Partners Western Dance in the summer

Jane Gromelski

If you are here in SaddleBrooke during the summer months, you don’t have to stop Western dancing. Many dancers get together on most Mondays in the Mesquite Fitness Room from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. practicing and learning the Partner Pattern dances that are so much fun. Steve and Rita Holdener host these nights when they are in town. Dottie and Harry Adams step in when the Holdeners are away. You will find Ted Shin and Brenda Lucas there as well. Our Western dancers are great about sharing their dance knowledge; it is one of the things that makes our club so friendly. You don’t have to be a member of the club to come on Monday.

My only recommendation is, if you are just starting to learn our Partner Pattern dances, start with one or two—then leave for the night and return the next week. Our dancers love to go over five, six or seven dances. It is just too much when you are starting. You get so you can’t remember the first dance you learned, to say nothing of the second or third dance. If you really want to retain the steps, go over them as soon as you get home, then do them the next day and the next, etc. Repetition helps with the muscle memory and it helps to build synapses in your brain.

Just because Stan and I are exiled to Ohio, it doesn’t mean that the Western dancing stops. You will also find some of our Western dancers Two Stepping when Wild Ride plays at the Oracle Inn. There is always dance fun going on. If you want to be notified when the group is dancing on Monday, email Rita Holdener and ask to be added to her email list, [email protected]

We have a lot of fun dances planned in the fall; see you then. Yee haw!