I’ve always wanted to learn how to dance. I’ve also always known that I’m not very good at dancing. I’m clumsy and forgetful, which are the two qualities that work against learning choreography.Considering how Roy’s a dancer, I had silent lofty dreams of being in his dance group and doing shows with him, but they never panned out. The positive side is that I’ve probably danced more over these last few years than I have in the rest of my life. Unfortunately, during those various times that I’ve tried to dance, I only gave myself more reason to cement the fact that I can’t really dance well at all. I’ve danced less and less, and have settled into living vicariously through Roy’s dance escapades instead.
Our most recent adventure involved the Peru hip hop scene in Lima. Roy attended a 2-day hip hop workshop in Lima led by Henry Link of the Elite Force Crew who is considered one of the founders of freestyle hip hop. I was lucky enough to be able sit in and even ask a question the second evening:
Do you think someone can learn how to dance hip hop even if they don’t have the rhythm and attitude?
Link’s answer was a resounding and eloquent “Yes.” To summarize, he believes that rhythm can be learned through practice, and attitude is expressed through understanding how music is meant to make others feel. In response to another question, he went to explain that once you learn a dance move, it’s yours. It’s not about perfect imitation because he’ll look around the dance room and even admire how others do his move in a slightly different way.
So I’m back to my lofty dreams. I liked it here in the clouds anyway.