March 30, 2015
Many years ago, in Los Angeles I enjoyed my 1st Contra Dance in Southern California. It wasn't until moving to the SFO Bay Area years later that my wife and I attended some Contra dances in Berkeley. My wife-Minda was an avid Scottish Country dancer in the L.A. area when we met. After marrying and moving up to the SFO area, we regularly attended the wonderful Lafayette group (that now meets in Danville). No matter how tired we were after a 70 mile round trip commute from work, we felt exhilarated after every Thursday evening dance class.
After joining the SNOCD, we learned how fortunate we were to have two (alternating) delightful bands that thoroughly enjoy playing for us at Saturday Contra dance nights.
Back in 2009, a number of our English Country Dance ladies (Norma, Marsden, Eileen & Minda, to name just a few), thought, "why do we have to go to Pasadena for an English Country Dance Ball, when we could have one here in Las Vegas?" We pulled together a team and had our 1st Jane Austen dance that May at the Charleston Heights Arts Center. It was such a delightful experience, we decided to have it every year since. Now a number of us attend annual ECD events in Phoenix Arizona, as well as Anaheim, Pasadena & San Jose in California. We also were invited to dress in period costume as guests for the Las Vegas release of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Note we will have our annual PPZ dance in Boulder City the last Saturday in October 2016.
There are a few of us guys (Michael, Paul, Ryan, along with yours truly) who wear kilts to our Scottish Country Dance performances. Real Men are comfortable wearing kilts. If you doubt this, try attending the Scottish Games next April & see what the athletes wear. You guessed it-kilts!
Hi! I'm Al and I'd like to invite you to any of our Contra, English or Scottish Country Dance classes & dances we hold throughout the year. We offer classes that are fun-whether you are a beginner or advanced dancer. Let's dance!