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Friday morning, I got up at my usual time and packed for a two-day vacation in Mountain View, Arkansas.
Mountain View is home to the Ozark Folk Center, a state park dedicated to preservation of Ozark heritage (craft, music, dance). I got to the center, and found my way to the first workshop (a bit late given my creative no-map-I'll-just-figure-it-out method of navigation), Southern Big Sets and then Unconventional Contras. One of the reasons that I love contra dancing is that everyone has fun. It was no different yesterday.

contra recap with photos )

It was in the Unconventional dancing that I got dizzy (dadgum swing-your-partner, circle left, swing your neighbor, ladies chain), and with complete lack of grace I fell flat on my ass. There wasn't much fuss, since I popped right back up and kept dancing.

Lunchtime came, and I headed to the sandwich shop with other dancers. I enjoyed a small peanut-butter-and-jelly with a really cold bottle of water. We had good conversation about others who were missing (heart attack, oh my).

I chose to take a nap after lunch rather than attend Long Lines, Short Dances. I went back out for Flamenco workshop.

flamenco with photos )

I then went to the Flatfoot & Buck dancing workshop. The leader from the first two contra classes is a well-known flatfoot and buck dancer from North Carolina. It was dark on that stage, so my photos didn't turn out well. I took some video with my camera, but I had my camera sideways (duh, can't turn the video counterclockwise like a photo).

I took the evening break and headed to the town square, looking for the little groups of musicians that always gather. After sitting for an hour, I gave up and went back to the folk center. Sadly, I realized that I missed the Jig Contest when I arrived at the auditorium early for the evening concert. The music was good; it makes me wonder if I want to take more weekend vacations in Mountain View since I enjoy it so much. After the concert, I headed back to the cabin. I realized that my right foot was having some sharp pain in the heel. I took a few ibuprofen and went to bed.

This morning, I knew my foot was in trouble. Instead of going to the contra classes and seeing the noon clogging show, I hobbled to the car and drove home. I've had an ice pack on my heel on/off throughout the day. Hopefully tomorrow I can walk on it without wincing. I need a speedy recovery, since Becoming an Outdoors Woman is next weekend.
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(tonight, peewee football - watching five-year-olds attempting football for the first time should be fun)

Sept 12/13/14 - Contra/Folk/English Dancing in Mountain View

Sept 19/20/21 - Becoming an Outdoors Woman

Sept 26/27/28 - travel to NE Arkansas for family celebration

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Last night was the first belly dancing class.  At the moment I wanted to type out some of my initial impressions, before losing them to the mass of forgetfulness that is my memory.  Later I hope to type out the play by play, much like I did for the ballroom dancing class.

1) My "veil" is three yards of maroon chiffon.  It was half price at the fabric store.  I would have purchased the fire red, but another heifer had her hands on it first (and I didn't want to single white female her).

2) Cherry, the teacher, is (in a weird way) my ideal of physical fitness: soft and squishy in places, but strong, flexible, and centered.

3) For a first class, I think I did ok.  I'm pretty good doing the walk with hip pops and I'm pretty terrible doing a shimmy.

4) Belly dancing is a workout.

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Sep. 11th, 2006 10:41 am
sernin: (misc)

Left work early on Thursday, to run errands before traveling to my mom's house with black cat. Due to misfortune, I missed the window of visitation, and asked my mom to sign the book for me.

The 27th Annual Dance Festival at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View was completely fabulous. I danced. I danced contras and danced squares and (poorly) danced scottish jigs. I climbed the big hill five times. I watched cloggers. I watched flat-footers and buck dancers. I really enjoyed it, and plan to attend from now on.

Kitten was a good kitten while I was away. All of his toys were in the living room, which I think is cute/funny. He was very excited when I came back home, and got in some good snuggle time on the couch last night.

Go see Little Miss Sunshine.  It's really good.

I'm working my way through the Fall Preview Entertainment Weekly.  Lots of new shows that I want to watch, which is unusual.

Three days of work this week, including giving a first exam to the fall econ class. Then a trip to Virginia to see Molly for four days!

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