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Wednesday Dinner, Dancing & Fellowship

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O'Sullivan's Irish Pub

754 Elden Street

#102

Herndon, VA 20170

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"There is a reason human beings have been dancing ever since they discovered fire and invented drums. It's good for your soul, great exercise, develops better balance, promotes muscular coordination, wards off dementia, and you'll get your recommended quota of at least 6 daily hugs."

Come join us for happy hour, swing dancing lessons and great fellowship. To start out, we'll meet at O'Sullivan's Irish Pub (http://www.osullivansirishpub.com/) in Herndon (754 Elden St #102, Herndon, VA) at around 5:30 for happy hour and or dinner. Then at around 6:45, we'll take a short walk or drive to the Herndon Senior Center (873 Grace St # 1, Herndon, VA 20170). Mike Bailey, who runs the Wednesday evening social dancing event at the senior center, has graciously extended a personal invitation to all the folks in the Imagine and "Let's Take a Hike From Suburbia" meetup groups to join him on Wednesday evenings to learn how to social dance.

To give you a better idea of what to expect the following is from Mike with some minor editing by me...

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We sometimes begin with a "warm-up" Line Dance or Specialty Dance. These are especially helpful to beginners because they can be learned and then danced quickly, AND they provide an opportunity to begin learning dance terms and other basics which will be most useful later, when learning Lead/Follow Couples Dances.

Then, we spend 35-45 mins learning beginner moves (patterns) for whatever dance is being featured such as East Coast Swing. Then, for practice, we have about 20 mins of Open Dancing, featuring about 50% THAT dance, and 50% other dances. (Cha Cha, Waltz, WCS, Rumba, Foxtrot, TwoStep, Hustle, and NightClub)

Then, we spend about 40 mins on Intermediate dance patterns (same dance), and finish with a half hour of Open Dancing as before.

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In spite of being a beginner, I'd like see if there are any other social dancing wannabe's out in Imagine or LTHFS other then myself and this seemed like a good way to find out. Given the instructional, lesson oriented nature of these Wednesday events, you'll be practicing with lots of different partners of varying ages. I happen to be in my mid 50's and I'm sure there are lots of 70 year old ladies who could swing dance circles around me and I plan on learning everything I can from them. All levels are welcome from beginners, like myself, who really don't know what they're doing, to seasoned veterans like my co-host Peggy. I plan on making this a regular Wednesday evening meetup for a period of time on both Imagine and LTHFS. My co-host Peggy and I do plan on hosting events that are to formal dance halls such as the old Spanish dance hall in Glen Echo MD (https://glenechopark.org/spanish-ballroom). We'll consider those events graduation dances :-).

A few quick pointers for Social Dancing newbies like me:-)

Make sure you wear shoes that allow your feet to turn easily. Street shoes with smooth leather soles, sneakers with duct tape, or suede patches that are designed to glue on the bottoms of shoes to convert them to dance shoes.

Ladies need shoes with heels, not just straps, so they can step backwards without their shoes slipping down.

***IMPORTANT*** Mike offers these Wednesday lessons for free but he does take donations and asks that you consider making a small donation of a few dollars to help offset the cost of music purchases, sound gear and the quarterly Pot-Luck Dinner/Dance Nights. Well worth it in my opinion.

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