I had never seen Swing Dance exhibitions until several years ago when we visited New Orleans. Flew into New Orleans late in the evening and searched for a restaurant near the hotel before retiring for the night. We were staying at the Pontchartrain Hotel and directly across the street was The Red Room (if memory serves . . . and memory doesn’t always cooperate – but I think it was called the Red Room – and after Hurricane Katrina, I believe it is called the Cricket Room). We decided to grab a bite to eat at this restaurant before retiring and getting ready for A Big Day in New Orleans the next morning.
To our surprise, there was a group of young and enthusiastic swing dancers – and they were great! It was a marvelous way to begin a two-day visit to New Orleans.
Don Welch, a good friend of mine (of over 50 years) competes in Swing Dance (he was a great dancer in high school . . . and is most certainly an accomplished dancer in 2009). He and his partner Peggy Allen recently won a Master’s competition in Boogie by the Bay (October 2009)– in his age division — which is MY age division — although I don’t compete in anything . . . except keepin’ on keepin’ on.
The above video is from a 2007 swing dance competition of Don and his partner Peggy Allen (they were winners then also).
He is soooo smoooth . . . and he and Peggy are such a delight to watch as they effortlessly glide around the dance floor.
Trivia note: when several of us ‘old’ friends were in Dallas a few years ago, we went to a dance club and every woman in the place was coming up, asking Don to dance – after seeing him dance with some of us. He was in great demand!
Posted on October 20, 2009, in Entertainment, friends and tagged boogie, California, Don Welch, friends, New Orleans, Peggy Allen, Pontchartrain Hotel, swing dance, The Red Room. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.