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Newsletter: Volume #2: Issue #19

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Welcome to Dance Data !
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September 13, 2010: Volume 2, Issue 19            

                                                                   To view this Newsletter Online: Issue #19
Hi

We are back from San Jose and I am happy to report that all of our hard work has paid off. Claire and I, Joe's Ams, both took 1st Place Overall in our Newcomer Division. We danced Triple Two, Night Club, Waltz, Cha Cha , Country 2 Step and West Coast Swing. In 5 weeks we are adding East Coast Swing. A big thanks to Joe for all of his hard work and tremendous teaching ability. Joe made finals in the Advanced/All Stars WCS Jack and Jill and I placed 1st in the Novice/Intermediate Country 2 Step Jack and Jill.

The next event that we will be going to is Paradise, in Pomona, Oct. 15 - 17, 2010. We will be competing and teaching a class at noon on Saturday. On Sunday we get on a plane for our Cruise!

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

Cruiser's, if you haven't booked your hotel room, you should do so now! Call 954-922-1600 and make your reservation under the Love to Dance Group. There are rooms available for the 16,17,26,27,and 28th.

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,
Michele
     
                                                                    


Tip Of The Week
Dance Gossip

 I find it difficult to believe that 
Dance Communities can be worse than a High School Campus. You would think that by the time we all graduate from High School and College, that we not only have earned a degree, but that we have learned how to be socially gracious. People dance for many different reasons, some just for the pure joy of dancing, others to meet someone of the opposite sex and others just to make new friends. Exercise and being in a social environment are high on the list as well.

If you are a new dancer, beware of getting roped into the social gossip circle. There will always be those that like to gossip and talk about other people, some of it may be true, some of it not, but most of it really is none of our business. Protect yourself by NOT getting involved. It is much more fun to take a spin around the dance floor than to get caught up in "As the Dance Floor Spins Drama"!
     
                                            

                                     
                
                            
             


Recent Article

                      Dancing is a Subjective Sport      
                                                                 by Michele Rasmussen

Dancing, just like any other sport is very subjective. There are many highly trained instructors for every dance. Whether it is Waltz or West Coast Swing, Country 2 Step or Foxtrot you will find that certain aspects of the dance remain the same no matter where you learn to dance and that others will differ. 

Every dancer and instructor hears, communicates and interprets information in a different manner. As a dancer we should all be continually working on updating and improving our own personal skills. In doing so, we should expose ourselves to as many instructors as we feel comfortable. You will find that there are differences in opinion upon just how and when your body should move and how a dance should be danced. My advice to you would be to focus on what the instructor is saying while in their class and to give what they are saying a chance. Just because you have always done something a certain way, does not mean that there isn't a better more efficient way to achieve the same results. If after giving what you learned a chance, and it still doesn't work for you, then feel free to continue to do what you were doing before going to the class.

I have found that in every class, workshop or private lesson that I have taken, there has been at least one very crucial point made by the instructor that has impacted my dancing in a positive way. I haven't always agreed with what they are saying, but I have always attempted to at least give it a chance.  I have also realized that sometimes it isn't What the instructor says, but How they say it. You may have heard the same thing over and over and just never been able to grasp what you have heard and apply it to your dancing and then someone else says the exact same thing in a different way and all of a sudden it makes sense.

Dancing in competition is no different  than learning to dance in that it is also very subjective. You take two dancers dancing the same routine side by side and some of the judges will prefer one of the couples dancing over the other. They could be doing exactly the same thing, with the only difference being a head tilt or the way one of them holds their hand. Personal preference is going to influence everyone, including the judges. There is no absolute right or wrong way to dance. Everyone interprets music differently, so learn your basics, become proficient and allow yourself to dance to the music!

                    

                               
                       


Blog Re-Cap
                       
                         Cipro Blog My Cipro Toes are Bending!
                    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.
You can check out the advantages of becoming a member here.


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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.

Michele
818-488-4096
               



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
Halloween Swing Thing - Oct. 28 - 31, 2010 Orange County, Ca.


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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".

Thank-You!



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