Dancing to go ‘Old Tyme’ at Bancroft
Old Tyme Dancing will return to Bancroft Park this summer.
Starting July 20 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., dances are scheduled on four consecutive Fridays through Aug. 10. Merell Folsom will once again call the steps, with live music help on the first two nights from the Beedles (a local string group).
Eight or more area dance regulars are expected to join in, but participation from the general public is welcome and they'll get help from the regulars, according to Folsom. No partners or special outfits are necessary.
“Some people walk off the street,” he said, referring to Bancroft dances in past years. “Tourists too.”
Types of dances will include circles, contras and waltzes. “And we might get a polka in there once in a while,” he said.
Folsom is a retired Cheyenne Mountain High woodshop teacher who also calls at Rock Ledge Ranch barn dances and sometimes at the Carriage Stop. He had done the Bancroft dances “for several summers,” but quit three years ago - dismayed by the increased detail demanded by the city to rent the park. “It was such a hassle to do anything,” he said. “You had to fill out a bunch of forms.”
But Folsom got a little nudge this year from the musicians. “The Beedles like to play,” he said. “They kept asking me the past few summers, 'How come you're not doing anything in the park?' So we thought we'd try it again this year and see how it goes.”
He also expressed gratitude to the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants group, which is paying the park fees for his dances.
The Beedles will only be able to play July 20 and 27. In August, they will be out of town, Folsom said
He likes the dancing as a way to exercise and get away from stress. One dancer he knows is in her 90s. A steady night's dancing “is like walking four miles,” he said.
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