SSQQ Practice Night at a Glance
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
9:15-10:30

Western
Practice

Room 1

9:15-10:30

Swing
Practice

Room 1

9:15-10:30

Salsa
Practice

Room 1

9:15-10:30

Western
Practice

Room 1

9:15-10:30

Whip
/WCS

Room 1

9:15-Midnite

Western Practice

Room 1

Swing/Latin
Party 
2nd Sat of each month  
W. Waltz or West. ChaCha 

Room 4
Whip/WC Swing
Practice

Room 4
Tango and Ballroom Practice 

Room 4
W. Waltz or West. ChaCha 

Room 4
Salsa
Practice


Room 4
Whip/WC Swing
Practice

Room 4
C&W/Whip Party 
4th Sat of each month
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$7 cover

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SSQQ Practice Night is
the Dance equivalent of
"Doing your Homework"

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SSQQ has a long-standing tradition known as "Practice Night". This tradition dates all the way back to my (Rick Archer) first year as a dance teacher in 1977.

Back in 1977 I took 30 weeks of Whip lessons, but not once did I practice afterwards. First I signed up for a 10 week Whip class. I was considered one of the best beginners, or so I was told. With that encouragement I signed up for the next two levels as well.

Muscle Memory

Unfortunately after seven months, one day I realized I knew lots of moves, but could not put two of them back-to-back since I had no "muscle memory".  Muscle Memory is the process of transferring information from your brain to your body. Moves that feel awkward and mechanical in class have a way of becoming fluid with repetition. Just as a golfer must practice his swing, a dancer must practice his lead. I knew I should have practiced, but I didn't. Why not ?

The reason was simple : I did not practice because I lacked the confidence to ask any of the ladies taking the class to go dancing with me so I could get better. In other words I needed to practice to gain confidence, but I since I lacked confidence I didn’t practice. In disgust I quit.

The absurdity was not lost on me. Later when I became an instructor I made a point to take my entire class out dancing. Having a built-in opportunity to go dancing with the instructor as a guide made all the difference in the world to my students. I named these after-class adventures Practice Night.

Practice Night amazed me !

In the beginning I could have predicted the rapid improvement I saw in my student’s dancing as the result of Practice Night. Obviously people who practice get better. That I could have predicted.

What I did not anticipate was the unbelievable number of friendships that developed as a function of having these large groups of people dancing together. Quickly Practice Night came to mean more than a simple chance to improve dance skills; it became an important opportunity to hang out with the gang.

Dance and Romance

Over the years SSQQ has been given quiet credit for countless romances and marriages too. We have been encouraged to enter the "dating business" many times, but I am convinced such an ill-conceived idea would jeopardize the "Magic".

Instead we remain a nice, safe place where people come to dance, see their friends, & have a good time. Today Practice Night immediately follows every class starting at 9:15 pm. We turn down the lights, pump up the volume, and start the Dance. With our large dance floor, no smoking rule, and great music, the conditions are perfect for dance and romance. Cover charge is $3 to $5 dollars. The "Magic" is free. Come find out for yourself !!

 

 

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