By Bob Shapiro
The last two weekends for me have been busy with fun.
Last Saturday, I went into my first Ballroom Dance competition with my daughter, who also is my instructor. I danced in four heats / categories at the Seacoast Classic, doing the quickstep, and got four first place ribbons – in one heat, I even had an opponent.
My daughter, Maria T, says that the judges don’t have to award a first – they could have given a second – so I guess I didn’t stink.
For anyone who’s nearby and interested, Maria T’s studio is Paper Moon Dance Center, at 33 Depot St, Merrimack, NH (http://papermoondance.com/).
This weekend, I competed in my other hobby, Barbershop Singing. On Friday night, I sang in a quartet (Hot Topic) in a first round Contest, known as the Patriot Division, which covers Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Having been together for only 9 weeks, our goal was just to qualify for the second round, which covers all of New England and the maritime provinces of Canada. Happily, we met our goal, with a few points to spare. It will be off to Portland (ME) in October.
On Saturday, I also sang with a small chorus from Beverly, which didn’t qualify. I guess you can’t have everything.
For anyone interested in just what Barbershop Singing and the Barbershop Harmony Society are, check it out on YouTube, for example here, here, and here. (That’s NOT me.)
Singing and dancing are great activities, and my wife, Maria G, likes them, especially since they generally keep me from getting into too much trouble.