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With A Swing In My Step

May 26, 2013

The other night Neighbor K and I decided to check out the Midtown Stomp.


Midtown Stomp is a Swing Dance Club here in Sactown.  They have dances every Friday night, often with live music.  See the Chinese lettering by the stage?  The dances are held at Confucius Hall in what is left of Sacramento’s historic Chinatown.

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Here we are after the beginner lesson, waiting for the band to start.

Notice our fun wrist bands?


Those glowing bracelets officially identified us as “taxi dancers.”  Meaning that we would dance with anyone who asked us.

And we danced.

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It was so fun to glimpse a part of society that I don’t normally see.  As a Baltimore friend said of the swing dance crowd, “The folks almost reminded me of the hard core Civil War reenactors. Interesting and intense.”

It’s true.  We were clearly outsiders there in our non-vintage clothing and beginner-klutzy moves.  But it was still lots of fun and a memorable night.  I’m so glad to have found an adventurous friend here in Sactown!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 26, 2013 4:14 pm

    Tuckeer and I met Fred on Friday while doing our therapy dog visit. He was being helped into a particular piece of exercise apparatus (a seated tread climber). We talked and he shared that nobody danced anymore… in his day everyone did, and his passion was the waltz. He remembered a particular evening when he was selected by a very beautiful lady to dance a waltz with her. I heard all the details about the orchestra, putting powder on the dance floor, and the fabulous dance. Oh… by the way, Fred is 99. He’ll be 100 this August and they are already planning his celebration. Does anyone know where I can get some waltz lessons?

    • Juice permalink*
      May 28, 2013 12:22 am

      What a great story Dad! Hmmm, could waltz lessons be a good birthday present for someone I know??

  2. debby permalink
    May 27, 2013 8:39 am

    You ARE so adventurous! And is that your dad in the previous comment? That would be fabulous if he was able to give Fred waltz lessons for his birthday!

  3. May 30, 2013 7:38 am

    This sounds like so much fun! I’ve always wanted to do this!

  4. May 30, 2013 10:56 pm

    No, waltz lessons would not be a good birthday present…

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