Thirteen people joined the Beginners’ Class this year. They came from India, Czech Republic, Canada, the U.S., and of course Japan. A truly international crowd! We were able to communicate with the international language of square dancing.
We covered steps like “Allemand Left” and “Courtesy Turn”. What do they mean? Sometimes even the members don’t know! But it doesn’t matter. Just listen to the words and do the steps and it will all become clear!
A large number of our long-term members join the Beginners’ Class every year to help teach the newcomers. These classes also provide the long-term members with a chance to sharpen up their own understanding of the basic steps. We all remember when we were beginners too!
Square dance is done in sets of eight people. Once all eight people know how to do the steps, they move around like they have been dancing together forever. It’s almost like a kind of dance telepathy! (Hey, somebody should do some research on this topic! Does anyone know any researchers in Tsukuba?)
We hope all of our newcomers will graduate in July. Concentrate hard, learn the steps, and DON’T FORGET TO SMILE!