Dancing the Minuet

When I was growing up I took piano lessons from a delightful short, round and ancient Franciscan nun named Sister Adeline.  She had seen Paderewski play when she was a child, she told me, and it was a great highlight of her life.  When I was assigned to learn Beethoven’s Minuet in G — probably one of the songs most drilled into piano students in the 1960’s, and maybe even now, I don’t know — she taught me to dance the Minuet.  I’m not sure if I had previously thought of the minuet as a very specific dance step and as I recall, I was more than slightly embarrassed to dance with a nun, no matter that no one would see.  She bowed, I curtsied — and when I think back on it now, how wonderful for her to dance, how wonderful for me as a ten year old to learn those intricate movements.

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2 Responses

  1. What a wonderful memory!

  2. Greta says:

    How delightful. She sounds like a modern Orff Schulwerk Teacher but Carl Orff’s teaching methods had not yet arrived in America. She was way ahead of her time. Lucky you!

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