Holiday Gift Guide for Ballroom Dancers

Yes, I know it’s not Thanksgiving yet, but it’s time to start thinking about holiday gifts. If you are stumped on what to get your dance teacher or dance friends then look no further! Or you can subtlety forward this link to your family as a hint to what they should get you for the…

Affordable Ballroom Costumes – a myth?

Do you remember signing up for your first ballroom competition and finding out how much costumes cost? Holy cow, talk about sticker shock! The quality of the fabric, type of rhinestones used, quantity of rhinestones, and the country the dress is made in all factor into the price, with some designer gowns getting upwards of…

On Advocating for Yourself

This is a topic that needs to be talked about especially with people who are newer to the world of pro-am ballroom dancing. Basically, it boils down to – you don’t need to be a passive observer when it comes to your dance career – speak up!  Voice your interests, needs, and concerns so you…

DWTS Season 28 Predictions

After an entire year, the wait is finally over! DWTS Season 28 is here!  As someone who has been watching the show for 12 years and ballroom dancing for 7, I want to share my thoughts on the opening night and predict who will make final 4. …drumroll please… DWTS Season 28 top 4 prediction…

8 Reasons Why Collegiate Ballroom is Awesome!

Some of you may know I started my ballroom dance journey in college.  I was a fan of Dancing with the Stars, and so when my university hosted their club fair the first week of freshman year I bee-lined to the ballroom dance club table.  They didn’t even need to sell me on it, I…

Smooth vs. Standard

Let’s start with a brief history lesson. Ballroom dancing falls under two main styles – American and International. International style came first and was developed in England. Under the “International style” umbrella falls standard and latin. As partner dancing became more popular in the United States the country put their own spin on the more…

Why You Should Go Out Social Dancing

I’m surprised by the number of people I know who have been taking dance lessons for over a year but have never been out social dancing.  Social dancing is great!  By “social dancing” I mean partner dancing that is informal and relaxed, there is no instructor critiquing your technique, and you aren’t being judged like…

Zion National Park

I was in Vegas for a conference, so after the day after that ended I picked up a rental car. Before starting the 3 hour drive to Zion, I wanted to detour to see the Seven Magic Mountains, and outdoor art installation about an hour south of The Strip. I had first seen pictures of…

Solo Travel

A year ago, I traveled solo for the first time. Now, I don’t mean just flying by my own, I mean I was completely solo, on vacation, in a foreign country for 2.5 days. It was a really empowering experience, so I decided I wanted to do it again this year. This time, I was…

Letting Dance Feedback “Marinate”

Why yes, I did just say marinate and, no, I’m not talking about grilling meat. One of the dance instructors I work with introduced this concept to me and it makes so much sense. Basically, the idea is that your brain can only handle so much new information at once and that sometimes new concepts…