Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Rock and Roll! At my Age!

I’m just about recovering from our nice, restful weekend away, but then I’ve only got myself to blame. We’ve been to the Warners Holiday Hotel near Harrogate and I dragged Rod along to one of their Rock and Roll classes. Warners is the sort of place where you have to join a class or two, get involved, or you haven’t had the full “Warners experience”.  The problem is, I never think these things through. I mean, one and a half hours of Rock and Roll! At my age! I ask you!

It never looks that tiring when you watch the celebrities doing their routines on BBC TV’s Strictly Come Dancing. They don’t ever have to sprawl across a table gasping and sipping water and I’ve never seen any of them having trouble walking afterwards. But that’s them. This was me! And what a shock it was! Not only is the music scarily fast, but the teacher wouldn’t let us get away with walking through the routine. Oh no! She kept shouting out, ‘Remember to bounce!’...

...One and a half hours of bouncing! At my age! I ask you!

And so that’s why I’m only just recovering from our nice, restful weekend away. In future, if I want to have a dance I’ll stick to the hand jive. It’s so much more dignified.

Anyone who can remember the Hand Jive first time around, the one with Johnny Otis, will have a bit of a nostalgia trip watching this You Tube clip. I don’t remember it myself, of course... honest I don’t! But I dare say some of you will.   *dives for cover as assorted blogger missiles whistle through the air*


  1. Bouncing should be no problem to you, Rosalind. I love rock 'n' roll. Well done you. Save the hand jive for the old folk's home. You can do it sitting down.

  2. I'm sorry you had to dance your little heart out at a rock 'n' roll boot camp! The Hand Jive was hysterical! I'm sure those dancers endured hours of extensive training and missed at least one snack in the process! Julie

  3. Great post. I recently started bike riding again. Its funny how easy the kids make it look. We won't talk about how slow I walk after. :)
    Thanks for the great video clip. Cheers~

  4. Hi Christine, you'd think I could bounce like Tigger but sadly the bouncing action together with gravity is not good!

    Hi Empty Nest Insider, those hand jive girls are priceless aren't they.

    Thanks Nancy, I'd be walking in exactly the same way if it were me... which it won't ever be because I've never mastered the art of bike riding!

  5. Even though I loved dancing when I was young, I also still loved the hand-jive.
    I guess I was born a couch potato ☺

  6. Hi Ros .. I'd never seen the Hand Jive - what an amazing clip - even watching tired me out.

    Glad you had a fun weekend away .. hope the old bones are creaking back to normality now! Happy week ahead .. cheers Hilary

  7. Hope your aches have eased and you can bend and move with more ease. Bouncing is not as easy as it sounds!

  8. Hi Ann G. I can't believe you can remember the hand jive!

    Hi Hilary, but the hand jive is the easy version. What WOULD you have thought if I'd posted up a clip of the jive!!

    Hi Ann, you're right. Bouncing is very painful.

    Hi Duncan, well spotted! He just stood there and flicked my hand sending me this way and that and wondered why I was gasping for breath.

  9. LOL! I know what you mean. 2 days to recover from 1 day of activity! I yes, I remember Hand Jive, doing that crazy hand jive.

  10. That sounds really fun... but yes, it does sound tiring. Hope you've recovered somewhat!

  11. Good for you! I think all that bouncing had to be good for ya!

  12. No dancing for me, but I'm going to be rockin' and rollin' for many years to come. It's the music of my youth and something I still enjoy immensely. Lately I've been listening to a lot of The Who. I'm wearing out my Quadrophenia CD.

    Tossing It Out