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Last night I was at a birthday party, for one of my students. I was very honoured to be invited, as there was only me & one other of my students there from her bellydancing world. She also does swing dancing and other partner-dancing, and she'd arranged for the music to span from the 1920s all the way through to the 70s throughout the evening. So it went from foxtrotting and charleston, through to jive and rock'n'roll, to disco glam, fun times!

The the party was held at the studio where she does swing dance, and I was sick with jealousy at how fabulous their studio is. The room is big, for a start, so that they can do proper ballroom dancing. It's a converted church and they really threw a bundle of money at it. The floor is a good sprung floor, there are walls-ful of mirrors, it's a dance teacher's dream!
Such a beautiful studio

The room was beautifully done up- the theme was black & white, so all the gents were in black tie (which I love!) including the Gentleman Friend:
The Gentleman Friend
And these weren't his shoes, but as soon as I saw them, I swooned!
Co-Respondent Shoes

We got to try the foxtrot, and even though the Gentleman Friend initially said firmly that he wasn't going to dance, he felt guilty about it meaning I couldn't dance, so he gave in and we had a go. Flisties, I regret to say, he is Not A Natural Dancer. I wasn't having any difficulty with the steps. What I *was* having difficulty with, was pretending not to be leading him. You can't take the teacher out of me.

So when, after the fabulous Charleston demo by professional dancers, they set out to teach a quickie charleston, we sat out. I can honestly say that he would really not have managed that one. But amusingly, it did include a move that I know as a hip circle with heel drop. Charleston looks like really good fun, but relentlessly energetic. It would kill me before long!

There was a big "small world" co-incidence in the seating plan. We were sat on a table with the other bellydance student and her husband, who I've met two or three times before. But the other couple on our table turned out to be the lady who worked in the Guildford Art Shop, who I've met when going in there with the Gentleman Friend, on many an occasion. Her husband, a slightly elderly actor, was looking rather raffish in DJ, sailor's cap and black eyepatch!

I toyed with the idea of wearing the precious Irregular Choice lovebugs, but I think I will have to save those for carpetted environments because they have the darling mermaid and seahorse on the soles, and I don't want to wear them off! So I wore a pair of Cairo shoes instead. They are zebra print, so they totally fit the theme.
Cairo shoes


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 2nd, 2013 06:07 pm (UTC)
Those are certainly fab shoes in their own right. What a wonderful space though!
Jun. 2nd, 2013 06:16 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you had a fun night! The place does look amazing. Gentleman Friend is quite a handsome chap and your shoes are FABOO!!
Jun. 2nd, 2013 08:42 pm (UTC)
He used to have a lovely beard. I'm trying to get him in the frame of mind to grow it again!
Jun. 2nd, 2013 08:07 pm (UTC)
Yay Cairo shoes!
Jun. 2nd, 2013 08:40 pm (UTC)
I knew you'd appreciate them!
Jun. 2nd, 2013 09:41 pm (UTC)
Seconded that gentleman friend is rather dashing!
Jun. 3rd, 2013 03:14 am (UTC)
EVERYTHING here look fabulous! I approve wholeheartedly! ^_^

(Totes jellus, tho, since I STILL haven't found my soulmate pair of zebra shoes. THE QUEST CONTINUES)
Jun. 3rd, 2013 07:53 am (UTC)
love your shoes, and the gentleman friend looks dashing. How adorable that he tried to dance because he wanted you to be able to dance, that is so sweet!
Jun. 4th, 2013 05:21 am (UTC)
looks like a wonderful evening. mine would have never done it.
Jun. 4th, 2013 01:04 pm (UTC)

Lovely to meet the Gentleman Friend!!
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