I've been contradancing since 1995 when I moved to PA. I like all kinds of dancing but this is particularly nice since it's challenging to both the body and the mind (remembering the new patterns of each dance) and requires NO PARTNER! It's also nice that you're expected to change partners for each dance, so you never get stuck with one person either. Contradancing can be extremely energetic, depending on the caller - so it's also great aerobic exercise. And hearing live Appalachian bands is another great plus. What it's done for me - helped me relate and adjust to all different types of people. Also challenged me to be social when sometimes I wanted to stay home and mope.
"Mind like parachute - only function when open!" Charlie Chan
“Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.” ** E. Y. Harburg**
Some of the things I love about contra is that it has helped me get used to physical contact with others, it's pulled me out into a more social scenario, and I'm getting used to how my "new" body feels and moves.
Plus it gives me a chance to channel my inner femme, with all of those twirly and sparkly skirts I find in thrift shops. Most of the time I'm a tomboy, so this is a lot of fun.
Oh. And I met my current boyfriend there. I'm now converting him into a white water kayaker too (he says he's wanted to learn for years so it's not like I'm forcing him, LOL).
Edited by: 4A-HEALTHY-BMI at: 6/26/2013 (06:06)
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