Yearly Archives: 2011

  • Internationally Famous

    Posted on August 22, 2011 by lauraet in dancing in the media.

    Tweet Back at the beginning of the year I did an email interview with Rachel Holland, a freelance writer who regularly contributes to the UK’s Dance Today magazine as well as a dozen or so other publications.  I had kind of forgotten about the interview until she emailed me the PDF from the May 2011 […]

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  • Back to school/Back to getting schooled

    Posted on August 12, 2011 by lauraet in Ballerina Corner, competitions, exhibitions & performances, social dancing.

    Tweet Well, sports fans, it’s been a long, hot summer.  Not much to report…or is there? At the end of July I went to Austria for an academic conference and also found out about the Vienna ball season.  The Viennese waltz is called that for a reason, y’know!  My dream is to attend the New […]

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  • Short Take #6: Tradecraft

    Posted on August 4, 2011 by lauraet in short takes.

    Tweet “Coordinated covert offensives involving two teams are a lot like ballroom dancing: you have to synchronize your steps, time your moves, and always put your partner first.” –Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) of USA Network’s Burn Notice

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  • Short Take #5: Conscientious Objector

    Posted on July 17, 2011 by lauraet in short takes.

    Tweet Scene: We are once again watching So You Think You Can Dance.  Mary Murphy is shrilly bleating singing the praises of Sasha & Alexander’s paso doble. Mary Murphy to audience: Can I get an “Olé”? Daniel to MM: No. (Here’s the paso doble, and here’s DLDancers in-house favorite Melanie dancing a great tango with […]

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  • Special events this month (and week, and year)

    Posted on July 9, 2011 by lauraet in dance events, social dancing, Uncategorized.

    Tweet I’ve just updated the “Local Dance Opportunities” page with 3 special events happening this month, the date for this year’s Stars Over Macon in October, and a “weekly events” section. Seriously, if you’re not finding enough times and places to dance around town, maybe you are not trying hard enough.  Or not spending enough […]

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  • To fetch a mirror-ball trophy

    Posted on July 3, 2011 by lauraet in competitions, social dancing.

    Tweet We went up to Atlanta last night to attend a dance at Academy Ballroom (home of our instructor Eddie and many of his talented brethren & sistren).  At the dance, the hosts were putting on a Jack & Jill competition as part of their ongoing project to crown “Atlanta’s Best Social Dancer.”  Jack & […]

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  • Short Take #4: NappyTabs

    Posted on July 2, 2011 by lauraet in short takes.

    Tweet [Scene: We are watching SYTYCD.  A routine by Tabitha & Napoleon D’umo is introduced.] Daniel: I love NappyTabs! Laura: Me too! They are the second greatest husband-and-wife team in the dance world. Daniel: Who’s the first? Laura: . . . .

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  • Gumbo of Visual Media

    Posted on June 28, 2011 by lauraet in competitions.

    Tweet I know, I know: I am a fascinating writer, but you really come here for the videos, right?  You can admit it.  My feelings won’t be hurt. (*snif*) We seem to have taken video of all of our Rhythm heats and no Smooth heats, but considering our inevitable mistakes in Smooth (I’m looking at […]

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  • Comp Diary: Total Recall

    Posted on June 24, 2011 by lauraet in comp diary, competitions.

    Tweet We got back to the ballroom way too early on Saturday for the Open American 6-Dance.  This is becoming a pattern: I am paranoid and I like to be early, plus I tend to round our scheduled time down to the hour in my mind, so if our heat is at 1:40, I remember […]

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  • Comp diary: May you have an interesting weekend

    Posted on June 20, 2011 by lauraet in comp diary.

    Tweet The idea that “May you lead an interesting life” is a “Chinese curse” is probably apocryphal, but one can see the relevance of the connection between “interesting” and “curse.”   Our weekend in Baton Rouge, although enjoyable and successful, was…interesting. We got away Thursday afternoon around 1 p.m. after settling a GPS rivalry in […]

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