10 weird things about ballroom dance

Disclaimer: I’ve been dancing ballroom for 8 years, so I say these things with love! Definitely not hating on ballroom, just pointing out some things about it that are kinda odd You usually don’t know who you are competing against, or even if you have ANY competitors in your division until the day you compete….

Reading up a Storm

One of my favorite hobbies (other than dancing) is reading. Between quarantine and being furloughed from work for 2 months, I’ve been reading up a storm. My goal was to read 30 books in 2020, but I’ve already read 24 books in the first 6 months alone! Whether you are looking for suggestions for your…

Hitting Pause

Wow, what a whirlwind the last two months have been.  I first became personally affected by COVID-19 back in late February.  I was supposed to go to Germany for a huge work conference, and literally 2 days before I was supposed to board my flight I got notice that the conference was cancelled. And not…

Dancing as an Adult

Oh, how I wish I started ballroom dancing when I was a kid!  Who knows what heights I could have reached, maybe I would be a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars right now. Maybe I would have travelled the world winning trophies to fill my bedroom.  I am constantly amazed by the talent…

Top 5 Books of 2019

When I’m not dancing, one of my favorite pastimes is reading, and I’ve read 28 books this year!  If you have some down time over the holidays and are looking to pick up a good book, here are my recommendations.  I gave all of them a 5-star rating in Goodreads (and I’m a pretty tough…

Setting Intentions for the New Year

Just like you set work goals for the new year, you can do the same for your dancing. Setting and achieving dance goals makes you feel happy and can provide validation beyond just winning medals.

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…