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CHS Junior - Student Columnist
By Stephanie Madden

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Two Left Feet

Texas has its barbeque flavors, bluebonnets, everything is bigger in Texas, and it also provides the opportunity to enjoy the two-step. I guess at the beginning of the month I woke up and said ďit looks like a great week for getting out and trying out a bunch of new things,Ē because that is exactly what I have been doing. For instance, I now know what an organ looks like, sounds like, how you play it, you could say that Iím practically an expert. Iím not booking any weddings yet though, as I have never actually sat down to play one. This past week, after resting my legs and celebrating birthdays I attended a get-together with the GAPP exchange students and ended up learning how to do the Texas two-step. Oh boy... is that a story to tell...

I have never stepped on a personís feet as much as I did attempting this dance; itís not something to try in a people-packed hip-hop dance club. If you donít enjoy country music you could end up bored out of your mind and not understanding why everyoneís having so much fun. I personally enjoy country music every now and then, so it wasnít a stretch for me to learn a dance to go along with it.

My fun night began with me side-stepping and getting the rhythm, bobbing my head, you know, getting a feel for it and hoping that no one would try to teach me and just let me stay on my side of the room. Of course my lack of dancing knowledge was noticed right away and I learned the two steps that are the main idea of the two-step. Eventually, I got the hang of the dance, but never stopped stepping on toes so I had to rely on patient partners to complete my task. The best part was when I slipped and fell right on the dance floor completely landing flat and giving everyone a good laugh. After that I decided I would be better off sitting in a chair and saving anymore embarrassment.

The main reason we went to this dance hall was to show the German students some Texas culture, and oddly enough I ended up learning some myself. Iím not sure how much longer this huge learning experience will end, but while Iím at it I may as well enjoy the flips and falls that come along with it. I like the two-step, the beat is really easy to follow and by putting my iPod on shuffle I learned you can two-step to most any country song. Maybe with some practice I will begin to dance on the dance floor instead of peopleís feet. Learning a Texas dance was a great ending to a good time with the German exchange students and I hope they have great memories like I do.


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