Newsletter: March 7, 2011
7, 2011: Volume 3,
Issue 3 1
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Yes, it has been ages since you have heard from me. I have been a
total slacker! Some of you may already know, but I am sure that others
do not. The reason that I have been such a slacker is that on February
9, 2011 I was diagnosed with Chronic
Myelogenous Leukemia. So as not to
bore those of you that don't want to hear my yadda, yadda on my newest
ailment, I have created a blog for those of you that are interested.
Dancing My Way Through Leukemia.
For a short synopsis, I was
in the hospital, had chemo and am home on medication and
monitoring. I am tired, but started dancing again last week. I am
having to limit my dancing as far as how much and with who. Do not take
this personally. I just must be very careful with this old body right
now as I am quite wobbly, short of breath and prone to bleeding. Sounds
like fun, huh? This being the case, I am only dancing with people that
I am very familiar with and that are very gentle in their lead. So
please accept my apologies in advance.
Pull the String video (Country 2 Step)
At this time we are
still planning to cruise in October and still have available cabins.
(see below for details) We will also be teaching and competing at
We also have a table at Summer Dance Camp in Palm Springs,
see below for discount and details.
Tips and Articles
are near the bottom of the Newsletter.
Hoping this finds you all well,
Joe and Michele
New Year's Dance Camp 2011
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.
30th Halloween Dance Cruise!
We have placed a deposit on the remaining cabins so you can still
reserve your cabin for only $25. Second payment of $275 is due
on May 30, 2011. The below costs
include all port fees and taxes, plus 1 Private Cock tail
and 1 Shared Cocktail Party. Past Cruiser's be sure to select "yes" for
renewal box. (See links for details)
1. Inside Cabin double
occupancy: Only $775 per
Inside Cabin Single Occupancy: Only $1274
3. Balcony Cabin Double Occupancy: Only $975 per person
4. Balcony Cabin Single Occupancy: Only $1594 per person
Springs Summer Dance Camp! Aug 11-14, 2011
We have purchased a table of 10 at Palm Springs Dance Camp. By
Purchasing the table at this early date, we A) Get a GREAT TABLE and B)
Get a Discount! We are passing this discount on to the first 10 people
that sign up through us. The current price for a full weekend pass is
$135, if you want to be at our table the price is $125. Contact Joe @
Joetshirt1@gmail.com to reserve your seat.
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! And yes,
the Samba Turns for
Country 2 Step are finally up!
Tuesday Night Class Videos, Wednesday Night Class Videos, The Ballroom Workshop Re-Caps, and
The Borderline Re-Caps.
Evenin' Star Dance Boots
Discounted Prices for members.
LOVE my Boots!
If you have any
questions regarding style or size, I think I've
finally got it down!
have Ballroom, Latin and practice Very Fine Dance Shoes.
Ladies and Mens.
Want to Expand your
Leaders', are you bored with your own self?
Do the followers' that you dance with know all of your moves and what
order you lead them? Well, the easiest way to fix that
problem is to learn a new pattern. Don't try to learn many new patterns
at once. Concentrate on one pattern at a time. Learn that pattern well
and add it to your repertoire. Put it in every time you dance. Try
adding it right at the beginning of your dance after a few basics; that
way maybe you will be less likely to forget to do it. After you have
mastered adding it to the beginning of your dance, try moving it
around, as a matter of fact, try moving all of your patterns around. It
will seem like a new dance every dance!
Basic Country Two
Where is my Weight?
As I mentioned in the previous article, dancing is a
very complicated sport. Every dance has
different steps, technique, posture and style. They all
have similar traits and possess unique
Country Two Step is a smooth dance that has rhythm leads. It is not
danced with your weight on your heels or on your toes. Your weight
should be a slight bit on the forward side, with it distributed just at
the back of the balls of your feet. Try standing of
your feet with your weight distributed evenly on your feet. Now pitch
yourself forward onto the balls of your feet. Now, shift back just
slightly. You should be just a bit forward, but not completely on the
balls of your feet. You should still be able
to lift your toes off of the floor. Do not dance on your tippy toes. As
you step, propel yourself from your back foot, forward onto your front
foot. Do not lift your leading foot and plop it onto the floor. Skim
you feet along the floor to avoid the clomp, clomp look and feel of
your dance. Aspire to glide across the floor seemingly effortless.
Your posture should be straight up and down, neither leaning forward or
Leukemia Blog: Dancing My Way Through Leukemia
Cipro Blog: Nine Month Update: Learning to
Dance in the Rain!
Dance Blog: Dancer Injured Again, Thanks to Cipro!
Looking for great Boots: Evenin' Stars
and share your dancing stories with me.
I'd love to hear
trials and triumphs!
Michele Rasmussen. It is my wish to share my
love of dance with anyone interested.
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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"Your site saved the day for me. The basic steps I learned from your dance instruction videos helped me quickly be able to keep up on the dance floor with some of the better more experienced dancers. I'd been struggling for so long. Thank you!
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