Newsletter: Volume 3, Issue #5; August 8, 2011
8, 2011: Volume 3,
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It has been six months since I was diagnosed with leukemia and it
is high time that I attempt to resume some semblance of normalcy in my
life. It is my goal to try and get caught up on my correspondence and
video clips for the website. You will notice that I have revamped the Night Club Two Step and Country Two Step
dance video sections, into a more user friendly format. You can now
view or search for a pattern by description on one page instead of
having to search through all of the jukeboxes. I will be
continually updating those categories and revamping the others, as time
permits. We are also almost caught up on our Weds. night; Country Two
I am continuing my "Leukemia Survivor" blog
and so appreciate all of you that have become "Followers" and have
religiously visited my sponsored ads. Currently the major ad
I have posted is the "Groupon" ad. If you haven't
already signed up for "Groupon",
then please consider signing up for it from my page. Yes, it is only
quarters, for me, but they do add up; and besides, if you aren't
already familiar with the great deals that "groupon" has, you will be
pleasantly surprised. I absolutely LOVE Groupon and have gotten many,
many really great deals!
have many new blog posts, but thought that these might be of interest:
1. Competing with Leukemia
after Flying: No Fun! Just Call Me the Black
2. Back Home and Still the Black Panty Girl!
3. Leukemia has Prompted Me to Change MY Theme
Song: Can you Guess the New One?
Anyway, we will be teaching West Coast Swing at
Jay's, August 9th and 16th at the Arena Dance Club: 999
Enchanted Way, Grand Vista Hotel, Simi Valley, CA
and at the Palm Spring's Swing Dance Classic August
11-14, 2011. Hope to see you there!
Tips (Footwear and Weather) and Articles
(The Chicken and the Egg!) are near the bottom of the Newsletter.
Hoping this finds you all well,
New Year's Dance Camp 2011
Springs New Years' Dance Camp! Dec. 29- Jan. 1,
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 You
won't find a better way to spend New Years! 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!
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.
Connection in West Coast Swing
Achieving a perfect connection, as a West Coast Swing
dancer, is an important goal. It is one of the most difficult concepts
to grasp. Just how does one "connect" to another with relaxed arms that
are not spaghetti arms?
The most effective way that I have found to explain this connection is
through the natural use of gravity. If two people simply hold hands and
back away from each other, allowing gravity to do its' job, the two
people will become connected without engaging their biceps or "pulling"
towards one another. Typically it is the followers responsibility to
establish that connection, however a leader must give the follower
something to connect to. Create your frame in your back, not your
biceps and allow gravity to strengthen your connection and leave your
arms relaxed. Think Gravity!!
Building a Strong
When building a house, the foundation is one of
the most important tasks that a builder has. If the foundation is not
properly laid then the entire edifice will be unstable. This applies to
everything that we do in life. We need a strong foundation on which to
so it is with dance. Learning the basics and learning them well are the
most essential elements to becoming a great dancer.
you remember when you learned to swim? First you had to overcome that
huge body of water, one toe at a time, and then up to the knees, not so
bad, right? Now if you can only step down one more step, the water will
cover your entire leg. With one step to go and the water reaches your
waist. You are now in control as the gradual sloping pool allows the
water to become deeper and deeper. Do you keep walking or just bend
your knees a bit? You must be brave: you take a deep breath and sink
quickly all the way down to your chin, with your eyes closed, opening
them quickly to see if anyone was watching. OK, that wasn't so bad, one
more attempt and you might actually submerge your nose and the next
time your entire head. Soon you begin to realize that it really isn't
nearly as scary as you had anticipated. You even have breath holding
contests with your friends and begin to float in the water. Eventually
you begin to jump around, using your arms and legs and before you know
it, you are swimming! You didn't know how to swim when you first put
your toe into the pool; it took a bit of practice and a whole lot of
confidence, before you were able to jump off of the diving board and
into the deep end of the pool. You had to keep adding to the basics,
little by little, becoming more and more confident in each previous
is no different. It is unfamiliar, uncharted territory. While rhythm
and music and dance are a part of our integral being, partner dance
requires a foundation. It takes time, patience, instruction and
practice. Just like stepping into that pool you have to be brave, you
must slip your foot into a dance shoe and then right onto that big
scary dance floor. One step at a time, one beat at a time. Take your
time. Build your foundation. Find your center or core, also known as
balance. Develop your frame. Feel the connection with your partner.
Develop muscle memory by repeatedly practicing the beginning basic
steps until you can do them without having to think.
you build a strong foundation, you will be able to enjoy the sport of
dance no matter where you are, or where your travels may take you.
Dance is a universal language that has no barriers. So why not start
building that foundation now? It will be the greatest gift that you
have ever given yourself.
Leukemia Blog: Dancing My Way Through Leukemia
Cipro Blog: Tendon Pain Better Since Chemo!
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!
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