From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Larry Ching) I guess I should start with me and dancing. From what I remember about my childhood attempts at dancing, I was a hyperactive stepper. I would do what would be described now as pogoing, with a reve'd up version of twisting ( I was born in 1955 ) . I knew when to stop dancing, when my nose started bleeding. So, from my earliest years, I valued sensation over style in dancing. When I entered my teenage years, the sexuality & sensuality that I became capable of added some spice to the equation, but it was still mostly an adrenaline/trance thing. This was at odds with social dancing, especially in the shy, conservative environment of 1970's teen Hawaii. And, since I didn't like drinking all that much, rock concerts were the only way I could dance the way I wanted to. ( At that time, rock concerts in Hawaii were almost totally attended by white audiences ). The sensuality and trance components of my dancing increased with experience over time, but in a mellow fashion - not to the point of speaking in tongues or being able to skewer myself painlessly. I screwed up my back a few years ago, so a lot of my dancing now is done with my upper body, as opposed to doing fancy dance moves with my feet. ( My back is much better now ... although I usually say that just before I screw it up again! ) I like to do a lot of dancefloor roaming, as walking/jogging/running is easier for my legs to do than up-and-down/leg-lifts/in-place dancing. I don't usually like compacted crowds and uneven dancefloors at raves, because they both interfere with my zooming around. My usual strategy then is to get to a rave EARLY - you find better parking too! The main reason I like raves is that I can dance the way I've always wanted to. Other reasons are: - Meeting people who are kind and patient; being with my friends. At one big warehouse rave in Hayward, I accidently stepped on someone's hand, but he was graciously forgiving. And, of course, I've met all you good SFRavers! Good people are hard to find. - Not so much macho "I/we can booze/do drugs/dance/fight better than you and your gang can" attitude. - People watching. - Being in a crowd that's there to DANCE !