The Great Gatsby Dance Class Analysis

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No one likes to admit they are shy, timid, an introvert, or nervous. I was able to feel all of these wonderful emotions before starting the class. The class description read, “All of the assigned readings have dancing woven through them: The Great Gatsby selections from the Harlem Renaissance and samples from Latino writers. Daily activities include class discussions of readings viewing documentaries and taking dance lessons. The last sentence read, “taking dance lessons.” I felt empathetically for those whose toes I was about to trip over.
Whether one is shy or outgoing, doing something for the first time can be a little out of your comfort zone. Especially if you’re being held in “closed position” by guys in your class you don’t even know.
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I started to feel differently about dance. To me, dance had seemed girly, sparkly, and graceful–everything opposite of myself. There are many more components to dance, such as feelings, happiness, confidence, excitement that I had not experienced before. I found myself wanting to dance, it was fun, and it was an escape. The feelings of excitement were quite comparable to how F. Scott Fitzgerald’s writing of The Great Gatsby made people feel. At his parties, “The lights grow brighter as the earth lurches away from the sun and now the orchestra is playing yellow cocktail music and the opera of voices pitches a key higher. Laughter is easier, minute by minute, spilled with prodigality, tipped out at a cheerful word” (Fitzgerald 44). It is easy to forget about any worries as the night goes on. I think dance adds a lot to a person’s personality, attitude, and passions. Although it is not as common or well known, I think the people who are able to understand dance are able to see life differently. A lot of good things come from understanding the history of dance. I’m able to see it from a psychological, health, and intellectual point of view. The dance is important, and so is the music. The music leads way to certain dances that contagiously make you happy and feel

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