Dancing Across Texas
My journey started when I took my first dance lesson in 2014. I fell in with a group of ballroom dancers and learned Rumba, Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Salsa, and some Samba. I also took One-Step, Two-Step, Country Waltz, Triple Two-Step, Country Swing, East Coast Swing, Jitterbug, and West Coast Swing lessons. I veered away from Tango (too hard!), Blues (too intimate), and Lindy Hop (too exhausting) in my lessons. A nightclub Two-Step lesson gave me an idea of the dance, but I never pursued it.
My dance partner, David, started listening to country music in high school but didn’t dance. When he visited New West or Dallas Nightclub he enjoyed the music, and had a desire to get on the floor and meet the ladies dancing. A combination of desire and opportunity pushed him to take lessons after work. He assumed Two-Step would fit any country song. When he learned otherwise, he took One-Step, then later expanded to Waltz and the Swing dances.
Our dance journey together started in a beginner’s Two-Step class. We saw each other again when classmates invited us, individually, to go out social dancing at the now closed Dallas Nightclub. Then a friend’s friend was playing in a band at the Old Coupland Dance Hall and we had our first “date” practicing our Two-Step and looking for the ghosts that were reported to frequent Coupland. A couple from our class were there the same night and told us about the Granger Country Cotton Club.
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