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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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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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A ballroom dancer's bookshelf

Bookshelf

I’ve been thinking about my bookshelf for the past few days. For Valentine’s Day my girlfriend got me not one, but two books. They were both Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. One is for my place, the other is for hers. The idea is we can read them together, take notes, and become better …

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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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A california sunset

A California Decision

I want to talk about starting new adventures. As many of you may well know, I’m moving to Los Angeles, California in July! We’ll actually be in a suburb just northeast of it but that’s basically same thing, really. I say ‘we’ because I’ll be moving there with my Autumn, my girlfriend and adventure buddy. …

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Depression can be the elephant in the room.

Elephant Dances

When I dance, I’m usually not alone. You may not find that surprising, given that ballroom generally involves two people, but I’m talking about something else: a sometimes comforting, sometimes obnoxious little presence that I’ve become acquainted with. Let us, for sake of narrative, call it an elephant. Have you ever tried dancing with an …

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