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The ProAm and Couples Competitor’s “Secret Weapon”


Line dancing makes you a better overall dancer!

Shhhhh!  Don’t tell anyone!

If you are…

  • …a Couples or ProAm competitor who wants an “edge”
  • …a Social Dancer who wants to improve their skills on the dance floor,

Then you should consider Line Dance Competition!

Here’s the deal:

Introduction to Line Dance Competition

No, you don’t have to be local to the Fort Worth / Denton / Dallas metroplex.

If you are in a distant part of the world from me we can do the lesson via Skype and I’ll send you a video of the “line dance teach.”

What are you waiting for? — Line Dancing is FUN!

What? Not convinced yet?

OK, 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

Macro, Micro, and Meta-Mucil


There is actually a “Method” behind the madness…

Motivation is what gets you going.  Habit is what keeps you going.If you’ve been reading my blog recently you know where I’m coming from:

333-335 lbs at my heaviest,
not healthy in any sense of the term,
and certainly not fit!

But I’ve not really talked very much about where I’m going.

And I’ve not talked very much about how I’m getting there.

Oh, I will…  I definitely will.  Watch for future posts on specific techniques.

For now, so you have some context in which to place this post you are reading, I have to very briefly give you a broad overview of what is going on as I make this journey to Health & Fitness.

Basically, I’m applying organizational skills that I acquired from my former life as a librarian to the task at hand.  Business practices like Gantt charts, procedural assessments, time management techniques, task efficiency studies, task check lists, etc.

The reality “on the ground” is that my life is in a certain state (one which I don’t like).

I strongly desire it to be in a radically different state!  Getting from here to there, Read the rest of this entry

2013 Calendar / Event Calendar Updated


Don’t you hate the words “Tentative” and “Possible” and “Probable?”

Kitty dreaming of the Cat Calendar Centerfold ©2011Well unfortunately, at this point in the year, there is no help for it…  *sigh*

I’ve updated my calendar, for now.  Stay tuned for more changes over the coming few days as I line up this year’s schedule.

At any event where I’m attending  I’m ALWAYS available for private coaching and teaching.  In fact, I’ll stand on my head and do back flips to make the schedule work so I can meet you!  Woot!

Uhmmm… don’t literally hold me to that whole stand on the head thing…it is a metaphor.  If I actually tried to do a back flip it would be the end of my dancing career.  Urk.

Anyway, stay tuned as the calendar continues to be updated and detail added.  😀

See ya on the dance floor!

Putting “Getting Fit and Healthy” into Perspective


An interesting comment at Worlds, sparks some deep thought and a very long blog post…

Backdrop on the stage at Worlds 2013While I was at the World Championships of Country Western Dance, I pretty much cornered anyone who would listen to me for more than 60 seconds and regaled them with my “plans for the coming year.”

Side note:  for those of you who want me to get to the point without my usual “Tony Ramblings”  *ahem*  Today’s topic is:

“trying to come up with an analogy that accurately encompasses the magnitude of someone’s effort to ‘get fit and healthy'”

Tigger bouncingBut saying it that concisely just sounds way to scholarly for my taste.  And it is Borrrring!  And way *not fun* and way “too brief”, so back to the ramblings of Tony’s Brain as I set up the picture for you.  🙂

So, at Worlds, I “trapped” lots of people and forced them to watch me make like Tigger as I bounced around in excitement and effused about my plans for the coming year!

Just in case you don’t know who Tigger is watch this video:

This enforced captivity on the part of my listeners at Worlds usually started off with the innocent and alluring sounding statement

“Did you hear my good news?  I won a spot on the US DanceSport Team!  China here I come!  then…

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

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