Feb. 4th, 2016

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Since I've been spending my evening watching the Vienna Opera Ball on TV instead of working, the obvious choice of things I love for today is:

Dancing

I've started dancing at the age of 3 or 4, doing ballet for 7 years, which I loved very much. I stopped dancing ballet because in the end my love of food won over the love of dancing. Looking back now, I sometimes regret this choice, because the love for ballet stayed with me and I oftentimes wish I could turn back time and see where that path might have led me. (But then I see a cake or something else delicious and all thoughts of "what if" are forgotten ;) )

Since I never stopped loving to dance I very quickly got back to dancing. At the age of 13 I started some cross-over dancing class where I learned everything from boogie to line dance and back again. Quite fun, but not really something that could hold my attention for very long.
So I stopped doing this, but stayed at the dancing school and did what any teen around here does at the age of 14 or 15 - I started a class on classic ballroom dancing. Needless to say: that was SOOOOO my thing :) My then best male friend shared my love for ballroom dancing and we stayed on and took classes for about 3 years together. Our friendship broke, but I stayed at the dancing school and went through my share of more or less talented dancing partners, like the dancing slut I am. Whenever a young man needed a dancing partner my instructors would ask me to step in and I usually did.

During that same time, or rather very soon after starting ballroom dancing for the first time, I joined a modern dance class the daughter of my instructors founded. We mostly did choreographies for pop-songs (think those choreographies everybody danced in their music videos in the late 90s and early 00s), but there was a hefty dose of hip hop, jazz dance and -to my endless pleasure- ballet thrown in. Let me tell you: I've found heaven!
We pretty soon graduated from "once a week" to "3 or 4 afternoons a week" and started to dance semi-professional and publicly dance at various special occasions. During our high times we had gigs in front of 4000 people or more. It certainly was hard work and came with a lot of sweat, tears and injuries, but I still miss those times. Our group broke up after 5 successful years and while we tried to find replacement for the girls we lost, we never got another group like the original one and gradually went back from semi-professional to the original "once a week"-dancing-for-fun idea and stopped completely about 5 or 6 years ago.

Right, and now we come back to my first sentence of this post - the Opera Ball.
As is traditional around here, I -as most teens do- started to be part of the opening formation dance at balls. (Or as it is known in other parts of the world: debut in society ;) - although as far as I am aware you only debut once, whereas you can be part of the "Jungdamen- und -herrenkomitee" (roughly translated to Young Ladies' and Gentlemen's Dance Committee as the lovely internet tells me) for years.)
Sadly, I've never had the chance to debut on the Vienna Opera Ball - the timing never worked out - which would have been a dream come true, but I've been at so many balls and opened nearly all of them that I can't really complain here.


(a much younger me in 2009)

These last years I've dabbled in Salsa dancing (we've had the most enjoyable evenings spent in a Cuban bar dancing the night away), Zydeco (which is endless fun, let me tell you) and various other styles, but by now dancing has taken a backseat in my life. At least for now. Knowing me, I'll get back to dancing sooner or later.

A short aside and fun fact for your amusement: I've met Himself at the dancing school. But not only that - he is actually the son and brother of the instructors I mentioned above. You could say I "married" into my dancing school ;)

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