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POLKA is what happened when the Marquis de Sade choreographed a Waltz


Polka is what happened when the Marquis de Sade Choreographed a Waltz ©2012 TxCowboyDancer Designs

As promised in my last post : Cats, Capitalists, and Transformations, from this point forward, whenever I have a new design that I want to share, my post here on my blog will consist of a link to the Squidoo Lens that tells the story behind the design and an image of the design itself with a link to my Zazzle Store.

The image of the new design is to the right.  I hope you enjoy it! Click on the image or on this link if you’d like to buy it on Zazzle.

If you’d like to read the story of how it came about then hop on over to Squidoo by clicking this link.

See ya on the Dance Floor!

See, I can be brief if I try!  🙂

You may now resume your regularly scheduled Internet Browsing.  🙂

“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!

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