[Bg-dance] Fwd: Shadowlands Fall Ball January 24th (Free event)
tmcd at panix.com
Fri Jan 16 16:58:07 PST 2009
On Fri, 16 Jan 2009, Nadine <ianthe at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 5:34 PM, Tim McDaniel <tmcd at panix.com> wrote:
>> Anyone else looking to go? Hearne is only about 2 hours away from
>> Austin. The event I went to there was quite low-key and the
>> dancing was great, so I'm hoping to go again.
> What was the dancing like?
I said "great".
I know, I know, details! I was just being a smart-alec. My memories
are always a bit vague, so other who were there can correct me.
There was practice during the day; I don't remember instruction during
the ball itself (that really helps the flow). I remember being tired
at the end, but that indicates less and less dancing as the years go
by. There were maybe 20+ dancers, so we could do the dances that are
"for as many couples as will but you'd better have at least 6 couples
or you'll feel silly" -- it had been AEONS since I did Trenchmore
(since I don't go to wars). I believe there were good live musicians
for much of it.
On the minus side: there were a few dances new to me, but they were
English Country. I think the Italian dances done were the common
ones. But I might be forgetting that they did unfamiliar Italian
As an analogy, what I remember wasn't like a world cuisine restaurant
with lots of novel ingredients and presentations, but more like a
good-quality all-you-can-eat American BBQ buffet. While I'd like to
branch out more into Italian and such, I'll enjoy a big hearty meal in
the company of people I don't see often enough.
Tim McDaniel, tmcd at panix.com
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