Dancing Girl

Dancing GirlShe’s a dancing girl and never wants the music to stop. Hope above is dancing at a folk dance, that is to say contra dance. All of our kids dance starting in utero, then in our arms, on our back or in a front pack until they were able to dance along side us and then eventually by themselves.

Dancing’s in their blood. I come from a family of contra dancers – I’ve been dancing since I was Hope’s age, or earlier. Holly is a dancer too and we met on the dance floor almost twenty years ago. We picked where we live, in part, because it places us between two great dance areas so we have lots of options when it comes to kicking up our heels to irish folk tunes and more.

For those who don’t know what “contra dancing” is, here’s a good definition from the Wikipedia. Follow the link below to read more about contras:

Contra dance (also contradance, contra-dance and other variant spellings) refers to several folk dance styles in which couples dance in two facing lines of indefinite length. Contra dances can be found around the world, though they are especially popular in the United States. Also referred to as traditional New England folk dance.

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3 Responses to Dancing Girl

  1. Holly says:

    If anyone is interested in seeing a home movie type videos of contra dancing, there seem to be several on YouTube. Someone did a video at the Montpelier dance which is one of the dance centers that Walter was describing.


  2. Hi Walter –
    Great post & adorable daughter!

    I think group & community dances are one of many reasons the “old timers” stayed so healthy.
    I think Contra, Square, Country and all Folk dancing is very good exercise.

    At community dances the old folks ALWAYS out Polka me :-)

  3. Gravity says:

    She just looks so happy. I’ve never seen a sweeter picture of a little girl.

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