West Coast Swing Competition

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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Eggs, fried in coconut oil, make for an excellent ketosis friendly breakfast!

Experiments in Ketosis

“Would you like a fat-bomb?” I ask my housemate and long-time friend Hannah. “Sure! What is it?” “Cream cheese, wrapped in bacon” “Aren’t you on a diet or something?” “Yup, this is it!” I wasn’t lying. The ketogenic diet, which I’ve been experimenting with for the past two weeks, has had fascinating effects. I’d like …

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Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap

I cringe a little in my seat as my top line wavers yet again on the laptop screen. Keep working on frame, goes at the bottom of my ever-growing to-do list of dance. I queue up the foxtrot and prepare to write on a new line. I’m never advancing as quickly as I’d like, and every …

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Flying onto the Floor.

Flying onto the Floor

“Judges, couple 239 is now on the floor. Competitors, your next dance is the Tango.” Already out of breath, we take the floor. It’s been a whirlwind of airports, hours, and frantic phone calls to get here–we’re just happy to have caught any of our heat at all. As we take our place on the …

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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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