I remember being a kid and taking Simcha dance classes. I guess it was a fad, because nobody does that anymore. Now, dancing consists of running in a circle in four inch stilletos while trying my best not to stab anyone’s toes or break my neck. Also, my face must be blank (not bored!) or smiling maniacally.
One of the guys in my class (a dancer) was explaining to me how he’ll enjoy his time off: by dancing. He showed off a move. I laughed.
“Oh, we don’t really dance like that.”
“Really?” he asked, “everyone dances in my Church. Even the old ladies. They do these (hand wave with a bounce) and maybe stick in a spin or two (hand wave + a spin). I didn’t know you weren’t allowed.”
“It’s really more of a culture thing, not religious.”
Either it was his rendition, or Black Cuban old ladies have some pretty neat moves. By comparison, at least.
But why don’t we dance? I don’t count running. And I’m discounting the rare breakdancing Yeshiva Bochur, too. Is it like the music? Is it social discouragement?
Why isn’t it socially acceptable to bust a few outside of high school productions?