My friend invited me to accompany her to a Le Step class on Friday night at the Redcliffe Country Women's Association Hall. I wasn't totally convinced that it would be my thing, but being a single 40 something woman who had no better offers I decided to give it a try and I am so glad I did because it was great fun.
When we arrived the directors of the Redcliffe team, Damien and Eliza Purcell were whirling around the dance floor under the colourful disco light, and I got to see what Le Step was all about. Le Step is a form of jive with a range of modern partner moves and grooves designed for dancing to Top 40 music and for me it has a disco feel.
The class got started and we lined up around the hall. To my surprise there was actually enough male partners which is very unusual for any dance activity I have participated in. The instructor and his demo proceeded to teach some moves and we rotated around the room to dance with different partners. This created a friendly atmosphere as you get to know everyone much quicker - plus you don't feel like the wallflower waiting for someone to dance with you.
We learnt 3 moves which were broken right down and then combined and practised. The Pretzel was a challenge, The First Seducer involved a slight dip and the Resistor had the girls spinning. After an hour of practice, it was freestyle time and those who had been attending class for a while got to do their thing. Us newbie's practised the moves we had learnt. I got whirled around by the instructor until I was dizzy, enjoying the experience of really dancing Le Step.
Following freestyle the beginner's class was recapped in order to consolidate the steps, which is a fantastic way to learn. Those more advanced dancers enjoyed some intermediate instruction at the other end of the hall. Many of the group were then heading out together to dance the night away at a local club. As a beginner, I was not ready for that next step but it had been a fun couple of hours and I left with a smile on my face feeling satisfied and keen to return next Friday night.
I would recommend Le Step Redcliffe to anyone looking for some good, clean fun on a Friday night. If you like to dance it's a great way to get your groove on and it doesn't take long to get a few moves mastered. It is also a great way for singles to get out and meet in a relaxed and friendly environment.
My experience is with Le Step Redcliffe but classes take place at a number of venues so check the website for details.