Sunday, September 24, 2017

Something to Report

It's been a long time since I posted anything new on here, mainly because I've forgotten about it, but also because I really haven't felt like I had anything to post.  But now I do.

Over the eclipse weekend in August, I managed to make it to the Athens, Georgia, contra dance, even though I had blown a tire on the RV and had to get it repaired on a Saturday.  It was a great dance!  The dancers were experienced, the band was good, the caller was good, and of the crowd of about fifty or sixty, HALF were young people under 30!  I don't know how to create that situation down here in Florida, but we need to.

It's now a week until the 5th Saturday dance in Davie at the Davie Woman's Club.  The club survived the storm, the band and I survived the storm, so we're going ahead with the dance.  I'm calling it the "I Survived Irma" contra dance.  Please come, and please bring a friend.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Nothing to Report

I'm missing tonight's and tomorrow's dances still, as well as missing last week's dance, so I don't really have anything to report.  I haven't heard from anyone asking about the April fifth Saturday dance, so it is still on hold.  My ankle is still bothering me, so I'm not sure how much dancing I'll be able to do, anyway.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

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Well, I missed Orange Blossom Ball and it looks like I'm going to miss Snowball, too, and I didn't go to the Boca dance, so I don't have a lot to report.  I did make it to the Barnacle dance, but there weren't too many people there.  The wood floor has warped in place.  I injured my ankle dancing on it, still sore three days later.  Cornbread played and Anita called.  I know why she does it, but Anita's dances are way too simple for someone who has been dancing for 13+ years now.

I still haven't decided whether or not the 5th Saturday dances will continue.  If you care, let me know.

On the bright side, relations with a couple of people showed some evidence of a warming trend.  I know I can come off as cuddly as a cactus sometimes, but I'm not that bad, really.  Those who take the time to get to know me find me warm, kind, and funny.  Of course, if you're an idiot or a control freak, you'll find me extremely hostile and unforgiving.  Fortunately there aren't too many of those in the contra dance.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

First 2017 Dance

I see Rose has started her own blog about the dances on Facebook.  I'll let you draw your own conclusions on that subject.  You can probably guess what my opinion is.

The dance was quite good, with plenty of people to dance and a new fiddler named Rex who was excellent.  The caller was okay, not great.  I can't stand that one dance where you wander around the room rather than dancing in the contra dance line, and I'm not terribly fond of the four facing four dances.  Sicilian circles are okay, IF you get to dance with everyone, but the dance we did skipped three couples at a time, and the number of couples was a multiple of four, so we only got to dance with three couples out of the 24 on the floor.  Lou believes all callers should be musicians.  I think all callers should be mathematicians so they can see how the numbers are going to work.  I remember at one dance making sure that a double progression dance had an odd number of couples just so everyone would get a chance to dance with every other couple, but no one understood what I was about or why I was so adamant that there should be an odd number.

I wonder how many are going to be around for the Davie dance on Saturday.  I don't think I'm going to make it because I'm broke, but most of the regulars will be in Daytona for the Orange Blossom Ball.  But most of the regulars have not been going to Davie anyway, so maybe it won't make much difference.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year, New Post

We had a decent turnout for the New Year's dance, we made enough to pay for hall and a little left over for the band besides.  Pat Czar wasn't able to make it down, so I ended up calling the dance.  Apparently I still need a lot of practice making myself heard and understood.  But we had some good dancers and most of the dances went well.  Pot Luck played and sounded pretty good as far as I could tell.  The band wasn't happy with their musical performance and the dancers thought they could play a little faster, but otherwise there were no complaints.  The hard floor did wear everyone out early, so we didn't quite make it to midnight, but that was fine, too.

Happy New Year.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Just Ask Alice

Went to the Sunday Boca Raton dance and missed the Miami Barnacle dance.  Alice Milmoe called and Cornbread played.  The incorporation of Christmas songs into the repertoire was nice, although using the Chipmunk's Christmas Don't Be Late for a waltz was a bit odd.

I like Alice's calling, though I think most female callers need to speak up just a bit more than they do.  I've been told the same about my calling, of course.  Alice was calling at Orange Blossom Ball a few years ago and paid me the supreme compliment of asking me to dance.  With a room full of excellent dancers, being singled out like that was most gratifying.

Here is the website link once again for anyone who wishes to sign up for the New Year's Eve contra dance: http://new-years-eve-contradance.jwbsite.com/  The more people who sign up early, the better we can make the dance.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Decent-er 3rd

A decent turnout for the December 3rd dance.  Not quite up to two lines but enough to fill the hall with one line.  More guys than gals again, which used to be unusual but seems to be occurring with more regularity lately.  Stepping Stones played and Brian called.  Brian attempted, with some success, to give us a couple of harder dances than usual.  I can't fault Brian for trying, but most of our dancers just aren't up to that level.  At least the contra corners went reasonably well.

I did get to announce the New Year's Eve dance once again, and while there is some interest, I still don't have a good feel for how many will actually come to the dance.

When I was in Valparaiso, Indiana, I felt like the callers called too many circles, squares, Sicilian circles, triplets, and other novelty dances, and not enough contras.  Down here in south Florida, I feel like we don't get enough of them.  The only one I really don't like is the four-facing-four arrangement, only because you get stuck with a permanent corner not of your choosing.  I have tried on occasion to pick my own corner, but most of the time it doesn't work.  The other problem with the 4-4 arrangement is you only get to dance with half the crowd.  The same problem occurs with the Sicilian circle, but by turning another willing couple, you can head back the other way and dance with everyone.  Picking your own shadow is also problematic, particularly if you don't know a dance with a shadow is coming.