Our teacher was Linda Lowell. She wore calf-high red boots when she danced, and in my mind I can still see those red boots clear as day. As a beginner, my eyes were usually glued on Linda's feet! Linda had an amazing amount of energy and taught us tons of dances. She taught us to hambo. She taught us Cimpoi, Floricica, Trei Pazeste, Salty Dog Rag, Ciuleandra, and many more of what are still some of my favorite dances today. Linda helped us to sew costumes and booked us to do dance demonstrations in the community. In the picture above and below, our dance group was doing a performance as part of the Haydn Festival in Coos Bay.
and easy as it was over three decades when we have done it last. I am forever indebted to Elka for inviting me to folk dance class - for introducing me to this wonderful hobby that has become so much a part of my life.