The secret to picking up dance in your 20s
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

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.

Got to Move offers a plethora of dance workshops, performances and family-friendly activities that anyone from the dance-curious to the aficionados can enjoy. Its anchor festival runs from 4 to 27 October.

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

I met with Sinclair Ang, founder of JAZZ INC., who will be teaching Swing and All That Jazz, a beginner dance workshop as part of Got to Move. He graciously agreed to walk me through a simplified version of the class.

Stepping into jazzy social space Crane Club with a mix of trepidation and enthusiasm, Ang began the session by demonstrating the basic steps and beat count.

“Quick quick, slow, slow,” Ang repeated over and over again until the words rang in my ears long after the class ended. While I worked my way into a steady rhythm, Ang explained that even for complicated routines, the heart of Lindy Hop is a simple four beat of quick quick, slow, slow steps.

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

We conclude the short 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 contemplated on what I considered to be a passable performance, I decided that what mattered was I had fun while 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.

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