This is a post about dancing that features photos of quilts. Yeah, a little odd. I wasn't about to pass up a dance so I could show you what that looks like. And those quilts were gorgeous. How could I not share those?
I was disappointed that my trip to Minnesota coincided with two contra dances I really wanted to attend back home. Lo and behold, I discovered there would be two dances in Minneapolis during my trip at a place called Tapestry. I was unable to make the techno contra, which I'm sure would have been fun. However, I did attend the Saturday night contra dance. I'm so glad I made it.
People said it was a small showing that night. It looked good to me - there were two solid lines for most of the night. The atmosphere reminded me of the Rehoboth dance so I felt right at home. Not a lot of young people, but plenty of energy. The caller was solid and the band had a great sound (made it easy to ignore the occasional synchronization issues). We danced to an interesting mix of contras, plus a mixer circle and a square dance.
It's a small world. I was told that someone from Massachusetts had been at the techo dance the night before. I met another newcomer from Missouri. He was asking about the dance; I had to laugh and say I was from out of town, too. I also met a man that will be moving to Rehoboth. I was shocked. Most people in Massachusetts have never heard of Rehoboth (unless they contra dance) - and here was someone moving to the area. I told him I'd keep an eye out for him at the dance.
It was difficult to leave after the break; I would have loved to stay longer. But I needed to be alert to return to the rental without getting lost (GPS? Smart phone? What are those?). What a delightful time. I will certainly bring my dancing gear again for any future trips to the Twin Cities.