Dancing rocks!!! Especially couples dancing (dancing
with a partner)!
Following a childhood of trying to imitate Michael Jackson (which I still
do on occasion) I started Salsa dancing back in Cairns late 2004
when my favourite Pakistan friend Durrani convinced me it was a good way
to meet girls. While most of the girls I met at this place were ten to
thirty years older than me I really enjoyed the dancing, and when I moved
to Brisbane in 2005 I took Swing dancing lessons and joined the
uqdance club as
soon as I found out about it. In 2006 I became treasurer of uqdance and
became REALLY involved in it. I'm no dancing expert, but I'm a pretty
good/confident lead (or so I'm told) and find it heaps of fun - part of
my identity even. Below are some resources I've created to help convince
you that EVERYONE should dance!
Tips For Beginners.pdf (750
kB) .doc (2.1 MB)
- READ THIS DOCUMENT! I wrote this document for uqdance,
but I think anyone considering learning any couples dance
should read it! It contains: (1) top ten list of reasons
why you should learn to dance, (2) top ten
tips for beginnersand (3) an explanation
of dance etiquette for both girls and boys. It's long, but
it's worth reading!
- Unofficial_Guide_to_Running_UQDance.pdf (560
kB) .doc (19 MB) - A handy booklet I've written for all future executive members of our dance club. Should also serve as a good guideline for similar dance clubs and a good template for other social university clubs.
- Being_a_Gentleman.pdf (140
kB) - This article is a bit embarrassing actually, total overkill for the point I was trying to make, but as it turns out I'm not phased much by public embarassement. I think the point I was trying to make is that being a gentleman and being a good dancer should always go hand in hand.
(160 kB) - Ruedo casino is basically a form of Salsa in a circle, where one person
yells out calls, and every follows - very impressive to watch ... however
the calls are all in Spanish and I know from experiences it's easy to
forget them! Here is a condensed list of calls we have taught and often
use at uqdance.
(155 kB) - And here is a larger list
of calls/moves described in more detail.
Dance Factory Program.zip (700
kB) - “3D Dance factory” is a program I made during
undergrad which allows you to program and play dance moves (see image
above). Download and have play if you want, but sadly there are very
few moves because creating all the key frames would have taken me days!
PS: If any one has spare time to kill and is willing
to give it a shot e-mail me!
- www.uqdance.net – only
the coolest club at UQ!
- www.dance-card.com – a great independent site setup for all styles of dance (jive, swing, tap, salsa etc) featuring some interesting forums about etiquette and so on.
– has some good info about different dances & some free demonstration
movies. (although their CG figures are obviously not as cool as mine)