timeripple: (dulac fiddle)
So last week in my party-induced drunken haze I agreed to go contra dancing the next day.

Now, ever since Boston Harbor and Fiddleheads: The Next Generation and BCMFest-type things, I’ve been to a few ceili/ceilidhs and done pretty okay. As long as things are explained and rehearsed slowly, I can manage and even enjoy it. Ceilidh dancing is all about having a good time and rocking out. Ceilidh nobody really minds if you screw up, not all that much anyway.

Contra minds. )
timeripple: (dulac fiddle)
So last week in my party-induced drunken haze I agreed to go contra dancing the next day.

Now, ever since Boston Harbor and Fiddleheads: The Next Generation and BCMFest-type things, I’ve been to a few ceili/ceilidhs and done pretty okay. As long as things are explained and rehearsed slowly, I can manage and even enjoy it. Ceilidh dancing is all about having a good time and rocking out. Ceilidh nobody really minds if you screw up, not all that much anyway.

Contra minds. )
timeripple: (dulac fiddle)
The Fiddleheads have, it seems, replaced their final concert with a ceili(dh). Needless to say, I approve. So, it seems, does the community. There were lots and lots of people there-- just the right amount to fill the dancing space without overcrowding, and a few others not inclined to dance.

I myself was inclined to dance (except the waltzes, which I avoid on principle. I'm not sure on what principle, but there must be one.) I danced, got all sweaty, made dorky DNA-line dance analogies with one of my partners, laughed and grinned like a fool every time there was twirling and spinning. (The great thing about really slow reels? Double-time twirling.)

One of fun things about ceili(dh)s is the equal-opportunity gender-role-bending, especially at Wellesley, but there were a surprising number of gentlemen present as well. (The great thing about dancing with someone taller and probably stronger than me? Extra-fast, well-anchored double-time twirling.)

The Fiddleheads sounded great-- I'm proud of them, in a totally unnecessary but warm and fuzzy way.

Then we tried to have a session in the pub, except they refused to turn down the other music, so we went upstairs instead and distracted people from finals-studying.

A most excellent evening!
timeripple: (dulac fiddle)
The Fiddleheads have, it seems, replaced their final concert with a ceili(dh). Needless to say, I approve. So, it seems, does the community. There were lots and lots of people there-- just the right amount to fill the dancing space without overcrowding, and a few others not inclined to dance.

I myself was inclined to dance (except the waltzes, which I avoid on principle. I'm not sure on what principle, but there must be one.) I danced, got all sweaty, made dorky DNA-line dance analogies with one of my partners, laughed and grinned like a fool every time there was twirling and spinning. (The great thing about really slow reels? Double-time twirling.)

One of fun things about ceili(dh)s is the equal-opportunity gender-role-bending, especially at Wellesley, but there were a surprising number of gentlemen present as well. (The great thing about dancing with someone taller and probably stronger than me? Extra-fast, well-anchored double-time twirling.)

The Fiddleheads sounded great-- I'm proud of them, in a totally unnecessary but warm and fuzzy way.

Then we tried to have a session in the pub, except they refused to turn down the other music, so we went upstairs instead and distracted people from finals-studying.

A most excellent evening!

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