NEWSFLASH>>>>>>Life is Rough!!!!
Sometimes overwhelmingly so. I've been struggling lately, and have gone back to my roots to figure things out. I also go to the people around me for encouragement, and I've been unbelievably blessed with the presence of all of YOU!! Especially, lately, the residents from the Holmstad Retirement Center, where I teach on Thursday mornings. Take a moment to meet them! In the picture above, that's (L-R) Mary Ellen, Jamie, Karen, Linda, Dorothy, & John (Chuck is not pictured). The seven of them will be dancing three dances in a recital at the Holmstad on April 29th on a stage about 8' deep by 16' wide. They are very nervous…with good cause! Could YOU dance Wonderland Waltzcomfortably on a stage that size, with that many people near you? It's gonna be tricky. They are taking deep breaths, SMALL STEPS, and a huge dose of faith to make this work. And they are between the ages of 68-91!!! They've earned the right to long NAPS, not big cases of nerves! Yet they are choosing to make this work, for the love of their hobby, dancing. When I witnessed both their concerns and courage yesterday, I was humbled…and pumped up! How's THAT for inspirational? If they can do it, so can we all!!!
Let's all get out of our comfort zones and try something new. Jeff & I will be hosting TWO dances this Sunday, March 9th, at the Warrenville Park District Community Center (3S240 Warren Ave, Warrenville):
- Dance With Your Kids from 3-5:30 pm, a kid's party with easy dances, games & lessons by Yours Truly. What a great way to introduce the under 21 group to dancing! We'll be primarily dancing lines, but of course couples are always welcome to do their thing. Snacks will be provided and soft drinks & water will be for sale for $1 each ($5 admission)
- Sunday Nite Country from 6-9 pm, which will follow the format of the Sunday Stampede from Cadillac Ranch. We'll alternate sets between classic lines & couples. An all-you-can-eat pizza, salad, & dessert meal will be included with your $10 admission; soft drinks & water will be for sale for $1 each
Also, Couples' Patterns 1 resumes this Monday night in Wheaton (call 630-665-4710
to register) at 7:45 pm. If you want to brush up on your Stationary Cha Cha, Barnyard Mixer, Cha Cha Del Rio, Shadow, or Schottische, this is the class to take!
So, now you know "it all". When I struggle, I take action to make things better. And I go to YOU. Where do YOU go?
See you on the dance floor!
I am one of those who is mourning the loss of the Sunday Stampede at Cadillac Ranch. I went there to dance on that day most weeks for more than a decade. But I am fortunate enough to also work with the Warrenville Park District, who has offered to host Sunday Nite Country next SUNDAY MARCH 9th from 6 – 9 pm, which will follow the format of the Stampede. Jeff will DJ, and you know he knows the playlist (no lessons, alternating couples and lines). You asked that something be done…and we listened! I'll grant you that WPD's gym doesn't have the ambiance of the Ranch, and it's 20 minutes south of the Ranch. Unfortunately this won't be a perfect replacement…but I'm excited for the opportunity! The dance will be held at the Warrenville Community Building Gym, 3S240 Warren Avenue, and the floor there is PERFECT. $10 admission will provide all-you-can-eat pizza, salad, & dessert, and loads of dancing.
Dance With Your Kids (Family Days revisited – ALL AGES WELCOME) will precede Sunday Nite Country on SUNDAY MARCH 9th from 3 pm – 5:30 pm ($5/person admission). We'll have a rocking kids' party with all easy dances, games, and lessons too! Snacks will be provided and pop & water will be for sale at $1 each (we ask that you please don't bring beverages to both events; please support the Park District).
If it goes well we'll be happy to offer this again!
Also, just a reminder…I'll be out of town this weekend at the Ft. Wayne Dance For All in Ft. Wayne, IN. The Cadillac Ranch Dance Team is performing there and I'm so excited!! My daughter Katie will be teaching Friday's lessons for me at the Ranch (I Walk Alone, Got To Be Funky, & Easy Moves Like Jagger) and Saturday's lessons at Warrenville as well (You're So Lucky & I Want Crazy). If you are looking for couples' dance instruction locally, Swing 'N' Country is hosting their annual Dance Camp (http://www.swingncountry.net/DCC/default.html) in Elmhurst this weekend, and I highly recommend it! If you can't attend classes and need dance shoes, this is the place to go. There are gobs of shoes from which to choose and you're sure to find one that fits you. Although you must pay to attend the convention, no admission fee is charged to shop for shoes.
FRIDAY'S SALVATION ARMY CLASS & GENEVA AND WARRENVILLE SATURDAY CLASSES WILL NOT MEET THIS WEEKEND!
I'll see you back on the dance floor on Monday. Have a FANTASTIC weekend – dance it away!!!!!!!!!