30 Days Ago They Laughed at Me (Oct, 1924)
30 Days Ago They Laughed at Me
I never would have believed that anyone could become popular overnight. And yetâ€”here’s what happened.
ONE evening, about a month ago, I went to a dance. Just a jolly, informal sort of dance where everyone knew almost everyone else. I wouldn’t have gone to a really big or important dance, because Iâ€”well, I wasn’t sure of myself.
There was a young woman at this dance I had long wanted to meet. Someone introduced us, and before I knew it I was dancing with her. That is, I was trying to dance with her. She was an exquisite dancer, graceful, poised, at ease. Her steps were in perfect harmony with the music.
But I, clumsy boor that I was, found myself following her instead of leading. And I couldn’t follow! I stumbled through the steps. You cannot imagine how uncomfortable I was, how conspicuous I felt.
Suddenly I realized that we were practically the only couple on the floor. The boys had gathered in a little group and were laughing. I knew, in an instant, that they were laughing at me. I glanced at my partner, and saw that she, too, was smiling. She had entered into the fun. Fun! At my expense!
I felt myself blushing furiously, and I rated myself for it. Very well. Let them laugh. Someday I would show them. Someday I would laugh at them as they had laughed at me.
All the way home I told myself over and over again that I would become a perfect dancer, that I would amaze and astonish them. But how? I couldn’t go to a dancing school because of the time and expense. I certainly couldn’t afford a dancing instructor. What could I do? It dawned on meâ€” a plan flashed through my mind.
When I arrived home I found the magazine I had been reading the night before. One clip of the shears, a few words quickly written, a trip to the corner mail-boxâ€”and the first part of my plan was carried out. I had sent for Arthur Murray’s free dancing lessons.
Somehow I didn’t believe that dancing could be learned by mail. But there was nothing to riskâ€” and think of the joy of being able to astound them all at the dance.
The free lessons arrived and I was amazed at the ease with which I mastered a fascinating new fox-trot step. I learned how to lead, how to have ease and confidence while dancing, how to follow if my partner leads, how to dance in harmony with the music. It was fun to follow the simple diagrams and instructions. I gained a wonderful new ease and poise. Now I have the time of my life at parties and never hesitate to dance with the best dancers of my set.
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