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Big D Bash and Pro-Am Line Dance


What the heck is “ProAm Line Dance?”

Big D BashHi everybody!  Big D Bash is coming up fast.  There are only 32 days before the event.  Big D Bash is unique on the UCWDC circuit in that it is a “Line Dance only” event.  No couples.  No ProAm… we’ll almost no ProAm.

There is a little known category of dance competition called “ProAm Line Dance.”  Here is how it works:

  1. You find an instructor (like me).
  2. You find some friends (optional, but it makes it a lot more fun)
  3. You and the instructor (and friends?) pick out a line dance and the instructor teaches it to you and/or coaches you.  Any line dance at all!  Did you catch that?  You get to dance any line dance you want to dance!!!!
  4. You enter the contest.  Here’s the “Pro/Am” part:
    The instructor dances on the floor in the competition with you!   You’re not out there all alone!
    So if you get stuck or your mind goes blank, then you have someone to look at other than the other competitors.
  5. You have a great time, you win cool prizes, accolades, applause, you’re invited to be on Oprah and the Tonight show!   You become famous and retire and spend your weekends in the French Rivera. (that last bit is still being verified, but it’s what I heard! *wink*)

Line Dancers on the dance floor-Artistic Shot (CC)

Basically it is a way for people who are “thinking” of doing line dance to get over that scary leap into the unknown:  “Eeeeeeeek, you mean I won’t have a Pro to hang onto?  Eeeeeeeeeek!”

We’ll you won’t actually be able to hang onto me, but I’ll be there on the floor with you so I’m your “emergency fallback plan.”  *grin*

So, if you’d like to try out line dance competition in a fun, easy, inexpensive way, then give me a shout!

Everybody should line dance — Especially ProAm “Couples” Students !

Line dancing is fun! But, if you need more reasons, let me share. *grin*

Here are some reasons why you should add line dancing competition in addition to your ProAm or Couples competition. Read the rest of this entry

After a week of drama in Nashville, “New World Champion” sounds pretty good!


Worlds was a Roller Coaster Week

My Worlds Buckle, bag and jacketFor those who like it brief…  First the two big bits of news:

1. My dance partner and I won the Couples Silver II division and we are brand new “World Champions”

2. I won a spot on the US Team to attend the WDSF World DanceSport Games to be held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan in Sept 2013.

Those of course would be a couple of “high spots” on the proverbial roller coaster.  I had fun, of course but since when has my life ever been a drama free zone?  Hmmmm?

Well, friends, neighbors and all eight of you actually reading this, let me give you the play-by-play. Read the rest of this entry

Babies, Line Dance Workshops and Headed to the Texas Classic


Texas Classic (TM)Only two days and some hours and I’ll be zipping off to the Texas Classic down in Houston.

Yee Haw!

This is going to be a very busy, very fun weekend full of dancing, workshops, competition and working in the video booth!

I’ll be competing in ProAm with my fabulous Pro Dancer, du jour, the wonderful Gretchen Smith, because my usual fabulous coach, the wonderful Natalja Sawal is uhmm… very round at the moment and about to be blessed with a visit from mister stork any day now.

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Finding Good Triple Two Step Music


Music for “Triple Two Step”

Cowboy Dancing at a club (CC)Finding good music for a particular genre of dance is often very hard to do. In this post, you’ll find some basic information on “Triple Two Step” and some sample videos so you can see it for yourself what the dance looks like.

If you do a Google search you’ll come up with a lot of possibilities and trust me on this, a lot of them are garbage.  Bleech!

So I’ve created a page of some good ones.  What?  Do I sense some skepticism from the teeming masses?  Fear not gentle readers, the songs have been reviewed by my Inner Domestic Diva and they have met with her approval!   You can check out the page at  Triple Two Step Music — Song List

This list of songs is complied from a variety of sources found on the Internet, including ones from my own library and suggestions from the readers of this blog.  You can follow the links on the list to hear previews of the songs and buy your own copy if you like it.  And if you do buy a song or CD, then I get a couple of pennies commission.   Right now I just have the Amazon Links in place.  I’ll have links to iTunes on the list soon.

SAVINGS TIP:  Get the CD.  A lot of the CDs on Amazon are priced under a dollar.  And you get a whole set of songs.  Yes, you have to pay postage, but the cost per song is much lower than downloading one song at a time.

If you have a favorite Triple Two Step Song and it isn’t listed here, don’t be shy!  You can use the comment form down at the bottom of the page to send me a note and I’ll add it to the list.   So what are you waiting for?  Check out the page at Triple Two Step Music — Song List.

Squidoo.com

I’ve posted a much longer article over at Squidoo.com.
Hop on over there if you want to learn more about the dance style called Triple Two Step, and it’s related family of dances.

Songs for Triple Two Step

The Triple Two Song List is just the first of many.  I plan on adding lists for the other country dance genres:

  • Polka,
  • Night Club Two Step,
  • Cha-Cha,
  • Waltz,
  • Two-Step,
  • East Coast Swing,
  • West Coast Swing,
  • Three Step aka as the Two-Step or “Texas Two Step”
  • and Shuffle/Progressive Double Two.

See ya on the dance floor!

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

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