Never be afraid to get dirty, but be sufficiently sure-footed to avoid the abyss of contamination.


Left Foot had remembered learning 6-step during his brief time with Absolute Zero, but now there were some new steps to learn. AM had just gone through five step and twelve step versions of Raas.

Left Foot decided to start in the five step line. The steps were fun despite (perhaps even because of?) several missteps along the way. After a while in a five step line, Left Foot stepped out to try the twelve step dance. He and PG teamed up to search for such a line. After failing to find one, they teamed up with a few others to create one from scratch.

It was at this moment that Left Foot noticed a familiar face in the emerging dance line. It took him a minute to retrace the steps through which they had met.

Once he thought he had the connection, Left Foot approached Familiar. “I know this is going to sound weird, but did you grow up in East Brunswick, New Jersey?” he asked.

“Yes, I did,” Familiar responded. A pause followed, and then, “What year were you?”

“Class of 2000,” responded Left Foot.

Familiar looked confused. “Wait, then how could you know me?”

“Oh, we met on a bus while I was at Berkeley for Visit Day,” Left Foot brought himself to admit.

Another pause followed before Familiar’s spark of recognition. “Oh, yeah! How are things going?”

“Pretty good,” responded Left Foot, laughing. “How about for you?”

“Still trying to graduate,” said Familiar.

Before they could continue their conversation, the dance began. They took steps, periodically shouting out “East Brunswick!” as their dandiyas clashed in the air.


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