Last night I went to two dances on a Thursday night from 8 PM till 1 AM.
Oh, and how I danced!
There was a strong freedom being back in a room full of dancers pursuing fluid motion to music and human connection.
First was contra dancing.
I didn't even have to ask people to dance - eye contact was sufficient.
Sometimes we would follow up with, "Do you have a partner?" and then grab hands and scramble into line.
Few things make me feel so loved as coming back to the Seattle contra scene after being away for a while.
I'm stoked to go back tonight to the Emerald City Contra.
After a good two hours of contra, I hopped the bus to the University District (which involved running across four lanes of busy traffic with this kid who dressed like he was in a gang - we made a good running team).
Blues is such a different mood from anything I'd been around in months.
I started off the night with Aaron, overjoyed at his subtle, clear leading. With blues, the leads don't have to do much (physically) to get their follows to do what they want (which doesn't mean they're not doing a lot). My brain dissolved and my body took over and I was so grateful. These dances were such a different flavour than anything I had had in the past five months.
I was able to walk up to anyone in the room. Ask, "Do you want to dance?" and I would get a "yes" or they would come find me later that evening. I would get asked to dance. Such things just don't happen in Haines.
Grateful to be back for three days.