Sunday, June 16, 2013


In years gone by we would go out dancing.  I loved dancing and considered it a much needed work out as much as a way to connect with others.  When I think back, this was a fitting attitude for me to employ since I lacked any rhythmic or dancing talent.  However lack of dancing ability never held me back.  With arms flailing and feet gyrating, in beat or not, I threw myself into the fast moving heat of the moment.  We would dance until we literally worked up a sweat, resting a moment, refreshing ourselves with cocktails and rehydrating with water and then joining back with the other frenzied dancers under the shimmering mirror ball on the dance floor of the disco. 


I wasn’t kidding when I said 'in years gone by’.

On the dance floors there was little to no conversation as I recall as the booming music was deafening loud.  Once we outgrew the discos we would still join others and kick up our heels at a community dance or at a house party. Dancing the night away was a great way to spend time with friends and to work off those extra calories.

Nowadays we don’t go out dancing much however after dinner we do crank up the music and let loose with our uninhibited and unrestrained moves.  Some nights we groove to oldies, other nights we dance close and lovingly sway to old romantic favorites. 

After dinner at our daughter’s home her kitchen also becomes a dance floor and she, her husband and two kids amuse us with their astonishing and exceptional smooth moves.  The songs are often sung or belted out karaoke style, sometimes a budding musician pounds out a mysterious tune on the piano, mostly our daughter chooses pop tunes of her era, and we all shake our booty while the kids command the dance floor and put on the real show. 

We all join in during clean up and perform the quick step as we clear the table, bebop our way to the dishwasher, hip hop as we scrape leftovers into the waste bin, and slow dance by the light of the open refrigerator.

One festive evening not too long ago there was cause to celebrate a birthday.  Following dinner, our son-in-law Rob went into the kitchen to light the abundant candles on the birthday cake.  The dancing music proceeded in full force and young and old were shaking and gyrating with vigour.  Some with more enthusiasm than others, some with smooth moves and others taking calculated risks that involved injuring others.  (Caution, dancing is not a spectator sport and can cause injuries.) 
Meanwhile one song ended, another began.  This new song happened to be a big favorite of Rob’s.  Bohemian Rhapsody with gruesome words such as ‘Mama I Killed a Man’ which has become an all time favorite and is sung at most celebration dinners.  Why that song? Honestly I don’t know or we just can’t remember! 

However, the fully lit cake was abandoned on the counter as Rob wholeheartedly grabbed center stage (a coveted floor space dividing dining room and kitchen) and danced off his entire meal while singing 'Mama I killed A Man' plus amazed us with his innate aptitude at playing air guitar! 

While directly behind him scores of small fires were glowing brightly, smoke was curling upwards, candles were delicately melting and a coconut topped cake was browning.  The aroma of the toasting coconut alerted us to the kitchen being ablaze mere seconds before the fire alarm drowned out the blasting music.  You can see the cake burning brightly in the background of this picture while Rob dances on.  It was a long song...

Much to our hilarity the cake was presented and enjoyed, melted candles, toasted coconut and all. 
A night of dancing long to be remembered!

 Dancing is all about letting go of your inhibitions so don’t try to look cool while dancing because dancing is all about having fun.  Following are my three personal commandments of dancing:

1.      Thou shall let go of all restrictions and allow the music to draw you in

2.      Thou shall just relax, get up off that chair, feel the music and bend your knees, one leg at a time while channelling your natural fun seeking and creative impulses

3.      Thou shall not light the candles until the music ends...

Following is a youtube link that teaches you how to dance to Lip Gloss by Little Mama

author:  Trish Repay (BlackCrowCurios)


  1. This might just be the best birthday ever. I also appreciate that the flaming cake is captured on film!

    1. I agree Rachel that this birthday is going to be hard to beat! We ate and enjoyed the cake, melted candles, toasted coconut and all...Trish