1-2-3, 1-2-3

17 Jan

Stacked desk chairs lined the walls of the auditorium to clear enough space for the hundred or so students who’d shown up to learn the waltz last night. With the girls against one wall and the boys against the other, a few of the Austrian students stood in the middle and demonstrated.

We started as simply as you can, with the basic step of the simple waltz, but within half an hour we were in pairs and learning the under-arm turn. By the end of the hour, they’d demonstrated the spinning Viennese waltz, but people were struggling a bit with that.

I was partnered with an Austrian guy for one of the numbers and, when I asked, he said he’d been doing the waltz since he was a young child; going to a ball is something they would do pretty much every year. I wonder if that is perhaps a treat limited to wealthier or more influential Austrians.

Colin and I were rusty, but had an easier time than most with the Viennese having learned the steps before in a ballroom dance class at Santa Barbara. We’ve got a wonderfully long hallway that we can practice in whenever Colin needs a study break, so hopefully we’ll be more polished in time for the ball.

Unrelated, here’s my evening sky tonight:

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2 Responses to “1-2-3, 1-2-3”

  1. Monique January 20, 2011 at 12:10 am #

    I totally want to go to a ball 🙂 And to learn how to dance, naturally.

    • valerienicole January 21, 2011 at 12:01 am #

      I’m sooooo excited. There was one paragraph about this in all of his orientation material, so I’ve been looking forward to it for awhile. It’s unfair that the Austrians get to go every year! Why can’t we have something like that?

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