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Letter from Susan Ellis

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 !!

How 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!

The hotel's 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.

Susan Ellis

Activ'8s

Elin and Bent with the two super callers