This is what I do every Monday at Wednesday at 10am. O.K. so not at a “ball,” per se, where this video was recorded. Dudley Flores, who teaches the dance classes I usually attend, along with many of my classmates and other teachers, staged a flash mob at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Modern Ball on April 25. I really wish I could have joined them, but I’ve been traveling like a madwoman.
But I do have a ball (har) twice a week at ODC Dance Commons in San Francisco’s Mission district. It’s a really wonderful place for dancing. And you absolutely do not have to be “A Dancer” to take a Rhythm and Motion class. But once you have, you are A Dancer! No one cares if you know what a plié is, or what second postion is. If that were the case they’d have booted me out of there long ago. You just have to be willing to shake your boo-tay. That is seriously the only requirement. (Well also it’s not free, but it’s reasonable!)
This might sound dramatic, but during class I sometimes become so happy that I get verklempt. I always hope the teacher doesn’t catch a glimpse of my face and wonder if I’m alright. Which I am! I am so alright that my brain can’t really handle it. Too. Much. Joy! I’m not kidding. You should totally try it—everyone can use more joy in their world, no?
And ODC has way more than just Rhythm and Motion classes. I wrote about trying out a bunch of the different styles they offer for The Bold Italic a couple years ago. There’s everything from hip-hop to salsa to tango to ballet. They even have clogging. Any age and every level is welcome. Check out the video below and the rest of ODC’s the videos to learn more.