Rainbow Square in 2009 Nationals

From IAGSDCWiki
Revision as of 19:00, 15 July 2010 by Admin1025 (talk | contribs)

On Thu, Jul 15, 2010 at 11:03 AM, Debbie Ceder wrote:

As I was thinking about the history project, a subject came to mind that may otherwise be overlooked, because it occurred in the straight world.

At the Long Beach National Square Dance Convention 2009, competitions were held for the first time. People were encouraged to gather 8 people in a square and sign up to compete against others dancing (very) hard Mainstream.

Long Beach also had a Rainbow Room where GLBT and GLBT-friendlies danced each day. I danced often in that room along with my daughter who was just beginning to dance that weekend.

Mark Ambrose approached me at one point in the Rainbow Room and asked if I might be interested in dancing in a competition square with him.

I signed up along with Joyce Robinson, Patricia Wahle, Jane Clewe, Fran Hunt, and two other guys (you'll have to get their names from Mark) who were the least experienced of our group. This was quite informal and l'aissez-faire, to the point where as we were gathering for the competition, several of our group were nowhere to be found.

Once rounded up, we were a hodge-podge group: two couples comprised of two women, one couple comprised of two men, and one couple of a man and a woman (dancing in their traditional roles), and only two skirts among all of us.

We were assigned a square number and given colored ribbons to pin to our backs so our judge could identify the couple numbers and gender to make certain we really made the sequences and got back home.

Roy Stevenson was our judge. Randy Dougherty called the first tip, which lasted a little more than 5 minutes and brought a packed floor down to just five finalist squares.

My corner (who was one of the guys I didn't know) was like a deer in the headlights on Cloud 9. He was having such a great time and amazed that we had made it so far.

Tony Oxendine called the second tip resulting in the winning square and two runners-up...and the "Rainbow 8's" (as we called our square) won!

In second place was a square full of callers (Mike Seastrom and his partner Jill Seastrom, Betsy Gotta and Roy Gotta, Del Powell, John Marshall, Dave Heffron & Heidi Heffron.

My only regret was not going up to the stage and announcing to the watching public that they were welcome to join us in the Rainbow Room for some more high-energy dancing!

A video of the contest may be found at here