Don't miss this fun opportunity
[JUNE 4, 2003]
is speeding by and this summer is going faster than any other in
Lincoln's history. Why? In case you haven't heard, Lincoln has BIG
sesquicentennial plans and these are added to our already BIG Art
and Balloon Festival.
There is one activity
that isn't in the offering everywhere, and offered but about once
every 50 years, that you can start enjoying now. If you haven't
tried Civil War-style dancing, you are missing out on lots of fun.
It is great for all ages.
Civil War dance steps
are simple and don't require great coordination. They are fun dances
designed to provide social opportunities. Balls were held frequently
to provide soldiers with a distraction from the miseries of battle
and give them opportunity to enjoy the presence of the fairer,
gentler sex. Soldiers attended wearing their woolen uniforms and
boots. Some of the poorer ones even came in their bare feet.
Remember, these are
dances that were created to bring foot soldiers off the field for
some relief and to lift their spirits, so the dances aren't
complicated and give ample opportunity for fun. You too will enjoy
dances like the Virginia reel and patty-cake polka. They are great
stress-breakers, and laughter often rings out while doing them.
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Lessons are being
offered on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. in the dance studio inside
the Johnston Center for Performing Arts at Lincoln College. Last
Thursday was the first of five consecutive Thursday evening
practices. Participants are encouraged to join at any time through
the end of June.
The lessons are $25
per couple or $15 for singles for the series. Call Ron Keller at
Lincoln College to confirm your attendance: (217) 732-3155, Ext.
Those who have spent
some time learning the steps will especially enjoy the ball. It is
scheduled for Saturday evening, Aug. 30. The fabulous 33rd Infantry
Band, which plays on authentic instruments, will provide the music.
The Civil War ball will be at the Elk's
Club. It is open to the public and free. While many will be wearing
period-authentic clothing, everyone is invited to attend.