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How to Be Happy Competing West Coast Swing: Some Subjective Thoughts for Amateur Hobbyists like Me

The other day, a wonderful dancer and good friend of mine, Sam Hartzell, shared a few thoughts on Competition in West Coast Swing Dancing via Facebook. I loved it so much, I asked if he would allow me to share it here, and he graciously accepted. Enough from me, Enter, Sam Hartzell: Hi, I’m Sam. …

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Meditation for Ballroom – a Dance of the Mind

Meditation. If your associations with that word amount to incense, crystals, or robed figures in monasteries, allow me to bend your ear. I do not promise enlightenment, only an effective tool to aid your dancing and–hopefully–your life. I’ve been practicing mindfulness meditation for the several months now, and what I’ve learned through experience and research is …

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Dancing with the Screens

Living in the digital age has done wonders for our sport. With syllabi easily accessible online and a wealth of information available to the new dancer’s fingertips, it feels like the possibilities for accessing dance resources online are endless. Even the music is much easier to find. What could go wrong? Well, any number of …

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Not West Coast Swing, but a good picture none the less.

A West Coast Anecdote

It’s 4:30 a.m. and the beat is still pounding from the speakers next to the dance floor. I thank my current partner and make a beeline for another, and as the music starts and we begin to dance west coast swing, the wave of tired hits me. We finish the dance and I head for …

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Oops, sorry!

A Sorry Response

“Well, I’m sorry you had to experience that,” she says as the song ends and we prepare to part ways. We’ve just had a fun foxtrot, a little rough around the footwork edges, but overall quite enjoyable. “No, no, no, that was great!” I respond. She shakes her head at the floor and turns away; …

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