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Back at The Dance Ranch

Decision is made, dressed and ready to go,

One more sweep of make-up, its Christmas you know,

Head to the city, our nerves are on high,

Wild Stallion awaits, so much time has passed by.

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Car parked, bags ready, we head to the door,

Arms opened widely from friends by the door,

Ambient dance floor, the feel festively so,

Garlands abound, Christmas lights are aglow.

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Tunes spilling forth from our Rob on the decks,

Wide smiling greets us from Anna, at the desk,

Time for a drink, the choices discussed,

Refreshments aplenty, rehydration a must.

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Eight strikes the clock sitting high on the wall,

The floor starts to fill, we are having a ball,

One dance, another, then grabbed for one more,

In need of a drink, I dart from the floor.

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No rest I’m allowed because here comes another,

Gentleman dancer, hand proffered, its no bother,

Gulp down a few mouthfuls, my throat to hydrate,

Head back to the dance floor, we’ve hips to gyrate.

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Rob spins a tune and one thing comes to mind,

Hurry on down to dance to a Nu Line,

Giggles, true laughter, down the line we can hear,

Nicky and Clive ham up wiggles, oh dear!

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Not one dull moment, this freestyle can bring,

Dancing with friends, and chatting in the wings,

Great to see friends we’ve not seen for an age,

Time for a shake up, time for a new page.

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Nibbles depleted, the music is over

Its time to now to go, at the door we all hover,

Christmas greetings are many for those we won’t see,

The season is busy, many places to be.

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Plans made for dates in the future, not far,

More dancing freestyles to come, near and far,

Next week is for jumpers seasonally adorned,

To wear at all venues, to the theme we have warmed.

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Greetings over shoulders as we go into the night,

Hugs and more kisses as we bid friends, goodnight,

This dance night’s been awesome, my feet are quite sore,

In just a few days and we’ll be dancing some more!

***

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Ceroc, Dancing

Grease (the movie, not the icky stuff) themed freestyle in North Norfolk

Tonight was Ceroc Fusion’s themed freestyle, held at North Walsham Community Centre. May not sound overly glamorous at first glance, but read on.

As with many Ceroc freestyles there is often a theme, giving dancers the chance not only to meet with fellow dancers and have a great time, but to dress up according to the given theme. Dressing up is always optional but often over 50% of the attendees embrace it.

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Me with hubby, Clive, in our Rydell High costumes!

Tonight, the theme was Grease, the movie. As you can see from the scattering of pictures in this article there were some fabulous costumes. More photos can be found on the Ceroc Fusion Facebook page.

Dancers were well fed with hotdogs, nachos and popcorn on offer, embracing the 50’s theme, throughout the evening as well as coffee and biscuits as is the norm at this venue, towards the end of the night,

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Just some of the tasty (themed) treats on offer

Adorning the stage (as well as tonight’s fabulous DJ, Steve Fulcher) was a huge array of garage props from engine oil cans to car tyres and jacks, lending atmosphere to the room, also dressed with 50’s themed decorations. This was, by far, one of the best dressed Ceroc freestyles I have ever attended.

For one night only (or so I am led to believe) Steve C hosted a fun lesson to get everyone in the party mood. When I say  ‘one night only’ I am not alluding to the fun freestyle (there are more often than not fun lessons at a freestyle) but the actual lesson from Steve – a Grease-themed line dance. Those of you who know our dance teacher, Steve, well enough, will be aware he is not the biggest fan of line dancing in general so this was a huge step for him. We hope to see him grace the dance floor the next time the Ceroc official Nu Line tunes are played but this is unlikely, nigh on impossible. He gathered seven of us together to learn and help demonstrate the routine on stage. It was met with a great response with almost everybody joining in the fun and enjoying a half-hour giggle before returning to the matter at hand – more dancing.

Costumes ranged from Danny and Sandy in  various states of dress, male versions of Sandy and female Dannys to the numerous 50’s style prom style dresses and outfits. Teacher Steve delighted the class with his Dolly-Parton-esque costume just for the lesson, dressed as Sandy’s sister, Randy. Sandy apparently being unable to make a guest appearance. Dressed in tight black faux leather leggings, a red blouse secured with the customary fifties belt and a blonde ponytail wig, he sweated his way through the fun class, eager to return to his Danny costume. For photographic and video evidence of this, you will need to go to the Ceroc Fusion Facebook pages:

http://www.facebook.com/cerocfusion

https://www.facebook.com/groups/10331737186/

Steve F, tonight’s DJ, pulled out all the stops, ensuring that tunes in line with the theme were mixed in with just the right amount of up to date music keeping  the dance floor busy all night, right up until midnight when they were forced to stop.

Dancers, both young and old, were in great spirits throughout the evening and, as they left, appeared exhausted and sore of foot from having such a good time.

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Too many fabulous costumes to mention individually.
Ceroc, Dancing

Summer Freestyle – Ceroc Thetford

After a slightly tumultuous day which we won’t waste time and energy focusing on, we decided we would go to the Summer Freestyle which was being held at Carnegie Room, Thetford. We had already danced a few times during the week at venues in  North Walsham, Thetford and Great Yarmouth,  so what harm could one more night do to us when we love dancing so much?

We were so glad we went as it was a truly fabulous freestyle with so many wonderful dancers from near and far. The far included dancers from Gloucester and Brighton and some from just over the border in Ely. Nearer ‘locals’ visited from Attleborough, Bury and Norwich to name only a few.  It was lovely to see many new faces along with the regulars from the area. As I have mentioned in previous posts, we don’t attend freestyles to meet with only one group of friends, instead we go to the freestyles which are convenient to us, to meet up with any number of a huge number of Ceroc friends and have a great time with whoever is there, as is the norm with Ceroc venues across the country.

Anna was putting on the tunes and Kayleigh greeting the dancers on the door. At this stage I have to mention that I really didn’t eat ALL of the sweets on offer on the greeting table. I may have plunged the scoop in a few times as I passed and for this I hold my hand up, guilty as charged. Baiba was extremely busy as always,  behind the bar but, as ever, served everyone with her infectious smile.  Matty kept tabs on the tables of fresh fruit platters which Anna had painstakingly (quite literally) chopped up earlier in the day.  The fruit was a very welcome treat, along with the air conditioned hall, as the temperatures outside had started to climb once more.

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I lost count of the number of people who were complimentary of the music and can only agree, wholeheartedly. When dancers travel from far and wide to be with fellow dancers and friends, the music is always a possible game-changer with the DJ facing the difficult task of keeping everybody happy. With the diverse range of dancers by both age, taste and style, it certainly takes more than a passing thought to get it just right! The mix was  a blend of modern and funky with some old favourites and a cleverly choreographed combination of tempos to suit all styles and energy levels. With approximately a hundred dancers turning out this evening, it was refreshing to see the dance floor full at all times with only just enough space to avoid collision.

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The Carnegie Room is one of my personal favourite venues with its air conditioned hall,  high ceilings and a fresh, new beech wood dance floor but without the friendly staff and dancers, these events would be nothing at all.