Dear callers,

It is with great sadness that I pass on the message below.  Her support of this 
community and to many of us as individuals cannot be overstated.  She will be 
missed.

Seth


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> 
> 
> To the dance community: 
> 
> These are excerpts from a letter from Chris Ricciotti.
> 
> It is with great sadness that I am passing on the news that Linda Leslie 
> passed away Sunday evening.   She called on Thursday night at the Concord 
> Scout House, Friday evening at the Rehoboth Contra Dance, and then again on 
> Saturday evening at our own contra dance in Jamaica Plain.  She called an 
> amazing dance program for all of us those evenings!
>  
> Linda had been having difficulty breathing during the past week or so, 
> particularly after walking, and this became increasing worse over the past 
> few evenings.  On Sunday evening, she was taken by ambulance to her local 
> Emergency Room and she passed away in the ambulance on the way to the 
> hospital.
>  
> Her husband Bob Golder has requested that Linda’s passing NOT be posted on 
> Facebook.  Email and word of mouth is fine, but he prefers this not to become 
> a Facebook event.
>  
> As a caller, she took the love and the joy she experienced as a dancer, and 
> transformed the dance community every where she went, touching us all with 
> her lovely soft spoken presence that would make you feel embraced with that 
> love she had when she danced.  To many of us, she was like our dancing “mom” 
> or “grandmom”, always a warm smile, always ready with humor, always looking 
> out to make sure everyone was having a good time, and feeling safe within the 
> room.
>  
> In our community, she was a bridge builder, and a role model of what good 
> dancing and community building are all about.  She was also a HUGE advocate 
> of gender-free dancing.  She was one of the key people who helped us connect 
> with and be an accepted part of the greater community of dancers, and 
> encouraged us to share our love of dancing with others as a way to help build 
> those connections.  
>  
> She was also a part of helping us to build the strong relationship we have 
> with NEFFA, being a support to our fundraising food booth, being present at 
> meetings we had with NEFFA as we worked on being more of a part of the 
> greater dance community, helping us to navigate the issues that were 
> occasionally a part of this process, as she helped us to better understand 
> the greater dance community, as they came to know us
>  
> At our dance camps, as many of you know, her presence was always a welcome 
> treat, whether she came as a dancer simply because she loved our community so 
> much, or when she would come as a caller to build our community, and the 
> bonds that go with it, as she shared her passion and love of music and 
> dancing.  
>  
> And of course, we cannot forget her delightful husband Bob, who has also been 
> a warm personality, much loved in our community, also sharing his love of 
> dancing with us, not only as a dancer, but as a caller, having written some 
> of my favorite dances along the way.  Bob has also being a great NEFFA 
> advocate helping us many times along the way.  His warm smile and delightful 
> presence has brought a lot of joy to us a lot over the years, and he 
> continues to be a part of the family that makes our dance a special place to 
> be.
>  
> I know we will all miss Linda very much.  It’s very difficult to lose someone 
> who has had such a presence in our lives and who has brought us so much, and 
> who was a big part of our dancing family.  As we find out more information 
> about memorial service arrangements, we will let you know, along with any 
> memorial dances that may be organized in her honor.
>  
> In the mean time, when we come together to dance, let us honor her memory by 
> sharing that joy she brought to each of us, with each other, and let us dance 
> in  honor of all our friends and loved ones who have gone before us.   It is 
> moments like this that are so precious – and Linda was certainly one of them!
>  
> In sorrow and gratitude for having the honor of knowing Linda,
>  
> Chris Ricciotti


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