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23rd-Jan-2004 01:27 am
Me: on Ferris wheel 2012-09-09
So Dreaming and I went contra dancing tonight, and it was excellent! The band was great. The dances were fun and flowed well. And I appreciated some of the cultural changes that seem to have happened at this dance in the years since I went there regularly.

There were a few same-sex couples dancing — just a handful, but significantly more than when I used to dance regularly there, and they were not just because there weren’t enough of one gender at the dance; in at least a couple cases, I got the impression that particular people preferred to dance in same-sex couples. The first person who asked me to dance was a man. There were also a lot of young people, which of course speaks well for the health and long-term viability of the community. And, without knowing much at all about me, one dancer casually referred to her primary, and another one casually referred to the Flea. I think I like the directions that that particular subculture is moving in.
23rd-Jan-2004 11:27 am (UTC)
23rd-Jan-2004 05:13 pm (UTC)
Well, let me know when you're in a situation where you can come dancing again. It'd be great to see you there! (Or maybe I could come out to Concord some time, if that's more convenient for you.)
23rd-Jan-2004 02:19 pm (UTC)
I wanna come dancing with Jay!
23rd-Jan-2004 05:14 pm (UTC)
And Jay wants you to! Or at least, so he tells me. :-) When're you next going to be in the area? (I'm guessing the Littlest Saviour of Tokyo is limiting your travel plans quite a bit...)
23rd-Jan-2004 03:57 pm (UTC)
That's neat! I don't know much about contra dancing, but the overlap of cultures is intriguing.
23rd-Jan-2004 05:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah. The overlap seems significantly greater than it used to be. (I remember I first met Dreaming very shortly before he moved to Australia. I remember thinking he was cute, but hey, I was just bumping into him at random at a dance so he was probably monogamous and straight, anyway. :-) Hmmm, so maybe it's my perceptions that have changed, rather than the community itself. Well, maybe a little, but the community itself has definitely changed a bit.

I wonder if poly/queer/leather stuff is gradually, gently becoming mainstream in lots of other communities as well -- quilters, equestrians, swimmers, stamp collectors... That would be pretty cool. The religious right would be defeated before they knew they were on the battlefield. :-)

Anyway, if you and/or majes would like to learn by doing sometime, let me know. It's loads of fun, and easy to pick up, and the group is beginner-friendly.
23rd-Jan-2004 08:20 pm (UTC)
"defeated before they knew they were on the battlefield..."

I Really Like that idea. Subversives of the world, unite!! We have Fundies to co-opt!
23rd-Jan-2004 06:55 pm (UTC)
Where was this dance? Are they T accessible?
23rd-Jan-2004 07:16 pm (UTC)
On Huron Ave at the Cambridge VFW. I think there's a bus, but not terribly T-accessible. (There's also a dance on Tuesdays at MIT that I've never been to, but that ought to be considerably T-accessibler.) Check out the links at http://www.contra.org/dance/ for more information.
11th-Feb-2004 05:16 am (UTC)
I am a terrible person.

I meant to comment on this ages ago. In fact, I meant to do so the weekend after that dance. Bad me.

In any case, hi. I'm the chick you gave your card to, who told you she was poly. (By that point in the conversation, I would have had to be stupid to not have strongly suspected you and I knew a bunch of the same people, and in fact I was already pretty sure you were a suspect.)

Unfortunately, my Thursday-night conflict is back so I am unlikely to make it to contras again soon, but you should feel free to counterstalk me. :)
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