Yearly Archives: 2011

  • PowerPoint or DANCERS?

    Posted on November 30, 2011 by lauraet in dancing in the media, in other news.

    Tweet John Bohannon, creator of Dance Your Ph.D., presents a modest proposal at TEDxBrussels:

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  • Introducing the Macon State Dance Club

    Posted on November 29, 2011 by lauraet in MSDC.

    Tweet After a lot of “We should” and “Why isn’t there” and “How do we,” I am excited to announce that Macon State College is finally starting a dance club! This project fell into my lap a few weeks ago already half done; the students who wanted to start the club came to me with […]

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  • Sugar Prune Fairy

    Posted on November 15, 2011 by lauraet in Ballerina Corner.

    Tweet YOU GUYS. In ballet tonight we started learning the Sugar Plum Fairy variation. For the first few minutes I did not think much about the fact that this experience represents a milestone in my ballet life.  I was busy thinking “Oh, cool, Sugar Plum.  Wonder if I will get to perform this at some […]

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  • America’s Funniest Comp Videos

    Posted on November 11, 2011 by lauraet in competitions.

    Tweet Okay, maybe not America’s Funniest but I enjoyed watching this: the clip starts with one of our cha-cha heats. As it turned out, we were not entered for the rumba heat that followed it, but we needed a minute, and a consultation with Vince The Voice, to figure that out. We reappear around 21:15–go […]

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  • Come for the rumba, stay for the. . . rumba.

    Posted on November 9, 2011 by lauraet in exhibitions & performances, USA Dance.

    Tweet This video is from the “Dancing for our Heroes” charity ball back in July; I just got a copy on DVD a few weeks ago. Those of you who are Internet stalkers observant viewers will notice common elements between this routine and the one in the previous video. We took this version as a […]

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  • MOAR VIDEOS PLZ

    Posted on November 6, 2011 by lauraet in competitions, exhibitions & performances.

    Tweet I’m hoping to post several recent videos over the next few days; here’s the first.  These are the exhibition performances from last Friday at the Atlanta Dance Classic.  We appear at the 12-minute mark but the whole show is worth watching.  Great dancing all over the place! The Atlanta Classic was a lot of […]

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  • Plan Your Weekend: Atlanta Dance Classic, October 27-30

    Posted on October 23, 2011 by lauraet in Uncategorized.

    Tweet Several people asked us for details about our participation in the Atlanta Dance Classic competition next weekend. The venue is the Westin Peachtree Plaza, 210 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30303. We are dancing several American Smooth heats Friday morning in the 11:00 hour, then we will do our rumba exhibition number during the evening session. […]

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  • Rules for the Dancefloor

    Posted on October 1, 2011 by lauraet in lessons.

    Tweet Our dancers have been helping us come up with a list of rules for ballroom dancing.  Herewith, the rules so far: No tickling, no groping: Keep your hands where they’re supposed to be.  Gentlemen, I’m lookin’ at you. Stand like a king: Daniel came up with this great phrase to characterize the ideal male […]

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  • It’s not about the steps

    Posted on September 18, 2011 by lauraet in teaching.

    Tweet Posture and frame, and their influence on lead/follow, are among the biggest challenges for ballroom dancers. Your average 21st-century American just doesn’t absorb a dancer’s upright carriage without years of practice and many, many corrections, and the nuances of communicating movement to another person through the body are even harder to talk about than […]

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  • The Beat

    Posted on September 17, 2011 by lauraet in in other news.

    Tweet Here, these should keep y’all busy for a few minutes till I have time to write a proper post. “Hip Hip Chin Chin” became one of my favorite songs because of this: . . . and now this is popping up on Twitter: Twitter also says it’s National Ballroom Week.  Around here that is […]

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