I’m up! I’m here! This new site and web log are now ready for prime time, with the most heartfelt thanks to the EXTRAordinary Tahir Khan, who is all I can imagine a colleague and software architect and enthusiastic supporter could possibly be. I am in deep debt to his creativity and huge knowledge and late hours – and his positive, lovely nature.
My first post is about my most cherished community of dancers – the Northeast contradance gang. In February, we’ll be meeting up in Saratoga Springs for a three-day blitz of dance and music. We get to mingle with the stars – like Alan Thomson, Peter Barnes,Jeremiah McLane, Jacqueline Schwab, the Flying Garbanzos, David Kaynor and on and on and on…
So, there we (4,000 of us) are, mingling, playing music, meeting old and new friends, and oh, right, there’s also ….
DANCING! It’s swing and wild Scandanavian and Irish set dancing and hip hop and tango and Scottish tea dances and 47 other flavors and then there’s… contradance. Now, that’s a dance with a name that mystifies us all. It may have its roots in the word country, but I hope some expert will write in and illuminate us all. I scribed in my journal one evening after an especially beautiful dance that if it weren’t for the music, you could hear a pin drop, such is our concentration to get the paths down, the swings in time, the balancing, the allemanding, the hands four, the long lines forward and back, the singing squares, the promenading – so many odd memories from middle school gym class, but now that we’re all grown up, it’s enchanting. We’ve come to hold dear these long nights of moving in unison, inspired by the driving momentum of the music, the beauty of the melodies, and the delirious-making talent and generosity of the artists.