Saturday, September 6, 2008

My first dance

So, how was the dance? Surprisingly, it was fun. I don't like dressing up often, but once in a while it is nice to wear a pretty dress and look beautiful, and Jaela even helped me straighten my hair.

This is the first year Houghton has allowed dancing (I believe), so I wasn't sure what to expect. Of course, I'd never been to a dance before, so I wasn't sure what to expect anyway. When we got there a dance caller was teaching everyone how to do old-fashioned, Pride and Prejudice style dances. Jaela and her boyfriend, who came to visit for the day, went off to dance, and I watched the dancers, which was interesting and also funny at times because people often made small mistakes.

Eventually I wandered over to get some punch, and I ran into a few people I knew and talked to some of them. Technically it was a masquerade dance, and since I didn't have a mask I made one at the mask-your-own-mask table. (Don't be disappointed that I'm not wearing it in the picture; it was a white plastic mask with three fake feathers glued onto it. Nothing at all impressive.) Then things got a little boring and I was considering going back to the dorm when, unexpectedly, a guy I didn't know asked me to dance.

It was a little nerve-wracking, but since I'd always thought that kind of dancing looked like fun, I agreed. The first dance was a promenade, basically walking around in a big circle, so that was nice and easy to start with. The next one was more complicated, but eventually I started to get the hang of it, although since no one quite knew that they were doing it was a little sloppy. After what seemed like quite a long time, the dance ended, my partner thanked me for dancing with him, and I gratefully went outside into the cool air, still breathing a bit heavily.

So yes, I definitely enjoyed it; learning to dance was confusing but fun. If only I got to do it as often as Jane Austen's characters -- then I might actually get good at it. ;)


  1. Hey Tabitha! Wow, there you are! Believe it or not, thats how I envisioned you. You look great! Good luck with your studies and future endeavors! --Ellis

  2. You look very nice Tabitha!--blue must be your favorite color to wear-;)

    And... I find another Austen student/fan! Isn't that period so neat?
    And of course I'm sure, for your first dance, you did wonderfully. :)

    (Sorry, the above comment was mine too-needed revising! They ought to change that system.)

  3. It sounds like you had a wonderful time! Wow! A real ballroom dance dance--that's awesome!

  4. Yes, it was great fun. Blue is my favorite color, for clothes and everything else, and I do love Jane Austen, although I regret to say I haven't read all her books yet. It is interesting (Ellis) that we've known each other so long, but you haven't seen me until now; I want to see a picture of you sometime! ;)