This is not what you asked for but what comes up for me.
First; a tune called Karen's Walk by Sarah Bauhan recorded on her
CD Broad Waters. It is played as a processional/recessional, but its
form and style lend it well to dance. Nancy & I have played around
putting ECD figures to it but haven't come up with just the correct
combination. Admittedly, we haven't put much effort into the project.
Perhaps you'll do better.
Second; as a person who had a very public celebration of 50 almost
6 years ago, I think the "over the hill" thing is over done. I'm
reminded of a dance Ted Sannella composed about 11 years back on the
occassion of Marianne Taylor's 65th birthday, "65 and very much
alive". The dance figures are widely available and if taught well, is
a crowd pleaser. Might be a god way to inspire Karen to keep going
rather than "slide downhill".
Marianne, by the way, continues to dance circles around folks 10
years her junior. She does so much dance leading it is difficult to
keep track of her but she will be at the Ralph Page Dance Legacy
Weekend in Durham NH, along with a good many other notable callers and
musicians, on Jan 13-15, 2006. check it out at www.neffa.org
BTW; Nice pics and bio of Jex. Hope all is going well some 6
John C McIntire
323 Crosby Brook Rd
Unity ME 04988-4023