68 – Dance

This is a response to Eugenia’s Weekly Prompt.

Click the video above for 2 minutes of background waves while reading.

I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

As I start walking, an early wave causes me to dart out of the way to keep my feet dry – at least for the moment. Then it hits me – today is Friday – our normal dance night at home. I miss my dance friends, too. I’m sure they will pop into my head this evening, but for now, I will focus on dance as my topic for the day.

Whether a series of actions or a social event, dance is a noun or a verb whose forms are related.

For me, I think of ballroom: The smooth dances as Foxtrot and Waltz; plus their variations as Peabody and Viennese – let’s not forget Quickstep. Remember Charleston? Now add in the Latin dances of Bolero, Rumba, Cha-Cha, Salsa, Merengue, Mambo, Samba, and Bachata.

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Dance offers Ballroom Tango and Argentine Tango, plus a variety of Swings, such as East Coast, West Coast – let alone single, double, or triple time, Jive, Jitterbug, and Shag. Social ballroom dancers may also enjoy Night Club 2 and Country 2-Step – maybe even an occasional polka. Hustle takes ballroom dancers back to their disco days – but it can be 3-count or 4.

Others participate outside the ballroom by dancing in a square, circle, line, or in the round; which is a variation of square dancing and similar to a ballroom Waltz. The British have Waltz sequences, but a Conga line is different from traditional line dances.

Pop culture has provided the Frug, Freddie, Disco, Swim, Twist, Moonwalk, Robot, Watusi, Bossa Nova, and many more – including the Bunny Hop. Let alone the variation of today’s Hip-Hop like Locking, Popping, Running, and Stepping – plus, Breakdance, Streetdance, Funk, Ragga, and Boogaloo are a few. Let’s no forget moves as Running Man, Happy Feet, Turtle, Arm Wave, The Helicopter, Freeze, and Moonwalk – but Boogie takes on a different meaning over time.

Dance can also be Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Tap, and a touch of the old soft shoe – let alone the variations of each. And to think that dances differ throughout the world because culture influences dance.

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There are many folk dances based on cultures, and my guess is more people are familiar with Bollywood than clogging.

Dance can be social, formal, ceremonial, or a ritual – choreographed, free form, or delivered through a complex system of acting and reacting, which others know as lead and follow.

Dance is an expression of human thoughts telling a story. It can be sweet and graceful – enchanting and romantic – even seductive. It can also be fierce and devouring – even subtle.

Dance is a form of nonverbal communication between dancers and an audience – or even between two dancers. Dance is an unspoken language from the soul that is all to its own.

Dance keeps the feet moving – something that is important as we age. Dancing keeps one young – something most if not everyone desires.

Dance is a sense of happiness that can lead to solving problems – or at least, a time when dancers temporarily place problems aside.

Life on the dance floor is like life in general – on a big stage. Dancers come in a wide variety of abilities. Some are dancers while others just know steps – so dance is fun for many.

Music provides the rhythms, but when rhythms change, some dancers change while others do not. Just as life changes constantly, so does the music.

Dance involves a rhythm that everyone is born with because the body wants to move – but unfortunately, some cannot hear the musical beats and rhythms or even have two left feet. When we hear an attention-getting rhythm, the body does not want to sit and do nothing – unfortunately, more in some than others.

Dancing in the streets footloose and fancy-free are happy times – but it takes two to Tango – that is, to solve problems or be passionate. Yes, Tango can sweep someone off their feet – maybe their partner, too. I love Tango.

Dancing can involve being light on the feet – a nimbleness that comes naturally to some as they dance up a storm and seem to dance on air. I cheer those with twinkle toes.

Dance has its demands and whims – so stepping out of line, being out of line, or somehow getting on the wrong foot are negatives – but correctable.

Dance involves music. Different music means different dances, but some songs are about dance and perfect for a dancer like me. Let’s dance the night away in the land of 1000 dances. Safety dance, rain dance, neutron dance, pan dance, and sabre dance; all say, let’s dance. Although your mama can’t dance, all she wants to do is dance.

Meanwhile, she dances with the little gandy dancer who is dancing in the dark. Do you wanna dance? Shall we dance? Fill your dance card but save the last dance for me; then dance to the end of love. But the big question is simple: How many songs did I just incorporate into this and the previous paragraph?

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Dancing in the ballroom world is about connection, timing, and chemistry with your partner – and the combinations are different with each partner. But when those three components are linked, the dance is awesome – and can be a moment absent in time.

Dancing a smooth dance as Waltz or Foxtrot with someone who is graceful, elegant, gracious, and beautiful is bliss – yet the same partner can rise to the occasion to play the heat of Tango and the passion of Bolero. I love these dances.

Whether at a masked ball, dinner dance, discotheque, on a stage, around a fire, or any other, dancers do many movements in coordination with the music.

Whether shaking a leg, hoofing it, cutting a rug, tripping getting down, or finding the light fantastic, dancers sway, spin, whirl, chassé, twinkle, pose, twist, turn, grapevine, twirl, pirouette, and gyrate to express something while moving their feet.

My dancing feet are the same feet that I use to walk the beach. After all, I like walking the beach because it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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131 thoughts on “68 – Dance”

  1. Wonderful dancing beach post Frank! I too miss dance. I do remember all of those dance moves. As a dancer, I can totally relate to movement as an expression of so many wonderful things. My favorite was jazz and modern and I loved performing for a short time until I opened my studio when our troupe disbanded. One my my dancers opened a ballroom dance studio in San Francisco called the metronome. Longing for the next wedding dance floor after reading you post!
    💖

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    1. Cindy,
      Thank you …. and the fact that a dancer made the first comment makes your words extra special. It’s great to learn something about you that I didn’t know. Cheers to your love for jazz and modern. That’s not me – but I do enjoy watching its grace, fluidity, athletism, and expression.

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      1. You’re so welcome Frank and how serindipidous is that… 🤣. I love all dance Frank and sooooo miss dancing but hopefully we have some weddings coming up! I appreciate all forms as well!’

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    1. Kim,
      Thank you so much for the kind words and for reblogging this post at your end. Other than those with my collaborators, I can’t recall a reblog of one of my beach walks. Thank you. The fact that this post also brought make memories makes me smile. Wondering – anything to share about your dancing?

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      1. This was such a wonderful post Frank, how could I not? I enrolled in ballet classes when I was three after my doctor recommended it for my severe asthma. Tap and Jazz soon followed as well as a brief foray into Irish step dancing. I kept up with my dancing until my freshman year in college when I just couldn’t find the time anymore. A big regret now as that started my struggle with my weight. Still, I loved dancing, especially tap and even placed in a couple of competitions. It also helped me when I lost my father when I was sixteen.

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  2. Astaire and Rogers will always spell dance to me! They created so much magic with that chemistry. Your phrase ‘unspoken language from the soul’ says it so well. Me and my life partner are often out of step, but you just have to laugh, and carry on. 🙂 🙂 You mentioned 2 of my favourites, Frank- Dancing in the Dark and Save the last dance for me. Here in Portugal the TV is a never-ending background in small bars and cafes and, though I never mean to watch, my eyes are constantly drawn to the screen and I want to move to the rhythm. Very often it’s Hip Hop and my body has no conception of how that might work. Mesmerising though! Have a good weekend, Frank.

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    1. Jo,
      Thank you and thanks for sharing. It seems the feel of wanting to move with music is instinctive. Music does that to me, too. For example, Samba isn’t my favorite and I don’t dance it well – but the music? – How can that music not make one want to move?!!! Meanwhile, your love and appreciation for Astaire and Rogers didn’t go unnoticed. You reminded me of a great mash-up video that you’ve may have seen. But I can say that reviewing it again (as I just did) is very entertaining. Here’s the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1F0lBnsnkE … enjoy!

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  3. I caught the like button a little early on this post, Frank, as I was checking through the reader earlier! Not that I don’t like it, you understand… I do, but my post today is also about dance and I wanted to link my post with this comment and the like at the same time! Sigh.
    I’m not a dancer. I have no rhythm whatsoever, but that doesn’t stop me tapping my feet in my own time to music. And I do enjoy watching others who can dance, dance.
    Here’s my post: https://wp.me/pVkLb-5mZ (be warned, it’s not a great dance!)

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    1. Tom.
      Thanks for linking me from your end – a link and a reblog on the same day make me a bit giddy … plus it led me to your delightful poem, which made me laugh. I would have stopped by earlier, but I worked today. Tapping to the music is a sign you enjoy moving to the music. Not being a dancer is ok – but cheers to your enjoyment when watching others dance. Do you watch Strictly Come Dancing?

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      1. I do watch it, Frank, it’s a pleasant way to relax.
        And no worries about the visit/timing… sometimes it takes me a few days to get to my own blog! We do what we can. 🙂

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  4. It’s funny. I love music, and I love to sing, but dancing leaves me cold. I find it stressful and my idea of a dreadful night out would be an evening at the ballet, a dreadful night in being forced to watch Strictly Come Dancing. Watching traditional folk dancing is quite fun I guess. Lucky we’re all different!

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    1. Margaret,
      I know of your joy for music and singing, so yes – a bit odd being cold to dance. I can see the stressful aspect of dance, but what I find surprising is the stress from watching Strictly Come Dancing. Oh well – everything isn’t for everybody. At least you enjoy watching the traditions of folk dancing. 🙂

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  5. A great post really although while I love to watch dancing I really don’t enjoy dancing as a participant. I remember when David and I had our “first dance” at our wedding we kept it simple because I didn’t want to wind up in a heap on the floor in my wedding dress. I took ballet and tap as a kid and enjoyed it but still felt awkward and do to this day. I know you DO enjoy dancing and I am sure it’s relaxing and fun for those who aren’t afraid of tripping over their own (or their partners’) feet but I’m going to stick with watching – and admiring – from afar! I do see parallels with beach walking/watching though……the rhythm of the waves, the graceful way the sea foam touches the sand…. Synchronicity is on the dance floor AND at the beach!

    Pam

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  6. Lovely post, Frank, and I did catch many song references, but I didn’t count them. 😀 I thought, too, of how when very young children hear music, they often start dancing. Before Covid, when I went to the gym, some of us would just start randomly dancing to the music during bootcamp or after spin. Totally goofy, but fun.

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    1. Merril,
      Noticing the young moving to music is a great example of an innate aspect of rhythm being built into our DNA – and we know that stays with us – even when nondancers simply tap to the music. Dancing at the gym to warm up for bootcamp makes plenty of sense – No matter how goofy, it also got one in enjoyment mode! …. which reminds me, I miss going to the gym. Not that I’m a fitness animal – but I did make me feel better.

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      1. We didn’t dance as a warmup–which does make sense, just random dancing during and sometimes after. I do bootcamp outside in a park with one of the instructors, although we’ve missed some weeks because of weather, work, car problems, etc. I enjoy the social aspect more than the workout. 😀

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  7. I used to love to dance, but like so many people I had more passion than talent. My parents on the other hand danced together for well over 50 years and they were poetry in motion. When you watched them move across the dance floor it’s like you were watching one entity they were so in sync. Their bodies communicated effortlessly. “Dance is a form of nonverbal communication…” I think that is a perfect description.

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    1. Pam,
      You hit on one of the important aspects of dance – enjoyment! I know so many people who dance ballroom NOT because they are good at it, but because they enjoy it! That is the world of social ballroom dance. On the other hand, watching a pair as your parents raises respect and appreciation for the skill. I’m a firm believer in “as compared to what” aspect of life. Anyone wanting to improve their dance simply has to do one thing – surround themselves with worse dancers because they will look better! 😉 … sneaky … but true. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I remember you writing about your love of dancing at your AFA blog, Frank! Both of my daughters were dancers growing up. My eldest started ballet at age six and kept going until she was 23. At age 17, she met her husband at ballroom dancing and they have been together now for nearly 16 years! Only the other day, Hayley sent me a video of an impromtu “dance party” her husband and daughter were having, so the love of dance in their young family continues. ❤

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    1. Joanne,
      aFa seems so long ago! … but yes, I know i mentioned it many times and did numerous posts on it. OH – now I’m reminded how little I’ve dance the past 14 months due to COVID. I can’t imagine how much I’ve forgotten! Thanks for sharing about your daughters. ,,, and cheers to the joy in continues with her family these many years later!

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  9. You can’t forget Pee Wee Herman’s bar top dance to Taquila, and then there’s David Allen Coe’s Dakota the Dancing Bear (great song). I’ve danced most of the dances you mentioned. I almost became a professional ballroom dancer when I was 18 years old, but decided the more sensible thing to does was go to the university. But I never stopped dancing until recently.

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  10. Another great post. I love to dance, though am not very good at it – but I dance regardless. (Dance like no one is watching, right!?) My husband is also a non- dancer, so our forays onto the dance floor usually end up in laughter. I am in awe of people who can dance, ballroom or on the stage – I get so much enjoyment watching!

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    1. Connie,
      You have hit on an important aspect of dance – one doesn’t have to be good at it to enjoy it – and the fact that you and hubby end up in laughter is a good thing. I’ve got the feeling you enjoy watching dancing shows on TV, too. Dancing with the Stars (Season 2) got us going – and it’s been fun. We don’t compete – just for fun – well, until COVID came along. Thanks for sharing.

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      1. I do like all the dance shows, but my favourites are the old movies, Fred & Ginger, Gene Kelly, etc. The big ‘production’ shows! I haven’t been out to dance in ages but that doesn’t stop us! Thank you, again. 🙂

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  11. Why do I always think of Bowie with the word dance?

    I used to love going dancing when I was younger. Of course, I looked as if I was experiencing painful seizures whenever I stepped onto the dance floor, but that’s okay, it worked for me anyways. 🙂

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      1. I probably couldn’t choose a favorite Bowie song. I would need a week or two with which to decide.

        No, it’s more of a club song. A bar song. Something that fills in the background as you sit and converse.

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  12. This is a wonderful post, Frank, and brought back many fond memories about my dancing days. I love to dance, and I still dance when we get out and around, and I dance around the house while cleaning. I love your fabulous video at the end! Thank you so much for joining in.

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  13. I wondered how you was going to do to speak of dance in walking on the sea shore . So I watched seriously the beginning of this post,.
    Very clever, Frank! 🙂
    The photos also are beautiful like your text.
    In friendship
    Michel

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    1. Michel,
      Thanks for noticing that … and that is the way it happened. Pexels is a good image source of WP bloggers, but I must say that their selection for this topic was a bit thinner than I anticipated – but I’m happy with the outcome!

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  14. I love to dance. My best friend, Roxie and I, would go every Friday and Saturday night, arriving early (9 pm – not a soul in sight) so we could have the dance floor to ourselves. Such fond memories of a time long ago. Yesterday, I read a post in which a tango video was included – I thought I shared it on FB but can’t find it there now… I always think of you when I hear a tango! https://youtu.be/VVTZ8sbeGRk

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    1. Dale,
      Cheers to the memories and those Friday and Saturday nights going out with your best friend. Thanks for the fantastic video. Those two are hot, hot, hot. That’s Argentine Tango … which I only know a touch – enough to make me dangerous. But I hear the rhythm well, so I can fake my way through it as long as I have a partner who knows Argentine. For some reason, I think people have put that video to different songs … and Libertango is a good one! Many thanks!!!!

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  15. Frank, I LOVE music, but I’m not much of a dancer. I took some ballet and tap as a child, but I couldn’t quit fast enough! Guess it’s true what they say, Different strokes for different folks. Lovely post, however.

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    1. Debbie,
      Your love for music brings two advantages to the ballroom world. I) an understanding of timing and 2) you hear the beat and rhythms. Put you with a male who knows how to dance ballroom, you would pick it up faster than you realize. Then again, given the variety of dances, some will come easier than others. Glad you enjoyed this walk!

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  16. Frank, your passion for dance oozes forth from this post.
    I love dancing! I adore watching all the ballroom dances, especially The Tango.
    I also adore figure skating, particularly The Ice Dance .. It’s very much ballroom on ice.
    Remember Torvill and Dean winning Gold to Bolero? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNCSij0hUp8x
    I still get shivers, and not from the ice.
    I did learn to Square Dance in my early teen years. It’s fun knowing all the right moves!
    Speaking of moves, we are in sync. I did a funny post about dancing. Cheers!

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    1. Resa,
      Thank you for the kind words. Oh my … I did not realize you were a Square Dancer at one time in your life. I know some who love square dance. As a matter of fact, there is a huge square dance club in my area, so I actually know some who are frequent attendees. Torvill & Dean’s gold medal performance remains a classic. On a side note, Ravel’s Bolero is not good music for dancing Bolero. Meanwhile, who knows – maybe I do some ballroom walks. Hey – because you mentioned Tango. 1) I think it is the hardest dance to do with a new partner. 2) Scroll up to Dale because she left a link to a good Tango in her initial comment.

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      1. Will check out Thunder’s link!
        Yeah, Square dancing is an odd name for it. It seems we are always dancing in circles, circle shapes, stars and promenading around the circle. Perhaps it should have been called Circle Dancing. Cheers!

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  17. Frank, you are so hip! I used to love to go dancing, but my life partner has no sense of rhythm, so when we met, that was the end of that! I still dance at home while cooking and putting on makeup. It’s definitely good for the soul! I took a Latin dance class with a work friend when living in Ft. Lauderdale. It was a lot of fun! Thanks for this inspiring post, Frank! 🌞

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  18. I haven’t had the opportunity to dance in a group setting for a very long time, and I miss that! But I can’t seem to listen to music without moving, albeit a very informal, unimpressive form of dance. I love to watch dancers, as well. I’m just amazed at how some individuals can fluidly move their bodies in ways that come as natural to them as breathing. I have always enjoyed hearing about your ballroom interests, Frank, and I’d imagine after this past year that when you gather again it will be a true celebration!

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    1. Debra,
      Glad you enjoyed this. Music gets people moving. I don’t do Samba very well – but how can anyone not want to move to Samba music is beyond me! Its beat oozes movement. Fluid is such a good word regarding good dancers. Meanwhile, the ballroom community here is slowly opening back up – but some of us are more cautious than others. Fortunately, I have an injury that will keep me out until June – so that makes my decision easier.

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  19. What a joyful activity, Frank. I’m delighted that you enjoy dancing and have wonderful memories of partners, famous dancers, and dances. I wish I had that confidence in motion that you have!! It’s wonderful.

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    1. Patti,
      Glad you enjoyed this and thanks for the kind words. I did brush with fame once. The studio we were at the time brought in a coach from California, so we took a waltz lesson from her. A few steps with her was a special moment because I later discovered she and her partner performed on Dancing With The Stars – dancing to Michael Buble singing. On the other hand, we have danced once since March 2020 – and I wonder how much I will remember!

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      1. Hi, Frank. Yes, I am thinking the same thing about picking up from where we left off a year and a half ago. What will I remember???😀. I’m sure your feet will remember more than you think!!

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  20. You nailed “Balance”. Dancing takes great balance physically and provides a wonderful balance to life. I love your examples and thanks for plugging in Elvis in Jailhouse Rock. He is my favorite “all time” artist ever! 🙂

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  21. YES … YES … YES … to all of the things you’ve written about dancing.
    I miss the camaraderie of our dance group too. However, hubby and I
    still have a dance or two during the week. It keeps us limber without
    programmed exercises. Dance is a language enjoyed by two without words.
    Looking into the eys of another as you slide across the floor can be intimately passionate.
    I could go on, as you know. Loved this post, aFrank. A subject I never tire of learning about.
    Be Safe 😷 … Isadora 😎

    ps – yes, hubby and I did square dancing and round dancing. Costumes and all …

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      1. I’m like a turtle – slow – but steady. Eventually, I get to where I need to go. My eyesight has been an issue. I try to rest them often to avoid discomfort. I’m waiting for my appointment to arrive. But, I had to get to this one. Keep on Dancing … it’s good for the body, mind and soul 😀😍😎

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    1. Jaya,
      Welcome first-time beach walker to my friendly sands. Glad you enjoyed my thoughts about dance. I believe you are part of Eugi’s challenge. Where are you located in the world? I’m Cincinnati, Ohio. In terms of the refreshing on my feet line, that’s a line I regularly use to open on close all beach walks. Well, at least I have so far. 🙂

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      1. I am in Virginia, up in the Blue Ridge Mountains. No beach walks for me, I am afraid, but I have enjoyed the ocean on rare occasion! 🙂

        Yes, I love taking part in those of Eugi’s prompts that move me and dance is nothing, if not, moving. ❤

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        1. Hello to the beautiful region of Virginia. You may be far from the beach, but closer than I. I’m one of the odd people who believe if I participate in a challenge, I should visit as many of the others as possible. Well, definitely true if I was hosting (and I know Eugi does). But as a participant this time, I did get to all of them this time. Meanwhile, this will tell you more about how this place got started in an area without a beach. https://beachwalkreflections.wordpress.com/2020/10/20/1-introducing/

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          1. I hear you and appreciate you! I love checking out the responses of fellow participants and truly enjoy the ones that strike me as unique.

            Love your beachless beach walk connection, by the way! 🙂

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  22. A lovely post, Frank – dancing was my life between 14 and 30. I went out at least three or four times a week – ballroom. My mother was a fantastic dancer, and I loved going out with her just to see her dance. You have many words and expressions in your walk that brings me back to those days. I miss it. I really do. I danced with a professional dancer at times – and I felt I was in heaven. To follow every step and every move he made.
    Well, well, those were the days. You made me smile and remember…

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