Monday, December 15, 2008
Dancing for Joy on the Eve of Gaudete Sunday
Saturday night was the Christmas Ball for the Houston contra dancers. Herb and I enjoyed watching Nathaniel, Emma, and three of our young lady friends dance. One of the first numbers was O How Lovely is the Evening, which was sung in rounds by the dancers as they moved in concentric circles. It's amazing how something so simple can be so lovely.
The band featured a fiddler in a kilt.
In the photo above and the one below, you can see how fast the girls are being spun if you look at their hair.
Toward the end of the evening the dancers performed a "Grand March" and actually disappeared outside for a while. Emma had participated in one at the Czech Heritage Festival this past spring and also one at the Beck Family Camp over the summer.
Twirling makes you smile, so it must be good for you.