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Friday 10th January 2014 1:16 pm

I am tired today because I spent last night learning and dancing Ceroc. This is all the fault of my sister's friend, who danced with me at her wedding, I enjoyed it and decided to have a go.

It is partner dancing and at first I had a horrible revelation that I was going to have to touch men's hands! I'm not that keen on touching as it is, but with someone strange who might have sweaty hands... But I got used to that and mostly you're just linking two fingers, so you don't get too much sweaty hand experience. And some of the women who knew what they were doing were pretending to be men.

In one sense it's easy because the men lead, so they signal and you do what they tell you. On the other hand, it's hard to work out what they're telling you sometimes and also hard to toe the line between guessing what they're trying to do and going too soon vs being cautious and therefore not really doing anything. Also there's the trouble of not being able to choose for yourself what to do, which the women there kept pointing out they all struggle with. Which is perhaps why they like dancing the man's part sometimes...

I haven't decided whether I'm going back again yet. On the one hand I enjoyed it, and I remember (if vaguely) starting ballet and having no clue, so if I kept at it I'd be less lost. On the other hand, there is quite a bit of spinning - as far as I can tell a lot of the moves involve the man or the woman or both spinning. I left before the end (mind you, the end is at 11pm and I usually go to bed at 10pm) because I was dizzy. And I'm tired today because of the dizziness from last night, not because of the lack of sleep (I went in to work an hour late).

So if I go back I'm going to have to make sure to dance less, which is hard because I'll try and sit every other dance out, but then people come up and ask you to dance. Partly they don't want to take no for an answer and also I feel bad for saying no. And I'm not sure I really want to explain all that to everyone there.

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