Don’t wait for the ball to drop! Start your new you today.

Like many others, I’m motivated to write about the things that are on my mind through my training of others, but sometimes it is based on what I am feeling internally. This blog speaks to both. It has been quite awhile since I wrote a new blog. I was in the habit of consistently writing a blog every week for …

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Dance Studio Faux Pas- Are You Guilty?

Ballroom dancing is famous for the etiquette and grace behind it. There are certain unspoken etiquette rules when learning to dance. I am here to make them “spoken.” Showing up late to sessions- Are you that person? Showing up late to a dance class can be disruptive and it slows down the speed of the class. The instructor feels like …

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Dear Instructor…

Dear Instructor, I want you to know, I feel you know me better than most people in my life. I have gone to events like Match Competition, Showcase and performed in shows, not because I felt I was ready, but because you believed I was ready. You give me constant encouragement and patience during each of our lessons. I know …

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Dear Student…

Dear Student, It is important for me to express how I feel about your learning. I cannot emphasize enough that I need you to celebrate the small victories, and the means every small victory. My worry is, sometimes you are too hard on yourself and get discouraged. While I do want you to reach your ultimate goals of being an …

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A Dose of Respite

With the hustle and bustle of life, and how busy people are these days, it’s the little things that keep us motivated and feeling good. We need to remember to take care of ourselves, to be the best version of ourselves. Here are a few of my favorites I’ve reflected on this week. 1) Rest – Remember giving your body …

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Finding the Waltz Beat – Easy as 1. 2. 3.

This week we take a look back to give you more great music for practice, and the best information on how to find the beat in Waltz. Waltz, unlike any other dance is unique to itself because you cannot dance any other dance to it (the only exception is the Viennese Waltz, which is danced to the same count, just …

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Etiquette on the Dance Floor

1.Don’t be a floor Hog. If the floor is crowded take small steps. Have a more compact frame and when turning, keep your arms close to your body so you dance closer to your partner. 2. If you bump into someone, offer a smile and an apology. Even if you think it wasn’t your fault.   3. Travel around the …

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Finding the “1”, & the 10 Best Tango Practice Songs

What a fabulous weekend we had! It is such a pleasure to celebrate with the students their accomplishments as they move on to the next level. When we were wrapping up freestyles, I got into a terrific conversation with one of our students, David. He really wanted help being able to hear where to start in the Tango. In all of …

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Motivating for Excellence

  There isn’t a day that goes by that Robert and I and our executives aren’t talking about the staffand how to help motivate them. Our staff think “we are talking about them” and we are. We are talking how to help them see the potential that we already know exists.  All of our decisions are based on the pursuit …

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Why does my instructor keep saying that?

  There are certain words or phrases that your instructor repeats incessantly and it probably drives you a little crazy. But, do you know why these things are so important? Let’s dive in and find out! The first thing that makes the top of the list is heel leads. You can hear it now – “heel, toe, toe –heel, toe, …

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How to Rock Ballroom Dancing on the Social Floor

  Strong frame! Eyes up! Head left! You’ve entered some competitions and your teacher hasn’t been shy about beating the steps, timing, footwork and even flashy arm styling into you. Working so hard on perfecting all of these is great, but now you need to transition to the social dance floor where space is at a minimum. Outside of the …

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You Know You’re Addicted To Dancing If…

  Your Facebook profile picture is of you and your teacher, not you and your spouse You find yourself practicing while in the produce aisle You’re more excited about rhinestone jewelry than real jewelry You own a tie that has rhinestones on it You own more dance shoes than regular shoes You spent more money on your 1st Ball gown …