Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Retired UCO librarian dances around the subject

Edmond Sun | Step, hop, step hop

Local librarian explains love

A thunderstorm raged outside, but rain didn’t dampen the spirits of about 20 folk dancers taking part Monday evening in a weekly gathering at Oklahoma City’s Unitarian Church.

One of the dancers was Carol Barry, an Edmond resident and retired University of Central Oklahoma librarian, who has been involved in folk dancing since 1984.

“A friend of mine said she was going folk dancing (back then) and asked me to go,” Barry said.

“She didn’t stay with it long, but I’ve been dancing ever since.”


Barry said the camaraderie of the group is an important part of the experience.

“They are like my extended family,” she said.

But as a retired librarian, she also appreciates the educational value of the international folk dancing.

“It broadens your appreciation for the music and dance of other cultures,” she said. “It’s very educational, and it’s a very family oriented thing. People will bring their kids.” ...

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