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Dance Lessons Well Underway at the Rockwood Grange

The circle kept expanding. It stretched wider and wider, moving close to the walls and to the doorway of the Rockwood Grange as students continued to trickle in. This third Tuesday was the final week that new students could join the square dance classes that the Checkerboard Squares were offering. And the turnout was terrific. More students than angels circled left as the review began.

Caller Terry Halley demonstrated new moves and then talked the dancers through them. Smiles flashed and laughter echoed throughout the hall. Everyone was having fun. Brownies during a short break…and then back to dancing.

At the end of the lesson, eight angels circled up for a high-powered demonstration.

The evening was fun. Sometimes I wonder which I enjoy more: dancing as an angel or watching the new dancers learn. Their enthusiasm makes the sacrifice of a Tuesday night a pleasure. We angels make new friends. We watch the new dancers have fun. We may even grow our club. Tuesday lesson nights aren’t a sacrifice at all…they’re an investment.

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