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Newsletter August 24, 2010
Michele Rasmussen
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Welcome to Dance Data !
Dance Tips and Resources
August 20, 2010: Volume 2, Issue 18            

                                                                         To view this Newsletter Online: Issue #18

Well, summer has kept me busy.  I have sure been slacking on my Newsletter! I swear that I do not know where the hours, days and weeks go! Today consisted of making fig jam, laundry and now 30 minutes to spend catching you up before heading out to dance.

Palm Springs Summer Dance Camp was a blast, Joe took 1st Place in the Jack and Jill Night Club and I made finals in the Country Two Step Jack and Jill. We taught two great Country Two Step Classes and danced until the wee hours. I am so pleased to say that after a weeks worth of dancing, I am none worse for the wear. My feet were totally swollen by the end of the weekend but have returned to their "normal" shape and size. It has been 4 1/2 months since the Cipro Poisoning and I am finally seeing a bit of an improvement. Unfortunately another dancer that has also been affected is not quite so lucky. Georgia re-tore her calf while dancing in Palm Springs........hope you are feeling better.........and dancers, please take this warning seriously, Cipro is dangerous!

For those of you in the southern Ca. area interested in Hustle, Debra Hampton will be teaching at Lisa Fey's Studio on Saturday, September 18th.

We are headed to San Jose next week for the South Bay Dance Fling. Anyone else going? From what I understand it is a great Country Dance Event, so if you enjoy doing the Waltz, East and West Coast Swing, Cha Cha, Triple Two, Polka, Country Two Step and Night Club Two Step come on out and join us, Country Events offer a great variety of music so you can dance many different dances!

For those of you joining us on our cruise, here is the hotel information.  I will be sending out information on your e-docs for the cruise and a list of everything you need to bring , later this week. If anyone else is interested in joining us, I can check price and availability........no guarantees!

If you are a beginning dancer, or someone that really wants to take their dancing to a higher level, then this site is for you! Remember,  Members have access to EVERYTHING that we do!  All dances are broken down, step by step, available to you whenever you want to practice. I know how frustrating it can be to try and remember what you learned in dance class, go home and want to practice and then find out a week later that you have practiced it all wrong! Don't let that happen to you! You can now download and view Night Club and Country Two Step to your computer and watch them full screen. West Coast Swing is coming soon!

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

Hope all is well and sunny in your worlds.

Happy Dancing,

Tip Of The Week
Quick Dance Shoe Fix

Have you ever been out dancing and the suede bottom of your shoe, usually the toe or heel, starts to peel away from your shoe causing it to flap around or get folded up into a lump? I might be harder on my dance shoes and boots than most dancers', because it seems to happen to me quite often. The quickest and easiest way that I have found to adhere the sole back onto the shoe is Super Glue. A little dab will do ya'! Just put a drop or two on the sole of your shoe and press firmly. It works great, you should always have a tube or two in your dance bag.


Recent Article

                                 Dancing Balanced       
                                                                 by Michele Rasmussen

Dancing is a recreation that brings joy to people of all ages. It can be a bit overwhelming and difficult at first, but the more you practice, the better you become, the more fun you will have. There are many elements encompassed in dancing. There are skills to becoming a great leader and follower as well as skills that both leaders and followers must achieve themselves, individually. One of these skills that must be achieved individually is balance.

Good, solid balance is essential for both the leader and follower. Neither person should rely upon the other for their own balance. Each dancer must be in control of their own body and movement. Maintaining your balance may become particularly troublesome while turning. Dancers often experience their partner depending upon them to regain their balance while turning or coming out of a turn. A dancer must never depend upon the non-turning partner for their own balance while they are turning or lean heavily upon them when finishing a turn. You can shorten this learning process by practicing turning on your own, without your partner. Be sure to practice turning in both directions.

Another good exercise is is to stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Raise your arms as though carrying a tray. Raise one leg at a time, knee parallel to the ceiling and point your toe. Hold for ten seconds and then change legs. Repeat this exercise, five times for each leg several times a day. Once you have become proficient and found your balance and are able to stand firmly without swaying or putting your raised foot down, try the same exercise with your eyes close.

When attempting to do this exercise with your eyes closed, try it first with your hands either against a wall or on the back of a chair for safety, as this can be extremely difficult.  Once you have a strong sense of your own balance while standing still, you should begin to start moving/dancing/walking around, periodically stopping on one foot or the other, perfectly balanced and in control of your body. 

Another exercise that will help your balance and also flexibility, is to stand on one leg while holding your other foot back behind your buttocks with your hand. To do this, you should stretch first and then bend your leg and grab your foot with your hand. You might also hold onto the back of a chair with your other hand until you are comfortable and well enough balanced to do this exercise free standing. Either of these exercises can be done just about anywhere. Yes, people in the grocery line may think you are nuts, but honestly.........do you care??

Once you have perfected standing solidly on one leg, practice your turns in both directions. Practice your chaine' turns, your pivots turns and even turning or spinning on one foot. Balance is something that every dancer must possess and can only be achieved and accomplished by practicing on their own. Of course, there are those of you that are blessed and born with perfect balance, but for those us who are not, it is an essential element to acquire to become a terrific dancer.



Blog Re-Cap
                         Cipro Blog 4 1/2 Months Floxed and Dancing!
                    Dance Blog: Dancer Injured Again, Thanks to Cipro!
                    Looking for great Boots: Evenin' Stars
                    Stop by and share your dancing stories with me.
                    I'd love to hear about your                       
                    trials and triumphs! http://www.ras-this.com/

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Shoes, Boots and Cruise Info

New Categories at  www.LovetoDanceOnline.com  , Joe Tschirhart 's Tuesday Night Classes  , Saturday Workshops. and Wednesday Night Country Two Step.
Currently the price for membership is only $9 per month, once we switch over to the full sized screen, the membership price will increase to $19.99 per month. Subscribe now and you will lock in the $9 per month membership fee.
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I LOVE my Boots! If you have any questions regarding style or size, I think I've finally got it down!
We also have ballroom,  Latin and practice Very Fine Dance Shoes. Ladies and Mens.  

Cruise Update:
I will be sending out information regarding cruise docs, itinerary, what to where, etc. later this week! We are getting close to sailing! Anyone still hoping to join us can call me for prices and availability.


Upcoming Events

South Bay Dance Fling - Sept. 2-5, 2010, San Jose, Ca.
Bridge Town Swing - Sept. 16-19, 2010 Portland, Oregon
Boogie By The Bay - Oct. 7-10, 2010 Burlingame, Ca
Mountain Magic - Nov. 4-7, 2010 South Lake Tahoe, NV.
Cascade Classic - Nov.19-21,2010 Bellevue Washington


On-line Dance Instruction: www.learntoballroomdanceonline.com

Ballroom Dance Association: www.USAdance.org
National Association of Swing Dance Events: http://www.nasde.net/
USA Swing Dance Network: http://www.usaswingnet.com/

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About Me

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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