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Picnic (definition): An outing or occasion that involves taking a packed meal to be eaten outdoors

by Eileen Morin


Picnic (definition): An outing or occasion that involves taking a packed meal to be eaten outdoors.

On Saturday night, on the fifth floor of an air conditioned room, NHABDA held a picnic. This picnic had no mosquitoes, ants, hot sun or rain clouds. Insect repellent, sun screen and aloe were not required. People sat at tables, rather than on blankets on the ground. Dancers left their sandals at home and wore dance shoes instead. Best picnic ever!

The small but lively crowd enjoyed a great selection of music played by Chris Ulbrich. Jimmy Hyun and Jessica Vaillancourt of Bella Vita (i.e. beautiful life) Dance Studio of Manchester NH taught a Bachata lesson. The lesson started with some basic steps and progressed into some smart looking turns.

Jimmy and Jessica provided an entertaining bachata showcase that demonstrated how the dance should be performed… with lots of practice.

Next months “Beach Party Dance” will be held on Saturday August 18 in Milford. Dress is casual -surfboard’s optional. 

Mr. Jonathan will be playing some excellent dance music and Let’s Dance in Concord will be providing the pre-dance lesson, and a showcase during the break.


From The Outreach Group

Due to a change in schedule, the Outreach group performed at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Concord on Sunday, June 10th. We had 7 couples dance to a group of 33 residents, staff and visitors. Everyone was very happy that we were there on such short notice.

We had been scheduled to dance at Good Shepherd in Jaffrey, but they called on Wednesday, June 6th to say they had an emergency and had to cancel. We are scheduled to dance there on Sunday, October 14th.

The next Outreach is Sunday, September 9th at Merrimack County Nursing Home in Boscawen.

We take the summer off from dancing, but we have a Outreach outing in August. This year Diane & Mark Sanchioni are hosting the party on August 12th.



Save the date: On Saturday September 29 NHABDA will hold a dance workshop taught by Laura Maillander of Dance New England. Laura taught a foxtrot lesson last summer at a NHABDA dance and the board received very positive feedback. We have not yet determined which dances she will teach, so if you have a preference, please let us know.


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