No experience necessary - dance and sway the night away with beginner lessons and DJ/live music under the stars. FREE admission, donations welcomed. First come, first served. Music Center Plaza … see full wiki
Nice summer weather + Free dance lessons = Fun times!
Jun 30, 2009
There is a series of events held in Downtown Los Angeles this summer called Dance Downtown. After coming across it while searching for free events to attend with friends and family, I decided to try this one out. Because it was a free event, I wasn't expecting much at all, but by the time the night was coming to an end, I was so excited to be there.
I'M SHY AT DANCING IN PUBLIC.
I'm not too big of a fan of dancing, but my girlfriend is - and I hate going to clubs and being crammed into dark and sweaty rooms, let alone dropping as much as $20 just to get in because I'm a dude. And after reading the schedule of music that was being played this summer, I was even more nervous of going because I had no idea how to dance to the kind of genres listed on their schedule. Things like International Latin Ballroom, West Coast Swing, New York Hustle and Argentine Tango just make me feel like I'm walking into something that I don't have a clue about...
I DON'T HAVE A CLUE HOW TO DANCE TO ANYTHING OTHER THAN HIP HOP.
For the sake of getting out this summer and trying all sorts of new things - I went to Dance Downtown last Friday to try it out. I loved it! The place was decorated with nice lights that hung right above the dance floor, and the whole event took place right outside at the Music Center in downtown. The place made me feel like I was at a grand event where an invitation was needed, and I kept forgetting that it was totally free and open to people of all ages! The best part about it was that there were dance instructors there to help get everybody in tune with the music, and even with the smallest and most simple steps, I was jamming away at some Merengue for the first time in my life, ever.
GREAT CROWDS, NICE PEOPLE
One of my favorite things looking back at Dance Downtown was the great diversity in the people that had come out. When dancing, drinking or eating is involved, the crowd can usually be predetermined by where you are going. Dance Downtown is completely different. The crowd ranged from teenagers to elderly couples, and everything in between. There were people who came straight from work, others who were on a date, and people who were just there to dance. The diversity gave the whole event an unintimidating vibe that I enjoyed and appreciated - especially because I was a beginner who claimed no skill in the dance at all.
Whether you are a newbie or a pro, Dance Downtown is a great way to come out and learn how to dance or have a good time without having to deal with long lines, drunken fights and intimidating stares with security guards much bigger than you.