Life is full of ups and downs but to have both to such a degree in the few hours of a dance class is thankfully rare. P & I turned up early armed with brushes and mop determined to do whatever we could to improve the safety of the floor... and rather to our surprise our little plan worked, hard work but we had grip, wonderful; a friend who said she’d like to try the class, came on time, danced brilliantly and hopefully enjoyed herself, amazing, it’s great to have such a promising new dancer join the class – and then half way through the evening one of our stalwart members, currently on the injured list, simply leans forward in his chair and dislocates his hip and has to be practically carried out in great pain, so sad. We all send our sincere best wishes to a great guy (not to mention his long suffering better half) with hopes for a ‘final solution’ to an ongoing and far too protracted problem. Next week we'll hope for just as much fun at class but just a tad less drama... and I'm sure there will be plenty who will be happy with that too.
We had a great night, nice and warm with a cool breeze stopping it from being impossibly hot; our numbers are down but that actually makes very little difference to the numbers dancing and it is actually easier to teach! Our new chairman also cemented her popularity by treating us all to a drink to celebrate her birthday. Thank you very much Doris and congratulations. Despite therefore, having an enforced drinking break, some relatively new dances on the programme and lots of Strathspeys (in consideration of the heat) we managed the full 10 dances. The newer dances were all done well and very much enjoyed, the only problem is that we are again suffering from a very slippery floor – so dangerous for our type of dancing – since the LPH’s cleaning equipment appears to have disappeared we are going to turn up next week with our own brushes and mop to at least ensure there is no dust contributing to the slipperiness!
It was a very good turn out on a potentially stormy night; it was great to welcome back folk we haven’t seen for a while and sad to say goodbye to others; though most are promising to come back as soon as they can. The evening was warmer than any so far this year but we still managed to get 3 sets up for one of the dances and 2 sets for almost all the others which is pretty good going, especially since we still have far too many people on the injured list in fact it's a tribute to the fun had at the evening how many people turn up even though they can't dance. The floor and the electrics were both behaving themselves too which is always a bonus... let’s hope next week’s class turns out as lucky!
It is finally, definitely Spring... in fact it looks like it could actually be Summer; temperatures have gone from distinctly chilly to uncomfortably sticky in just 2 weeks, not a very healthy situation which is probably why my cold is still lingering and I struggled slightly to run the class last night. We are gradually losing our winter flock but gladly hosting the occasional summer visitor so still managed 2 sets for a lot of the dances despite having 2 injured bodies suffering on the sidelines. Unfortunately the LPH is again having electricity supply problems; however we managed quite a good class because our music is powered by battery and with fewer people in the class I didn’t have to shout too much. Luckily as the sun went down our electrical genius appeared and pulled the right switch to put the lights back on – which, although they did eventually trip again, lasted long enough to finish the class and get most people out safely. Another good aspect was that the LPH floor wasn’t quite as treacherous as last week and people also brought shoes with better grip so disaster was averted and a good time was had by all ... yet again, good aint it! J
It seems unbelievable that it’s now a week since the party... time flies, which is a good thing really since I am trying to get over a nasty cold before next week’s class, and if it was dragging too much I wouldn’t be able to keep sensibly in my bed as much as I have - at least most of the time. Last week’s class was both very good and very bad... very good because we were joined by some super visitors who, hopefully, will want to dance with us again, and very bad because the LPH floor was yet again in a super smooth state and very dangerous for dancing; it’s just over 6 months since the floor was in a similar state and it took weeks for it to be right again... I sincerely hope we don’t have the same problem.
I have just got up from my sick bed (very gladly) to put next Tuesday’s dance programme together, it’s always a challenge; with the added disadvantage that I really need to see a lot of dances performed that are new to the class so I’ve got some chance of passing my Summer Exams... and we don’t have to do all of them again!
Originated in Manchester, England: Worked almost 20 yrs in the United Arab Emirates: Lives in Cyprus. Teaches Scottish Country Dancing (RSCDS qualified 2015) -just the average life! Also loves Photography & Photoshop, Gardening, Music, Sewing, Design, Reading, computers, God, my husband & my cat (not necessarily in that order). Hates - crowds, hypocrisy, 'Reality' TV, corrupt politicians, cruelty and greed of any kind.
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