Not ev­ery in­tro­vert wants to dance

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY - Jack Lawrie

I USED to like danc­ing back in the day.

We had lessons in high school PE to get us ready for the school for­mal and I re­mem­ber be­ing the one weirdo who ac­tu­ally liked the mu­sic they picked out for us to dance to.

This was in 2010: if it pre-dated Black Eyed Peas, most of the class didn’t want to know, so be­ing the one guy who gen­uinely liked YMCA didn’t get me very far.

I didn’t have a date for the for­mal by the way, I just stole dances when the girls’ part­ners got tired.

But I may have had that mav­er­ick in­stinct turned around on me when I vis­ited the Mulgildie Hall Old Time Dance last Satur­day.

The mu­sic for the night was pro­vided by Max and the Sil­ver Comets, whom I pre­vi­ously heard at the Mun­gungo Hall Valen­tine Dance a few months ago.

It won’t sur­prise you to know I was a lot younger than most of the peo­ple there, and where I haven’t re­ally danced out­side of night­clubs since high school for­mal, for some it was a mat­ter of decades.

But as much as I would’ve liked to get up and show ev­ery­one my stuff, it just wasn’t the scene for me.

These old time dances give ev­ery­one a chance to be a teenager again, let­ting the ini­tial awk­ward­ness give way to some­thing truly pas­sion­ate.

But it’s for teenagers of a dif­fer­ent time and while I’m happy to stand on the side­lines with my cam­era, it isn’t my place to step in.

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