Last Saturday night, it was announced that we were going to have a Contra Dance. After a great dishcrew-planned Burrito Dinner, everybody walked back to their cabins to dress in their most ‘Country’ outfits. James and Johnny rocked the Jorts (jean shorts) while others sported either plaid or dresses. After a few rounds of pictures, we were ready to get serious on the dance floor. Everybody stood in a circle, waiting for the first set of instructions. “Find a partner, ladies and gents. And don’t be afraid to hold hands.” As soon as partners were established, the band started playing and we were on our way. Now, for anyone who does not know what a Contra Dance is, it is basically a folk line-dance while facing a partner. For the first dance of many, we were in a circle and it consisted of a lot of swinging, clapping, and sliding. The night continued with some more swinging, clapping, and sliding… and tons of laughter. Looking around the room, literally everyone had the biggest smiles on their faces. It was the perfect Saturday night after returning from spring break. I simply can’t wait for more new experiences and laughter in the next few short weeks we have left.
-Ali Boochever, Washington, DC