English Country Dance

On a recent day, with the snow softly falling, Technohubby and I attended our first English country dance, held at this beautiful building in a nearby town.

We've done a fair amount of dancing in the past, but English country dancing, as we were to learn, is a bit different from straight contra dancing.  For the first time in a long time, we were the least experienced dancers in the room.  That's a bit intimidating, but everyone makes mistakes and people were very patient with our occasional errors.

Some delights of the day included:

- Feeling like we just stepped into a Jane Austen novel (or movie)...ever so lovely!

- Noticing the difference in English country dancing...a bit more elegant, a little more space between people, the beautiful music, the fun call of "set to your partner".

- Live music provided by a violinist and a pianist (on a Steinway)!

- Friendly people!

- Dancing to the tune of "In the Bleak Midwinter", one of my favorite Christmas carols.

- Dancing the dance that Emma and Mr. Knightly dance together in the movie "Emma" (Gwyneth Paltrow version).

- Refreshments served on real plates.  I know this may sound silly, but I just so appreciated that someone was thoughtful enough to provide solid, ironstone plates and would care enough to wash them all at the end of the day.

Here's a quick video snippet of the dancing.  Enjoy!

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