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Life is good…lots of dancing and getting healthy…and VERY BUSY!


I really need to do a dozen different posts…

…but this quick update is all I have time for!

This blog, for those who need the reminder is about ME!  Moí! And the stuff going on as I continue on my journey, dancing my way to Health and Fitness.

The short version is that finally after several awful years, things seem to be turning around, finally coming together for me.  Yay!

Not to create any false impressions…I’ve got a long way to go on many fronts: fitness, health, dancing, and financial, but for now things are progressing in the right direction.

So, in a completely random order here are some brief updates on what’s going on in Tony-Land:

I updated my event calendar:

There is LOTS of info about Moí embedded in the calendar as I yack about the events, classes, and workshops that I’m planning on attending or working so check it out:

https://txcowboydancer.com/event-calendar/

Next big event: IGRA Dance Round Up 2017

I am one of the invited instructors.   Yay! —> click the poster to the right to embiggen so you can read it and get more info about the event.  Here is the link to the full schedule of workshops and the registration form.

Here are the workshops that I will be teaching:

FRIDAY, June 8th
— 2:15 – 3:15 pm at the Roundup Saloon – Couples – “West Coast Swing”
4:45 – 5:45 pm at the Roundup Saloon – My Brand New Line Dance:
Dirty New Boots” 32 count, 4 wall, Improver Level
danced to “Dirt on my Boots / by Jon Pardi”

SATURDAY, June 9th
— 9:15 – 10:15 am at the Roundup Saloon – Couples – “Cha-Cha”
— 2:45 – 3:45 pm at Sue Ellens – Line dance – “Sunday Finest / choreographed by Jose’ Miguel Belloque Vane and Roy Verdonk” 32 count, 4 wall, Low Intermediate
danced to “Sunday Finest / by Sir Rosevelt
— 4:00 – 5:00 pm at Sue Ellens – Couples – “Night Club 2-Step”

Now accepting new ProAm Students!!!!

2011 UCWDC Country Dance World Championships XIXIf you have ever wanted to compete in dance, then give me a shout.

I have over 20 years of experience in Country Western and Line Dance competitions. Ballroom is also a possibility.

My rates are VERY reasonable and you can save money by buying packages of 5 or 10 lessons.

New Competitor Special

I offer a “new competitor” special — $70 for two private lessons (including floor fees).  You get an introduction to your choice of  eight county competition dances, six ballroom competition dances, and/or line dance competition info.

At the end of the second lesson you’ll have the information you need to make a sound decision about whether competition is right for you or if you just want to continue at the social dance level.  What are you waiting for?  Sign up now!

I hate to put in the disclaimer stuff, but if I don’t do it then people get upset…my special offer is not open to current DanceMakers students; I am a staff instructor there, so if you are already a student at DanceMakers, the normal DanceMaker rates apply. On the bright side, you are already part of an AWESOME studio family!!!!

On the Fitness Front:

My current weight is [drum roll please] 270.9 lbs !!!!

Total lost to date: 64.10 lbs, approximate left to loose: 75.9 lbs.

The exact amount left depends on my final body fat percentage.  My target range is 7% – 17% which, according to the information from the American Council on Exercise, at 7% would put me in the middle of the “Athletes” range for men on the low end.

On the high end of that target range, at 17%, I would be at the top of the “Fitness” level which is below the “acceptable level.”

Other progress indicators:

                    What 18 months of progress looks like

Yes, the weight loss is great but the MAIN indicator of my increasing fitness and health is my ability to move my body.  At my worst climbing a flight of stairs was a painful ordeal requiring a 20 minute nap to recover.  Yes, I’m prone to drama, but that is a cold hard fact with no exaggeration.

Now, I am dancing…a lot!

In Jan 2016, when I first became a “full pro” a single hour of dance class or a lesson was a HUGE achievement.  And one that required that I pretty much rest most of the next day.  Now, I can do 5-6 hours of dancing.  My feet hurt and I’m beat at the end of it, but after a full night’s sleep, I can do the same the following day.

I still have a way to go to be where I want to be, but I am sure I will get there.  This coming week will be a true test of my current fitness level.  very single day this week I have lessons with students, rehearsals, and then this coming weekend, I have the IGRA Dance Round Up.  My lightest day is 4 hours of dancing.  My heaviest day will be 6 hours (as of now), but when you toss in the commuting time…eeeeeeeeekkkk!

Other stuff in a random off the top of my head order…

  • I am now an Award Winning Choreographer!!!  Woot!  I competed in Choreography for the first time at the Texas Classic a couple weeks ago.  I entered my very first line dance that I’ve ever choreographed:  Dirty New Boots” — The judges gave me very high marks and I took 1st place!  Yay! A big shout out to my “back up dancers” friends who learned my dance and danced it with me at the competition.  THANK YOU!  Check out the photo to the right — click to “embiggen”
  • I danced for the first time in the Superstar Division at the Texas Hoedown in March — It is the highest level of competition.  Yay!
  • I danced for the first time as a “Professional” dancing with two of my students who competed in Newcomer ProAm at the Texas Hoedown in March.
  • I am on track to compete in Line Dance at UCWDC Worlds in San Francisco and ACDA Nationals here in Dallas.  Lots of rehearsing left to do and still have create my “Showcase” dances.  Eeeeeeekkkkk… But I’m on track.
  • The number of students I have is steadily increasing.  Which is way cool.
  • I am continuing to learn more dance steps, more technique, more Ballroom, more Country, more Line, more Swing…. Whew!  Bottom line: I am becoming a better dancer every single day.
  • My Diabetes is under control.  My doc says that I should be able to start reducing the meds early next year.  Eventually I will NOT be a diabetic.  Yay!
  • My physical therapy is complete and I now have 99% functionality in my left shoulder which was injured a couple years ago.
  • The treatments to manage the tingling in my left arm have mostly succeeded.  This will be an ongoing issue for me but at least I know there is a treatment.  I have no idea what’s gonna happen with my health insurance…  Grrrrrrrrr…. but for now, and as long as I have coverage, I can do the 3 treatments a year and manage the condition.
  • Finally almost done with fixing some dental issues that cropped up during the period when “my life exploded” and I had no health insurance.
  • Financially…well because I am teaching more students, all bills are being covered and I am eating better foods because I have more money for food.BUT I am still not making enough money to pay rent.  If not for the kindness of my best friend, I would be on the street.  He is letting me stay rent free in his spare bedroom.  Anyone want to make a donation
    Seriously…
    There is a back log of “things that had to wait til money got better that I’m working through.  Nothing that can’t wait a bit longer but it would be nice to have them now rather than later.  Check out my full list of “Things to help Tony on his Journey to Health and Fitness” at Amazon.com if you are feeling generous.
  • My truck is now paid off!  Yay!  That helped a lot on the financial front…but just when I was contemplating my influx new found wealth [tongue firmly placed in cheek]…my health insurance premiums for 2017 went up. Arrrrgggghhh Which pretty much wiped out the the “gain” I got from no car payments.  *SIGH*  Don’t get me wrong…I am happy to have insurance and it has saved my life, but this cycle of ever increasing health care costs is not sustainable.

Well I think that is the highlights…and the clock is ticking…I have to start getting ready for bed.  Tomorrow morning kicks off a non-stop whirlwind of activity for the next SIX DAYS!

I tell ya now…if I don’t drop a full percentage point of body fat and do not drop AT LEAST 5 lbs this week there is no justice in this world. Jus’ sayin’

See ya on the dance floor!

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Waltz Across Texas is this Weekend!


And…Moí will be there! With boots on!

me 544x544I am honored to be part of the staff for Waltz Across Texas this year. I’ll be teaching two workshops and I’m available for private lessons!  And I will be competing in Advanced Line Dance

Waltz Across Texas is part of the American Country Dance Association (ACDA).

The ACDA is second largest of the two major Country Western Dance organizations here in the United States.  It is centered in the South / Southwest / Midwest part of the country and consists of several events spaced throughout the year.

Waltz Across Texas Logo 2016Waltz Across Texas is in Houston, this weekend, Oct 7-9.

It features a dance competition, lots of workshops, vendors selling costumes, and boots and dance shoes, and jewelry and there is LOTS of social dancing!

And it is FUN!  Really really FUN!!  Woot!

There is also a Saturday night show featuring some awesome dance numbers.

I will be teaching TWO Workshops!

Join me for my “Twisty Two Step” Workshop

#36 -- 2008.01 Worlds - ProAm Two StepTime: 5 pm, Oct 7th

Place: at the event hotel

Covers: a fun Two-step pattern.

Other info: You do not need a partner, although you should at least know the basic two-step.

For workshop #2, I will be teaching a line dance called “6-8-12”

Here is the walk-through video of the dance:

  • Line Dancers Having FunThe workshop is at 10 am on Saturday, Oct 8th (at the event hotel)
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  • This line dance is suitable for all levels.
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  • It is a Night Club Two-Step style dance.  Which means that a couples dancer or Pro-Am dancer who wants to practice their Night Club Two-step skills could use this pattern as a “practice” to improve their Night Club Two Step couples dancing!!!!
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  • This dance is the current UCWDC Newcomer Smooth line dance.  So if you’ve been thinking of competing in line dance, here is your chance to learn one of the competition dances!  This dance will be in use through early March of 2017, so you can use it at any of the remaining UCWDC events and at the events early in the year in 2017!
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  • This pattern can be danced to ANY Night Club Two Step song.

Dance info:

Dance: 6, 8, 12 / choreographed by Daan Geelen

Style: Newcomer / Improver level, 2 wall, 32 count, Night Club Two Step

Stepsheet: http://www.copperknob.co.uk/stepsheets/6-8-12-ID108990.aspx

Music: 6, 8, 12 / by Brian McKnight (preview for free or purchase and download for $1.29)

Walk-through video: https://youtu.be/wjxjqFjU-zc

I am available for Private Lessons during the event.

If you want to book a lesson with me call or text 214.415.3819

I am offering a Waltz Across Texas” special price on my
“Introduction to Line Dance Competition” workshop

special-intro-offer-waltz-across-texas-version

See ya on the dance floor!

 

 

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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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A peek into the life of a competitive dancer…


Polka Party Album Cover (CC)

I haven’t posted a lot here on my blog about dancing; most of my posts have been more focused on getting healthy.  So here’s a “dancing” post for your enjoyment.

A couple of days ago I sent an email to my dance partner.  We have a big dance competition coming up.  It is the Dallas Dance Festival and it is widely considered to be the largest UCWDC Country Western Competition Dance Event in the US other than the World Championships.  I know that a lot of dancers treat it as something of a “dress rehearsal” for Worlds.  Anyway, so much for the background, now back to the email.

I realized that we only had six practices left before the competition so I thought “Hey, I’d better do some thinking about what needs the most work and figure out a tentative ‘schedule’ and send it to my partner to see what she thinks”.  Create a “Game Plan” in other words.

She thought what I wrote was funny, printed it out and brought it to the dance studio to show the other dancers and our coaches.  Everyone was amused, and then one of the coaches said to my partner “That’s funny, he should start a blog.”  Well, since I already *have*a blog, and a couple other dancers also thought it was amusing, I thought I’d share it here with the dozen folks who are actually reading this blog.  Enjoy!

Here is the email: Read the rest of this entry

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