Line Dancing Rally

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!



About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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