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Newsletter: November 12, 2010 Volume #2: Issue #22

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November 12, 2010: Volume 2, Issue 22            

                                                                   To view this Newsletter Online: Issue #22

Well, we are back from our cruise and had such a great time that we are going to do it again next year!! And next year, I am going to remember to pack my clothes!

We will be sailing out of Tampa, Fla.,  October 30th on the Carnival Legend. The cruise is 7 nights and will be sailing to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Belize and Isla Roatan. After reviewing our survey the very maximum number of dancers that we are taking with us is 20 men and 20 women.  So do not delay in reserving your cabin as we are already almost 1/2 full!!

You can reserve your cabin for only $25 if you sign up before December 9, 2010. After the 9th of December it will be a $275 deposit. The below costs include all port fees and taxes,  plus 1 Private Cocktail Party and 1 Shared Cocktail Party. Past Cruiser's be sure to select "yes" for renewal box.

Cabin Choices:

 1. An Inside Cabin Double Occupancy is $775 per person . Second Payment Due($250) 4/11/2011, Final Payment Due 7/30/2011.

An Inside Cabin Single Occupancy is $1274. Second Payment Due($250) 4/11/2011, Final Payment Due 7/30/2011.

3. A Balcony Cabin Double Occupancy is  $975 per person. Second Payment Due($250) 4/11/2011, Final Payment Due 7/30/2011.

4. A Balcony Cabin Single Occupancy is $1594. Second Payment Due($250) 4/11/2011, Final Payment Due 7/30/2011.

You can call or email me for Suite Prices and availability.

Miracle Cruiser's, the Flash mob and most of the other video re-caps are up. We were having "technical" issues and they are a little off in color. We will be re-filming and putting the rest of the re-caps up ASAP.  Same goes for the Wednesday night Country Two Step lesson.

Here are a few photos from the cruise, more to follow as soon as I get the disk from Noah, our never stop dancing, picture organizer Guru!!  Thanks Noah!!

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
 Life Is not Always Easy

When you look around, chances are that you can almost always find someone in worse shape than you are. I know I am sick and tired of dealing with the aftermath of Cipro Poisoning, but I also know that I am very fortunate to be able to walk at all, let alone dance.

The economy is in the toilet and many have lost their jobs and homes. People are sick and dying and living with the loss of someone they love. Some sleep on the streets and go to bed hungry...I could go on and on with the reality and harshness of life, but instead I am just going to share one of my favorite says with you:

            Life Is Not About Waiting for the Storm to Pass, It is About                                     Learning to Dance in the Rain!

         My Grand Daughter: Rain in Phoenix in July

Recent Article

                      Key Elements in Learning to Dance 
                                                                 by Michele Rasmussen

Have you ever felt as though there is something wrong with your body or brain when it comes to learning to dance? Well, you are not alone. While some people are blessed with natural grace and co-ordination, others of us are not. When you watch proficient dancers dance, they make it look so easy. You think to yourself, "I could do that". Then you step out onto the dance floor for the first time and you feel as though you have two left feet and your brain has gone to mush. Your arms and hands have a life of their own and cannot follow the direction of the instructor.

Do not despair. As long as you possess two key elements, you can learn to dance. Those two key elements are desire and passion. To learn to dance you must have the desire and passion to learn to do so.  You won't become a beautiful dancer overnight, but if you stick with it and practice, you will in time become a dancer.

Take baby steps. Put one foot in front of the other and move your body. Now try and do it like a dancer. Place your feet purposefully on the floor. Try to move with the grace and elegance that you see other dancers achieving. Do this over and over until you feel comfortable. Your dance movement will eventually become second nature. This takes time and practice.

When you are a brand new dancer there will be a whole lot of detail coming out of the instructor's mouth. Do not even attempt to understand everything that he/she is saying. Your brain is only capable of a certain amount of information at one time. Months may go by and you will suddenly hear something as though you have never heard it before, even though the instructor has said the same thing, week after week. This is normal. You are not alone. There is a learning process in dancing just like any other "new" hobby that you may have tried. Learning to dance will not happen overnight, but as long as you see improvement from week to week and continue to have the desire to learn, then you will be on your way to Waltzing across the dance floor in no time at all!



Blog Re-Cap
                         Cipro Blog: The Recurring Cipro Toe!
                    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/

The Business Stuff
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 can be as low as  $8.60 per month,
You can check out the advantages of becoming a member here.

 Evenin' Star Dance Boots  
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

Cascade Classic - Nov.19-21,2010 Bellevue Washington
Las Vegas Dance Finale - December 2-5, 2010, Las Vegas, NV
2011 World's XIX - Jan. 3 - 9, 2011. Nashville, Tenn.
Montery SwingFest - January 13-17, 2010,Monterey, Ca.


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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Email address: ras.this@gmail.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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