December 11th, 2006


Dance Sport

So awhile ago I posted how I wasn't going to join BBDT and was looking into other groups. I'd initially rejected Dance Sport as being too competition focused, and while I want to do comp my focus is on social dancing and I didn't want some place that I was afraid would suck the joy from dancing. At the recent go-live I talked a lot with Todd, another Epic employee, a dancer, a dance instructor, and a member of the Dance Sport team. Apparently they're a lot more socially focused than I realized and they sound like good people. So I fired off an e-mail to the team captain about getting involved, when lessons start, etc. Here was the response:

Hi A---,

I'm excited to know that you are interested to join DanceSport Team next semester. We will start our spring lesson on Sat. Jan 27, 07. I will keep you update on this later as we are getting closer and clearly have things plan out.

I would like to invite you to our holidays potluck party next Sunday from 1-3PM at the Right Step Studio then. This might be a good chance for you to get a head up on competition next Feb. 17-19, Star of the North, to find a potential partner if you don't yet have one, and in the mean time, be able to practice with her before the team starts. How does this sound to you? :) Let me know if you are planning to come. I will give you more details.

Let me know if you have any other questions


Competition? Now? What what what? No way am I ready for this. I've only done social dance and as a result I have a lot of bad habits including lazy footwork, bad posture, off-rhythm dancing (especially in Latin), over- and under-leading, and a tendency to focus on lots of moves rather than doing a few moves well. I'd been considering (okay, planning on) a west coast swing Jack-and-Jill in Milwaukee come April, but competing now? This feels rather optimistic.

Okay, so I'll go to the pot luck (shepherd's pie, I'm thinking) and meet people (already know quite a few from UWMBDA). I'll think about comp but February seems a bit too early.