This past Saturday I returned to my roots and spent the evening dancing at the country dance bar formerly known as Cadillac Ranch, and now called Lucky Star.  Doesn’t sound too remarkable, does it?  Well, it was a major decision for me.  At that venue, I met my last two dance partners, led a dance team, taught line dancing, and made a ton of friends, and it was a rough ending when they closed in March of 2016.  I landed on my feet when a week later I started hosting dances on my own, but I struggled in dealing with my Ranch experiences…so I stayed away.  Plus, I didn’t want the drama which would accompany my return.  A lot of dancers who were close to me did the same, and I am grateful and honored by their support. Rob from the CR Dance Team recently asked how it went on Facebook, so I thought I’d share my response even more publicly, since I know he’s not the only one wondering.  His question was, Is it worthy again?

No, it’s not worthy. It’s just time. I decided to stop being held hostage by my pain. I’m not getting any younger. Preventing the future good times there won’t bring back the precious times of the past. They’re simply over.

As I am dealing with other things in my life right now, I am dealing with this, and packing up my treasured Ranch memories and moving on. I regret the mistakes and cherish the victories, and have learned from both. But they are over. 

I danced over two solid hours, to every song. I had fun. I’ve met hundreds, if not thousands, of people in that place in the last 2 decades, and it was so special to see so many of them again . I played hard, and laughed…and I think I’m going to do it again [this Saturday].

Reliving all the pain of the past doesn’t make me feel any better, it just makes me feel sadder. It won’t right the wrongs or bring back the Golden Era. I don’t want to be sad anymore. Happy times are ahead. It’s time to let it go.

It’s not worthy…it’s just time.

Dozens of people who have been taking lessons from me for years were with me this past Saturday, and that made it so much easier for me to go.  Thank you, all!  For those of you who would go again if I were there, I’ll make sure to let you know when those Saturdays will be.  My schedule is hopping, so I don’t have many free Saturdays!  But since we moved the Fermilab dance FROM tomorrow, June 15, TO Friday, June 21st, I’m planning on dancing again for fun at LS tomorrow.  If you want help from me with your line dancing, come dance with me TONIGHT at Tequila Roadhouse from 6-9 pm. Saturday is open dancing for me too; I don’t teach at LS.

Also, Thursday afternoon classes in St. Charles are cancelled NEXT THURSDAY the 20th due to Swedish Days, and will resume June 27th.  Visit http://www.dancewithjanet.com/teachingschedule to find other classes to attend so you don’t fall behind; new dances this week were I LIKE BEER and HOTTIE ON TWO. I’ll be reviewing them for a while yet.

We have two performances next weekend, one at the Rotary Grove Fest in Downers Grove, and one in the Swedish Days Parade in Geneva.  Won’t you join me?  Details, including which dances we’re doing and instructional videos, are at www.dancewithjanet.com/calendar.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!  May you have a wonderful day with your children.  To all those who have lost their dads, as I have, I wish you peace with your memories.

See you on the dance floor!!

Janet