WELCOME TO MY LINE DANCE WEBSITE
This page is for announcements, reminders, event reports, and the occasional editorial/opinion statement <g>.
Look at the menu on the right side for information about all of my classes in and around The Villages, as well as links to useful line dance sites, videos, step sheets, photos, a map, etc.
The headings are general categories. An orange arrow indicates sub-page(s) with additional information. Spend some time and browse.
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PATRIOTIC THEME FOR OUR MAY SOCIAL
The new date for our next social is
Thursday, May the 22nd.
Because Memorial Day is the following Monday, Peter and I thought a patriotic theme would be a perfect fit for Eisenhower Rec Center. If you'd like to be part of the theme, wear red, white, blue, or any combination thereof, and feel free to add any theme accessories--
you know I'll find something!
The social will be from 4:30 to 6:30pm at Eisenhower.
THERE WILL BE NO REGULAR CLASS THAT DAY.
Mouse over to Page 2 to open the info pages.
REGISTRATION FORM NOW LIVE ONLINE
Click HERE to register.
Click HERE to see the list of names so far.
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EVENING CLASSES STARTING IN MAY
I'll be resuming my classes on Monday and Wednesday evenings early next month. Note that I will continue with the schedule I established last year:
For more information on these classes, go to the appropriate level page on the right.
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DOES ANYBODY ELSE FIND THIS TROUBLING?
These comments are part of a discussion thread on Talk Of The Villages.
I associate line dancing more with an aerobic exercise class or a Zombie apocalypse than dancing.
As a non line dancer, but an avid observer, if the zombies would only smile, laugh, or even pretend they enjoy line dancing, one could tolerate the music that line dancing is done to.
I see nothing wrong with line dancing: good exercise, promotes mental acuteness, etc. But nobody looks happy. No interaction between participants. No smiles.
It's actually pretty boring watching it, and the look on the faces of the individuals Line Dancing they all look like they lost their best friend or worse yet about to face 20yrs to life.
they all look like they have had Facelift sort of like a combination of Barry Manilow and Joan Rivers, afraid to show any emotion perhaps for fear of their facelift coming apart...
Is this the impression we want to give? Granted, for the most part these refer to people dancing on the squares. I don't do that because those surfaces are too hard on my knees. But if you do, I hope you'll keep these comments in mind, and try to convey the enjoyment you derive from line dancing.
Yes, we concentrate when we try to remember the steps. But we don't have to LOOK like we're in pain, right? WHEN (not if) we make mistakes, it's not the end of the world. Nobody's going to throw us out of class or ban us from the square. Remember what I say in class--the mistakes don't show in your feet, they show in your FACE. If you're smiling, anybody watching thinks either you're perfect or that the mistakes don't bother you, which should be true!
I wasn't going to publish this video of me during open dancing at Rachael's recent workshop, but maybe it will help get my point across. Watch me laugh out loud when I make mistakes (yes, plural)--who cares? Nothing wiped that grin off my face.
I know the other people dancing around me and I guarantee that they were enjoying themselves--but is it obvious to you when you watch that clip? Why am I the only person smiling?
Whether you're in class or on the squares, don't worry so much about the steps that you forget to smile and have fun.
This is how you should look when you're dancing. Be like Snoopy, and make every dance a happy dance!
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ANNOUNCING A(NOTHER) NEW LINE DANCE
Sherri Busser and I have co-choreographed an improver ECS line dance to Yakety Yak by The Drifters. It's 32 counts, 4 walls, with even phrasing. Click HERE to see the video we made in the class at Saddlebrook; the step sheet will be published shortly.
Last month, Sherri and I wrote Easy Nightclub, a beginner-improver dance intended to be used as a follow-on to any of the AB dances such as Love Is Alive by Birthe Tygessen or Nightclub Baby Nightclub by Michele Burton. I introduced the nightclub rhythm in my beginner/improver classes in March, and we'll continue to work on it until everyone is comfortable. Click HERE to see the step sheet and video we made in Betty's class.
* * THE LARYNGITIS SAGA--PART 2 * *
The most recent visit was to a speech therapist--something new for me. No flexible endoscope up my nose and no bitter, gag-inducing lidocaine, yay! Instead, she used a straight scope about 10" long to look into my throat. It had a teensy weensy camera and a flashing light on the end--a stroboscope. As I repeated sounds so she could watch my vocal chords in action, the light flashed at regular intervals. The effect is a "slow motion" view and video.
I gagged a few times and the resulting video was not great. So I volunteered to do another one, and tried to relax my throat and sit up very straight to give her a clear view. She was much happier with the second video, which Peter and I got to watch. It was interesting, and she explained everything before, during, and after.
The good news is that my vocal chords are functioning properly and and there are no significant abnormalities--I'm getting used to the phrase " . . . for someone your age," when hearing test results, ha ha. The white stuff is gone, so if it was a viral infection, the medications finally cleared it up. She thinks the problem is caused by reflux, but I've been reading online and that seems to be the "fall back" diagnosis when nothing else can be found. I'm on meds for GERD anyway, so maybe it's all just a matter of time.
One suggestion she made that I will take is to drink a bottle of water BEFORE class, and a second DURING class. Cross your fingers. We go back to the doctor next week for a consult and to discuss the results of all the tests, so stay tuned for Part 3 (or just skip this part) <g>.
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