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Travel Tips and Tricks to Competitive Dancing “On the Cheap”

Dance Travel ©In a recent post, Dancing: How much does it cost?, I described a sliding scale listing the costs of dancing which can range from almost zero up to thousands of dollars per year.

This is the first post in a series that will offer some suggestions on how to save money and make your competitive dancing as inexpensive as possible.

Start Small

So, you’ve taken a few dance lessons and you coach says “Hey have you ever considered competing?”.  Well I have good news for you friends, neighbors and the six people who are actually reading this blog —  <drum roll please>  — It doesn’t have to cost you an arm or a leg.   True, if you want, you can go all out, spend lots of money, then get a second mortgage or dip into little Monty’s college fund to support your dance habit, but then again, you can do it for a very reasonable amount. Read the rest of this entry


The Texas Hoedown — Scrapbook Scribblings

Welcome to my “Scrapbook Scribbles” for the Texas Hoedown (March 23-25).  You’ll find jottings and photos which, in no particular order, describe all the fun from last weekend at the Texas Hoedown, first stop on the ACDA circuit.

  • I love the Texas Hoedown because it is so very laid back and friendly.  Virginia and Jerry, the event owners are awesome folks and they work overtime to make everyone feel welcome.  And I love being with other folks who love dancing as much as I do; the Hoedown is a “must attend event” for people in the Southwest.  It is the first big event of the year and is something of a family reunion where you get to see friends you haven’t seen since the end of last year’s dance season.  The Hoedown is an awesome experience and lots of fun.
  • Hoedown Namebadge ©I was on the Line Dance Staff and have a cool name badge that says “Instructor” as a souvenir.  Hey, it’s cool to me!  🙂
  • OMG!  I almost forgot to mention…!  PANT  <taking deep breaths> ! Read the rest of this entry

I Added an “Event Schedule” to my Blog

TxCowboyDancer Logo ©2011Cowboy Smiley (CC)I added a new section to my blog, which is quickly turning into a full-fledged website!

You can find links to the Schedule Page:

— in the menu up above under “Home,”
— in the menu under “Dance”
— or as a link in the text area at the top of the right hand column of the blog.

OR you can just click on this link:

2012 Event Schedule

See ya on the dance floor!

Sometimes you just know…you’re getting better…

Numbers?  I don’t need no stinkin’ numbers!  Well, sometimes you don’t.  Sure, measuring yourself with a tape measure or weighing yourself regularly is a good way to track your progress but they are a means to the end, or rather, they are validation of the means.

Or, perhaps, one could view those measurements as the chronicle of a tale told.

But…  the story itself plays out whether or not we record it.

Last week I spent a lot of time in front of my computer dealing with being unemployed.  This week there was less of that “desk stuff” and a lot more dancing in the studio.  Neither last week nor this week have I really been all that concerned about “keeping track” of my fitness levels-NOT a high priority!  This week so far I’ve….

  • Sunday — 2 hour couples practice
  • Monday — 2 hour couples practice
  • Tuesday — An hour private lesson with my coach followed by Line dance practice followed by 30 minutes of couples practice followed by an hour couples lesson followed by another hour of couples practice
  • Wed — an hour and a half of couples practice followed by an hour and a half of line dance practice

Which brings me to now. OMG!!!  Gurl let me tell ya…

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“World Championships” mean it’s time to plan for the coming Competition Year

2011 UCWDC Country Dance World Championships XIXHeat # 55, bringing to the floor in Male Newcomer Pro-Ams, number 442 dancing with his pro….”

“Now for the dance of love…  Polka!” 

“Remember gentlemen, you’re supposed to gaze lovingly at her during the night club”

“Let’s hear it for our dancers”  *applause*

“And in first place, our new World Champion in Male Newcomer Open…”

Ah, the sounds of competition at the UCWDC Country Dance World Championships, “Worlds” for short.  The World Championships are held the first week of January each year and there are dancers from all over the world competing.  This year it is in Orlando Florida.  The dancers at the event have been working all year long toward this final event of the year, the culmination of 12 months of effort.

2012 UCWDC Country Dance World Championships XX

Screen capture from live broadcast of Worlds XX Femaile Newcomer Waltz

Just so you know, Worlds XX is actually going on right now; right this very minute in fact.    I’m watching the Female Starter B and Female Newcomer Pro-Am competition right now as I type this, streaming live from GlobalDance.TV.  They are just finishing Night Club and then they’ll do Cha-Cha, followed by the Waltz heats.

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