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    Great to hear from you in the comment on my blog!
    Yes, please let me hear about any dance events that you go to!
    I need help from you on a couple things. Here are my questions:
    1) When you go to a dance workshop, do you practice some of the dances ahead of time or are you learning them for the very first time when you get to the workshop?
    The reason I ask this is because, when I went to Windy City Line Dance Mania,
    it seemed to me that the people learned the dances VERY quickly. Now, it is possible that they are just extremely quick learners. Then I thought later that maybe they had already been taught some of them. I overheard a comment by one dancer that "their teacher had prepared them well." This made me think that they possibly were already familiar with the dances.
    2) How would you suggest that I make the leap to the harder dances? As a teacher, I can only work on and prepare dances that are at the level of my students. They prefer easier dances and want to REPEAT them.
    Actually, this works against me because I get used to practicing, looking for, and dancing easier dances. When I teach the dance, I leave out any of the personal
    interpretations, giving them the "vanilla" version. Then, after they are used to it, I do dance just the way I want to. I figure, I'm not getting paid and I deserve some fun too. Now that I am taking private lessons (for technique, staging, interpretation) , I am working on harder dances. I look at step sheet and also at least two youtube versions. I prefer to watch the choreographer for at least one of them, if at all possible. Then I practice them over and over working on the more difficult area of the dance. Usually it is multiple direction changes or steps sequences that begin on the half-beat that throw me off. There are really no classes around here where there are teachers that teach the advanced versions of line dances. Plus, I gotta admit, I am rather critical of other line dance teachers. Do you have any thoughts or tips about how I can advance to wrapping my brain around more difficult dances?

    2594 days ago
    I read over many of your blogs to get to know you better and see that you are very into line dancing! I have been line dancing about 20 years also. I took lessons and danced at bars and VFW's in the Chicagoland area. Now I have moved and live on the Mississippi River in a small rural community. We dance in garages and community centers. There is a reception hall that recently opened that does have a lot of dancing. The country bars have all closed, although country music is the most popular around here, even with young people. Of course, line dancing isn't just country anymore anyway. Originally, dancing is how my husband and I met (2nd marriage for both of us). He won't dance anymore because of his knees. Plus he won't take me dancing. There are some dances on Friday and Saturday at the reception hall, but he's not interested. He doesn't want me to go out without him to a mixed event because he thinks I'll get hit on. So I stay home so he can ignore me at home. He likes to watch his evening TV without being interrupted. Right now I am teaching my friends in a garage, dancing in my living room, and taking the private lesson from a ballroom teacher to get help with technique.
    A few years ago I went to the Windy City Line Dance Mania, a week-end event in Chicago. A couple years ago I taught line dance at our community center but they dropped it. I had joined the NTA (National Teacher's Association) and really like their newsletters. They have an annual event in February in Kansas City. I would like to connect with more NTA people, but they are spread out all over the country and the world for that matter!
    I am older than you...64, and semi-retired (still work 15 hours a week as an office manager).
    Gosh, I wish I could go out dancing with you and your friends! It would be a BLAST !!
    2601 days ago
  • v KAYATLANTA2010
    Hi there! Just dropping by to wish you a great week!
    2613 days ago
    Hi there, just stopping by to wish you a great new week ahead !

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    2614 days ago
  • v MAC4902
    Thanks for the encouraging words in comments on my blogs. It does help me to see positive, affirming notes from others. You helped start my day with a spark! Have a positively sparkling day today!!
    2653 days ago
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