About 5 weeks ago, I started taking Irish Step dance lessons.
I used to dance (tap and jazz) and I have always loved “rhythmic” dance.
Anything with a tap on the shoe to make percussive noise, I’m there.
Maybe it’s the musician in me.
I’ve always been interested in Irish Step, especially hard shoe.
Right now, since I’m a very beginner, I’m starting with soft shoe.
This means, there aren’t any percussive sounds.
The shoe is a soft leather with no taps on the bottom.
Anyway, I was so excited for my first class!
I hadn’t taken dance in years, and was happy to start again.
As soon as I got there, panic hit me.
Have you ever seen Riverdance?
All of those dancers hold hands…like the whole time!
Why didn’t I think of this??
I’m ready to bolt, but wait and give it a try.
Thank goodness, this class is different!
It’s more “solo” Irish Step.
There are other people in the class, but we just keep our hands down at our sides.
Haven’t had to hold a hand yet!
This experience brings up an issue that many HH sufferers stress about.
Have you ever wanted to do something but didn’t because hand holding may be involved?
I used to be a gymnast.
Okay, I was 5.
But I could pull off a mean cart-wheel!
Recently, around the time of the last Olympics, I read the results of a HH survey asking:
“What would be the worst Olympic sport for people with HH, what would be the best?”
Overwhelmingly, the results were:
Worst: GYMNASTICS | Best: SWIMMING
Can you imagine gymnastics with HH?
The uneven bars? The balance beam?
I don’t believe I quit gymnastics because of my HH.
I think I was just being a kid and didn’t want to do it anymore.
Sometimes, I wish I would have continued.
But I cannot imagine I would have any success due to HH.
I love dancing, but I would never take ballroom or salsa.
I used to want to clog dance.
My sister took it and I really enjoyed watching her.
But I wouldn’t ever dance ballroom/salsa/clogging because there is hand holding involved with some steps.
Why would I voluntarily put myself in that position?