Ballroom Dancing and Things!

Greetings Readers!

I hope you are having a marvelous day!

As some of you may know, Luther was lucky enough to host Marjane Satrapi, author of the bestselling graphic novel Persepolis, for a lecture this past Saturday.  All of the first-year students read Persepolis for our required Paideia (English/History) class this semester, so it was a fantastic opportunity to watch the author speak in person.

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the lecture.  But luckily for me, one of my friends offered to get my book signed, so now I have her autograph anyway!

But why couldn’t I attend the lecture, you may be wondering?

This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to travel to St. Paul, Minnesota for the annual Minnesota Ballroom Blast dancing event.  I’m a member of the Luther ballroom/swing team, and this was our first event of the year.  As the name suggests, Blast was an absolute blast!  Although I’m a newcomer to ballroom and still have so (SO) much to learn, it was one of the coolest experiences I’ve had at Luther so far, and I’m really glad I went.

We drove up to Minnesota in Luther vehicles on Friday night after a team dinner in the Caf, and we spent the night at the house of a team member, whose family kindly offered to host us.  There, we played an epic game of Candyland, which was fabulous.

The next morning was a whirlwind of doing hair and make-up (false eyelashes were required!) before heading to the U of M for the big day.  After we got settled in the dressing rooms, put on our dance shoes, and pinned our numbers on, we were ready to perform.  In total, I danced six dances: cha cha, rhumba, swing, waltz, tango, and foxtrot.  But even more than I enjoyed dancing, I loved watching other dancers perform.  People of all ages came to the event, so we got to see students from other colleges, adult champion dancers, and some impressive small children who out-danced us all.  Seriously, it is amazing how well nine-year-olds can paso doble.

If you’re curious, you can watch videos from the event on the U of M’s ballroom dance YouTube channel by clicking here!  The silver level dancers are amazing.

When the day was over, we drove back to Luther (watching How to Train your Dragon 2 on a friend’s laptop), and upon our return, I promptly went to bed and slept like a log.  I had such an amazing time, and I’m really looking forward to our next competition.

If you are a current or prospective Luther student interested in joining the ballroom club, I would highly recommend it!  You don’t need dance experience of any kind to join, and if you aren’t on the team, we also have social lessons once a week that are open to anyone who is interested.  It’s a lot of fun, and it’s a great way to meet new people. 

And with that, I shall conclude my post!

Have an excellent day, and Happy Halloween!

This is the title page of Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel, Persepolis, which she signed for me!
These are my dancing shoes for ballroom!

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  • October 13 2015 at 8:55 pm
    I am always very happy when i hear of successes, and joyous occasions in ballroom, Keep on doing what you are doing, and enjoy doing it.

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