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Back to the grind

The Christmas and new year festivities are over, and along with most of Britain, I am back to the daily grind.

Mondays Tango class saw a new influx of beginners, and judging by first impressions, we could have a whole new crowd joining this wonderful world.

Also among these new arrivals was Viv, she has agreed to attend Mondays, if I let her go to line dancing on a Tuesday, more of this later.

The basic class went well, nothing but walking so far, but it was a challenge just to stop everyone swaying, salsa style. Confidence is always an issue for the men, just believing that the woman will not be there when you step, but all this will come in time.

The intermediate class consisted of a lot of walking in cross. A nice move changing sides with a half ocho. I am afraid this confused some people, and they could not get out of the ocho once they started. This is not my class, so I must be careful, but never the less, I did get some satisfaction when a guy who was having particular problems, finally got it.

The numbers were more or less balanced, now that Viv had joined the class, so this left me free to watch and help where I could. Roberta only appeared when Sharon needed to demonstrate a step. So we have the strange sight of a man being led by a woman. (this would never happen in BsAs).

A nice thing that has happened now is that people are staying from the beginners to practice at the end, hopefully this will continue. If the group continues to grow, I may yet fulfill my dream of having a local Milonga. We plan to soon have a house party as a starter, watch this space.

Back now to Tuesday, no tango I am afraid, just ballroom and sequence, at Flexis in Acrefair. As Viv has gone to line dancing, and released me (for the night only) I can now dance with all the local ladies, unfortunately, this week they were rather thin on the ground, so I was limited to just two. Still it was a good night, shame on those of you who missed it.

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Feliz Navidad

I hope everyone had a good Christmas. As usual things have gone a bit quiet twixmas.

Last Monday we had a class in Chester that involved some balloon work. As the numbers were more or less balanced, I sat out and just watched the fun. The people taking part in the class seemed to have enjoyed it, but sitting on the sidelines, I was in stitches most of the time.  I am sure a lot was gained and it was worth the struggle, I know in the times when I joined the class as either a leader or follower, it was definitely helping everyone. But this was one class that I was more than happy to just watch, when trying to dance with three balloons the comic effect was indescribable. Sharon had been asked about volcadas by some one who had seen Strictly Come Dancin. She decided wisely to show the basics but not how to lead into one. Everyone wants to run before they can walk. Even though this class have advanced amazingly, they are not yet ready for moves this advanced.

Thank you to those who sent me birthday wishes, it is nice to know people care. There was an absence of dances and we were planning to just go for an Indian, but at the last minute Steve invited us to join him at Cricieth.

There are regular coach trips to the Lion Hotel, groups of, usually pensioner, who stay for tinsel and turkey breaks. ( Christmas comes from mid October until mid February) Steve is one of the regular acts who appear. You never know what he is going to do as it all depends on the crowd.

Anyway, last night we had a wonderful meal there, after which we sat out and waited for the entertainment. ( the waiter said we could stay, to which I replied that we had no option as we lived fifty miles away and had come with Steve).

As he got started we had a waltz but only one other couple joined us. It did not look as if we would get much dancing. Although I did lead a conga chain (Steve always singles me out) the only other dance we got was a foxtrot at the end. To be fair they were a difficult crowd, but even Sharon (Steve’s wife) enjoyed the show, so he was on top form, and everyone left happy in the end.

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