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Newsletter: Volume 3, Issue #5; August 8, 2011

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August 8,  2011: Volume 3, Issue 5         

                                                                   To view this Newsletter Online: Issue #5

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 Step videos.

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 that 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!
I 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 Panty Girl!
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 Club999 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!

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,

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New Year's Dance Camp 2011

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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! 

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                        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!!



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                                  Building a Strong Dance Foundation

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 build.

And so it is with dance. Learning the basics and learning them well are the most essential elements to becoming a great dancer.

Do 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 accomplishment.

Dance 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.

If 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.


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New England Dance Festival - August 11-14, 2011 Newton, Ma.
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