Feeling that grinding, soul-crushing sensation that comes with holiday rerun music about 30 days into the shopping season? Wish Christmas music could be new and joyful again, like it used to be?
I’m a strong believer that knowing how to *dance* to music makes all the difference.
And luckily for us, most popular American Christmas songs are played to a swing beat for swing dancing – the quintessential American dance and a simple one to learn from the ground up.
Dancing makes music come to life – and it adds social, sexual, and creative dimensions that make it far more complex but also make you far more important in the music equation.
With swing dancing, you can find a partner and get your feet moving to everyone from Chuck Berry or Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra or Gene Autry.
With swing dancing, even an otherwise offensively-bland Christmas song like this one can become a potent tool for wooing women (or men):
With swing dancing, “Rocking Around. You can *actually* rock around the Christmas tree with someone:
You don’t have to be as good as all that, too. And it doesn’t take much to learn. Ask a swing dancing friend (you’ll know them because they’ll tell you) if you can tag along for a swing dance. You can be up and running with basic steps and rhythm within an hour. Then a whole new world of music appreciation – holiday and otherwise – will open up.