Monthly Archives: January 2011

  • The inner Mark Twain

    Posted on January 31, 2011 by lauraet in in other news.

    Tweet Internet, I revealed a secret to our dance class tonight, and now I’m going to share it with you.  But it’s a secret, so I’m going to whisper, and then you can’t tell it to anyone else.  Only your fellow dancers can know this.  Lean in close.  Wait, let me get a mint. Okay, […]

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  • Short Take

    Posted on January 29, 2011 by lauraet in short takes.

    Tweet “90% of competition takes place in about 6 inches, which is the distance between your ears.”–Jason Dungjen, 1998 U.S. pairs figure skating champion I love this quotation; it sums up my philosophy about competition.

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  • Multiple modes of foot torture

    Posted on January 27, 2011 by lauraet in Ballerina Corner.

    Tweet (I never check my Google search strings–don’t even know how–but I bet that post title will bring out the kinksters and porn seekers.) Some of you know that I’ve been taking ballet–again, for about the 12th time in my life–for a year or so.  In October, I cautiously re-started dancing en pointe after 20 […]

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  • The bar has been raised

    Posted on January 25, 2011 by lauraet in dancing in the media.

    Tweet Further to my previous, how many does it take to tango? Got this from Joyce, a clip from 1997’s The Tango Lesson*: Must confess that something about the woman being passed from guy to guy gives me the creeps ever so slightly (and might be dangerous–around 2:40, one of the guys almost takes a […]

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  • The Geico Tango

    Posted on January 25, 2011 by lauraet in dancing in the media.

    Tweet Geico commercials can get a little tiring.  They have so many different campaigns that it seems like one of their ads shows up in every single commercial break.  And that brown-haired guy with his hands in his pockets gets on my nerves.  But Daniel and I love this ad: Our friend John Osborne could […]

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  • When feminists do the mambo

    Posted on January 22, 2011 by lauraet in lessons.

    Tweet We started learning a mambo routine in our lesson with Eddie today.  The mambo is going to be our nemesis, at least for a while.  I understood “on2″ when Johnny Castle explained it.  For that matter, I understand it when Eddie explains it.  Then the music comes on, the tempo is INSANE, and we […]

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  • Equally true for ballroom dancing

    Posted on January 9, 2011 by lauraet in Uncategorized.

    Tweet For “hockey” read “dancing”; for “bowling” read “all activities other than dancing”: “Ovi” creeps me out even when his head is firmly attached to his body but I love this commercial.

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  • New Year, New Dance Dates

    Posted on January 1, 2011 by lauraet in Friday Night Dance Parties, social dancing.

    Tweet Happy 2011, everybody!  After a slow-and-steady year of monthly Sunday night dances we’ve had the opportunity to move our monthly dances to the second Friday of each month.  Dances will start at 7:30 p.m. and end at 10 p.m. Everything else stays the same: Howard Community Club, $5 admission, casual dress.  Dates are as […]

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