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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Ceili - Still Rocks!

The ceili in Alameda still totally rocks. This week I ducked into the side room and rehearsed the wedding reel while Alex and Rachel taught large classes. After rehearsing for an hour, the Southern Cross is finally starting to feel right. For some reason, that bit has been the trickiest for my brain to latch onto.

Then, back to the main room and into the breach. First there was business - reminders about windows and barres and driving in Alameda, home of bored and vigilant cops, and a waiver/release. We're working on getting insurance just in case, but in the meantime, it seemed a good idea to cover ourselves a tad. Then it was time to shut up and dance. And dance we did! I think my favorite for the night was the mass Galway Reel. Rachel had taught it in the beginning class, so everyone was out on the floor, facing the mirrors, checking their footwork and arms and dancing with a smile (or at worst, a puzzled look, probably thinking, "Wait... who goes under first?"). Meanwhile, a game of Apples to Apples bloomed on stage thanks to Tox and Joel. The count I heard was 46 in attendance. That's pretty good. And Christyn came for the first time and had a great time, so I'm likely to have a carpool buddy more often than not.

Anyhoo, I'm still just amazed at how well this is all working out. It's a joy to dance.

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