Category Archives: lessons

  • Black Swan/White Swan

    Posted on February 28, 2011 by lauraet in lessons.

    Tweet Our own Eddie Ares had a bee in his bonnet about the movie Black Swan on Saturday.  He saw it as a metaphor for different types of people and how easy or difficult it is for a particular type to inhabit the character of a particular dance.  As he explained it, a black swan […]

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  • The Peter Principle

    Posted on February 26, 2011 by lauraet in lessons, Uncategorized.

    Tweet From Wikipedia: “The Peter Principle is a special case of a ubiquitous observation: anything that works will be used in progressively more challenging applications until it fails.” See also: my ability to dance the rumba.  I fear that up until recently I may have been coasting on my previous dance experience plus Daniel’s savant-like […]

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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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  • Upcoming Good Stuff

    Posted on November 11, 2010 by lauraet in dance events, lessons, social dancing.

    Tweet Coming soon to a dance venue near you: USA Dance Greater Macon Chapter #6059 monthly dance, November 13. 7:30-10:30 p.m. including a complimentary dance lesson from 7:30 to 8:00 followed by general dancing.  Dressy casual; light refreshments; $7 for members/$10 non-members. Our Sunday Night Dance Party is moving to the 3rd Sunday–November 21–for this […]

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  • Workshops past and future

    Posted on October 1, 2010 by lauraet in Friday Night Dance Parties, lessons.

    Tweet Daniel and I thank–belatedly but no less enthusiastically–Eddie Ares and Chasity Smith from Academy Ballroom Atlanta for coming to Macon this past Sunday to teach a workshop for us at the Howard Community Club.  Last year at Stars Over Macon, Eddie offered to come and give us a workshop.  The scheduling turned out to […]

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  • Dance famine yielding to dance feast

    Posted on September 25, 2010 by lauraet in competitions, dance events, Friday Night Dance Parties, lessons.

    Tweet After a few weeks of not much dancing, we turn over a new leaf tomorrow and head into a week–actually, more like a month–of TONS of dancing.  Hooray!  Here we go: Tomorrow: private lesson with Eddie and then workshop with Eddie right here in Macon at the Howard Community Club, with our 4th Sunday […]

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  • Workshop With Eddie!

    Posted on August 29, 2010 by lauraet in in other news, lessons.

    Tweet At last year’s Stars over Macon Ball, Eddie Ares generously offered to come to Macon to give a free dance workshop.  It’s taken almost a year but the workshop date has finally been scheduled: Sunday, September 26, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the Howard Community Club.  After the workshop, our dance will start […]

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  • Celebrate National Dance Day!

    Posted on July 31, 2010 by lauraet in dance events, dancing in the media, lessons.

    Tweet And support our troops & veterans! Today is National Dance Day, the brainchild of Nigel Lythgoe (executive producer of So You Think You Can Dance) and the Dizzy Feet Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting increased access to dance education.  Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will introduce a National Dance Day resolution in Congress today, […]

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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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  • Mid-Summer Bummer

    Posted on May 24, 2010 by lauraet in competitions, lessons.

    Tweet We just got word yesterday that this year’s SouthernStar Mid-Summer Classic has been canceled due to “multiple factors beyond [the organizers’] control.”  It’s hard not to wonder what happened, given that the date had been scheduled long ago and the organizers were already promoting the competition.  We’re sad to be missing the comp this […]

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