Thursday, February 11, 2010

NEW YEAR'S BALL

It feels like the holidays are never going to end on this blog! This is it. This is the last of the pictures from the holidays.Our church sponsored a New Year's Ball for the second year this year. The above picture is the outtake picture of the one you probably received in our Christmas card.
The food tables.

Watching a video showing all of the ball rules of etiquette.

The first dance after the Grand March was the Virginia Reel. I'm going to walk you through the steps a bit. The couples form two rows facing each other. The head couple (first in the row) sachet down the middle of the rows. In the above picture, the head couple is Samuel and Sarah Grace Oldland. They are sacheting back up to the top. Though it doesn't look like it, this is very lively. Everyone claps to the music as the couple sachets quickly down and back.

Next, the head couple reel the set which means that they do a left-hand turn with the first person in each row and then a right-hand turn with each other in the middle. They repeat this all the way down the rows.

When they reach the end of the rows they then sachet back up to the top.

A bridge is formed and the head couple goes under it to take their new place at the end of the rows.

The new head couple then begins the sequence over again. The new head couple happened to be William and Megan Oldland.

Reeling the set. They were very jiggy reelers! We were all so impressed how energetically they did it and that they didn't make any mistakes. They are 8 and 9 years old.

Getting ready to sachet back to the top. Hurray for the children dancers!
Here are a few more shots that were taken by Miss Ashley Hughes:
Peter, Amelia, Calvin and me in the Grand March. This is the only dance simple enough for the littlest ones to do.

I thought this was very cute.

William stayed with Cecily so that mom and dad could take Amelia and Calvin to do the Grand March.

I'm not sure at what point she took this, but I thought it was a fun picture of the boys dancing on the sidelines.
We're looking forward to the next ball! I think we're getting down some of these dances now.

1 comment:

Laffing Dawg said...

Such a wonderful thing to do each year. And, whew, I am tired now with all that dancing. I remember learning this dance as a child. I love the photo with William's feet both off the floor. You really captured the action in that shot. Everyone looks so pretty and the tables were gorgeous. Wonderful post.