intermittent breathers where you can grab water or a drink from the
bar. 9 p.m. marks the commencement of "open dancing," where individuals
or couples take advantage of the dancefloor and show off back-breaking moves. Dips, tosses and spins (being spun around on the ground,
even) are coupled with genres that progress from swing to indie to goth
into the night.The crowd (which was "all-inclusive," according to Gardner) was an
assortment of gothic types and everyday Joes just wanting to dance.
Stereotypes are tricky, aren't they? If we want to go by
clothing, that included bondage pants alongside pretty dresses and heels.
The black brick interior and orange gothic antique-looking lamps did,
however, heighten the dark ambiance at the event ...Let's be honest, though. At the end of the day we're not striving to be
contestants on Dancing With the Stars or So You Think You Can Dance,
meaning this place is a good start for newbies. Fun is really the
objective, and Gardner encourages his students to take the moves
they learned and personalize them. He's pretty funny, too, which
helps alleviate those first-time jitters.
Overall, the event seems to have a pretty tight niche market, and it may
not be for everyone. But if you're willing to try everything at least
once, I'd give it a go.
Personal Bias: Some call me hipster. However, I teetered
on the precipice of wanting to tear up the dancefloor after observing
the lessons. Do I regret not doing it? Yes. Next time ... next time.
Random Detail: A substantial number of first-timers were present. Don't be scared.
By the Way: In the future, the event has live bands lined up to perform
while you dance. Next band playing will be Fromagique on 2/10/09.