dancing. Of course, knowing me, I’d finally get over my fear of making a fool of myself only to tear a knee ligament the first week out. :/

  7. September 1, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    I like the last picture! You stick your tongue out just like I do when I’m trying something new! LOL! I love to dance! My daughters and I crank up the music almost daily and dance in the kitchen. I’m sure I look pretty silly, but according to them, I can twerk pretty well! 🙂

  8. September 1, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    You know, I took some dance lessons recently, and the dance teacher began the first class by saying, “If you can walk I can teach you to dance”. She was right, I watched some of the most clumsy and uncoordinated people I’ve ever seen learn how to dance East Coast Swing and Salsa. But the best thing about these classes is that they were so much fun!

  9. September 1, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Dancing either out in public or in the privacy of your kitchen/living room/wherever is the best! Crank up the old Motown favorites or Earth, Wind & Fire and get down…fun post, Deb. You are an inspiration–going back to salsa lessons for sure. 🙂

  10. September 2, 2014 at 5:16 am

    Was that the dance with tWitch and the doctor’s couch? I loved that one! But there are sooo many great dances on that show to love. It’s my favorite show. Have fun with the dancing & skateboarding. I miss the skateboard, it’s been decades since I’ve been on one. I tried my little brother’s, but it was one of those big wooden ones and I couldn’t navigate it like I could my little fiberglass one back in the 70’s.

  11. September 2, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Love it. Keep it up Deb.

    Oh my oh my — I am the queen of looking ridiculous when I dance. Especially when it’s in aisle 3 of Target and my kids are standing there looking mortified. Good times! I dance constantly, at home, out in public, I don’t care. I’m always either singing or dancing.

  12. September 2, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Sounds like fun – good for you for going for it!

  13. September 4, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    You inspire me my friend. Discovering something new and having fun shows how much you love and breathe life. Sometimes, thinking of what others think or how silly I’ll look stop me from trying new things. Today, you taught me to face new adventures and not look back. Thanks!

  14. September 9, 2014 at 5:38 am

    If there’s one thing that I wish I could smack into the younger-me is that appearances don’t mean bubkus. I avoided much, growing up, because I thought I’d look stupid doing it. Now, I just do what I want . . . admittedly, there are times that I get weird looks, but I’m far, far happier.

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