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by John Carbonello
On the Saturday following Valentine’s Day, NHABDA fittingly hosted a Sweetheart Dance. There was a large energetic crowd dancing to music provided by Mr. Jonathan. Maria Huard from Paper Moon Dance Studio in Merrimack presented a fun Samba pattern. NHABDA graciously, thanks them both. Paper Moon always entertains with their student’s showcases and this time was no exception. First the youth formation group danced a catchy cha-cha/hip hop combo to "You Ought to Be Me." They lit up the floor with both their costumes and their routine. For the second number, dancing a tango to the music of "Phantom or the Opera", Ray Huard and Sara Bishop executed the complex steps and style of ballroom Tango. The final group, dressed in black and white and sporting black berets, danced in character to a lively "Beatnik Swing". Thankfully the snow held off until the showcases concluded. However as the snow became more heavy the crowd slowly dissipated.
Please save the date for our next dance “The Emerald Ball” which coincides with St Patrick’s Day this year, March 17 atPinkerton in Derry NH. Music will be provided by Chris andDevin Ulbrich. More info on the lesson/ showcase will beavailable on the website. We are planning another Seminar with Norman Thibeault of Fred Astaire Studios (Worcester) in Early April. Stay tuned for more details.

From The Outreach Group
On Sunday, February 11th, 6 couples from the Outreach group danced to an audience of almost 30 residents, staff and visitors at The Courville of Manchester, 44 West Webster Street in Manchester. They sang along with the music when we played the Beer Barrel Polka when we danced the Polka Line Dance. Most of them clapped when the dancers were performing. One resident loved the choice of music as it brought back fond memories. The next Outreach event will be on Sunday, March 11th at The Evergreen Place, 813 Beech Street, Manchester. We would now like to share with you this letter received from Ron Blankenstein, who used to be a local dance instructor. A Story of Heartbreak and of Hope! Val and TC Morgan, of Concord, NH, are friends of ours and fellow dancers. They took many classes with me while I taught at Concord Community Education for Queen City Ballroom, and were on several performance teams when we did showcases at QCB. They were also members of NHABDA and of our community of dance friends.

We would now like to share with you this letter received from Ron Blankenstein, who used to be a local dance instructor.

A Story of Heartbreak and of Hope!
In August of 2017, Val Morgan had a terrible accident in her home. She fell down a flight of stairs and broke her neck in several places, along with other bones and injuries. This left her paralyzed from the chest down ,with very little upper mobility. She has made great strides since her accident through rehabilitation, and has recently been able to transition home, once structural modifications, some temporary due to winter conditions, were completed to accommodate her wheelchair. Additional renovations will be needed in the coming months. Val will also need a handicap accessible vehicle for her numerous trips back and forth for Doctor’s visits and additional rehabilitation. Tragedy can happen to anyone at any time. We can all understand how devastating an accident such as this can be. The overwhelming emotional, physical, and financial challenges can be daunting. That is why we are asking for your support!

A GoFundMe page has been established https://www.gofundme.com/val-morgans-medial-fund with a goal of $30,000, which doesn’t begin to cover all of the necessary expenses. To date, over $5,200 has been raised! While this amount is wonderful… there is still a long way to go and Val could really use your support! NHABDA has generously agreed to make a donation. They will also hold a 50/50 raffle at their March dance to raise additional funds and help spread the word about Val’s needs to our greater NH dance community. We would appreciate any individual support you may be able to offer to help Val meet the significant financial costs to support her mobility needs. Please spread the word and donate!


Ron and Beth Blankenstein

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Chicago Tribune, 1997