Date(s) - November 29, 2017
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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“There is a reason human beings have been dancing ever since they discovered fire and invented drums. It’s good for your soul, great exercise, develops better balance, promotes muscular coordination, wards off dementia, and you’ll get your recommended quota of at least 6 daily hugs.”
Come join us for happy hour, social dancing lessons and great fellowship. To start out, we’ll meet at Jimmy’s Old town Tavern (697 Spring St. Herndon VA) at around 5:30 for happy hour and or dinner. Look for Fred my dancing mannequin on the table. Well… Fred doesn’t actually dance he just poses. Anyway, you’ll know it when you see him:-). Then at around 6:45, we’ll take a short walk or drive to the Herndon Senior Center (873 Grace St # 1, Herndon, VA 20170). If you like to skip the happy hour get together and meet us at the Sr. Center at 7pm, no worries. Just be sure to wander up and say hi so I know you’re from the meetup.
Mike Bailey, who runs the Wednesday evening social dancing event at the senior center, has graciously extended a personal invitation to all the folks in the Imagine and “Let’s Take a Hike From Suburbia” meetup groups to join him on Wednesday evenings to learn how to social dance.
Usually the Wednesday evening dances are straight how-to lessons. However, this Wednesday there will be a “Pot Luck” dinner with no lesson. While it’s not mandatory, you are encouraged to bring something to share food wise. Chips, cookies… whatever. Even better would be to grab something from the prepared food counter at your local Giant. All drinks(no alcohol), plates and cups are being provided. Think of it as bad karma if you come empty handed and started scarfing down all the food everyone else brought to share.
In spite of being a beginner, I’d like see if there are any other social dancing wannabe’s out in Imagine or LTHFS other then myself and this seemed like a good way to find out. Given the instructional, lesson oriented nature of these Wednesday events, you’ll be practicing with lots of different partners of varying ages. I happen to be in my mid 50’s and I’m sure there are lots of 70 year old ladies who could swing dance circles around me and I plan on learning everything I can from them. All levels are welcome from beginners, like myself, who really don’t know what they’re doing, to seasoned veterans like my co-host Peggy. I plan on making this a regular Wednesday evening meetup for a period of time on both Imagine and LTHFS. My co-host Peggy and I do plan on hosting events that are to formal dance halls such as the old Spanish dance hall in Glen Echo MD (https://glenechopark.org/spanish-ballroom). We’ll consider those events graduation dances :-).
A few quick pointers for Social Dancing newbies like me:-)
Make sure you wear shoes that allow your feet to turn easily. Street shoes with smooth leather soles, sneakers with duct tape, or suede patches that are designed to glue on the bottoms of shoes to convert them to dance shoes.
Ladies need shoes with heels, not just straps, so they can step backwards without their shoes slipping down.
***IMPORTANT*** Mike offers these Wednesday lessons for free but he does take donations and asks that you consider making a small donation of a few dollars to help offset the cost of music purchases, sound gear and the quarterly Pot-Luck Dinner/Dance Nights. Well worth it in my opinion.