Category Archives: behind the curtain

  • Kirstie falls, Daniel snorts, I elbow Daniel in the face

    Posted on April 7, 2011 by lauraet in behind the curtain, dancing in the media, Friday Night Dance Parties, Uncategorized.

    Tweet First of all, let me say thank you once again to everybody who came out to our monthly-dance-turned-Daniel’s-birthday-party last night.  It was a ton of fun, Daniel was delighted, and we will be eating the leftover snacks for days!  Extra shout-outs to one couple (you know who you are) for bravely attending your first […]

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  • It’s all about the sparkle

    Posted on February 23, 2011 by lauraet in behind the curtain.

    Tweet I would never accuse our dancers of doing anything as crazy as reading this website, but this week they did seem a lot more keen on the prospect of dressing up and looking flashy for their performance.  One woman brought a selection of sparkly club-wear for me to adjudicate and the other said, unprompted, […]

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  • Beauty vs. Athleticism

    Posted on February 7, 2011 by lauraet in behind the curtain, Uncategorized.

    Tweet The walls of my childhood ballet studio were decorated with several posters by Harvey Edwards, including one close-up of a man doing a détiré en avant, sweat beaded on his face and hair.  The caption: “Dance is work.”  Eddie Ares’s studio offers this quotation on its website: “Dancers are the athletes of God.”  Even […]

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  • Gratuitous post featuring SNO!

    Posted on December 22, 2010 by lauraet in behind the curtain.

    Tweet It’s snowing over at Slim Paley’s site today; turns out that the snow is a WordPress feature so I had to put up a post here just to make it snow on DLDancers as well!  WordPress-hosted blogs can turn on the snow by going to Appearance –> Extras and clicking “Show snow” or some […]

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  • Er, who?

    Posted on October 11, 2010 by lauraet in behind the curtain, teaching.

    Tweet As you all know, Daniel has numerous outstanding qualities: twinkly blue eyes, charming accent, uncanny ability to fix anything–and that’s not even to mention his dance skills.  However, he is terrible with names.  We have a grand total of TWO couples in our group class right now and he can never remember anyone’s name […]

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  • You gave advice…

    Posted on October 8, 2010 by lauraet in behind the curtain.

    Tweet and I ignored it! Around the same time I posted my four possible Smooth gown choices, my friend JoyDawn offered me a try-on of a gown she bought on eBay that turned out to be too big for her.  The fit is good (it will need only minimal alteration), the price is right, and […]

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  • Please note the new tagline

    Posted on September 29, 2010 by lauraet in behind the curtain.

    Tweet Longtime readers of my LiveJournal* will recognize “What have you done for your dancing today?” as an adaptation of “What have you done for your dissertation today?,” the mantra that got me through writing my doctoral dissertation five years ago.  In the interest of refining our focus and the site’s focus, I’ve decided to […]

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  • Assorted entertainments, or “Pick My Dress”

    Posted on September 19, 2010 by lauraet in behind the curtain, dancing in the media.

    Tweet Our friend and role model Jim Riley recently appeared on Fox 5’s “Good Day Atlanta” in the “Road Warrior” segment promoting National Ballroom Dance Week.  Watch the video below or check it out here! Another friend and role model, the lovely JoyDawn, keeps reminding me that I’m supposed to be on the hunt for […]

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  • “Go big or don’t go”

    Posted on July 24, 2010 by lauraet in behind the curtain, lessons.

    Tweet Driving back from our lesson with Eddie this afternoon, I passed a minivan whose back window was dominated by a huge decal from a dance studio. Below the studio name was the slogan “Go big or don’t go!” I had to smile because I’d been having the same conversation with Eddie just a couple […]

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  • Our Mascots

    Posted on June 21, 2010 by lauraet in behind the curtain, in other news.

    Tweet An anticipatory lull has taken hold here at DLDancers HQ as Daniel and I count down the hours till our departure for the Gumbo Dancesport Championships in Baton Rouge this weekend. So I thought I’d take a moment to introduce the Internet to our three mascots and most loyal supporters. Tango is about 4 […]

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