By showing off a multitude of silverware in their window, a local dance school has made a Camberwell native confront his fears about dancing, despite serious misgivings caused by a tragic past.
“Before I just thought it was something you saw in the movies like Strictly Ballroom, Shall We Dance? And that latest twaddle La La Land…but when I saw those big trophies I realised that we have a prize winning dance school right here in Camberwell. I wouldn’t mind giving it a go but I’m afraid I’ll make a complete arse of myself in front of total strangers,” explained Herbert.
Herbert is not alone. Many people with the grace and rhythm of someone shot with a tranquilizer dart have the same concerns.
“It all stems from this school dance we had at my school in 70’s. There was this girl I liked and when I asked her to dance she kind of screwed up her face the same as when you’re constipated, so I was already nervous. Anyway, at my school, we had to do traditional dancing like waltzing and I was only used to rocking out with a bit of Kiss and T-Rex in my bedroom. It was a disaster! I kept standing on her toes and being out of step. Also, I could see my mates laughing at me from the side. It was so humiliating.”
Herbert’s experience is not unusual for middle-aged males. Painful experiences from their youth and a lifetime of sitting on couches watching footy have distanced them from the possibilities of moving their bodies to music. Despite this, Herbert assures The Camberwellian he will definitely have a think about going into the studio and asking about prices.