I'm so very thankful for my dance teacher mentor Loui, who has been a never-ending source of encouragement, and a vast resource of recorded music, ideas, information and trustworthy opinion. If not for Loui, I wouldn't have started teaching my Tuesday night class. How fortunate I was to have found her!
I'm so thankful for the people in my community who participate in this strange, some might say exotic, hobby. I've always said that the reason I teach is because I want people to dance with. It's not NEARLY as much fun to dance alone.
I'm very thankful for the regional folk dancing teachers and groups -- Vicki's group dances an hour to the south; Ellen's group is an hour to the north; Sally's group two hours inland. I look forward to more interaction between groups in the coming year. Plans are underway!
For the next three weeks, I'm offering the Tuesday night class at no charge - my end of the year gift to the community. There is MUCH to be thankful for, and this is one small way I can extend my thanks.
I'm thinking about fun ways to integrate holiday music into folk dancing. So far, I've learned that Jingle Bells is a polka (in addition to being a good AABB format tune for a contra dance) and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a schottische. The steps for Tzadik Katamar could easily be done to the music "I Have a Little Dreidel" and the steps for Ma N'avu flow nicely with the Hanukah song Sivivon. We'll see how those go over.
It's the season of thankfulness. I'm truly thankful to be dancing -- to have a mentor, to know other dance teachers I can collaborate with, and to have people in this community to dance with. Thank you!