on trusting and dancing

March 28, 2012 at 8:32 pm Leave a comment

“Do you trust me?”

It’s not exactly a question typically asked by acquaintances. It’s the kind of intense, Jack-and-Rose-on-the-Titanic question.

But it was a lighthearted moment. We were rehearsing our samba showcase, and Devon was suggesting some of his favorite swing dance choreography. Then he realized that words weren’t quite sufficient to describe the move, and I was conveniently small and near bye.

So he held out his hand to me and asked, abruptly, “Do you trust me?”

I’d missed the whole conversation, so I didn’t really know where this was coming from. But in the context of dance, “trust” usually involves lifting. Or not turning your head to see where your partner is going. Or not dancing with a worried expression on your face that betrays the fact that you really don’t think your partner knows what he’s doing.

I’ll admit right here: I’m a sucker for lifts. And dips and falls and other cool moves. And while it’s sometimes difficult to trust real people in real relationships, somehow I’m mixed up enough to not mind trusting a good dancer to catch me.

{I’ll blame it on Andrew Evans, my first dance partner in high school. We taught our friends swing dance at a big barn party, and he was always championing the creed that if the girl is going to break her neck, the guy has to break his first. So I always assumed that all dancers believe that. They probably don’t. But regardless, Andrew has made it quite easy to trust other guys leading stunts. Although none of them have been too dangerous yet – something besides my head would always be the first to hit the floor if he dropped me. We’ll see how I do with the falls….}

So I said something like, “Um, sure!”

The next thing I knew, I was being swung around in a circle while he did something else cool. It felt like flying.

I made him do it again.

Have I mentioned I’m a fan of stunts?



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