I’m no wallflower, all I want is one fish, one dance, one chance to be a part of this moving, swirling room. You won’t get a partner standing off to the side, staring wistfully at the crowd- you have to wade in, moving to the rhythm, working the floor until you find that one partner that says “Yes, I’d love to”. If you stop, stand in one place, the rhythm is lost. You must keep moving, keep dancing, no matter how foolish you look or feel. Not every dance is meant to be. At times you will move from partner to partner, a twenty second dance. She'll leave you jilted and stunned, standing on the dance floor feeling guilty, wondering "What did I do wrong?". If you are the right height, the right build, if your eyes meet just so, if you are well matched, if it's the right song for both, you may just see this one through, move through all the paces, exhausting yourself until the music ends, you dip your partner and take a bow.
I work my cast, work my space on this floor until finally my line stops. I lift my rod sharply, taking my partners hand, ready for our waltz. At first she is still, unmoved, assessing this new suitor. Then she moves toward me, setting the pace, dancing to her own beat, one that I must follow. We sway back and forth awkwardly, matching move for move, but some partners are fickle, some things are not meant to be. It ends as quickly as it has begun, my line goes slack, I drop my arm. I stand there shaking, breathless from my twenty second dance, like that first time, or the last, that I asked a girl “Will you dance with me?”