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Newsletter: March 7, 2011
Michele Rasmussen
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March 7, 2011: Volume 3, Issue 3         1

                                                                   To view this Newsletter Online: Issue #3

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 close 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) finally up!

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 LAPD.

We also have a table at Summer Dance Camp in Palm Springs, see below for discount and details.

Dance Tips and Articles are near the bottom of the Newsletter.

Hoping this finds you all well,

Joe and Michele

Happy Dancing,
New Year's Dance Camp                                                                    
New Year's Dance Camp 2011

Business Stuff

October  30th  Halloween Dance Cruise!
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.

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 Party 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 person

        2. Inside Cabin Single Occupancy: Only $1274
        3. Balcony Cabin Double Occupancy: Only $975 per person
        4. Balcony Cabin Single Occupancy: Only $1594 per person

               Palm 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.

                                                 Dance Boots and Shoes

Evenin' Star Dance Boots   Discounted Prices for members.
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.  



Tip of the Week

                        Want to Expand your Repertoire!                                               

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!


                                         World's 2011

Recent Article

                       Basic Country Two Step: 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 characteristics.

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 backward.


                         CML 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
                    Stop by and share your dancing stories with me.
                    I'd love to hear about your                       
                    trials and triumphs! http://www.ras-this.com/
Upcoming Events

Peach State C/W Dance Festival  - March 17-20, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia
Los Angeles Dance Premier - April 8 -10, 2011 Los Angeles, Ca
Calgary Dance Stampede - April 15-17, 2011 Albert, Canada
Oklahoma Dance Rush  - April 15-17, 2011 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


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".

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