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NHABDA Newsletter

On the Saturday following Valentine’s Day, NHABDA hosted its Sweetheart Dance.

There was a large energetic crowd dancing to music provided by Skot Pare “DJ with a Difference”. Skot, who was making his debut with NHABDA, was well received. He has a great selection of dance music and takes requests. After a lot of positive feedback from dance attendees, we booked him for future events.

Between the 50/50 raffle and the dance proceeds for the evening, we raised over $1200 to help support Laura Mailander’s fight against cancer. Thanks to all for helping make this donation possible. We hope and pray that her treatment is successful.

Many thanks to Ray & Maria Huard from Paper Moon Dance in Merrimack for teaching a lovely Rumba pattern for the pre dance lesson. After their performances at the Eastern Dance Sport competition in Boston earlier in the day, Paper Moon entertained us with some great dancing for the showcase.

First up, Sarah & Ray took the floor for a dramatic Viennese Waltz complete with numerous lifts. Then Maria called upon her jungle creatures in the Youth (and young at heart) Samba Formation where they worked and partied till they dropped. Soon after, Mike & Eileen Morin, Quick-stepped their way around the room with lots of kicks, hops and jumps. For their last number, the Waltz team performed an elegant formation, floating around the floor in beautiful black & white ballroom attire.

Special thanks to Cheryl Hannaford (past NHABDA President) for stepping in last minute to help with the announcements while our president was preparing for the showcase. Thanks to Paper Moon for pitching in with table setups and to everyone who brought food to share. Thanks also to our dance hosts for the evening: Bob Collins, Bob Gadza and Larry Rumbaugh, to the Hannaford’s, Morin’s and Carbonello’s for donating door prizes and to everyone else who contributed to the evening’s success.

Hope you’ll all be wearing your green to our next dance. We’ll be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday March 16th at Pinkerton Academy. The Ulbrich’s will be providing the music and Theo Martinez will teaching a Hustle lesson and also providing the showcase.

NHABDA welcomes everyone to our regular monthly dances: From beginner to professional, singles and couples, youth and young at heart, members and non-members, part of a group or not and with or without a reservation. Our members get discounted dance admission. We are also pleased to offer a discounts to high school / college students (with student ID) and to members of MASSABDA and USA Dance.

In order to ensure that we have a seat for you and to help expedite the check in process we ask that you please call, text or email your reservation ahead of time, even if you decide to come at the last minute. We want to make sure we have a place for everyone and it really helps to know how many tables to set up.

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All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing.

- Moliere