Having reached my peak dating years during the '70s, I am embarrassed to admit that not only do I remember disco, I still own several albums by such artists as the Bee Gees and Men at Work. Remember the revolving silver ball on the ceiling? The lighted dance floor? Men in white suits and gold chains trying a little too hard to look like JohnTravolta while the ladies twirled about in Quiana skirts?
Try hard to forget.
Frankly, these dancing skills are not adaptable to any music played at Cousin Leo's wedding or the winter dance sponsored by your bowling league. You need to learn how to really dance.
Ballroom Dancing may be the place to start.
One of the winter programs sponsored through the county Department of Recreation and Parks, there are classes for everyone's skill level.
Beginning ballroom dancing is a 10-week course sponsored by the county Department of Recreation and Parks at Glen Burnie Senior High, 2550 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. Classesmeet from 7
to 8 p.m. every Monday starting Jan. 28. No previous dance knowledge is necessary. Partners will learn two to three steps in several dances.
If you feel that you have a little bit of experience (the bump doesn't count), you may opt for the Intermediate I classthat meets every Monday from 8:05 to 9:05 p.m. at the same place, beginning Jan. 28.
In addition to some different dance steps, participants will work on styling and techniques.
Graduates of the Intermediate I class are invited to try Intermediate II. These classes will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday at Glendale Elementary School, 105 Carroll Road, starting Jan. 29. Dancers will continue to learn new patterns, additional techniques and styling.
If you can really dance -- if you know the fox-trot and the waltz, the tango and the jitterbug -- maybe you're ready for the advanced ballroom dance class. Classes will meet from 8:05 to 9:05 p.m. every Tuesday beginning Jan. 29 for 10 weeks at Glendale Elementary.
All classes require a partner and registration is $55 per couple. Call 222-3552 for information.
* Rec and Parks also is sponsoring two programs at Richard HenryLee Elementary School, 400 A St., starting Jan. 30.
A fun and games drop-in for elementary-age children will offer recreation activities, including group games, outdoor and indoor games and arts and crafts.
Drop-ins are scheduled from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoons starting Jan. 30. There is no charge for the 10-week program.
Drama classes for youngsters in grades 5 and 6 are invited to participate in a free 10-week drama class at Richard Henry Lee. Classes will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday in the Media Center. Students will work and perform as a group.
For information on either program, call Howard Smith at 222-3552.
Glen Burnie was well represented at the VFW's 6th District Buddy Poppy Queen contest last weekend.
Danielle Stetz, from Post 434 in Marley, was selected to represent the district in the state competition in March.
The first runner-up was Kimberly Strasser, who represented Post 160 of Glen Burnie. Leslie Heckendorf of Howard County Post 8097 was the second runner-up.
Each contestant was required to memorize the responses to several questions about the Buddy Poppy Program and recite the poem "In Flanders Fields." Contestants were judged on the accuracy of their responses, their poise, personality and appearance.
The VFW raises over $14.5 million annually for needy veterans and the widows and children of deceased veterans through Buddy Poppy Flowers, small wire flowers traditionally sold the weekend before Memorial Day.
Danielle is continuing a winning streak. She recently was selected to representMaryland at the national level of the VFW's "Voice of Democracy" program in Washington, D.C.
"All of our programs are open to all the young people in the community. You don't have to have any affiliationwith the VFW," explained Cmdr. John McNesse, chairman of the Buddy Poppy contest. "Danielle is following in the footsteps of her older sister Tanya, who won the contest two years ago. They found out about it through (Glen Burnie Senior) high school's guidance department."
Contestants can win thousands of dollars in scholarship money through the various programs.
The Super Bowl may be next Sunday, but Dr. David Lee of Faith Baptist Church knows how to make sure it doesn't conflict with the regular scheduled worship: bring in a few big-screen televisions and enjoy the afternoon at church.
"Super Sunday" at the church includes a little more than football. The morning begins at 7:30 a.m. with a breakfast made by the Baptist Men's Fellowship.Several members of the Baptist Men will lead the 8:30 and 11 a.m. worship services. The church has also set a goal of 400 people at the 9:45 a.m. Sunday School.