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Contra Dance: Time for Some REAL Swinging!

Friday, November 15, 2013

I keep waiting for a pocket of time to do this blog justice, however things are hopping such that I KNOW if I don't share it now my weekend is gonna just run away with itself and who knows WHEN I'll catch up with all of you! :-)

First of all a follow up to my "workout weirdness": turns out my son has noticed the same thing happens to him when allergies kick up working out quiets them down. He said that pumping up our bodies during a workout just over-rides the allergies while our heart and blood is revved up.

In the meantime the allergies sorta come and sorta least I finally remembered my old buddy the neti pot. It really helps to quiet the symptoms.

Now onto the FUN STUFF! I can't thank 4-A-HEALTHY-BMI enough for her friendly "nudges" to join in the fun of contra dance! PLUS although another local member of SparkPeople (ANNIEMAC_98) and I have caught up with each other via the website, this was the first time we had a chance to "make it real" and meet each other at contra dance since I posted to our local group to encourage others to join in the fun.

Check out 4-A-HEALTHY-BMI's blog with all the pics and links to "fill in the blanks":

I was so glad to have pushed through my reservations and apprehensions over trying contra dance! Not that I wasn't daunted by the challenges! Unlike swing dance in which once you a a few basic steps and variations you're good for a night of dancing, with contra dance there are MANY different moves to learn. And because the moves are called out by the "caller," it required one to a) listen carefully, b) know the taxonomy of the various moves (do-si-do, allemande, etc.) and / or c) follow the crowd and do what THEY do!

My hearing isn't what it should be (especially with live music, conversation and many audio distractions) so I pretty much opted for c) throughout my time dancing. Tricky though as while one is constantly moving you can't always keep your eye on what others are doing. Sometimes there was guesswork, which wasn't as reliable as I would've hoped!

But there was lots of repitition, so eventually I would get it down and get through the steps without too many mishaps. And the people were OH-so-friendly and helpful...often pointing me in the right direction when I looked lost or headed the wrong way.

Some of the dances requires one to swing your partner and the swinging in contra dance is WAY more cool than the swinging in swing dance! After having danced with a few different gals, 4-A-HEALTHY-BMI asked for a dance which I gladly obliged! I was about to find out what REAL swinging was like! It had been pretty tame with the others but with 4-A-HEALTHY-BMI (always a full-throttle sort of person, which is one of many great qualities she has!) it almost felt like *I* was being! So I quickly learned to reciprocate in kind and soon we were whirling away just *this close* to being disorientingly dizzy...but not quite! What a blast!

It was a blast in another way too: we all heated up that gym in a hurry! I was sopping with sweat by the time I wrapped up!

The live music was extra special also, playing folk from uptempo to elegant waltzes. Excellent musicians!

I found out that there is a group that gets together for contra dance in the Binghamton area on a regular basis and hope to continue to push through my reticence and join in again soon.

Pushing the envelope and being "alive in the world!" That's what it's all about! :-)


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
WATERMELLEN 11/26/2013 6:49PM

    Love this blog . . . just sounds like a whole lotta fun!

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ZELLAZM 11/26/2013 3:07PM

    How did I miss this blog! I love how you continue to try new things and enjoy your healthy lifestyle, Don! WTG!

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CHANGE4FIT 11/20/2013 12:55PM

    Glad you took another opportuntiy to "be alive in the world"! Things we never regret!

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HIPPICHICK1 11/19/2013 6:05PM

    Wow!! Sounds like sooooo much fun!!
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_VALEO_ 11/17/2013 12:39PM

    That's awesome that you went back to the dancefloor and tried Contra dance.
Having fun while going out of your comfort zone is great.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/15/2013 10:57PM

    It was great seeing you guys last weekend! Hope to meet up with you again on the dance floor. I emoticon a good swing. LOL

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GHK1962 11/15/2013 4:54PM

    Well good to know about the allergy / exercise thing. No wonder when I am feeling sniffly and I go out biking I feel better.

As for the Contra dancing ... HIGH-5!

I have never been ... but wifey and I used to do Irish Ceili dancing. And while the steps are different, the pace and style sound the same. A caller, partners, and a ripping great time.

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RACEWELLWON 11/15/2013 10:24AM

    Wow sounds like a ton of fun - I just might have to give a Swing!!! What a fantastic way to meet an enjoy life emoticon . I love the neti - glad to hear your found comfort - Keep swinging !! Karen

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OUTDOORGIRL71 11/15/2013 9:28AM

    Sounds like a lot of fun & you had a lot of fun. It also burns calories. Do it works both ways. Fun & exercise to burn calories.

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/15/2013 8:54AM

    What fun!

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L*I*T*A* 11/15/2013 8:50AM

    sounds like you had a great time................ emoticon

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KANOE10 11/15/2013 8:03AM

    How fun to discover another activity in your life. That sounds like a great night with friendly people,,plus you got some exercise in!


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FERRETLOVER1 11/15/2013 7:40AM

    Sounds like fun and lots of great exercise at the same time - totally a win-win!

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 11/15/2013 7:17AM

    Wow what energy! So fun to read about your exciting and weird exercising!!!

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PATRICIAAK 11/15/2013 5:18AM

    sounds like fun

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