Despite my Southern Baptist upbringing, I still like to get out and have a good jig every now and again. Now mind you, my husband will be the first to tell you that I’m terrible at it, but it’s just so much fun. (That’s me, above, dancing the night away at a “Dancing in the Streets” event in Downtown Lexington, KY.)
Whether you’re in your house alone, blaring your favorite Southern tune, or out and about with friends and family, or belong to a team that actually know what in heaven’s name they’re doing, dancing is a favorite Southern tradition, through and through.
If you’re a bit rusty, there are plenty of classes you can take around your town. You can sign up for classes as a one-time activity, or several times per week in most cities. If you get real good, sometimes they’ll even let you perform in front of folks. Below is a local clogging troupe performing at a Junior League Whale of a Sale. Even better, dance for a good cause. Old fashioned dance marathons have gone the way of the butter churn in our day and age, but if you look hard, you can still find ‘em. Dignity U Wear is holding Dancing With Dignity in Jacksonville, Florida and in Raleigh, North Carolina in the upcoming months. Or goodness gracious, just go open iTunes on your computer, put on your favorite song, and have a little ho-down in your living room.
Nobody knows how to cut a rug like a Southerner. So get out there and kick up your heels!