What’s the hardest step in line dance?*
It’s not the grapevine.
Not the coaster step.
Not the kickball change.
Or the reverse weave.
Or the sailor step, the rock step, the shuffle step, or the step-lock-step.
It’s the hold.
It’s drawing your foot back and then,
though momentum is pushing you,
though everything in you wants to move to the next step,
It’s waiting for the rhythm,
and then launching into the next move.
So against the grain of us, this.
This holding, this waiting business,
this yielding to the rhythm the self-indulgent initiative we feel
and so want to express.
But at the heart of the dance of life (chuwl!) is
slowing the step as you wait
for the beat of the song
for the next pivotal movement of life
waiting, waiting, waiting
slowing the step…
And then the pivot comes.
No. We really don’t care for this step at all, do we?
* This question was asked and answered by Michael Barr, a nationally known line dance instructor, at the Sweetheart Jamboree in Seattle, February 7, 2015.