Last Saturday I enjoyed meeting up with DDOORN, ANNIEMAC_98, and her husband for an afternoon of Contra and English Country Dancing. None of them had tried it before.
Here's DDORN's post about it:
For an explanation of this kind of dancing, see my blog post from April:
There is also a short YouTube video with people explaining why they like contra dancing and showing them dancing:
Pictured from left to right: ANNIEMAC_98 & her DH, DDOORN, 4A-HEALTHY-BMI (me), and my BF
We started with a lesson in a side room. The caller introduced the newbies to the basics of this form of dancing, walking us through some of the common figures, and assuring everyone that we were here to have fun, not perform.
Then we moved out into the main hall where a live band was waiting. DDOORN took some nice photos which he has shared:
It was a lot of fun to dance with my Spark buddies and watch my worlds collide as I introduced them to dancing friends from Ithaca, Syracuse, and Binghamton. Some friends from Rochester even came!
Although my Spark buddies had to leave when the afternoon session finished, DDOORN suggested a great restaurant for me and a couple of friends to visit: Whole in the Wall. www.wholeinthewal
It was fabulous. I would definitely go back there again. I had a lovely salad with grilled chicken and lowfat yogurt dressing, and split a piece of cheesecake three ways with the BF and another dancer.
The other two decided to find out how small they could keep splitting the last bit of it. As you can see, the piece left was pretty much microscopic when they were finished.
Then it was time to go back for three MORE hours of dancing, then carpooling north back home.
As for burning calories, my HR monitor reports the following:
4:46 of dancing in the afternoon session: 880 cal
3:02 of dancing in the evening session: 553 cal
That's a lot of calories. LOL
There is only one thing I’d change if I could about these dances - I'd love it if there were a way to more easily divert myself from the very tasty treats that people bring to share. I do bring protein bars and but sometimes I’m not so good about eating them instead of the cookies. I generally try to avoid the snack table, but sometimes I don’t have the resolve to follow through. At this dance a woman had brought home made toffee with almonds and white chocolate chips. I admit I had a few small pieces. And I sampled MANY more of the baked goods than I needed.
I got back on track the next day with my eating, so the damage was minimized. That’s pretty much the best one can do after indulging like that.
It sounds like my Spark buddies might try dancing again in their area. I hope they do, and that they get hooked enough to meet me for the great dances in Ithaca. It would be fun to see them again in that context!