11/9/15 (Monday) in Acton, CA (Soledad Canyon-TT)
Our friend Paulette let us know about the line dancing rally that she was here to attend and invited me to join in. I was concerned that I had so little experience with actual line dancing, but I so enjoyed what I did do in Florida, I wanted to give it a try.
Monday, after chores, cleaning house, a friend of our Florida friends stopped by, Rick (Marge) who happens to live in San Clarita. How very sweet of him to make that special trip to our campground, just to introduce himself. Someday we’ll be able to actually get together. Tuesday I was wondering when the registration for line dancing was to begin. When I contacted Paulette she said it was Tuesday afternoon. That night many of us gathered at Sakuru Buffet in Lancaster, for the Senior Special-50% off. Wonderful food for just $7! So the rally happened Wednesday through Saturday.
A rally includes a number of instructors who each give several dance lessons. Sometimes I think half the people on the floor were instructors. The rest were mostly their students, so most were pretty experienced at this point. Everyone got to learn new dances because the different teachers had different dances to share and different styles of teaching. PLUS lots of fun times eating; a free lunch, a pot luck, and on the last night a farewell dinner for $10 each. PLUS dancing every evening except one.
These were very friendly, helpful people. You couldn’t hope for a better group. Because I was so new to line dancing, I struggled learning most of the dances. I thoroughly enjoyed the few really easy ones that I got to experience. As one teacher noted: I was getting exposure to line dances more than learning them. It will take lots of practice. Among the other beginners there I learned one had been taking classes 3 times a week, every week for 2 years. Wow, I was in over my head all right!
Because I was so busy with the rally, we didn’t have a chance to explore the area or Los Angeles. John assured me that we’ll be back to Soledad many more times, when we’ll be able to have some different experiences of the area.
For fun I’m sharing a graceful dead tree image, from October. If I can find line dancing classes to take as we traverse the country, maybe I’ll look graceful eventually also. But not dead!