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With the temperature reaching 50+ degrees and the last of the snow banks melting, NHABDA held its Spring Fling Dance on April

With the temperature reaching 50+ degrees and the last of the snow banks melting, NHABDA held its Spring Fling Dance on April 21st. The centerpieces displayed an arrangement of colorful flowers depicting the arrival of Spring (finally).

Deb Roy, owner of Maine Ballroom, traveled almost two hours to lead the dance lesson. With a quick wit, she taught two triple-time swing moves. The first was an extension from a sweetheart position where the follower does an inside turn, to an open break. The second was a “washing machine” move which rotated in and out of a circle and ended with the leader walking in an outside circle while the follower did two inside turns. Deb sat at our table and noticed, with a smile, that some of the couples were performing (practicing) these moves later in the evening.

The NHABDA board recognizes that many of our members enjoy dancing to live music. Live music presents different challenges for ballroom dancers. The tempo is rarely as precise as recorded music, the band pauses between songs and some songs can run longer than recorded music (i.e. the Viennese waltz). However, the Jim Zaroulis Band did a fine job providing the evening's music. We thank Jim and his band and applaud them for a splendid evening. 

­­For those guests who stayed until 10:30, the NHABDA board would like to apologize for the April dance ending a bit early. We were as surprised as you when the band announced the “last dance” and wrapped up the evening at 10:30 PM rather than the usual 11:00 PM. Clearly this was a case of miscommunication for which we take full responsibility. We are sorry for the way the evening ended and will address the issue at the next board meeting. In the meantime, our May dance at Pinkerton is scheduled to end at the usual time, 11:00 PM. 

The April Dance Seminar at Pinkerton was well attended. Norman Thibeault of Fred Astaire Studios in Worcester and his partner Karen, taught two advanced Foxtrot patterns and an elegant Intermediate Bolero move. If you missed this seminar please plan to join us for the next one. 

From The Outreach Group

Due to the forecast of an ice and sleet storm on Sunday, April 15th, the Outreach Committee had to reschedule their nursing home dance to Sunday, April 22nd. Five couples from the group danced at Warde Rehab/Nursing Center in Windham, NH to an audience of just over 40 residents, staff and visitors. The audience was very appreciative of the performance and clapped, tapped their feet and sang along with some of the songs. Some even got up and danced with our dancers or with someone from the facility.

 Our next Outreach event is Sunday, May 20th at Kindred Greenbriar, 55 Harris Rd, Nashua, NH at 2:30. NOTE the later than usual start time!

As we transition to warmer weather, our lives get busy with weddings, camping, yardwork and graduations so NHABDA does not schedule a June dance. In July, we will be moving to our air-conditioned summer venue at the Milford Town Hall. Please note that due to the requirements of the Milford facility, the summer dances will end at 10:30 PM to allow us time to be out of the building promptly at 11:00 PM.

Dust off those poodle skirts and find your best white tee shirt, jeans and letter sweaters. Our next dance event will be keeping the faith with a 1950's sock hop theme on Saturday, May 19th at Pinkerton. Joe Butera will be teaching a Cha-cha lesson at 6:45 PM followed by general dancing from 7:30-11:00 PM. Music will be provided by Mr. Jonathan, DJ and two of Joe’s students (and current NHABDA members) Rob & Monica Lender will be performing a showcase during the break. Hope to see you there.

Questions, comments, suggestions — reply at jjcarbonello@gmail.com

 

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To dance, above all, is to enter into the motions of life. It is an action, a movement, a process. The dance of life is not so much a metaphor as a fact; to dance is to know oneself alone and to celebrate it.

- Sherman Paul