Posted Date: November 4, 2007
Agility competitors and visitors dance like no one's watching. By Anne Douglas
When dog owners stopped by the musical freestyle tent Friday at the Cynosport Games, they didn't expect to leave as dancers.
But that's exactly what happened as the musical freestyle enthusiasts and coaches helped curious dogs and handlers turn their agility moves, tricks, rally exercises and natural movements into dance routines to music.
"We did freestyle to music with people who have never done freestyle before and it was incredibly cute," says Patty Weideman, a freestyle instructor from Yorba Linda, California. "We had agility people come to watch and they ended up dancing. And they're coming back tomorrow!"
In addition to individual routines, visitors to the musical freestyle tent were able to try group routines and drill team exercises.
Weideman was brought to the Cynosport Games by Arizona Canine Freestylers Christy Powers and Cindy Hicks, who wanted to share their passion for canine musical freestyle with fellow dog lovers. They've also brought titled freestyle expert Jenny Proffer from Ramona, California, and her dog, Quest, to perform demos for the public throughout the weekend.
Anne Douglas is the editor of DogSport magazine (www.dogsportmagazine.com). She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.