I remember once, a long time ago, dancing in a nightclub, thinking I was quite good, and then catching sight of myself in a mirror.
It was a traumatic experience, as I saw the painful reflection of someone who not only could not dance, but was causing great shame and embarrassment to those around him. Yes, it was me.
I was a mess, and my body moved in strange ways, as if a number of volts were passing through it. I still enjoy the occasional dance, but it's usually in a small room with the curtains drawn.
If, like me, you're rhythmically challenged, you have three main choices:
1. You could simply say "to hell with what others think" and continue boogying without a care in the world, prepared to live with the fact that people may point and whisper "That's him" as you walk down the high street
2. You could hang up your dancing shoes and never take to the dance floor again, thereby sparing others the awkwardness of witnessing your awkwardness.
3. You could go along to a dance class to get lessons, to build your confidence, to do some exercise, to improve your movement and posture, to meet new people.
Chisenhale Dance Space in Bow welcomes all, from children to adults, from experienced dancers to those with two, or perhaps three, left feet.
As well as offering weekly classes, Chisenhale Dance Space also runs educational and artistic events that you can get involved with.
For children, classes are offered to those as young as two, helping to make dance fun and encouraging and developing creative movement. Let's face it, children are lucky – they have few inhibitions and can put most dancing adults to shame. It's when we grow up and become all self-conscious that the limbs go all wobbly and out of sync with the music.