Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - May 16, 1919, Lethbridge, Alberta
mm I The Government Should Favor It as a Help ta Health, Stiys Dr. Cqaghlin, and Dancing Master Duryea^ho Sags, "Old and Young, Three Typical Modern Dancing Cou^ on a Summer Hotel Veranda Indicating the Prevailing FaslUonable Dance Position. Even on the Beach the Dance Is Infectious By Barbara Craydon during the late yerfs^t life. The is never played out as^e term is used, but in liiany cases is in"\eed of ^exereise. Bsncing ia^ the means of furnishiiig th&'want if followed alon? a set rule. "Dance in the morning if one feels like it, and dance in the afternoon if the desire remains. " And in the evening, if yon find that you are still able to glide through the' steps of a fox trot, just choose a partner, start the music, and on with the daiice. � , ^ '"The fox trot on account of its qtfick step Js ' an ideal one for exercise and especially following the twa-step, which although not. last is the means of stimulating the dancer for the following number. The waltz is the rest periid to a certain extent, but it should keep one seeking the exercise in the proper spirit. "Dancing should be taken up the government and platforms erected in the open air for the people. In the public parks daring TOe som-mer months it is Customary to hold band concerts. It would be an easy matter to conduct danqes at the same time and furnish the exercise needed by many. In ;former years public dances were held the recreation piers along the waterfronts of A Palm Beach Episode. coast and lake cities. This practice should again be revived. The people need exercise and they should be educated to the'benefij:s der^v.ed from dancing. '�� ' " � ""^ "Let us erect public" dancing places in different parts of the city, have some of them'out in, the opji and others for-the winter months and make it a country of dancers, and when we do we will make it a land of good health in old age." .Danec a-Plenty Not one or two dances, says the doctor, but a score of them if you dance,- in the .right spirit. And he makes some Specific points:* "The proper set of rules should be a two-step, then a fox-trot, and in turn the slow waltz. During the dance great care shonliTbe taken to keep the foot on the floor, f^r that is the art of dancing. Just glide about in tune with the musi^; and dull care is driven away, and, no matter how ok^ in years the danceirs may be, they are again brought back to youth and" its charms. And the feeling of youthfulness is a cure'that cannot be bpaten.", I have t-alked Vith many doctors, and I am' reinforced in the belief that dancing" has a wider indorsement than it ever lias enjoyed, and that it is coming into a wider popularity than it has yet known. 'Of course each person must decide for himself (anp,-state ttiat they have been sent to learn dancing by thiSir pHS^ician-^the physician has jpfescribed aancinj; for whatever ailing they have had, just asv pe would''prescribe medicine for such physical"ills as demanded medicine. In more than one instance I have had'a physician call on mi even beforehis patient Had appeared and, telling me that he had in mind sending to me such and such a patient suffering from some trouble or other that he felt the cxercis^of daAcing would relieve, and we have talked the case ov|r together until we have decided upon a specific*formulated prescription of dancing for the ^ Sufferer. Doctors agree, I believe, that da*ic5ng is ohe of the very best forms of exercise for the stimulation of the circulation, and many of the pupils sent to me by physicians come for help in that direction. Others come and take up dancing for the" nerves, and still others for biental relaxation from business worries and the wearing cares and anxieties, of the social whirl. These last are people of middle or piast middle-age mostly. Tllbre is nothing like a good dance tcf make a man or woman forget his or her troubles. A nian can't dance and think of his business problems at th6 same time, ancl, while the mind of a woman is ordinarily capable beyond the ken of mere man, I don't believe: that even a woman can dance and coincidentally worry over anything. An Exercise for All Ages All exercise is good for young and old, and the more all 'round the exercise can be made th� greater the good. Danciiw; is the all 'round ex-ex'cise. It exercises every muscle^in the body, and without violence or stra^; it develops balance and poise and tends to make one surer of himself _in'action as ,well /as more graceful. Dancing is a stimulant; a stimulant to the heart, causing a better cirCTilation of the%lood; a stimulant to the mind, for the minti is forced to keep awake and be on the alert, and iire respect and awe in the minds of the' nati^nes. In the rtJJi century, Hvhet, srtcording to the � local history of this ssctioti, the O'Neills ad- vanced from Derryside to drive out the O'Connors, who held possession of the southern coast of Lough Neagh, and their chief Derinot fell seriously ill,, his men advised him to invoke the advice of St. Coney. But she would only con- sent to prescribe im him if he was brought to her ceU,^ The O'Neills accordingly carried their stricken chief to St. Coney, whose ministrations .were not successful, for Dcrmot died a few days after the visit. The death of Dermot was followed by the charge of the O'Neills that ,St. Coney was a tool of the O'Connors. Accordingly, Dermot'a followers sw6re vengeance upon her. To save StTTConey from the deadly wrjitii ot tilt' O'Neills the O'Connors contrived her escape from her cell and conveyed her to the inland iu I^ugh Neagh which today bears her name. Hdio ' St. Coney lived and practised her profession for many Vears. At her death the O'Connors honored ner memory with a tower; the ruins o� which a former Lord Charlemont converted into a family mausoleum and where on his death his body v;aB buried beside that'o^ his wife, Buring the reign of Queen Elizabeth and also in the rebellions of 1641 and 1748 the Englisii government used this Irish Coney Island as a nppal setHenient. Many executions were said to * "have taken place 9n a mound abovo^ which now � flies the family banner of Lord Charlemont wlu>n ho is sojourning at his Irish Coney Island home.