The english group.
STRICTLY 'SUN' DANCING
Gran Canaria 2014
As a self-confessed square-dance addict I was
keen to experience dancing in Gran Canaria. It was an inspired decision. Having originally only booked for the first week, after a few days I took the decision
to book another flight and stay for the second week of dancing. It was that good !!
Dancing to two of the best square-dance callers Paul Bristow and Bronc Wise was wonderful.
Dancing in temperatures around 70+ F inside a large conservatory, twice in the daytime including a single level workshop in the morning and mixed level dancing in the afternoon. On balmy evenings, we danced outside on a terrace under the moon and stars over-looking
the lights and sounds of Puerto Rico and the north atlantic ocean it was magical and memorable.
The dancers were an eclectic mix of folk of all ages and nationalities, mainly from Denmark but other nations represented were Sweden, Norway, Germany,
Austria and the United Kingdom. We even had a dancer from China. It was interesting to observe the slight variations in dance styles and general
etiquette, everybody soon adopted the friendly nicety of shaking hands with dancers in your square on meeting them for the first time. Dress code was very relaxed and it was very liberating to dance in sun hat, shorts and shades!
high vantage point afforded wonderful views of Puerto Rico which on looking down from every balcony resembled a model town. It was reported that if one walked down the hill a few hundred yards you could hear Paul and Bronc calling, so this year I fully expect to see a Spanish square dance group taking the opportunity to dance on some other hotel
terrace to our top callers!!
So what's not to like! One or two weeks of winter sunshine, whilst
everyone back home is beginning the countdown to Christmas mayhem, the opportunity to explore the island, together with the added bonus
of meeting and making new friends and of course dancing dancing and dancing.
This year I'm booking
two weeks - no messing this time!
Many thanks must go to Bent and Elin Petersen for all their
hard work in putting this event on. I am sure that we are all very much looking forward to this years event and meeting up with friends
old and new.