Thursday, February 5, 2009

Hoofin' It in the Heights with Jacqueline Schwab

The floor of Oxford Hall in the Houston Heights jumped last night with the steps of myriad English Country Dancing feet, as the dancers moved to music played by Jacqueline Schwab of Bare Necessities. They danced to songs like "Indian Queen", "Candles in the Dark", and "Faithless Nancy Dawson".

"Indian Queen" seemed to pleasure the dancers the most, but "Candles in the Dark" had them laughing as pianist/caller Jacqueline Schwab left the keyboard to gaily encourage them, "If you don't know where you are, circle with SOMEBODY! Back to back with SOMEBODY!"

The song "Nancy Dawson" featured an especially lively beat, and the caller and many of the dancers sang a snippet of the lyrics.

The evening ended with a waltz. Then the dancers huddled together in small groups to renew acquaintances and find out who was going to the upcoming English Country Dance in Clear Lake, the Bayou Bedlam Contra Dance in Houston, and the Set for Spring English Country Dance in Austin.

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