Michael and I just finished the 3rd weekly class (of 5) over at Galveston College (go Whitecaps! - the lady's volleyball team is actually quite fun to watch; they're usually playing in the gym when we arrive for class) of beginners ballroom dancing. (I'll wait a moment for you to reseat yourselves and wipe the tears of laughter off your faces... Good, now that we've got that over with...)
I must admit that it is HARD work. Not to say that I expected it to be easy by any means. But we've also never watched "Dancing with the Stars" which, in hindsight probably would have prepared us for what we were in store for. Granted, we aren't competing against anyone (except for the youngest couple in the class who already took it last year and continues to show us up - plus she wears heels to class and I wear tennies - much to the chagrin of our teacher) and we aren't practicing for 8 hours a day, 7 days a week like they do on DWTS. It is a challenge to train our feet to do what they just aren't used to doing though.
And, MAN do I now realize my posture could use a good ass-whooping. Seriously, my lower back is all jarred from standing up straight and poor Mikie's right arm is all sore from holding up my lazy left arm - we both leave sweaty palm marks on each other's shirts, and within the first hour of class we're both crawling to the water fountain like we've been in the desert for 5 days. It's all very alluring and sensual. Riiiiiiight....
So what made us sign up? Rather, what did I have to do to convince Mikie to do this with me? Aside from the fact that he's a pretty good sport about trying anything once, dance class also happens to fall on a NON-college football night. Lucky for me. Also, dancing is something we both really like to do, but only really get to do on random occasions like weddings or the very infrequent late-night red-bull induced club dancing (if you can call what I do dancing, which I don't think anyone would - think Elaine Benes here...) so neither of us is really any good at anything other than the "sway". Except Mikie who can also do the "worm" and has performed it at 3 - count them - 3 of my friend's weddings. Yeah.
Now we have an excuse to try out Shearns - we've heard there's a pretty posh piano bar across the hall over there that's the semi-secret hangout of other ballers. (I'm pretty sure that's the appropriate slang for ballroom dancers and I plan on throwing it around more often.)