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…

Quiz: How Obsessed with Ballroom Dancing are you?

So this past week, I decided to mix things up and instead of writing a blog post, I created a quiz on Buzzfeed. It already has almost 800 views! Give it a try if you haven’t yet and comment below your results! …I don’t think this will shock anyone, but I got can check every…

Pros and Cons of Practice Shoes

Those that know me in real life know I love making lists. So here I give you my list of pros and cons regarding ballroom practice shoes for ladies. Pros –You’ll feel more stable. Practice shoes have a “Cuban heel” which is lower and wider that normal ballroom shoes have. It’s easier for me to…

A Day of Dancing

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending A Day of Dancing hosted by Gleb, Artem, and Alan from Dancing with the Stars. It was a dance camp open to people of all skill levels that ran 10am- 4pm, with a lunch break. I had an incredible time and am still floating on cloud…

It started off with a lift, how did it end up like this?

Many people tout the health benefits of dancing, and dances like chacha and jive can burn upwards of 400 calories an hour. But did you know you can actually lose weight dancing? Here is my story of how ballroom dancing helped me lose over 15 pounds…and better yet, I’ve managed to keep it off for…

Meeting your dance idol

So they say never to meet your idols, because they will disappoint you. But one idol who has certainly not disappointed me is Val Chmerkovskiy. If you aren’t familiar with him, he has won two WORLD championship titles in latin dancing and has been a pro on Dancing With the Stars since 2011. I’ve had…