What is a “Soirée,” exactly? This past Friday, the new president of Central Georgia Technical College posed that question at the CGTC Foundation’s Spring Soirée. He then explained that a soirée is just like a shindig, except you have to dress up. That’s a good enough answer for me!
This particular soirée was a fundraising event for Central Georgia Technical College’s Foundation, benefiting their scholarships and programs, and it was a lovely evening. Since our USA Dance chapter hasn’t been doing formal dances at the Idle Hour Country Club for the last couple of years, I’d kind of forgotten how nice the Idle Hour is. It’s just the kind of place one can walk into while wearing a ballgown and not feel massively overdressed. I did, however, cause a momentary crisis of confidence in a woman who arrived at the same time we did–she looked at my gown and at her linen pants and blouse and said “I hope we’re not going to the same event!”
Daniel and I sat down with Paula East and several other dancers from our group and enjoyed an elegant meal and a glass of wine, then got up to dance to the band Reflections–they were excellent and a lot of fun. During the band breaks we helped Paula teach some salsa steps to the rest of the guests, and we led some line dances. At the end of the night, Daniel sang with the band while their singer came out from behind the microphone for a rumba lesson from Jim Riley. She is nearly as good a dancer as she is a singer.
It was a great evening. Seeing everyone dressed up, having a nice meal, and enjoying good dancing to live music is always so much fun. These kinds of events make me glad to be a dancer because I know I’ll always be able to participate when a band and a dancefloor are available.
Here are a couple of videos from Friday night–all of us dancing a swing to “In the Mood,” and Jim leading his line dance to “New York, New York.”