D is for Dancing


Many cool things happened this weekend. In what is becoming a regular occurrence for me, I met up with a blog stranger who turned out to be awesome in real life as well as on the interwebs. I went to the Bluebird, which never disappoints. I got my car washed for the first time in years. I imbibed a margarita AND sangria. I laughed a very genuine laugh:

Spin from Annie Parsons on Vimeo.

And on Saturday night, I went dancing in the park.

Every Saturday night, a Big Band dance is held outside at Centennial Park (yes, where the full-scale replica of the Parthenon is… Nashville is so weird). Hundreds of people of all ages – from youngsters to oldies – come out to socialize and dance to the live music. From swing to tango to line dancing, people show up ready to groove beneath the stars and the twinkly lights strung around the dance floor.

Within the first 5 minutes, I was asked to dance by a physics professor. Not having any idea how to swing dance, I still said yes – and trust me. It is IMPOSSIBLE to swing dance without grinning. I promise – you can’t do it.

And when I returned to my friends, I proved that the Tennessee grammar is creeping in when I gleefully proclaimed, “I just swung danced!”

It was special and magical and good, old-fashioned, innocent fun. There is something so right and life-giving about multi-generational mingling. And partner dancing is a fabulous way to interact with others, having some really cool elements to it: leading, following, touch, communication, and of course, the aforementioned GRINNING.

I wish I had known about this before – they only do it during the summer. But that leaves me 3 more Saturdays to show up in a cute dress, since that’s what Nashville girls wear. Which makes me think: maybe I belong here after all?



  1. Marijke on August 18, 2008 at 8:58 AM

    Likely, today will be the day I receive the most blog hits of all time.

  2. jnt. on August 18, 2008 at 9:10 AM

    sangria AND margarita?!?! we are kindred spirits. ;-)

  3. Orderly Conduct on August 18, 2008 at 9:27 PM

    wasn’t that SO much fun?! i plan to go the next three saturdays!!

    how did i JUST learn of this?! 4 years of wasted summer saturday nights!

  4. Sarah Kate on August 19, 2008 at 11:37 PM

    I have known about dancing in the park for some time yet, never attended. Boo. Add it to my list of things I miss in Nashville.

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