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Newsletter: July 6, 2010 Dance Code of Ethics and Conduct
Michele Rasmussen
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July 5, 2010: Volume 2, Issue 17            

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Happy Belated Fourth of July! Sure hope you were able to get some dancing in 'cause after all, "My Little Darlin is a Firecracker!" I actually spent the 4th making pickles and painting, things that have been on my "list" for quite some time. Daggone legs have been dragging for the past few weeks, I sure wonder when the effects of Cipro ever finally end.

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Tuesday Night Class Videos, Wednesday Night Class Videos, The Ballroom Workshop Re-Caps, and The Borderline Re-Caps.

The Palm Springs Summer Dance Camp,  Aug. 12-15, 2010 is next on the agenda!. 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 us know.

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 have a great dancer in Boise looking for a roommate. I can vouch for him!

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.

Happy Dancing,

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Learning a New Dance

Learning a new dance is not an easy task! It is even more difficult if neither partner knows the dance. The key to learning a new dance is to be patient with each other and dedicated to put in the time and effort that it requires to learn new steps, rhythms, styles and muscle memory. Remember that it take dedication and practice to become a proficient dancer.

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                       Dance Ethics and Codes of Conduct       
                                                                 by Michele Rasmussen

Just like any sport or hobby, dance has a code of ethics, as well as a code of conduct. One of the most important things that all dancers should remember is that everyone is there to have a good time. We must all share the dance floor and be kind and courteous to other dancers. Never video another dancer, whether on the social dance floor or in a dance class without first asking permission. If you are in a class situation remember to be respectful of the instructor as well as other dancers. While you may have already learned what the instructor is teaching, it is very possible that your partner has not. If there is a question, be sure and direct it to the instructor. That is what they is being paid for. Excessive chatter is disrupting to the class and you, or your partner may miss that little piece of information that you needed to improve your dancing or execute a particular pattern. This may sound harsh, but try and remember that everyone is there to learn.

Proper clothing and foot attire is highly recommended. The last thing you want to do while dancing is worry about your clothing staying on or being too constrictive or uncomfortable. As far as foot wear, you need either leather or suede bottomed dance shoes or boots. Thick rubber soles or shoe that fall off your feet can lead to injury. Sandals can be especially troublesome, more so when they do not have a back strap.

Since we are all dancing closely together a shower, clean clothing , deodorant and breath mints are in order. It is also recommended to forgo, or use perfumes sparingly as many people have sensitivities to them. If you sweat profusely, a towel and an extra shirt or two may be in the cards for you. Chewing gum is not recommended as it often ends up on the floor and then on someones expensive dance shoe. Not to mention that it looks pretty tacky to see a dancer out on the dance floor chomping on gum. 

Be tidy and respectful to the club or studio that you are dancing in. You should also always pick up after yourself. This is especially important in a classroom setting. Classrooms often have mints set about the studio for their students and picking up all the little wrappers from around the room after the class is not the instructors job. Leaving empty water bottles is also, "Just not Cool!"

While social dancing it is proper etiquette to to accept an invitation to dance, but it is also acceptable to decline. If you decline, it would be improper etiquette to accept another dance offer to the same song. There are always exceptions but try to follow these guidelines.

While some of these suggestions may seem rather obvious to most, look around and I am sure you will see at least one or two offenders! Sometimes people are just unaware or do not think, or are just so wrapped up in remembering all they need to do during a dance that they just plain don't think about anything else. Here's hoping to bring awareness to those who are unaware and thanks to those of you that are! Let's all work hard at maintaining an awesome dance community!


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Cruise Update:
Single 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 of dancers and even some scuba divers already signed up. Join us for a terrific week of learning and dancing aboard the Carnival Miracle.
A $300 deposit reserves your cabin. Must be paid by May 20, 2010.  The ship leaves Ft. Lauderdale on October 18, 2010 and will be visiting 4 Islands. Prices start at only $859.42 per person, this includes all taxes and fees, plus all the workshops, dancing and activities. The ship is the Carnival Miracle.

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Join us for a great time!

Joe and Michele

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I am Michele Rasmussen. It is my wish to share my love of dance with anyone interested.

I am sure that I share many of the same hopes and dreams as many of you, and I hope to share the
joy that I have found by "Learning to Dance in the Rain".

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