The secret to picking up dance in your 20s | A List
Got to Move is an initiative by the National Arts Council that encourages the appreciation and participation of dance. (Photos: Claudio Chock)

The secret to picking up dance in your 20s | A List

To the uninitiated, dance as an art form can appear inaccessible. A secret club for the talented, flexible and coordinated. Got to Move aims to change that.

The nationwide dance movement, started by the National Arts Council to encourage participation and appreciation of dance, offers a plethora of dance workshops, performances and family-friendly activities that everyone, from the dance-curious to aficionados, can enjoy. Its anchor festival ran recently, in October.

With the festival in full swing, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and dip m  y toes into the world of dance, to discover if someone with two left feet can still have fun dancing.

I met with Mr Sinclair Ang, founder of JAZZ INC., who taught a beginner dance workshop in jazz and swing as part of Got to Move. He graciously walked me through a simplified version of the class.

Stepping into the jazzy social space Crane Club with a mix of trepidation and enthusiasm, I began my session Ang by learning the basic steps of Lindy Hop dance. “Quick-quick, slow, slow,” he repeated over and over again until the words rang in my ears long after the class ended.

While I worked my way to a steady rhythm, Ang explained that even complicated Lindy Hop routines build on the simple four-beat movement. He also offered a tip, to “put a little bounce” in my steps to make my moves seem more natural.

As I fumbled clumsily on the seemingly easy steps, Ang motioned up and down, instructing me to “put a little bounce in it”.

We ended the 30-minute lesson with a recap of the steps and a few spins thrown in for good measure. Ang rates my performance a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

As I reflected on my passable performance, I realised that what mattered more than learning to dance was that I had fun trying something new. What I might have lacked in skill, I made up for with enthusiasm and an open mind.

So, is dance really only for the talented, flexible and coordinated? No, not at a Got to Move class, where enthusiasm counts.

Details about Swing and All That Jazz here and Got to Move here.

This article has been updated and an earlier version of the article ran on 10 October, 2019.

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