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Ely's Birthday Dance - Livin' the Good Life

Jul. 21st, 2008

10:33 am - Ely's Birthday Dance

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I didn’t say much about Ely on his birthday. So here, belatedly, is a little something... He’s now 35 years old, still animating for a living (and sending us the most wonderful hand-drawn cards), but he currently has a new passion: Swing dancing. He dances most nights during the week after work. (His brother, Nathen, does the same up in Eugene. In fact, Nathen introduced swing dancing to Ely, hoping Ely would enjoy it as much as he did. And he does!) Ely was a serious skateboarder in the 80s, and he became something of a local legend for his ability to do all the tricks with flair and yet make them look so effortless. I think I mentioned before that Ely says that swing dancing reminds him of skateboarding, and that’s one of the reasons he likes it so much. Anyway, there is a tradition at the dances to celebrate people’s birthdays with a “birthday dance”. Everyone gets in a circle around the “birthday boy or girl" and they all get a chance to dance with that person one by one. I have a video of Ely experiencing the birthday dance tradition, so I’m posting it here in honor of his birthday and to show what he’s doing at this time in his life. Enjoy!
(THANK YOU Maya for helping me post this video. She had to reduce the quality of it drastically to get it to post, but I'm just grateful to have it at all!)


Date:July 23rd, 2008 02:41 am (UTC)

What a blast!

That's awesome! What a great dancer he is!

When I was younger I used to love to dance like that--not swing dancing but folk and square dancing--and a partner such as Ely would be a real treasure. I bet he is much in demand.

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Date:August 13th, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)

that's great!

i'd better start practicing, my birthday is next month!!

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