A couple of months ago, we heard tell that there was going to be a foot-stomping, do-si-do-ing good time over at the Mobtown Ballroom. That’s right, it was an old fashioned square dance, complete with great live music, and plenty of hooting and hollering. The organizers had hoped to turn out maybe 100 people for a lively good time, but found they could barely squeeze anyone else in when more than 200 enthusiastic dancers showed up to swing their partners. That’s why we’re giving you plenty of notice to get your shirts starched and your shoes resoled for next week’s return of the square dance.
If your only experience square dancing lives in a memory from grade school—think again. The traditional dance has been reclaimed as a fun, raucous, and (dare we say) hip way to spend one’s Saturday night. After all—you get to dance the night away sometimes with your partner, and sometimes with a stranger—and there’s so much swinging and swapping going on that who knows who you’ll end up leaving with. Alright, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but the point is, this kind of dancing became popular for a reason, and with its comeback in full force, we really think you should step out and see what everyone’s talking about. And as always: no experience or partner necessary.
Baltimore Square Dance with Live Old-Time Stringband: The Vacuutones (Bill Schmidt, Ann Porcella, Kevin Enoch, Kate Brett and John Beam) will take place Saturday January 25th from 8:00-11:00 p.m. at 861 Washington Blvd. Admission costs $10/$7 for students.Visit www.mobtownballroom.com for details.
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