Saitama and Tokyo: Bonsai, a Museum, a Tower, and a Shrine

After our two days exploring in Kyoto it was time to head back towards Tokyo.  Jane lives in Saitama, so that became our home base for the next couple of days.  I liked getting to see Saitama because it did not have either the touristy focus of Kyoto nor the big city feel of Tokyo. … More Saitama and Tokyo: Bonsai, a Museum, a Tower, and a Shrine

Kyoto Day 2: A Tranquil Temple, Bamboo, and a Bridge

Eikando Zenrin-ji For my second full day in Japan, we decided to go off the beaten path and go to the Eikando Temple on the eastern edge of Kyoto.  I’m so glad we did!  It was awesome seeing Fushimi Inari the day before, but the tourism of the shrine detracted from feeling the spirituality of … More Kyoto Day 2: A Tranquil Temple, Bamboo, and a Bridge

Journey to the Mountaintop: Fushimi Inari Shrine

The Fushimi Inari Shrine was the first touristy thing we visited while I was in Japan.  It is completely free unless you want to buy food/ souvenirs.   Fushimi Inari is a Shinto shrine that was originally established in 711 A.D. and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kyoto.  The shrine consists of … More Journey to the Mountaintop: Fushimi Inari Shrine

Journey to Japan: A Delay, Some Planes, and Two Trains

I’m 6 months late, but I finally have the time/ motivation to blog about my week long adventure in Japan! Japan has been on my bucket list since high school. Luckily, during my first year of my first grad program I met my friend, Jane, through swing dancing (of course).  She then moved to Japan … More Journey to Japan: A Delay, Some Planes, and Two Trains

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