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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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100% Me — From Start to Finish


The Language of Dance

Language of Dance (c2013 TxCowboyDancer Designs)

Language of Dance (c2013 TxCowboyDancer Designs)

This is my design.  100% mine.  From start to Finish.  I did this!  Woot!  Uh-Huh!  [doing that circle in the air thing]  Doing my happy chair dance.  Who da manz!?  I iz!

Ok, ok.  Seriously folks this design is all mine.

Since this is only the third in this new series, here is a reminder about the format.  Each post will have three parts:

  1. A large image of the new design (like the one to the right)
  2. A bit of background on how the design came about (just below)
  3. A few of my favorite products with the new design (just below that)

I hope you are enjoying the “back story” on the designs as I create them.

Even if you don’t visit the store and do some shopping, please hit the share and like buttons so that others can find out about my designs.  Thanks!

Background on my latest design:

The idea for Language of Dance on my "brainstorming" list of design ideas.

The idea for Language of Dance on my “brainstorming” list of design ideas.

Way back when I first had the idea of creating designs for t-shirts, mugs, etc I sat down at my computer and came up with, literally, 14 printed 8 1/2 x 11 pages, double and single spaced…  quotes, quips, sayings, and design ideas.

Yes, dear readers, all nine of you who are reading this, without my usual dramatic embelishments, I can TRUTHFULLY say there is a fourteen page document on my desk right in front of me as I speak and on page ten there is this idea.

So… this was one of the very first “ideas” I had.  I had seen shirts with the word “Dance” in English written in different Fonts and different sizes arranged in a mosaic kind of pattern but I had never seen that done with multiple languages.

This is also one of the very first designs I ever created.  I actually used a word processor to do the design because of the large amount of text.  Using a graphics program really wasn’t working.

I used an online translation program to look up words from languages around the world. I basically just went down the list of languages and grabbed any that “looked cool” or that slightly resembled “Dance” in English.   I tried to choose colors from across the spectrum.  And them when I was done, I started cutting and pasting them into a shape that I liked.

Then I did a screen grab to convert the “text” into a graphic.   I then imported the graphic into a graphics editing program and fiddled with the twiddly bits and Tah-Dah…  I had my first design.

Stressed man pulling hair [CC]And then I fell promptly on my face.  I discovered that designing for t-shirts and mugs is a not an easy process and of all the designs I could have chosen for a “first” effort, doing something like this was NOT a good choice.  There are lots of problems with it from a design standpoint.  The wide range of colors means that it really looks best on a white background but putting a white background on white products is problematic.  And when creating the design I gave no thought to the size of the design area on the products onto which the design would go.

The upshot was that I eventually just threw my hands into the air in frustration and started moved on to something simpler.  And this design languished on the sidelines: even though I had created a few products; even though I had announced this design before (with the earlier) versions of it.

But now, after months of practice and learning more about graphics editing than I ever thought I’d know, I was ready to tackle it again.  Start from scratch and do it up right.  If you compare the “idea” photo to the “finished” design you can see that the idea is basically the same but the arrangement is far different, in order to accommodate the constraints required by the products on zazzle.

Cowboy smiley 110x110And I’m pretty happy with the results.

As with all my designs, it seems as if as soon as I finish, I get an idea for variations to the design.  So watch for future versions working with this concept.

My favorite products with the new design…

Sometimes when I finish with a design and load it onto the products I feel like “Grumpy Cat” who doesn’t like anything.  Because, well to be honest, they just don’t look as good as I had envisioned.

But then, sometimes, when I load a design I just go “WOW.”  This particular design has quite a few “Wows.”   I hope you enjoy them and if you do, help me out by clicking those like and share buttons.  Here are my favorites from the first batch:  (and no… the hunk does NOT come with the shirt… alas plus he might not even be legal!  *GASP* We shall assume that he’s of college age—you dirty minded… …of course I could be externalizing again…. but I digress  *sigh*)

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Line Dance Levels Explained, Defined and Demystified!


Goofy cartoon of a Line Dancer having fun dancingWhat are Line Dance Levels?

Asking “What are line dance levels?” feels a wee bit silly doesn’t it? I know that I felt a little strange asking the question. I mean, after all, the whole idea of “Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced” is a concept that most of us “get” right away.

It isn’t a silly question, of course.

Even though most of us can easily grasp the concept of a ranking system which starts with…

“so easy a baby could do it…”
…moves through “kinda in the middle someplace”
…and ends up at “you have GOT to be kidding me!”

…it is not easy to figure out exactly which dance goes where. It is quite a mess in fact! No wonder folks get confused!

Fear not fellow dancer, by the end of this short article you’ll be able to skim the workshop list at a dance event and decide with confidence which ones are right for you.

What most folks are really asking when they say “What are “Line Dance Levels?” is for more detail so they can then be able to sort the dances into their proper levels.

To put it another way, what people are asking is: “Where are the dividing lines between the levels and what steps are in each level?

Dance on my friend! Dance on!

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Worlds 2013 - Advanced Line Dance Male and Female divisions on the floor

Worlds 2013 – Advanced Line Dance Male and Female divisions on the floor — I’m the guy in black in the front

This is an article that has been on my “To do” list for quite a while.  And I finally got around to it.  Because I’ve been line dancing quite a while, I have a pretty good grasp of what the levels are, however, as I’ve started teaching line dance, I’ve discovered that for many people the levels are confusing.

So this article is an attempt to sort it all out.   I think it is pretty well written, but then I’m kinda biased.  LOL  Hmmm I wonder if I could get the judges at dance comps to let me judge myself?  wink

Anyway, the article explains about the different “levels” that choreographers assign to their line dances, and talks about how you can, uhhmmmm, judge for yourself whether or not something is really a “beginner” or if the dance should actually be called an “improver” or “intermediate”

As with all my articles I write, there is a wee bit of humor thrown in just for giggles and grins, some cool photos of folks dancing, and some fun polls.   I hope you enjoy it. 

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