[nabs-l] dance lessons and recreation

Dezman Jackson jackson.dezman at gmail.com
Mon Dec 22 03:03:34 UTC 2008


Ashley,
I've taken several dance classes in the past including swing, jazz and 
ladden. I found that for most things it was easy for the instructor to 
explain verbally the movements as she was showing the class. Also, in types 
of dance like ballroom you dance with a partner or in groups much of the 
time so I found it easy to mimic the moves of the person I was dancing with. 
Perhaps you might make a recording of descriptions of different dance 
maneuvers and patterns as you learn them. In any event, I found it very fun, 
a good social activity, good exercise, and definitely doable by a blind 
person so go for it.

HTH
Dezman
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ashley Bramlett" <bookwormahb at earthlink.net>
To: "National Association of Blind Students mailing list" 
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Sent: Sunday, December 21, 2008 7:49 PM
Subject: [nabs-l] dance lessons and recreation


> Hi all,
>
> Its gotten quiet.  I hope everyone is home relaxing after finals and 
> getting ready for the holidays.
>
> Have any of you taken dance?  Private or class?  What accomodations did 
> you use?  Its usually taught visually by demonstration.  If you regularly 
> do a active recreation  activity or did growing up, it would be 
> interesting to hear.  Growing up, unfortunately, I did not engage in much 
> physical activity for recreation.  I guess my parents did not think I 
> could participate in much.
> I did activities that were not physical like piano lessons.  The extent of 
> my activity was my swing set.
>
> Now I want to take ballroom dance as a class.  Know what?  My mother does 
> not think its doable.  She does not think they will be able to show me 
> what's happening.  I want to try and see what happens.  Its at a 
> recreation center and I have every right to participate if i pay money.  I 
> don't know how to change their minds.  Any thoughts or experiences are 
> appreciated.
>
> Ashley
> Ashley H Bramlett
> Undergraduate Student
> Marymount University
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