Son of So---How Was Your Dance Weekend?

Went to Fat Harolds again on saturday, also went to ducks. Was not very impressed with ducks, the band wasnt up to the standards they used to uphold. Ah well was still alot of fun.

Had a 4 hour workshop at our studio this weekend with Marilyn Benitez as well. She is great, and really helped me with a bunch of stuff in my smooth and rythym.

looking forward to another good weekend the week
 

Phil Owl

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The Friday night dance party was lots of fun. The DJ is relatively new, and she has infused lots of new music into the event...
I LOVE when people do that! There's this one lady here in Atlanta who DJ's and teaches who loves to throw new stuff and even leave songs open for interpretation as in pick your own dance. :mrgreen:
 
Sweetheart Swing Classic

This weekend...no dancing. Son home, daughter sick.

Last weekend (2/11 - 2/13) AWESOME. Sweetheart Swing Classic in Panama City Beach, FL. Hotel (Marriott Baypoint Resort) AWESOME...they didn't have our room ready and we got comped a bay view room w/balcony instead of "resort" (parking lot) view like our friends got. Workshops: AWESOME: Robert Cordoba & Deborah Szekeley, John Lindo, Jeanne DeGeyter, Keith Gussoni, etc. West coast swing, west coast swing, and MORE west coast swing!!! (Also hustle & NC2 but I'm in it for the WCS : )

We haven't been to a ton of events, but this was the most fun ever. Not too large, and very friendly atmosphere. Danced a lot! :-D
 

Phil Owl

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WONDERFUL night on the dance floor! I got to film 3 great exhibitions, THEN danced like a madman. Favorites were a rumba with one of the earlier performers, 2 Hustles with great partners, and a Foxtrot with a pro teacher/competitor that was a BLAST, she gave me lots of compliments on being both fun and creative.
 
good night last night, mix of music, old time ballroom, american swing from twenties through to early fifties, nice crowd, good vibe, plus we raised over £1000 for local hospice... bonus!!!! sunday practice commences round about now...... have a nice day y"ALL!!!
 
Got lost on my way to a social dance, eventually made it. This group holds socials once a month, decent venue and good music. The place was a bit cliquey but that didn't exactly surprise me. I met my current instructor's wife (also a pro, dj'ing the dance), their daughter (who hasn't danced in 4 years), and a blackpool champ from a while back (Paul, I didn't get a last name).

I'm still running into issues with not knowing the same things that everyone else does... stopping and starting aplenty. I had my most success dancing with instructor's wife, except in samba which was rough at best and quickstep where I should have stayed in syllabus.

It was nice to be back to social dancing even if it wasn't horribly social.
 

nucat78

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Very nice afternoon / evening ballroom social at our tango club. Always great food but we really have to start bringing a bottle of wine.
 
After a wonderful coaching session Friday afternoon, I had the urge to go social dancing. But Friday night is usually our movie night, as we often see new movies when they first come out! :)

Maybe tonight... :p
 
Two dance-travellers from different places - me and her - had a chance encounter in a third city. There were dances and more dances, and even more dances.... we walked back holding hands, talking and meandering, thinking that we were inside a snowglobe because it was snowing. We bid goodbye to each other at her hotel, and then I went home to mine (that was a block away) - and that was that. Serendipitious, wonderful, no strings - just dance and some nice chemistry to sweeten the deal.

The last two times I travelled and went out dancing, something similar happened (met another traveller and hit it off on the floor). I wonder if this streak will continue - I have 3 more travels coming up in the next couple of months!
 
Friday night practice went an hour longer than normal, lots of work. The couple that's been coming consistently to lessons (instructor's pro-am follow and her husband) gave me a ride to the social dance... I wouldn't have made it otherwise. Social dance itself was good, some questionable calls on music but a fun time. It's nice to go to a social and see people around my age there, didn't get a chance to dance with them though.
 

Zhena

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Thes past weekend was our second annual ride on the Reno Fun Train.

Friday morning DH and I got up at the usual time, but instead of going to work, we finished the packing we had started the night before. We were soon on our way to Emeryville in the pouring rain. The trip organizer (aka our teacher) had asked us to pick up someone else. Our passenger was ready when we drove up to her place, so there was no delay there. There were wind advisories on the bridges and the weather really slowed down the traffic. But we had allowed plenty of time and arrived at the train station almost an hour early despite everything.

The station began to fill with people and luggage ... we got some hot drinks and watched everyone gathering ... the train arrived on time and we found our way to our assigned car and settled in. There were several other organized groups on the train (in addition to our dance group). I think there were some "Hog Riders", an alumni association, and a few I can't remember. Some people in other groups were in costumes or evening attire ... fun to watch.

The train consisted of regular passenger cars (either 8 or 9) plus two dome cars, a lounge car with a pianist and, most importantly, the dance car. There was a bar at one end and a couple of tables at the other, but most of the seats had been removed to make way for a dance floor and space for a band. The band was behind railings to protect them from the dancers.

The train made a couple of stops to pick up more passengers. The last ones came aboard in time for lunch. The trip included a "murder mystery" with actors coming through each car to do their bit. There was also an Elvis "tribute performer" who was part of the mystery, though later he sang and danced as well.

And of course there was dancing. Most of the music the band played was danceable. It was a real challenge to stay upright, and to allow for the constant stream of people moving between the other parts of the train, but that was part of the fun. Sometimes the "freestylers" were at one end of the floor and the WCS people at the other; sometimes we mixed. I was even asked to dance by a couple of self-taught leaders, which made me pull out all my best defensive following techniques!

Before we got well into the foothills, though, the train came to a stop. There was an announcement that they had to clear some trees and debris that had fallen on the tracks during the storm. As the afternoon wore on, we didn't make much progress. We'd go some distance, then stop again. They gave us periodic updates about the efforts to clear the tracks. We were following another passenger train and a couple of freight trains, but somehow we got far enough behind that more snow fell and we needed a snow plow to go ahead of us.

We had been expecting to arrive in Reno at about 6 pm, in time for dinner and entertainment. As time passed, I really appreciated all the goodies that people in our group had brought to share (we brought some too). I saw other people walking through our car carrying the packaged dinners that were for sale, but we weren't interested.

At midnight they announced they were putting the train into "sleep mode" ... releasing the band (who had been playing all day and evening) and dimming the lights. We slept a little off and on. We finally arrived in Reno early in the morning, almost 12 hours late. The hotel staff was waiting for us, and we were efficiently processed and checked in. After unpacking, DH and I went back town to get some breakfast. Another couple had the same idea, so we ate together. Then we went back to the room and fell asleep.

The first planned activity on Saturday was a "flash mob" performance in the afternoon, and we woke up in time to have a late lunch before we started ... just enough to hold us over until the early dinner. The flash mob is an informal performance ... set up a boom box, do a choreographed dance to one song, then disperse immediately. We did it inside the hotel/casino complex, meaning there was a possibility that security would stop us. But either they didn't mind (there were only about 5 couples, so we weren't very intimidating), or they weren't quick enough to get there before it was over anyway, because we made it all the way through. (I think I wrote about doing the same thing with a much larger group last fall at a dance convention.)

After a short break, we gathered again for dinner, then loaded onto a small bus for the ride to another town for a local group's regular WCS dance. We had a great time there. DH is usually pretty shy about asking other women to dance, but he didn't have to step up ... they came and got him. I also got enough invitations that I appreciated the chance to rest and watch in between partners.

Back at the hotel, a smaller group considered dancing in one of the bars, but decided we were hungry instead. After that we didn't have much energy left, so we called it a night.

DH and I had called room service before going to bed, so our wake-up call was the arrival of breakfast. We were able to take our time and enjoy the meal before packing up, checking out, and walking to the train station.

The ride back was uneventful. The dance floor was much less crowded. "Elvis" came and danced for/with us for a while. DH and I also spent some time in the dome car so he could take pictures of the mountain scenery we had missed on the way up. The weather was beautiful, and he got some wonderful shots.

Despite the weather delay, we had a great time. We will probably go again next year!
 
So, really good dance weekend. Went to Memphis for a competition. Tied for First in the Novice Pro Division (anyone teaching or competing pro less than 18 months) and competed in pro closed smooth. I did not stand a chance against the other two couples that won but it was good experience. I was very happy with our performance granted we came from different states and only had 20 mins of practice together. Also competed pro am with 3 of my students, one of which placed first in every championship round we did and recieved nothing but honors in all of the proficiency heats. The other two students did very well too. Placed 1st and 2nd in everything we did. After all was said and done we had a staff party in the ballroom later that night and man that was fun, plenty of WCS and awesome to watch some of the older pro's gettin down in a social setting when all the tuxes are gone and the torn jeans and tshirts adorn the ballroom at 3 in the morning lol. What a great weekend
 
So, really good dance weekend. Went to Memphis for a competition. Tied for First in the Novice Pro Division (anyone teaching or competing pro less than 18 months) and competed in pro closed smooth. I did not stand a chance against the other two couples that won but it was good experience. I was very happy with our performance granted we came from different states and only had 20 mins of practice together. Also competed pro am with 3 of my students, one of which placed first in every championship round we did and recieved nothing but honors in all of the proficiency heats. The other two students did very well too. Placed 1st and 2nd in everything we did. After all was said and done we had a staff party in the ballroom later that night and man that was fun, plenty of WCS and awesome to watch some of the older pro's gettin down in a social setting when all the tuxes are gone and the torn jeans and tshirts adorn the ballroom at 3 in the morning lol. What a great weekend
That all sounds great! :cheers: And hearty congratulations! :notworth:
 
thank you thank you! Its inspired me alot; I am actually going full time as a dance instructor next week! I realized I needed to quit making excuses about going full time and just do it, so I am!
 

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