Saturday, March 08, 2003

Richard taught the hambo before FNW last night. It seems that what I had learned before was a slightly bouncier, more American folk style of hambo, but it was more or less the same. I had an exciting time trying to do a left turn hambo with Kari. I missed the lesson on the Salty Dog Rag, which was too bad, but Leta kindly taught it to me during a break. Richard also played the Chewing Gum polka, but none of the others I've been sending him. I followed swing three times (as opposed to leading it once). I really enjoy following swing, but it's a little frustrating to feel better at that than at leading it. I might be able to get Neal L. to teach me some more swing stuff, though. I like his style of swing and I also like the fact that he thinks in terms of interpreting the music, so he would be a good person to learn from. He also likes my style of waltzing and I was helping him out with that last night, so it's a good trade-off.

Tonight there's a contradance, and I haven't been contradancing in a long time. But on the other hand, I just danced a lot last night and I also really want to go to Testimony's show. So contra might have to wait another two weeks, unless I feel particularly energized and want to do the last half of the dance after the concert. I kind of doubt that, but we'll see.