Posted by JennieC on July 30, 1998 at 17:26:11:
In response to to Mist and JennieC..., written by Tenby on July 30, 1998 at 11:23:20
I live in the DC area too and did not know about these dance societies -- you can tell I hadn't done too much research! (Snip)
Do you think this scenario would be successful: a 'ball' with a bunch of people who didn't know one step to an English country dance, but got instruction for the first half in, say, two or three different dances, and then were 'let loose'to just 'do it'? (Snip)
The Greater Washington Dance Society has its offices at Glen Echo Park in Glen Echo, MD, home of the famous Spanish Ballroom. I don't have the phone number handy, but I know it is listed in information.
And, yes, it is quite feasible to have instruction at a ball. My husband and I go contra/Irish dancing every third weekend of the month, October through May, and there is always instruction before and during the dance. Beginners come early and are shown all the basic steps. Then, before the music starts for each new set, the caller walks everyone through all the steps in the dance. Once the music starts, you are kept in step by the caller. By the end of the evening, you're a pro! English country dancing is even easier, since it is more sedate. The instructors are always kind and fun, and it is just as enjoyable to learn the steps as it is to dance. We'd just have to find out about getting the band and caller to hold a ball!
JennieC (tingling with anticipation)
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