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Dance-apaloza!

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via Shannon Rosan Photography

Last week into this one has been a great week for dance. I have danced four days last week; two regular ballet nights on Monday and Wednesday, then two nights of social dancing with my Dad. My Dad was in town for a conference Thursday and Friday.

I met up with my Dad at his hotel on Thursday, we ate and the ended up going to the Top of the Mark. Apparently they have a swing band every Thursday. They also have a group of regular swing dancers that make use of the band. There were some great dancers too! There was one charming 85-year-old guy celebrating his birthday and he could out dance at least half of the young guys there, if not all! This guy really had some smooth moves! YAY for those who refuse to get old! Of course my Dad and I danced the night away with a couple of other people from his conference. I wish I would have known about the swing dancing though. I was wearing a sweater and slacks, came from work, it is not the best outfit for dancing/sweating. I think I got a bit of a sweat rash under my arms from it. I know, ewwww…….! WORTH IT! I will be back with friends, that’s for sure.

Friday was the big “end of conference dinner and gala”. There was a few awards given out, dinner and then in came the Jazz/Blues/Soul band. Huzzah! Bring on another night of burning up the floor! I think my Dad’s colleagues where impressed with both of our sweet moves. “There ain’t no party, like a (insert my family name here) family party!” Seriously, you should see a family wedding. My family will dance all night even with injuries, to just about any type of music. I love my family!

I also love partying with people over 40! I love the confidence in the conversations and on the dance floor. The previous generations are from a time where social dancing was held in a higher regard than today. Where dancing WITH people instead on ON them was cherished. I wish my generation could get back to that. I see so many peers either freak dancing, which gets old fast to me, or dancing so timidly that I feel bad for them. I think this is mostly because not as much stock is put in social interactions, including dancing. It seems less about having a good time and more about finding a partner for sex or a relationship before a whole conversation is held. So come on people let’s work on getting out and having some good clean fun… and if you want a little something on the side fine. Let’s respect ours peers, quit with the over sexual-ized flirting (seriously there is an art to flirting that doesn’t make people uncomfortable, learn it) and shake our groove things with confidence. (steps off soapbox)

Moving on…….I went to a dance show featuring some of my peers from my ballet class on Sunday which is always a good time. Three cheers for those who performed on Sunday! There was everything from comic numbers featuring underwear with an ocapella group singing, no they were not wearing only underwear, to an intense all male number, to belly dancing and a couple of numbers performed by little girls. So fun.  On a side note, if you want a great ballet class look up Kathy Mata, she is on Facebook. I take Kathy’s class at the Alonzo Lines Dance Center downtown San Francisco. Kathy really makes class fun! Check out the link above and you can check out a few pictures from her shows.

I then went to the San Francisco Ballet on Tuesday to see Don Quixote with some girlfriends. Thank you for joining me girls! I love Don Quixote! I love the folk dance elements, the comedy, and of course the SF Ballet dancers were gorgeous! The show went by much too fast. I do wish that SF Ballet would do Firebird. I would love to see that show live!

Whew, that’s a lot for me! I think I need a nap now.

Have you been to any shows lately? Does your family go crazy on the dance floor too? Any other great dance stories?

*No I am not being compensated or in cahoots with any companies or people mentioned in this post. All opinions are mine and given because I was taught to share with others.

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Burn Up The Floor

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Introduction to Haley can be summed up by a daydreaming clown who loves to try new things and LOVES to dance! So it was a bit of a surprise it took me this long looking at the website of the ballroom dance studio to decide that today is going to be the day I try it out.

I started going to ballet classes in Feburary, after almost a three year break from dance, and now I think I am strong enough to add another dance day to my schedule. I am also playing with the idea of alternating my Monday dance day between ballroom (American Waltz) and modern dance. I’m hoping both can help me relax, get out of my head and let my body do what I know it can. Would love to feel the freedom in my attitude turns that I feel in my tour jetes. And just maybe one day I can feel the proper extension so I can fly across the floor with my grand jetes! For now the goals of letting go, strengthening my core, working on my arms/hands (probably my greatest weakness), and improving my turnout are enough.

Now for those who make it all possible, my sponsors….. just kidding! Much thanks to my Dad for offering to pay for the ballet lessons and to my mom for offering to pay for the ballroom lessons! I LOVE my parents for SO many reasons! I may be extremely spoiled, but I appreciate everything my parents do for me from the financial help, to the good advice, and all the great memories they have given me. I am the luckiest girl in the world to have not only the best parents, but the best siblings, including the in-laws! Love you all!

And now I leave you with a picture of Polar Bears “dancing”. Enjoy!

*Edit: I must have looked at the schedule wrong for Waltz does not start until the second week of August. Tonight the lessons were Salsa and Foxtrot. I did two classes since the instructor gave me the first one free! 🙂