Weekly Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 13
to Dance Data !
20, 2009: Volume 1,
First, I must apologize for my lack of communication. I am so sorry to
have been so neglectful! Lots of reasons, no excuses. Kind of sounds
like I could be a brand new dancer that just hasn't stepped onto the
dance floor......yet! Always on my mind, but can't quite get
the physical body there. Sound familiar? Do not let the "Keeper of
Great Intentions" rob you of learning to dance. Just like this
Newsletter, the task seemed monumental, but now that I am
here, I could and probably will, go on and on and on!
First things first: Our dance cruise is filling up nicely, but we still
have about 24 cabins available. We have people from Canada, Fla., North
Carolina, New York, California and even Europe signed up so far. You
won't want to miss out on the fun. Click here for details: Dance Cruise
Prices start at only $659.53 per person. That includes
all taxes and fees, plus all the workshops, dancing and activities. The
is for 7 nights aboard the
Carnival Splendor, cruising to the Mexican Riviera
on Sept. 27, 2009. Join us for a great time!
Secondly, stay tuned for new videos and new dances on the website. We
will be adding Hustle, Night Club Two Step, Country Two Step and
additional West Coast Swing.
Sorry for the neglect and Thank
you for allowing
be a part
Cindy Rastutis, Ras #2
I am certain that every one of us tends to procrastinate at
one time or another. Often the procrastination begins when we are
embarking on something new or unfamiliar. Where do I begin? How do I
begin? What if I am not "good" at it? What if I decide I don't like it
or can't do it?
All of these feelings are normal and can often prevent us from learning
or doing something new. How I wish I hadn't allowed procrastination to
delay my learning to dance. I can wish that I had started dancing years
and years ago, but I cannot change the fact that I did not. Yes, I had
reasons: life, family, job, children, time, etc., etc., but it doesn't
change the fact that I regret all of the wasted time.
So, no more procrastination. Get out there and dance! Learn that new
step, or perfect the ones you already know. If you have dance in your
life, your step will be lighter your heart fuller and your overall well
being will be happier and more satisfied. Dance helps to relieve stress
and anxiety which can lead to procrastination. So therefore, taking the
time out of your bust schedule will help you to stop the
procrastination giving you more time.
Dance Floor Etiquette
Dancing is just like any other sport. It has rules and
guidelines to follow to ensure that everyone has a good time, goes home
with all toenails intact and no bloody noses. Some of the "Rules" are
very simple, just using common sense and courtesy will help to ensure
that everyone has a good time in a social dance setting. Common things
that are often overlooked can range from talking on the dance floor, to
smoking and drinking
on the dance floor. These often apply more at a local club or bar
rather than a studio. Often dancers must share the dance floor with
others that are oblivious to etiquette of any kind let alone dance
etiquette, so be aware of your surroundings at all times.
Leader's be mindful of where you are leading your
follower and attempt to protect her. Also, do not lead moves that could
likely wipe out another person on a crowded floor. Lifts and aerials
are very dangerous
on a crowded dance floor, as are flailing arms and legs.
There are also certain areas on a dance floor that you
should dance particular dances. Stationary dances, such as Cha Cha,
Rhumba, East or West Coast Swing, Hustle or even Night Club 2 Step
should be danced in the center of the floor. Line dancers should also
be in the center of the floor, making sure not to spread out into the
outside line of dance. The outside fast lane should be used for
traveling dances such as Country Two Step, Foxtrot, Waltz, Polka and
other progressive pattern dances. If you are dancing a stop and go type
dance, dance inside the fast lane, between the stationary dancers and
the ones that are moving quickly around the outside of the dance floor.
Keeping these simple rules in mind will ensure that
everyone has a great time and hopefully the only aches and pains that
you bring home are from dancing till your feet fall off!
Dance Floor Etiquette Dance Chart
West Coast Swing Dance Convention - May 7-10, 2009
Dance Classic - May 21-25, 2009
Quest for the Best, Seattle -
May 16, 2009
USA Grand Nationals
- May 21-25,2009 Atlanta, Ga.
NJ DanceSport Classic Summer Sizzle
- June 13-14, 2009
Portland Dance Festival - July
9-12, 009 Portland Oregon
Swingtime in the Rockies - July
23-26, 2009 Denver, Co.
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