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3/7/14 12:27 P

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I like square dancing. There are some clubs that don't take the long breaks in between "tips". I agree that there are quite a few old folks that square dance, but, we just have to find a way to get the "youngin's" to get into it! I've only done contra once and found it kind of boring. But, after checking out some video on line about it, maybe the contra I did wasn't really contra...the stuff I saw online was just like square dancing... hmmm... Oh well, we don't have any contra clubs around here, anyway...

I do like ballroom dance (though I don't know how to do anything more than a very basic waltz). I would like to learn more if my hubby would be willing. He likes square dancing more, though.

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9/28/13 8:33 A

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Bf and I tried Modern Western Square Dancing every Thursday for the past three weeks.

The people were sweet and if there were nothing else available around here, I'd probably join.

But they do only about 2 short dances and then take a break. Lots of breaks. It feels like we've barely started dancing when they tell us it's time to break.

Also, I'm not crazy about the idea that I would have to attend lessons for a year before we're allowed to dance all of the dances. I'd rather cram the moves using YouTube and learn them on my own in a month than have to sit out the "Plus" dances for an entire year.

I also didn't like the number of people who have to sit out when there aren't enough for another square. In contra and ECD if you're willing to dance as the opposite gender there is only a maximum of one person who might have to sit out. In square dancing even if you all dance "switch" you still can have up to SEVEN waiting out!

I thought I might dislike the "canned" music (contra and ECD always have live music). But I liked the things they played, and the singing calls were fun to dance to, as well.

Bottom line: too many breaks, not enough movement, not enough calories burned. Maybe I'll do something like that when I'm older and physically incapable of contra, but even then I'll probably lean toward ECD if it's available.

Speaking of ECD, they have started holding dances on Fridays after work at the local college, so yesterday I went there, danced for an hour and a half, and then one of the students came with me to Ithaca where we contra danced for another three hours. What a great way to start the weekend! I didn't get home until after 12:30 am, but it was worth it.



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9/1/13 7:09 A

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Mostly contra and English. There are only a couple of small monthly dances near me, so I hit the road when I can to get to the larger dances in Central or Northern Florida. I started dancing with blues and Cajun and Zydeco many years ago, but that's surprisingly hard to find down here too. I just might have to try salsa again!

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7/11/13 9:34 P

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There are people who just love Balkan. The music is great. There is a free folk festival in San Francisco every year, and Balkan dancing and music is always well represented.

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7/11/13 5:19 P

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Harry has gotten a LOT better at waltzing.

Apparently he's been practicing with the lawnmower. (!)

We're going to try Balkan-style international folk dancing tomorrow, just for hoots.

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6/30/13 1:20 P

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I know what you mean about waltzing. It can be the best or the worst depending on one's partner. I don't usually waltz because the worst is much more common than the best. It is probably different for the guy dancing the lead--being the lead probably he has more ability to improve the dance. I just end up walking backwards trying to not get stepped on.

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I enjoy the energy and simplicity of contra.

The "floatiness" of English Country Dance is nice, but doesn't get me going as much. It could be fun to put together a period costume and do it, though.

The occasional old-time squares they throw into a contra dance are fun, as are the odder "ninepins" and three-couple dances.

I'll enjoy the contra waltzes more once my bf has gotten more comfortable with finding the beat and counting to 6. :-)

I haven't tried Modern Western Square Dancing or Round Dancing yet but I think I'll investigate it once they start up local lessons in the fall. One thing I think I might miss is the live music we get in the contra and ECD format. But I'll try anything at least once.

I tried swing a few weeks ago in Rochester and it was OK. If there wasn't any contra around here I suppose I could go for that. Bf found the rock step confusing and didn't have much fun, though so it wouldn't be something we could do together. And I found the recorded music wasn't quite as fun as having a live band with a caller. Come to think of it, the price was about the same as a contra dance, so where was that money going??? LOL

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