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Newsletter: Volume 3, Issue #4; March 25, 2011

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March 24, 2011: Volume 3, Issue 4         

                                                                   To view this Newsletter Online: Issue #4

Life can sure be crazy sometimes. I find myself with a list of things to do everyday and I can't seem to get through half of them so the list continues to grow. This Leukemia sure is a nuisance! Seems it is going to be a week by week process for now.

I have three new blog posts:
1. A Short Break in the Day and the Best Prizes EVER!
2. It's Still Day 2: My First Leukapheresis and Bed Pan Exposure
3. The End of Day 2: Let the Chemo Begin!

Enough of that! 

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 (Footwear and Weather)  and Articles (The Chicken and the Egg!) are near the bottom of the Newsletter.

Hoping this finds you all well,

Joe and Michele

Happy Dancing,
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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.

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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!
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Tip of the Week

                        Footwear and Weather                                              

While I am sure that I have mentioned that as a dancer you will need proper footwear, this tip pertains to the weather. In Ca. we have been having rainy weather for the past few weeks. I am sure up north you are getting snow. Either way there is water, puddles and wet walkways.  Most dancer's that own a pair of suede bottom dance shoes or boots, carry their footwear into the place that they are going to dance. They then change their shoes once they arrive. Some dancer's prefer to wear leather soled shoes or boots. While these shoes or boots won't be ruined by the moisture, they will bring moisture onto the dance floor. They will slow the dancer and the floor down. It will be very difficult to turn in wet shoes or on a wet floor. So even if you are planning to wear your street shoes, please be considerate and put them on once you are in a dry building!



Recent Article

                                                    The Chicken AND the Egg!!

I suppose that you all have heard the expression; "What comes first, the chicken or the egg?"
This of course creates the case of a circular cause and consequence. In partner dancing you will often hear the follower blame the leader or the leader blaming the follower; this is also a circular cause and consequence.

In order to form a near perfect partnership in dance, one must be willing to put forth the effort and dedication to acquire the necessary skills to competently perform their role. This is not easy, especially in the case that both the leader and follower are beginning dancers. When in a group setting, rotation can be your friend. Often the level of dancers in the class varies greatly. A new leader or follower will find that their role is much easier with a more experienced dancer.

The danger in this is that either person can give the other person a false sense of accomplishment. The beauty of this is that the more experienced person can help the less experienced person "feel" how the move is supposed to be executed. This of course is always dependent upon whether or not the more experienced dancer is executing the move properly or not.

That being said, we must all do our own part. Follower's go where your leader takes you, not where you know that you are supposed to go. Your goal is to learn to "follow". Do not compensate or back lead your partner. Doing so will never help him to improve and perfect his skills.

Leader's, do not compensate for your follower's. If they are not following you, do not force them to do so. They need to learn and improve their own technique and skills. On the other hand, you must "lead" them. A follower needs to be led at a precise time. You need to be clear in your lead, only move your arms and hands when you are attempting to lead your follower. Excess movement creates noise on the line and only confuses a follower. You will know when you are achieving this goal when you are able to lead a competent dancer, that you have never dancer with before through an entire dance with more success than failure.

Dancing is a wonderful sport that should bring you joy. It is not easy at first, but is so worth the time and effort to learn to become a competent dancer. If you are a beginner, be gentle with yourself. Learning to dance does not happen overnight. Chances are that the dancers that you see and admire have been dancing for a long time, have put in hours of practice and have taken many private lessons. Just like any sport, the more coaching, time practicing and actual dancing that you do will be directly reflected in your progress.

So just remember, chances are that you might be the chicken, or the egg!


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