Weekly Newsletter: Volume 2,Issue 14: May 21,2010
to Dance Data !
20, 2010: Volume 2,
It has now been 31 days since I stopped
taking Cipro and while I am sure that
you are all sick and tired of hearing me whine, I am amazed at the
number of people who have now also correlated similar side effects to
the drug. I am not the only dancer, or person that has been effected
this way. The numbers just keep growing. So, if you have been diagnosed
with Fibromyalgia or tendon ruptures of
any kind make sure that you check your medical records to see if you
have ever taken Avelox, Cipro or Levauin and never
ingest another floroquinolone again.
These side effects can occur months after you have stopped taking the
antibiotic. There are many additional side effects including chronic
fatigue, depression and heart and vascular issues. My harping on this
subject is to help prevent any one of you from having to deal with this
pain and uncertainty. Enough said! (for this week anyway)
We will be at the Fresno Dance Classic, May 27-31,
2010 and the Palm Springs Summer Dance Camp,
Aug. 12-15, 2010. Joe will be teaching in Palm Springs and we will have
a reserved table there, so if you would like to sit at our table, let
How does 8 nights on board the Carnival Miracle, in the Southern
Caribbean, with stops in Grand Turk, La Romana (Dominican Republic),
Aruba, and Caracao sound? How about to that we add...........you
guessed it..........dancing? Well.....
I am not giving up on finding a few more single guys or a few more
couples for the cruise. We are going to have such a great time, you
won't want to miss it!!
We still have 3 cabins reserved, so you can still sign up
with a fully refundable $300 deposit. After those cabins are
gone, it will be on a first come first served basis due to
availability with Carnival. We are going to
have a GREAT time, you won't want to miss it! So Sign up NOW!
Hope all is well and sunny in your worlds.
One of the most important things to do on the dance floor is have fun!
Look at your partner and smile. Don't look down, you can't see where
you are going and you partner may wonder what you are looking at! You
never know, your smile might be the best thing that happened to your
partner that day.
Developing the Perfect Dance Frame
a quiet, stable dance frame, is a goal that all dancers should aspire
to, enabling them to achieve that essential connection with their dance
partner, allowing them the luxury to not only listen to, but enjoy, the
music that they are dancing to.
Spaghetti Arms, or lack of Dance Frame, is a common problem for new
dancers. It is one of the most important building blocks in becoming an
accomplished dancer. It is also one of the most difficult skills for a
new dancer to master. It is equally important for the leader
and follower to both have, and maintain, a good, constant and
continuous dance frame. Dance frame is achieved by locking down your
lats, not by engaging your arms. I often hear a leader complain that a
follower doesn't have frame, and therefore he is unable to "lead" her.
This of course, is an accurate statement. It is possible, however, that
these "leaders" have yet to develop their own solid dance frame,
Sometimes when leaders refer to their "frame", they are
actually mistaking "frame" for a lead, such as in, turn NOW! With no
prior connection, or constant and continuous framework already
established during the dance, the follower is just receiving "frame"
when the leader is trying to initiate a pattern, a turn, or a change of
direction. That likely leads to confusion for the follower and a missed
lead. Leaders, remember that frame must be "quiet" and "continuous"
throughout the entire dance, from beginning to end, in order for the
follower to react when you initiate your intention.
On the other hand ladies, it is our responsibility to offer our leader
a stable dance frame. One that is a constant, toned resistant, and
equal to that of our partner.We need to be responsive and ready to
react to his lead. Dancing is an activity that takes lots of practice
In the beginning it is typical for both leaders and followers, to have
Spaghetti Arms. Limp and loose. We then tend to go to the opposite
extreme, a stiff and rigid frame. Finding that happy medium is the
challenge.Your arms should move your entire body, you should move as a
whole unit, not arms, and then body. Ladies, as a brand new dancer,
there is much to remember, so just try and take a deep breath and
realize that you are dependent on "feeling" where and what, a leader is
asking your body to do. Leaders, remember that you are the
driver, you need to maintain that solid firm, I'm in control authority.
Be deliberate with your movement and lead.
I suggest that you find someone that you are familiar and friendly
with. Someone that is able to laugh and experiment. Start by both of
you having very weak limp spaghetti arms. You will feel the lack of
connection immediately. You will realize that neither one of you will
be able to communicate through your frame. Two people without frame
will find it very difficult to move around the dance floor and execute
any style of dance.
Next, one of you should be the noodle, the other, a stiff, strong,
rigid frame. As you will notice, this does not work well either. The
strong person will likely be shoving the other person off balance and
the person with no frame will stumble around not knowing where he/she
should be, or how to get there. Take turns being both extreme. You will
begin to adjust and find a happy medium. One that works for both of
you. You will understand and feel what it is like to dance with Mr. or
Mrs. Vermicelli and you will NOT want to be that person! It is an
absolute chore to dance with someone with no frame. Your arms become
weak and tired, just from trying to hold up the others arms, during a
dance. It is not fun and is well worth the practice to find and
maintain your frame. Once you find your frame, you will be able to
adjust to most any dancer.
You can practice this equal and opposite resistance with anyone, they
do not have to be a dancer. I found that I was able to even get my 15
year old son, who would rather cut off his feet than dance, to match my
resistance and create a stable frame. I was able to move his body
through his frame and he was able to move mine. For him it came
naturally, for me, it did not!
So, a few tips. Stand opposite of each other. Hold each others hands
and create an oval. Take turns "moving" each other. Observe what you
are doing and how the other persons' body reacts. Do not allow your
elbows to collapse and keep them in front of you. Learn to allow your
frame to move your body.
I believe that we all vacillate from one extreme to the other, before
finally feeling or understanding what Dance Frame truly is. Giving up
is not an option, and all of your hard work will be rewarded this first
time that you spin flawlessly across the dance floor.
Good Luck and keep fine tuning your Dance Frame, the more adept you
become, the more fun dancing will be!
Dancing Post Cipro Poisoning!
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I'd love to hear
trials and triumphs!
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guys, where are you???
We also have a single woman looking for a roommate. There's 1 Balcony
cabins and 3
inside cabins left. We actually
put in a few "pretend"
dancers to save a few extra cabins. We have a great group
even some scuba divers already signed up. Join us for a terrific week
of learning and dancing aboard the Carnival
A $300 deposit reserves your cabin. Must be paid by May 20,
leaves Ft. Lauderdale on October 18, 2010
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Join us for a great time!
Joe and Michele
Dance Classic - May 27 -31, Fresno, Ca.
Jack & Jill O'Rama - June
10th - 13th, 2010 Anaheim, Ca.
Dance Festival - Early July,
in the Rockies
Summer Swing Dance Dance Classic -
August 12-15, Palm Springs, Ca.
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