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Posted on: January 7, 2020

Abilene Wide Open: Fandom Dance Party

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You know, it's fine that the librarians danced the most. After all, Friday evening was the first after-hours Fandom Dance Party at the Abilene Public Library's Main Branch.

Not everyone knew what to expect, so hesitancy at cutting the rug in a new environment is understandable.

But if you're going to walk in from the very public street dressed as a Japanese Manga comic character, a futuristic soldier or video game protagonist, what's left to be shy about?

You've already made your mark.

Granted, some of those costumes did not look comfortable enough for dancing, or might have stood up to the prolonged jostling of a good step. And certainly, not everyone dances. 

Full disclosure: I did try to dance the Cuban Slide with the librarians.

It wasn't pretty.

Special shout-out to Brian Smith, however. He took his cosplay as a Soviet-era paratrooper to a new level by dancing the Russian Hopak, squatting as he kicked his feet out, all while cradling his AirSoft Kalashnikov plastic rifle. 

As published on January 6, 2020 by Ronald W. Erdrich in the Abilene Reporter-News

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