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Do you like to dance?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on June 14, 2009

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Photo of Emily Hoy

“Yes, I do, to techno music. … You lose control and you go crazy.”

Photo of Annette Krause

“No. … I never learned how to do it properly.”

Photo of Rick Krause

“No, it’s too out there.”

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“Oh yeah; it’s fun and a good workout.”

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bronze 4 years, 10 months ago

sufi disco the twist waltz two step drunken stupor?

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Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 10 months ago

trinity I have come full circle on this dance thing. Try this out and let me know what you think. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSUn3W...

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trinity 4 years, 10 months ago

i LOVE to dance! and tend to do it like nobody's watching. don't really care about snarky comments, observations, or judgments from others. and line dancing? it is really fun! honest! and can be great exercise! life's too short to not dance. period. it just feels good.

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passionatelibra 4 years, 10 months ago

Gnome - You're right. I forgot I had talked to you about that. I can be such a forgetful one at times...

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riverdrifter 4 years, 10 months ago

I danced to the Kingsmen with a chick. Don't remember where it was -don't think it was Oak Lodge. Maybe downtown Lawrence someplace. Their jackets were pale yellow. They could flat rock it. Kingsmen. Yes... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WcgqXMncf4

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bearded_gnome 4 years, 10 months ago

PL, yes you and I talked about that. your blog, you should definitely write it! what I'm putting together would be in the same general topic area.

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passionatelibra 4 years, 10 months ago

gnome - That's along the lines of the blog I am getting ready to start on trying to date in this town at my age. I've almost finished reading one of the advice books I checked out from the library. There is so much conflicting advice LOL

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bearded_gnome 4 years, 10 months ago

only ballroom dancing, I'm told I'm rather good at it.

but I don't just put an arm around and move together with just any woman. part of being a good ballroom dancer if you're a man is having the attitude of a gentleman.

Py, it is easy, otherwise I wouldn't be good at it!!!

you can do this!

I assume this is what you meant by romantic dancing Ronada?


Irish, you just haven't had the right man to dance with yet.

in a week or so I'm going to put up a blog: "interactive personals" so maybe you could list you're looking for a good dance partner.
I'm working out how to intro this blog, and what warnings to include, i.e. only adults, don't yell at me if your date is a true schlub, etc.

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Marion Lynn 4 years, 10 months ago

Speaking of dancing.........................................

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 10 months ago

Yes, cheese.Any man who's certain something (*) is that tight cannot dance. (I should have seen this as a red flag when dating, but I was so naive.) I should have been born in the South where they dance regularly, or in another time in a big city when it was 'the thing' couples did. I prefer something that has some kind of style to it. 70's dancing was ok..back in the 70's. Now doing those singular repetitive motions for a while, then switching to another for while..repeat.. for 2 1/2 to three minutes is just boring as heck.

LOL..it just occurred to me God may have had a plan when I did NOT get the chance for swing dancing to fall into my life. Born too late for the first go around, and too soon for the comeback. That could have just been too much fun..and trouble! LOL.

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JJE007 4 years, 10 months ago

I will die dancing, singing and coughing up blood!~)

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Christine Anderson 4 years, 10 months ago

Multi, you're funny! I take it you preferred dancing with the neighbor's spouse to dancing with your own? Heck, I wouldn't have blamed you! I haven't been dancing since I was about 23. It was at a co-worker's 25th anniversary party. The guy who came and asked me to dance could not get the steps to a simple waltz right, and waaayyy too much etoh on his breath. Yuck!

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passionatelibra 4 years, 10 months ago

Ronda - The second link you put up (Happy Feet) is still me even after losing some weight. ;oP~

I love to dance! I don't know how but I do love it. I miss the unexpected dances, grabbing one of my kids (before preteen age) while in a parking lot and dancing with them. They used to love that. I also miss being with my Mom in the kitchen listening to music. My Dad would walk in, grab her hand and dance with her.

If you ever see someone in the store singing along with the music and shaking her booty a lil bit, more times than not, (surprisingly) it's me.

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 10 months ago

And people do judge you while you're dancing. At least my heartless friends and I do! Heeee….--Py -- My ex and I went dancing once in KC when we dated. And then once on vacation in a state far far away. He said once when some friends mentioned dancing, "We never seem to go anywhere that there is dancing" (heck, we never went out anyway, who was he kidding) I just grinned to myself and thought:"There's a reason for that".

I forgot. We did go out with the neighbors once at a safe country bar that none of my friends would be at back then. Great fun. The neighbor's wife danced with him a few times, I danced happily with her husband. I managed to be conveniently tired when necessary. (wink wink)

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 10 months ago

"Wouldn't mind learning ballroom dancing" - Py

Parochial school huh?
Public schools always had ballroom dance sandwiched between Presidential Physical Fitness, and dodgeball.

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Pywacket 4 years, 10 months ago

I've never been a dancer. I think it's one of those imprinting things--I was too shy & awkward to learn any moves in jr high, and I missed that critical window.

Once (many years ago) my friends and I were at a bar listening to a band and the girl singer started going into the audience and leading people by the hand back onstage, where they were encouraged to dance. This was funny--until she grabbed me! I tried to protest, but she wouldn't take no for an answer. I rapidly calculated that I would make more of a spectacle of myself by refusing than by going along and being a good sport about it, so I danced on stage with her. I was utterly mortified--never mind that people were clapping and shouting & the reaction was positive. Utterly. Mortified. Was glad that most of them were drunk and would not remember me the next time they saw me. Except my friends, who gave me grief. B****es. ;-)

Wouldn't mind learning ballroom dancing, which I admire (not the flashy competition stuff--just the basics most people over 70 learned when they were young). I'd have to take lessons to feel confident enough to try it in public. Why didn't my generation (and those younger) learn these useful social skills like our grannies did?

It's kind of funny to compare what I have felt comfortable doing in public (bowling, swimming laps, etc) with how awkward I would feel dancing. I'm sure it's a matter of self-confidence and feeling like you have some level of expertise at what you're doing.

And people do judge you while you're dancing. At least my heartless friends and I do! Heeee....

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Ronda Miller 4 years, 10 months ago

autie, there are so many songs of Dylan's to dance to...and some of them are the kind you can snuggle up and actually have a partner with.

I will dance to any music, any time...Love to dance and have enjoyed dancing weight off with Zumba. Just relax and let the beat take control of your mind and your body will do the rest.

What a fun way to exercise....and yes, people actually do judge you when you dance...but who cares!

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autie 4 years, 10 months ago

It was always kind of hard to dance to anything by Bob Dylan. No beat. only acute nasal diptheria.

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spacehog 4 years, 10 months ago

Oh, hell yeah! I usually pop a few ecstacy, snort some ritalin, and just start bustin' moves all over the place. Somebody called and ambulance once, they thought I was having a siezure. It was really too out there, man. I occasionally trip the light fantastic, whatever that means.

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autie 4 years, 10 months ago

Mosh? Well I'll be damned. Learn something new everyday..which is easy when you spend a lot of time not paying attention. Are you a cat or dog person? Just had to have that one to lead into the cat show article today..They should have had the cats run a triathlon. Cat show? What is next, a hermit crab competition?

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Mixolydian 4 years, 10 months ago

Only intoxicated and only to Ida McBeth live.

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passionatelibra 4 years, 10 months ago

I wanted to go dancing last night and there was nowhere in Lawrence I could think of that wasn't full of young drunk college kids.

I am old school for the most part. I prefer the old R&B and a very few of the newer R&B when it comes to dancing. Back home I was known to kick up my heels at the Silver Spur at least once a month as well.

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Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 10 months ago

Okay, I may be missing out on something here. If I can find instructions on you tube I will dance (some) in the living room to see what happens. What do you posters think of the tree house on campus? Isn't it lovely? I am still working on my stick modal of the HMS Surprise. Anyone know where to find the best free sticks? Off topic, yes. For some reason just popped into my mind. The thoughts in my mind are like kernels of corn in the pan, pop, pop, pop. That's why I just feel so at home here.

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Nick Yoho 4 years, 10 months ago

forget your troubles and dance forget your weakness and dance forget your worries and dance dance to Jah music Dance!

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 10 months ago

The Outhouse!

The recent Flogging Molly show at the Uptown was particularly moshy. I once attended an Urge Overkill show at Liberty Hall and for whatever reason, people were moshing. Back in those days people would mosh to Elvis Costello.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 10 months ago

Irish, Most of the places became movie theaters or strip clubs :(

But everyonce in a while...

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beatrice 4 years, 10 months ago

Dance? Sure. Why not. Just don't ever try to get me to take part in a line dance! Mass conformity on a dance floor is a product of Satan.

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 10 months ago

I like to think it is because of my hard work and countless hours of practice. Others think it is just an innate ability that God blessed me with. Either way, nobody can cut the Charleston like I can. Nobody.

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prospector 4 years, 10 months ago

Easy Moshing?

Would that be an oxymoron?

Well Praise Jah, I did not know it had it's root in Rastafari. I never saw a Mosh Pit at a Reggae show though.

Irish, Think Braveheart without the weapons. Here is how you mosh when you find someplace in town to do it. Be careful.

http://www.wikihow.com/Mosh-in-a-Mosh-Pit

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Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 10 months ago

Never danced, never will. I also think it is too "out there". I don't even like to watch dancing on television. RI I found this definition of Mosh it up. "This term originates among Rastafari, and nobody knows if it is mash it up, mess it up, etc. For Rasta, moshing it up means destroying Babylon System which means paying respects and praises and learning from the tree of knoweldge. Young rastas mosh it up when they resist totalitarian police, when they demonstrate, and when they fight. For thrasmetal fans, moshing it up is destroying conformity and defying authority. Typically seen in pits in front of stage areas, moshing it up for thrashers is a way to demonstrate contempt for and agression to pressure. Typically involves slamdancing, skanking, agressive expressions of all types. Similarly, a thrashmetal musician can mosh it up when he/she is really good." Is this what you are writing about? Where do you do it in Lawrence?

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 10 months ago

Yes. Like autie, I like old school too... Ever Mosh it up with a guy who weighs 16 stone?

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Chris Ogle 4 years, 10 months ago

I like to dance around the hard questions.

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edjayhawk 4 years, 10 months ago

Yeah, but not to the crap that's out there today. I remember when disco first came out in Lawrence around 1975 or 1976. There was Shenanigans at 9th and Miss. and where Liberty Hall is today. Not sure if it was still the Red Dog Inn or something else. It was pretty awesome.

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autie 4 years, 10 months ago

yes. strickly old school. To the old R&B or maybe a little two step or cotton eyed Joe..

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labmonkey 4 years, 10 months ago

I am every bad white stereotype when it comes to dancing... so I don't.

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Tom Shewmon 4 years, 10 months ago

I still turn red with embarassment when I think about dancing with my collar flipped up back in the 80's. Please make it stop!

Today? Hate to dance, unless I'm s* drunk, then it seems fun.

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RoeDapple 4 years, 10 months ago

Used to, became too self conscious when told it appeared I had a rash, or crawly things under my clothes...........

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GetAlongGang 4 years, 10 months ago

Yes, it is.

Sounds like partying with the Krauses would be a real blast. Ever drink a beer Rick? "No, it's too out there." Kiss a woman in the rain? "No, it's too out there." Put cheese on your burger? "No, it's too out there."

Annette, dancing is not something you have to learn to do properly. Just move around and let loose. It is not like you are being judged.

I think it is safe to say that those two are a good match for each other. Bet they are both firecrackers in the sack.

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labmonkey 4 years, 10 months ago

— Annette Krause, professional volunteer, Des Moines

Isn't professional volunteer an oxymoron?

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