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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

St. Patrick's Day!

The annual day that the rest of the world cares about Irish dance is fast approaching. This year it lands on a Sunday, meaning that all weekend long there are various opportunities to dance! Here are the events I know about:

Friday, March 15, noon-1 p.m.
Driving with Fergus
Oakland City Center
This annual tradition brings out lots of old friends who work or live nearby. It also usually gets local news coverage. Dance like crazy AND appear on tv? Heck yeah! The band plays a 1-hour lunch time set. Arrive on time for the most dancing! Lunch usually follows, often at Le Cheval (because what's more Irish than Vietnamese food... wait...what?)

Saturday, March 16, 8-11 p.m.
Stanford Ceili Presents the 3rd Annual St. Patrick's Day Extravaganza
in the Old Union Clubhouse Ballroom, Stanford on campus
Live music led by Dave and Anselm, but it's a pick-up band like the old days at the Starry Plough or Alameda Ceili, so if you want to play, bring and instrument and join in!
Dances go Waltz>Dance for Everyone>Dance for Those Who Know. Even if you've never made it to ceili before, you can probably do 2 out of 3 dances. 

Sunday, March 17, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Craig Johnson of Bangers and Mash leads a dance band playing tunes just for dancers at Surf Spot in Pacifica: http://surfspoteats.com/.
Craig offers all-we-can-dance tunes while we enjoy cocktails and nosh on the beach in Pacifica. Derek from Surf Spot contacted me a while ago via an old friend and started arranging his St. Patrick's Day plans. He wants music and dancing to go with his usual Sunday afternoon crowd. I said, "So you really want us crazy dancers?" He said, "Yes!" Let's get out there and show him our stuff. Apparently, they've got a lovely deck that needs some dancers to break it in. 

So that's the big plan so far. Who can add more dancing opportunities to this madness? 

P.S. Pass this on to anyone who dances! The more the merrier!

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