One thing I love, is dancing. However, I am not very good at it. I have no rhythm. I always look awkward. My face looks uninterested. I have to work twice as hard to be half as good.
I always think its fun. I haven’t danced since first coming to Korea. I want to find a dance group, dance class, etc. but they are close-knit groups. The ones that advertised are for female and young students only.
(Spring 2011) My first introduction to dancing was back in college days. I joined to local anime club of my university to make friends. Yeah. I am one of those kinds of people. Please. Don’t judge me to harshly. Anyways, there was a girl that I liked who was in the dance group and I joined. I asked her out, but at the same time my friend Ivan asked her out too. She ended up choosing him. So here is a video from my very first performance ever.
Songs: Gee (Girl’s Generation), Drama (Daichi Miura), Hare Hare Yukai (Haruhi Suzumiya)
(Fall 2011) The following semester, I decided to stick with the group. I was having fun, to an extent at least. It was a great way to hang out with some of my friends, and get in some exercise. After all, I was a chunckster. My weight and body image has always been an issue.
Regardless, these dances were a bit more intense. The leader of the group chose to use the easier parts of the dances. It took a whole semester for me to learn and you can tell I am not that good. I shouldn’t have wore my glasses (pre-contact and pre-lasik days).
Songs: Lucifer (Shinee), Neverland (U-Kiss)
After this semester of dancing, I had to take a break the following semester. Work got super busy and I had more responsibilities. I was in charge of a huge part of our “Outreach to Taiwan” series.
(Spring 2012) The semester afterwards, Gangnam Style got really big in the USA. Like, how? Seriously. It got big out of no where. Our dance group had to perform it, many, many, MANY, times. It was one of the easier dances I had to learn. I was even chosen as lead for the dance. I don’t know why I was the one chosen, but it was an honor in and of itself. I think I performed it over 13 times. the last time was at a maid cafe our anime club hosted. Again, don’t judge too harshly.
Song: Gangnam Style (Psy) – One of my better performances, even in such a tight space.
After this, I haven’t had a chance to perform or dance, like at all. Work, school, and life got in the way. Nothing I could have done about it.
(August 2014) I joined the TaLK Program to teach English in South Korea. I am a 13th generation scholar. Our orientation was on Jeju Island, where we spent most of the month of August. I won’t talk about what fresh hell that was, at least not in this post. Anyways, as a favor to our group leader, we entered the talent show. We had one night, roughly a few hours, to put something together. She was such a nice leader and person in general, so our whole group decided to do it, aside from a few people. Since I had dance experience, I was asked to lead the boys of our group. However, I am not a good dancer! We had a good time, but I feel like I did let our group down a little.
Songs (based on my memory): A (Got 7), Abracadabra (Brown Eyed Girl), No No No (A Pink), I Don’t Need a Man (Miss A), Mr. Simple (Super Junior)
I want to share and have a post for future reference, even if it just for myself. I want to find a way to get into dancing again. Maybe I will just look up dance practice videos and just dance in my room, where no one can see me. I do want to find classes, get trained, or something like that. This is something I think about a lot and want to pursue from time to time.
if you have any hints or leads please let me know.