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Jutty
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25 Mar 2009, 10:28 am

Is it uncommon for aspies to be interested in dance and take classes in dance such as ballet, jazz and hip-hop. Is it something you've been obsessed with? I started taking ballet when I was 25 and then about 3 years ago i started jazz & hip-hop too.



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25 Mar 2009, 10:31 am

I got really into swing dancing for a couple of years recently, going to dances and taking evening classes up to 4 days per week at one point.


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25 Mar 2009, 10:45 am

I started taking dance classes about a month ago in an attempt to meet new people and learn a skill that is fun, interesting and healthy. I absolutely enjoy it!



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25 Mar 2009, 12:39 pm

I was obsessed with dance & modern choreography (especially Twyla Tharp), when I was in my early twenties. I never took lessons, though (aside from a ballroom dancing class in college.)


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25 Mar 2009, 2:54 pm

I go salsa dancing classes on a Friday night to meet new people but I find it difficult talking to people.



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25 Mar 2009, 4:35 pm

I have done a lot of ballroom latin and folk in the past, I so wish that I could do the jive better. I once went along to a 1950s music club packed with people who jive at about twice the normal speed, that was great fun.


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28 Mar 2009, 5:22 pm

I attended ballroom dancing classes about 1,5 years ago and began to learn hustle six months ago. I find it rather funny, interesting and healthy (a nice replacement for fitness; improves coordination and makes AS traits milder), but still difficult: new movements are difficult to copy, girls in the group say that sometimes I'm moving like a bear.



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11 Sep 2010, 1:59 am

ive pretty much always been obsessed with dance except now that i passionately despise classical ballet-i really love contemporary ballet,modern and aerial/circus arts but never taken class for contem. ballet only classical,taken limited modern classes and zero circus/aerial.b/c of money :( im planning on getting back in shape so i can return to dance.it makes me really happy. no lie,dont feel like a total loser in class.heck,i even smile sometimes!which is huge considering im shy AND have AS.



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13 Sep 2010, 9:46 am

Jutty wrote:
Is it uncommon for aspies to be interested in dance and take classes in dance such as ballet, jazz and hip-hop. Is it something you've been obsessed with? I started taking ballet when I was 25 and then about 3 years ago i started jazz & hip-hop too.


I think that perhaps the social and technical aspect of dancing can be distressing to some ASD folk. In general though I enjoy dancing and learning to control and contort and move my body in a number of differing ways. It is also not uncommon for ASD related individuals to enjoy moving in non conventional ways and dance I feel can be very non conventional.

beccah wrote:
ive pretty much always been obsessed with dance except now that i passionately despise classical ballet-i really love contemporary ballet,modern and aerial/circus arts but never taken class for contem. ballet only classical,taken limited modern classes and zero circus/aerial.b/c of money :( im planning on getting back in shape so i can return to dance.it makes me really happy. no lie,dont feel like a total loser in class.heck,i even smile sometimes!which is huge considering im shy AND have AS.


Welcome to Wrong Planet! If it makes you happy and doesn't harm others my motto is to go on enjoying what you do.


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13 Sep 2010, 12:04 pm

I wouldn't say I'm particularly interested in dance but I was auditioning for Romeo and Juliet (and West Side Story) at the local theatre when I was 13. I didn't make it into R&J cause I couldn't hold the sword at eye level for half an hour (okay maybe not quite that long but maybe 5-10 minutes) and I did make it into WSS (which did have more dancing of course). I also spent half a semester at a charter school for the arts. Where I managed to fail science because I'm not very good at paper mache but I was the dance teachers favorite partner despite how I would often trip myself up on solo stuff so I didn't look like a queer (give me a break, I was 11). She always made comments about my posture, how limber I was and how I had a natural talent for it. What a waste of talent I am.

If I had a girlfriend or even just a friend I felt comfortable who did dance I would certainly want to give it another shot.


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13 Sep 2010, 5:14 pm

With the caveat that I have no diagnosis, I love dancing. My son loves it too. Neither of us is the most graceful person, but enthusiasm and a good memory are valuable traits too.

My favorite hobby is salsa rueda and it's excellent for shy people, because you don't have to find a partner.


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16 Sep 2010, 11:53 am

I have always really enjoyed dancing. Have taken a few classes when I was younger in tap and jazz and tried salsa and some ballet. Even though I don't go to any classes I still occasionally have a go at home.



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26 Sep 2010, 2:16 am

My GF always would like me to dance. It is something I could never feel comfortable with and would never do.



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28 Sep 2010, 10:32 pm

I think it's sort of uncommon. Congrats to you for dancing for so long.



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30 Sep 2010, 7:46 am

I'm involved in a latin dance class. That class works me a lot harder than any other program, although I did take a Zumba class and that's pretty much a heavy workout for my lungs, but I still like it.



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