Learning to dance

It seems that many of us are being urged to or genuinely keen to learn new skills in these times of lockdown. It brings back memories of going to Dance School in my teenage years. It was held in the next major town in the hall of a ‘Gaststätte’ (tavern), and I was your proverbial ‘wallflower’, having 2 left feet, not being but feeling fat…what can I say: I didn’t enjoy it!

I couldn’t let my parents know, they thought they were doing me a favour – and they were always collecting me by car afterwards to take me home to our sleepy village. Sneakily, instead of suffering through the lessons, I went to the discotheque (yes, that long ago, when they were called that) ‘Down-Town‘ next door for the duration – another story for another time. But I still have the records (approved by the German Association of Dancing Teachers at the time) – so maybe now’s the time to give it a go?

In my earlier childhood, influenced by films and books, I did dream a little of becoming a ballet dancer –

From ‘Ballet’ a POP-UP book by Violet la Mont, published by arrangement with Maxton Publishers Inc, New York – produced by Purnell & Sons Ltd (Paulton, Somerset), 1953.

not that there was any chance of that : I was a ‘chubby’ child, and my parents couldn’t afford lessons (which is the main reason, I guess, why they insisted on ‘gifting’ me the dance course years later).

The kind of book that made me ‘dream’

Whatever you do – or don’t do
(Remember, it’s ok not to do anything ‘special’!)
Keep well, stay safe x


  1. The most endearing read yet. These are more amazing treasures, but still nothing that measures up to the incredible treasure that this writer is. Wibiwonder I adore you.

  2. Hi dear Wibi. Wonderful images to treasure as always! I love the different costumes on the record photos, and how the dancers also wear big smiles! The pop Up Ballerina book looks cool, and good to see boys trying some ballet moves at the mirror too 🙂

  3. Those old Polydor records are cool, I have some cherished ones like that as well. It’s always a pleasure visiting your site, dear Wibi. I always feel like the little blond girl in Wonderland. Lots of love to you! Yours, Sovely

  4. Ahh lovely ! Reminds me of my two ballet lessons in the 80s…. I was very good…at standing lol ! Once it came to steps I soon gave up 🙁

    Reminds me too of my crush on the ice-skater Dorothy Hamill in 1976…..

    Thanks Wibi Wonder ! That disco was very lucky to have you !

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