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home | Weekly Newsletter | October 18, 2010: Volume 2; Issue 21

October 18, 2010: Volume 2; Issue 21

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October 18, 2010: Volume 2, Issue 21            

                                                                   To view this Newsletter Online: Issue #21

I don't know how the weeks fly by so quickly, but they do. I know that sometimes I can go on and on about a subject, but once again another dancer has been Poisoned by Cipro and Levaquinn. I cannot stress enough the number of dancers that I have met that have been poisoned by these antibiotics. They are capable of severely damaging your muscle, joints and tendons. Please be careful! This can be permanent. You can read about it here: Yet, Another Dancer Poisoned!

 Paradise is this weekend 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! I can hardly wait!

Thanks to all the local dancers that came out to our workshop last weekend. It was a blast! We will be teaching the Flash Mob Routine again on Oct. 30th, 2010.

This week I will be addressing the feedback that I received from the last Newsletter.

Our table is filling fast for Jay Byam's New Year's Dance Camp, so if you are interested in dancing and ringing in the New Year with us, then let us know ASAP so that we can add another table if we need to.

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
 Dance Floor Etiquette

Last week I talked about being kind to our dance partners on the dance floor. I received several responses asking that I address being kind to EVERYONE on the dance floor. I know that this seems as though it should be an easy task, just being kind and courteous to all of the dancers around you, but evidently some people feel that they are entitled to a larger piece of the dance floor than others. Every dancer is just there to have a good time, we must all respect each others space and choice of dance on the dance floor.

Often more than one style of dance can be danced to a particular song. For instance, here in southern Ca. I find it amazing just how many Cha Cha's, Samba's and Hustle's are played at dances that are primarily for West Coast Swing Dancers. On a rare occasion, you may actually see someone doing one of those other dances at a WCS dance but more often than not, the majority of dancers choose to do WCS. This does not mean that you cannot dance a Cha Cha when a Cha Cha is played, it just means that you had better be careful "where" you dance your dance.

While many dancers are unaware, there is a specific rule of thumb regarding "where" on the dance floor you should dance your dance.
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. Be sure and merge onto the floor just like you would merge into traffic. 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.

Of course, there is often the issue of too many dancers for the size of the floor, in that case, shorten up your slots and get closer together during a line dance. Music and dancing is meant for everyone to enjoy, so just because someone is doing a different dance than you are it doesn't mean that they aren't just as entitled as you are to dance to that song.

In my experience at dance clubs all across the country, even if there is a called dance, dancers share the floor. I suppose that there are exceptions to that rule, but in my opinion it is small minded! On the other hand, if  a  Line Dance is  called and there is absolutely no room left on the floor, then dancers should respectthe Line Dancers during that called dance.

Dance Floor Etiquette Chart

Moral of the story: Play Nice and Share!


Recent Article

                         Dance Competition Obstacles   
                                                                 by Michele Rasmussen

Dancing competitively can have obstacles. Just like any sport there is a time and cost commitment. If you are fortunate, you will be able to find a Professional Dancer in your area. You need to find someone that competes with amateurs in the styles of dance that you are interested in. If there is no such person, a suggestion would be to form a relationship with a Pro that you would would like to work and compete with and schedule private lessons with that person at Dance Events that you attend. While that is not a perfect solution, it is better than nothing.

You can also get coaching from other Professionals in your area. If you want to compete on the Country Circuit, there is no reason that you cannot get coaching from a ballroom instructor as they would be knowledgeable in Cha Cha, East Coast Swing, Waltz and Polka and maybe even in West Coast Swing, Triple Two Step, Night Club 2 Step and Country 2 Step. Remember that your improvement and dance skills are directly related to the amount of practice that you do by yourself.

It is always a good idea to film your lesson so that you can refer back to all of the details. It is also helpful to video yourself dancing. Watch your video many times. First time through watch your overall performance. Second time through watch just your feet. Third time through watch you legs. Fourth time through watch your arms. Last time through watch your face! Now pick something that you really want to change. Focus on that area of your dancing until you have "fixed" whatever it is you were working on. Next, move on to something else.

Try and remember that it should be your own personal goal to see personal improvement every time that you compete, and don't compete with anyone else except yourself. I know several people that live hundreds and even thousands of mile apart and still compete with each other.




Blog Re-Cap
                         Cipro Blog: Yet Another Dancer Injured!
                    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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New Categories at  www.LovetoDanceOnline.com  , Joe Tschirhart 's Tuesday Night Classes  , Saturday Workshops. and Wednesday Night Country Two Step.
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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

Paradise Dance Festival - Oct. 15 -17th, 2010 Pomona, 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.

2011 World's XIX - Jan. 3 - 9, 2011. Nashville, Tenn,


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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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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