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The First Dancing Party

Aug 17, 2007
The very first dancing party! What a thrill or heartbreak! It can be either and is as often heartbreak as a thrill unless a wise hostess plans her party so that every guest has fun.

As a rule young girls will be very excited and thrilled over the affair but the young swains will group in a corner, laughing overloud at each others jokes and generally acting like wrestlers at a pink tea. But once everyone is drawn into the fun the success of the party will be assured and others will venture to give dances in their homes.

The best ice breaker and partner-chooser for this first dance is a Grand March. The boys and girls form separate lines on opposite sides of the room, facing the leader. The boys stand at the leaders left, the girls at his right. March music is played or a good marching song can be sung.

1. The lines march forward, then toward each other, the boys passing behind the leader and outside the line of girls while the girls go in front of the leader and inside the line of boys. When the lines meet at the opposite end of the room, the marchers come up the center in twos with arms locked.

2. The first couple goes to the right, the second to the left, the third to the right, and so on, continuing around the room until the lines meet and the marchers come up in fours.

3. The leader divides the fours into couples and again sends the lines around as in 2. When they meet at the other end of the hall, each couple in the left line joins hands and raises them to form a bridge. The right line passes under the bridges. Both lines continue to march during this figure. When the lines meet at the upper end of the room, the right line forms bridges and the left passes under.

4. When the lines meet at the lower end of the room, the first couple in the left line makes a bridge, while the first couple from the right line goes under. The second right couple makes a bridge under which the first couple from the left passes. Thus the couples alternately make bridges or go under them. The figure should be repeated at the other end of the room. This rather difficult step is very popular after the group has become accustomed to marching.

5. At the end of the bridge making, the marchers come up from the lower end of the room in fours with arms locked. The first four go to the right, the second to the left. They return in eights.

6. Each player in the eight takes the hand of his neighbor on each side. The player on the left end of each line looks back of him to the player at the right end of the line behind whose hand he will presently take. This continues until the whole group is one long winding line, which then is led into a single circle. The serpentine trick leaves each player standing beside the partner with whom he has marched. This partner can be his partner for the succeeding dance.

A dance party is all time favorite party of youngsters. For those who are hard in dancing also never miss this party. Some of the top steps of dancing given above are mostly used in First Dance Party.
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