Packing a Dance Survival Bag

A couple of years ago, 2014 to be exact, I decided it was time to create a dance survival bag. I got the idea after I had packed my dance shoes and some paper fans in my backpack for various outdoor concert our swing dance club were attending that summer. I thought it would be a good idea (and less work) to have a bag dedicated to a dance survival kit so I could just grab on my way out the door. I was already a bit of the “dance mom” in my local scene. For better or for worse, this bag solidified my title. … More Packing a Dance Survival Bag

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Dance Crushes- You love them, You love them not…

So confession time.  I am extremely prone to dance crushes.  I mean really, really, really prone to dance crushes.  If I’ve had more than two good/ fun dances with you, chance are you’ve now joined my every growing list of dance crushes.  Now having dance crushes isn’t bad per se.  It’s actually really awesome to … More Dance Crushes- You love them, You love them not…

The Fantastic Nevermore Jazz Ball 2014 and How to Organize Dancers for Travel

Nevermore Overview For instructors, Nevermore brought in several great pairs including Kim Cleaver and David Frutos, Michael (Falty) Faltesec and Casey Scheinder, Mia Goldsmith and Andy Reid, Shannon Varner and Mark Calkins teaching the beginner track, and John Bedrosian and Jenny Shirar teaching St. Louis shag.  Besides the beginner track, most of the classes were … More The Fantastic Nevermore Jazz Ball 2014 and How to Organize Dancers for Travel

The Arctic Lindy Exchange- bonus: My First Crazy Bar Party

In general I live a pretty quiet life.  Going out dancing until midnight is a late night for me and staying out until 2:00am is what I consider a crazy night.  Those who know me probably aren’t surprised by the fact that I had never been to a crazy bar party before I went to … More The Arctic Lindy Exchange- bonus: My First Crazy Bar Party

The Arctic Lindy Exchange Part 4.2- The Beauty of Iceland- Volcanoes, fishing villages, and waterfalls (Oh my!) Videos included! (Day 3-7)

Day 3- Road Trip to Isafjorður On day 3 in Iceland the entire Arctic Lindy Exchange packed up and headed to Isafjorður via bus.  As part of the road trip we got to go through the Hvalfjörður Tunnel, a tunnel that runs under the fjord of the same name.  According to Wikipedia (aka the source … More The Arctic Lindy Exchange Part 4.2- The Beauty of Iceland- Volcanoes, fishing villages, and waterfalls (Oh my!) Videos included! (Day 3-7)

The Arctic Lindy Exchange Part 4.1- The Beauty of Iceland- Reykjavik (Day 1 and 2)

The next group of posts are probably going to be the most difficult for me to write.  How does one go about capturing with words the amazing sights of a place like Iceland (or anywhere for that matter).  Even if I bombard you with picture after picture (which I will), it will only show you … More The Arctic Lindy Exchange Part 4.1- The Beauty of Iceland- Reykjavik (Day 1 and 2)

The Arctic Lindy Exchange Part 3- Dance ’til You Drop

Dancing eight nights in a row!  It’s definitely a Lindy Hopper’s dream come true (or at least this Lindy Hopper’s dream).  The last night I danced at least 2/3 of the dances between 8:30-2:30am with only 4 hours of sleep from the night before.  I was definitely going on adrenaline alone at that point.  Adrenaline … More The Arctic Lindy Exchange Part 3- Dance ’til You Drop

The Arctic Lindy Exchange Part 2- Staying in Mass Accommodations AKA sharing a couple of showers with a bunch of people

So for those not familiar with Lindy Hop events almost all events offer you the opportunity to apply for cheap or free housing.  For the events I have been to this is usually local dancers who have agreed to give you a space on their floor, couch, or- if you’re lucky- a spare bed.  This … More The Arctic Lindy Exchange Part 2- Staying in Mass Accommodations AKA sharing a couple of showers with a bunch of people