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June 25th, 2010

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02:54 pm - English Country Dancing
I had never heard of it before. Of course we all had to take the obligatory square dancing in school which I hated!! My high school girlfriend Helen who lives in Tallahassee Florida calls and says, "Meet me in Gainesville, Fl. and try this English Country dancing with me." I said, "What is that?" She said, "Think Jane Austen" with a bit of a two step or swing to it.
So, I agreed to go. Helen has been doing this dancing all over the place. Apparently they do not have any dances in her town so she travels to Atlanta,
and Gainesville. For her that is a three hour drive. For me it was only an hour each way. Of course I got lost. And the roads were all torn up in the historic section of Gainesville which is where this dance hall was. I called Helen on her cell phone (and of course it was right in the worst part of town, at a bus depot) and I said, "Helen, I am going to kill you when I finally see you. Only for you would I go through this." So, Helen then told me where to turn and she walked up to the bus depot and guided me to the dance hall. It seems I had to drive right through the bus depot to get to this blocked sixth avenue and south main. The dancing was very nice. For five dollars I got a lesson beforehand. I did the first three dances alright but then it got very intricate and fancier steps. I decided to sit and watch the others. I was way out of my element. They had a guitarist and flutist. It was very waltz like. And beautiful. But I just could not bring myself to do all the play acting they do during the dance. I felt too self conscious. But it was good fun and I would definitely try it again. Best of all, I got to visit with an old friend from high school and catch up during lunch. Here are a few pictures. Helen is the girl in the long turquoise blue dress.

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Date:June 25th, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC)
Don't come to me for lessons - but there are also Morris dancing, Scottish highland dancing, sword dancing, and many other small geographic area specialities. We have stolen your barn-dancing,as well as your line, then there was the jive, and all that end-of-war 1945 style stuff that migrated over here, thanks to Glen and his band, etc.
There were more 'industrial' injuries caused by the youth of the time trying to screw themselves into the floor while emulating Chubby Checker, than were suffered by working for a living! (Careful what meaning you put on that phrase!)

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