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Updated Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Virtual Classes with Charla Jennings

Dear Dancin' Friends,

I'm cautiously optimistic that dancing will re-emerge sometime this year. So is CHARLA JENNINGS who has two new virtual dance classes starting in February (details below). Dancing is fun, silly, and a big boost to the spirit. Do what you can now ... and know that you can do more in the future!

Two pandemics are currently at their peaks:

1. The Covid-19 Pandemic, now mostly spread in homes. Sadly, I know some dancers who have fallen victim to this pandemic. I am aware of a few cases of dancers bending or breaking the rules. I urge all dancers to heed the rules, especially now. The rules may not be perfect, but they are there to protect us and to end the pandemic. It wasn't widely publicized, but nearly a year ago this pandemic spread quickly among local square dancers as this article explains: Unfortunately the response from the current administration was that the situation was "TOTALLY UNDER CONTROL ": That would be laughable if it weren't deadly. That was disinformation ... WE WERE LIED TO!

A few of my readers
believed that falsehood and wanted me to write my email as if this was no more serious than the flu. They wanted me to encourage dances to continue. To them I say, "You give me too much credit. I have little more influence on the occurrence or shutdown of dances than a meteorologist has on the sun or the rain." Anyway, those people have been silent for months now.

2. The Disinformation Pandemic, now mostly spread online by social media, email, YouTube, etc. Sadly, I know some dancers who have fallen victim to this pandemic. Even more sadly, some of them have infected others. When false information of a serious nature is spread, somewhere down the line people may be killed based on that false information. I dare not directly inform any dancers of their infection for fear they will get defensive and double down on their misconceptions. So let me just say this: You've heard the old adage that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is false. I would add that if something seems too bad to be true, it probably is false too. Here's an article that explains how this pandemic spreads:

I have two quotes for you this week.
The first one I referenced in my "Famous Last Words" story, and it bears repeating now:

"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." -- Voltaire

The second quote is:

“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people, but the silence over that by the good people.” -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I won't be silent. Not because of what MLK or anyone else said, but simply because the narrow path laid out by logic and science tells me to do my small part ... and for me words are my strongest tool. I'm not in a position to completely solve the big problems, but with nearly 3,500 subscribers to my email, I am in a position to do more than most ... so I speak up.

Tearing something down can be quick and easy ... a single person in a strategic position can do that. Building a better future, especially after widespread damage, is slow and difficult ... and a single person cannot do it alone. So I'm focusing on calmly, steadily walking the narrow path ... and I ask you to join me.

Ron's Song of the Week: Change of the Guard by Steely Dan:

In peace,

Ron Bolin, The Dancin' DJ

Charla is looking forward to seeing you online in February!

THURSDAYS, FEBRUARY 4 - 25, 2:30 - 3:30 PM

Learn some Salsa, Swing, Rumba, & Cha Cha. No partner needed. Class # 41042.

FEBRUARY 4 - 25, 3:45 - 4:45 PM
Learn some fun line dances. Class # 41043.

Cost: $30 for either 4-week session
Registration: Call the Rainier Community Center at 206-386-1919 or register online through Seattle Parks & Recreation, Virtual Recreation.
For more info: Contact Charla at

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Ron Bolin