October 18, 2010: Volume 2; Issue 21
to Dance Data !
18, 2010: Volume 2,
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!
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
Moral of the story: Play Nice
Dance Competition Obstacles
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
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.
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.
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.
Cipro Blog: Yet
Another Dancer Injured!
Dance Blog: Dancer Injured Again, Thanks to Cipro!
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this week! We are getting close to sailing! Anyone still hoping to join
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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
Halloween Swing Thing - Oct. 28 -
31, 2010 Orange County, Ca.
2011 World's XIX - Jan. 3 - 9,
2011. Nashville, Tenn,
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Michele Rasmussen. It is my wish to share my
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sure that I share many of the same hopes and
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I hope to share the
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