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Busy-Busy-Busy! A week filled with DANCING!


Just the facts…Uhmmm…the dance!

wood-floor-background-sized for Facebook- dancing shoes keep calmFolks who have read my blog over the years (you know who you are) know that my general theme has been one of rampant goofiness.  Well not today…  I just don’t have the time or strength or energy.

In fact… the past several months have been like that.  I’ve been focused so much on DOING that I haven’t had a lot of time to WRITE about doing.

I will, try… attempt… endeavor… undertake… give it my best shot to rectify that over the coming couple weeks.

Hopefully I’ll be able to bring you up to speed on what’s been happening on the fitness front, the finances front and give you an update as to where I stand on my Journey to Fitness and Health.

STAY TUNED…

But, as you may have noticed, I’ve been doing REALLY good to get 1 post out a week about the most pressing topic: my ongoing Line Dance class.

So, this post is simply what dancing I’ll be doing this week; I hope you can join me.

Tuesday Line Dance Class!

Line Dance Tuesdays with Tony in Fort Worth 4My “Beginner” line dance class on Tuesday is continuing.  I hope you can join me and bring a friend.  Really!  I need more people in the class!  This is summer and as is usual during the summer months, the number of students in the class have dropped off.  I really would like more folks in the class!

But on the bright side, right now, because of its small size, that means you get lots of individual attention!  Woot!

And there is a special price offer this month.  Check out the DanceMakers Website for full details.

Details:  When / Where

  • Every Tuesday at 6pm — Next class is Tue, Aug 9th
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  • DanceMakers of Texas
    — 6201 Sunset Drive, Suite 630 Fort Worth, TX 76116 [Get Directions]
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  • Pay at the door or call ahead to Register: 817-244-8500
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  • Dances range from Ultra-beginner to Improver; all drawn from the hottest line dances on the planet.

I’m Teaching at LoneStar Invitational

lonestarlogoLoneStar 2016

Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark – Austin, TX – August 12-14, 2016

Workshops I am teaching:

Sat, Aug 13, 10:45 am – Line Dance Teach

Dance: “Fragile” an Advanced level Phrased Line Dance, choreographed by  Guyton Mundy, Fred Whitehouse & J.P. Madge.

Stepsheet: http://www.copperknob.co.uk/stepsheets/fragile-ID111976.aspx

Music: Fragile / by Kygo & Labrinth (preview for free or purchase from Amazon for $1.29)

Video:

Sat, Aug 13, 2pm
– “Introduction to Line Competition”

Introduction to Line Dance flyer for Lone star

Click on the image for a full size version of the flyer.

It is no secret that I love line dance.  I also love to compete.

It is also no secret that I want MORE people to compete in line dance.  So for about a year now I’ve been offering at the VERY low cost of just $20 a special “Intro to Line Competition” session which can be taken in person or via Skype if you don’t live in my area.

This workshop on Aug 13th at 2pm will be a Special Presentation in a “group” format at no cost!

Well no additional cost.  The workshop is included with your weekend and/or day pass.

This workshop is for ALL DANCERS: Couples, ProAm and Social Line Dancers
Join UCWDC World Champion and ACDA Nationals Champion “Tony New” to learn everything you need to know about how to use Line Dance as a “drill” to build better basic skills. You’ll learn about step sheets and how to read them and the difference between social & competition line dance. Tony will give an overview of the rules and how to qualify for Nationals and Worlds as well as tips for all competitors.

Sat, Aug 13, 5 pm – Line Dance Teach

Dance: “Blue Lights Chasing” – an Intermediate / Advanced level line dance choreographed by Joey Warren

Stepsheet: http://www.copperknob.co.uk/stepsheets/blue-lights-chasing-ID106063.aspx

Music: We Went / by Randy Houser (preview for free or purchase from Amazon for $1.29)

Video:

Available for Private Lessons all weekend at LoneStar

Book ahead please!  Use this form to contact me about a private lesson.

The more in advance you contact me the better I will be able to coach you during the event.

See ya on the dance floor!

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Justice Arrives Like a Thunderbolt!


I’m Proud to be an American

Gay MarriageDo you have any idea how long it has been since I’ve been able to say those words?  Too long.

Too long because I am a gay man who has been told for all of his 52 years by the country where I am a citizen that I am not worthy of the same rights that my fellow citizens enjoy.

Too long because under the law I had not been worthy of equality.

Well today I am.

The President says it beautifully:

I am proud that this man is our President.  He is the kind of leader that all of our government officials should strive to emulate, demonstrating time after time unwavering resolve to work for all the citizens he represents and doing so with style, elegance, eloquence and dignity.

I wish we did not have a constitutional term limit on Presidents.  I am proud that I voted for this man four times: in both presidential primaries and in both national elections and I would vote for him again.

Tears of joy, happiness, and relief

Listening to President Obama speak, I broke down into tears.  Literally.  I had to pause the video because the image was going all blurry.

Even as I type this I feel them welling up again in my eyes.  Tears of joy.  Tears of happiness. Tears of relief.

Unless you’ve been a part of a minority and denied your rights you may be able to empathize but you’ll never be able to fully understand what today’s decision means to LGBT people.

Tears of joy are a rare thing.  I’ve only done it once before, when I and my dance partner won the World Championship in Couples Country Western Dance.  Today marks occasion number two.

But joy it is.

Dear Canada, I won’t be applying for political asylum

Canadian Gay Flag

Seriously.  If the Supreme Court had not upheld gay marriage, I would have tried to move to Canada.

Although I realize it would not have been practical nor would it have likely happened, the thought of moving to Canada and becoming a Canadian Citizen more than once has crossed my mind.

Why would I want to stay in a country where the government says “You are not entitled to the same rights that other citizens get?”

Today’s decision on Gay Marriage and yesterday’s decision on the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act makes me proud to be an American again.

Just for the record… I am 100% open to a Cute Canadian Fella sweeping me off my feet and asking me to marry him!  I’d move with you back up north!  Woo Hoo!

I am single ya know!  😉  Hint.  Hint.  Hint.  Spread the word.  Click those share buttons my loyal readers!  Help a brother out!  😉

Now What?

From a practical stand point, nothing changes for me, not immediately, and not in my daily life.

However, dozens of my friends though are now free to be married.  Dozens more who already are married now are married in all 50 states.

But most of all, from an emotional and psychological and social stand point, EVERYTHING is now different.  Because now my country says that I am entitled to the same rights as every other citizen.  That is a world changing thing.  Yes indeed

“…justice arrives like a thunderbolt” 

Amen Mr. President.  Amen.

And… should I meet “Mr. Right” I can now get married to him.  Wow.  I guess I’d better start looking! Woot!  Uh-huh!

Hmmm why do I feel like that cartoon character in Roger Rabbit that screeches “A Maaaaaannnnn!!!!”?

So, everyone is officially invited to join the “Find Tony a Husband Squad”  — It will be cool.  We’ll get t-shirts made up and everything.  😉

Sadly, the grumbling has already started. There is already, and there will be more ranting and raving about this, from people who feel threatened.

Some of them (like the Governor of Texas – SHAME ON YOU!) should know better.  Check out his disgusting display in this press release: http://gov.texas.gov/news/press-release/21131  I’ve already called and emailed his office to voice my opinion.  If you are a Texas resident I invite you to do the same.  Here are the contact info:  https://gov.texas.gov/contact/

gay wedding topperFor those with legitimate well meaning questions and/or concerns about “How does this affect me?” well I point you to this factual, if tongue in cheek, post:

A 30-Second Guide to How the Gay Marriage Ruling Affects You  (Note on 6-28-2015 — there was a typo in the URL. I fixed it. T he link should work now)

which sums things up quite nicely.

Life is good.  Today is an amazing day.  I feel transcendent.

See ya on the dance floor

 

 

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