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not-so-random thoughts on life, liberty, and the pursuit of dance
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The Worst Dance Shoes Ever

The Worst Dance Shoes Ever

The Worst Dance Shoes Ever The variety of dance styles—Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Ballroom, Latin, Country, and others—each favor a different dance shoe. My thoughts are focused on the partner dances, primarily Ballroom, Country, and West Coast Swing since I am most familiar...

Choose Your Dance Floor Wisely

Choose Your Dance Floor Wisely

Choose Your Dance Floor Wisely Dancing regularly, either as a social activity or at a competitive level, can be hard on the feet and legs. This is why it is important to choose your dance floor wisely. After all, your connection to the floor through your feet, legs,...

The Floor is Your Friend

The Floor is Your Friend

The Dance Floor is Your Friend The dance floor is your friend. The dance floor is a constant. You connect to the floor through your feet, ankles, and legs, and even through your torso. While the type of dance floor varies from one studio to another, and from one venue...

Dance the Slow Steps

Dance the Slow Steps

Go slow! Most dance rhythms are a combination of quick and slow steps. Even the waltzes, when syncopated, combine quick and slow weight changes. Without distinctions in timing and rhythm, your dancing is more like walking, or stumbling, or, if you’ve been to the bar,...

What to Wear Dancing

What to Wear Dancing

Just because you go to a social dance doesn't guarantee that you'll actually get to dance. One sure factor in whether someone will ask you to dance or say "yes" to your invitation is what you wear dancing. Sure, it helps if you can dance with some level of skill, but...

How to Dance On Time

How to Dance On Time

Music defines the style of dance, and every dance has unique timing. Trying to dance the same dance to every song is a hot mess. Dancing off time to any song is painful to watch. Please—learn to dance on time for the sake of the dance and your partner’s enjoyment! How...

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