From the event's website: being taught basic dances;
Nikola in purple, Jessie in maroon, Valerie in blue)
|After the basic dance instruction, while we waited for the ball to commence at noon, our parents and the younger ones went to the Arch to venture up it, since the children never had! (neither have I; but it sounded like fun....maybe I will try it sometime!) Close to the time the ball was to begin, we were surprised to see a lady dressed in bridal array mingle among the costumed attendees. Soon, we found ourselves witnesses to a special ceremony renewing the wedding vows of a history-loving couple who have been married ten years! I must say, it was a good idea. Although I felt a little funny being there, as total strangers! |
picture from the event's website- the marriage vow renewal
As for dances....they were pretty easy to learn. I don't remember the titles, but they were mostly walking dances. Perfect for accomplishing with hoopskirts. Even the Virginia Reel we did was very slow... but also enjoyable nevertheless. And...drumroll....we learned how to waltz passing well!!! :) Finally. Thanks to the patient instruction of the dance mistress.
Oh: it was funny, at the beginning of the ball, we suddenly had an audience of Bosnian or Croatian folks watching us! As well as friendly Japanese- some of whom even asked to get their picture taken with my sister and I! Always glad to give pleasure to others. :)
Videos! They are very short; don't feel frightened to watch them! However, remember always turn them off before the 'ads' pop up at the end!
the band played from above us!
My sister Jessie is in the maroon and lace dress (which she borrowed from Nikola- ah! the joys of sisters!)
Other attendees...it was fun to meet others there, some of whom had traveled from hours away to come to this event!
our sister Valerie and partner
Next, we spent a couple hours at home, eating supper....before many of us headed out to University City to join the International Folk Dance Association group in some....international folk dancing!
The people there are always so friendly to us, and patient with us when we take a while to get the intricate steps of Serbian and Macedonian dances! That last event of the day was fun as well as we learned and danced old dances from the Balkans as well as Israel, Brittany, Canada.
We found it very humorous when one of the dance instructors began carefully teaching a certain dance which, from the very first ''walk forward 4 counts'' felt suspiciously like....''Progressive Gordons''! And so it was! Only this time it was done double time to a rocky Irish tune! Haha. And all the folk dancers were delighted with it, and requested a repeat. Wow. It just was so funny, since we've kind of grown up doing that dance at our Balls....
It was fun!
And we were all ready to work extry hard on Monday! (pictures of my room renovation-a hobby of mine to do a couple times at least every year- and new decorations-yay! coming sometime!) Needless to say....it was a busy Saturday!
Hope you have been having a grand December, and that your Christmas was joyous and special!!!
I hope to post again....it's just hard to find the time and this computer (shared between...four peoples at least) isn't always available when I am, and vice versa