Thursday, May 28, 2009

Jerry Story Weekend '09

It was SO. MUCH. FUN! This past Memorial Day weekend, Dad, Chris, Valerie, and I went to the Jerry Story weekend in Dubuque, Iowa. Jerry Story is a phenomenal caller (many say the best, and I won't argue) and the dancing was incredible.
Here are some of my highlights:
  • Dancing with our "Wisconsin friends". That's fun no matter whose calling, and this time was no exception. At times, we had 2 whole squares of just kids (OK, my dad was in there too, and even in the square dancing world he's not a kid. But he keeps up.)

  • The tip where we did 2 all-girls squares and 1 all-boys square. It was a fast song, too!

  • The tip where we were trading like crazy between the two kids' squares!

  • The tip when my dad and I was in a square with Bob Asp. We kept the same square for the "Killer Plus", and that was the most successful one I was in all weekend.

  • Speaking of which: the Killer Plus dancing. That was my first time doing DBD, so I didn't know what to expect. It was fun!

  • The afternoon workshops; learning new stuff. It's not every day that you get to do point-to-point diamonds, Left Coordinate's, and Stretch the Recycle.

  • Staying in the same hotel as the WI kids and many other dancers (including Jerry Story!). It's neat seeing familiar people at breakfast.

  • Seeing the couple of which the lady is in a wheelchair. We danced with her at the WI convention, and my grandma danced in her square at the Senior Olympics! So it was neat to talk to them some more this time and get to know them better.

  • Going to Goodwill and Perkins on Sunday with the WI group.

  • Ultimate Frisbee on Saturday night with the light-up Frisbee. Chris was doing great catches and impressing everyone. Ask him about the catch involving the invisible chain-link fence. ;-)

  • Alex doing the Chicken Dance. :-P

  • The good, good dancing, of course!

So. Much. Fun. Anyone who is reading this and does not square dance needs to learn how to immediately (over the next year, at least), so that you can come next year. :-)


  1. Great post!! It brings back so many GREAT memories! I hope we can do it again next year!!

    Did you guys get any pictures from the weekend? I got some, but not nearly as many as I would've liked.


  2. No, sadly. We brought Valerie's camera, but hardly used it at all. I don't think it even made it into the dance hall... too bad.

    Therefore, if you post any, I'll probably pirate them, lol!


  3. Please use as many as you'd like! Sadly, there aren't any of us dancing with you guys, because I think the only time any of us sat out was when you were in a different square!