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Riot and Frolic
Interests: ballroom dancing, crafting, sewing, cooking, working out, running, decorating, reading, listening to music
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It's not Christmas music. It's just awesome. Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Riot and Frolic
There's a few good ways to put a competition to bed. Here are my top 6: 1. Book the next competition. Both as soon as possible and... as soon as possible. Can I book my travel plans as I walk to the ladies' dressing room after awards? YES. [Smartphones!] Is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
I've run into a fair share of dancers who claim to practice WAY more than I do. Like, three times as many hours as I log when I'm on my A game. And then I see them "practice". And then I think maybe they are confused what actually constitutes practice.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
Recently, I made a large claim that I make better coffee than you. Yes, YOU. Well, it's true. But I'm generous and therefore I will share the recipe with you. I am so nice, in fact, that I even experimented with an uncouth French Press recipe instead of my completely... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
A good cocktail should be like your antisocial best friend: a little bitter, keeps you honest, and takes some getting used to. I mean, we're talking adult beverages here, people. As much as I enjoy my alcohol fruity, slushy, and accessorized every now and then... when we invoke the word... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
For the third consecutive time, I have broken out in a rash during practice. At first, I attributed it to ... I don't know... something logical. The second time I was too stressed out about my Viennese timing to really notice. But the third time? YOU GUYS. I'm allergic to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
Talking to students, teaching a lot, and always taking lessons myself, there's some common problems you shouldn't feel alone in making: Everyone has the wrong foot ready. "Start with your left foot," we say. "Yep," you say. "Your other left foot," we say. "Oh," you say. Everyone thinks they are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
The best way to start something is just begin doing it, without making any excuses for why you haven't been doing it or had been wanting to do it but didn't, and acting like it's no big deal that you're doing it. So here: This month's playlist starts with the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
You're going to a group class. It's a beginning group class, way below your level of expertise. I mean, you've been to at least a dozen beginner classes and you've got the material nailed. Let's, for example, just for kicks, AS A CRAZY METAPHOR, call you an "upperclassman". And let's,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
I was so not impressed by Spotify, which I tried out for June's Mixed Tape. My new format? YouTube. Bless you, YouTube. July Mixed Tape Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
This title will confuse you, because you most likely got to this post by clicking a link... on Facebook. No, I didn't delete my account. I didn't change my privacy settings. I didn't even edit my friends list. But I did take the app off my phone and I changed... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
Why aren't more people outraged at toilet paper companies? This is the "bath tissue" aisle at a certain superstore: This aisle of pretentiously-dubbed "bath tissue" (are they afraid to use the word "TOILET" [I'm not: toilet toilet toilet toilet toilet]) takes up about 650 square feet of store space and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
Those mirrors. They are all over those damn dance studios. Taunting you. Telling you you're not the fairest in the land. But that's just your brain talking. Sometimes you need to ignore your brain and use your EYES. Your eyes will tell you mirrors are helpful. It's almost like someone... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
There was this mysterious concept I heard of several years ago (probably in my last few years at college, in hindsight) called a "beer shower". I could not fathom what this term referred to at the time, which is really a shame. I now know that a beer shower is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
I was trying to think of something amazing to call these first set of badges, a name that would elude to 46 levels of GAWAL-y yet to come, but I exhausted my naming skills on the club name. And those kids I have. So, there it is. RULES AND REGULATIONS... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
A year ago, I had this idea for "Women Scouts" where one could earn badges (like, literal badges, not the ever-popular virtual ones you can earn in an app) for doing adulty things like hosting a sleepover for your kid and their friends, cooking a mysterious and intimidating dish, fixing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
Ballroom dancing is not for everyone. It is for a select group of people. Is ballroom dancing right for you? Let's find out... It is for the engineer. The nerd. The guys with protractors and possibly a pocket protector. Ballroom dancing is for you. There are manuals, WRITTEN MANUALS, for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
Annie (1982) was my favorite movie when I was growing up. I wanted to swim in that indoor swimming pool. And meet Punjab. And belt out a line like Little Orphan Cindy who sang "Rover, why not think it over." But most of all, I wanted to be Miss Hannigan.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
Big surprise, Grooveshark (the provider of the previous months' installments of R'n'F's Mixed Tapes) was shut down due to copyright infringement. I've given in to Spotify and am hosting the la nouveau playlists là. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. French. June Mixed Tape I started out with a couple hilarious songs by my favorite... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
Maybe you're awesome enough as it is. But maaaayyybe you could use a little pick-me-up in the kicking-ass department. Maybe especially on the dance floor? It's surprisingly easy. Here's my little advice: Fake it until you are it. This amazing TED talk about body language BLEW MY MIND. If you... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
Four years ago, I must have been bored and crazy, so I started this damn thing. Here's my most popular 4 posts of all time: 4. Garbage Challenge - Winning, besides my usual witty repartee, I think this ranks highly on search engines for the amazing Charlie Sheen image. 3.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
I have this story which has the potential to be helpful to some people, or at least cathartic to me (#metime). The struggle has been trying to make it a linear, witty narrative of a time in my life that seemed pretty non-linear and non-witty. Aaaaand, since it addresses a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
*WARNING - SPOILER ALERT* [Get it? Huh? Huh? "Spoiler"? Cars? HA!] The 2015 Dodge Challenger. I'm not into cars past knowing I would definitely take an Aston Martin or a 1960s MG if someone offered me one for free. But the Challenger is fairly attainable as sexy cars go and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
I nod and smile a lot. Like, A LOT. I heard people think I'm nice (some people probably think I'm vapid, but they don't tell me that), but maybe they don't know why I'm grinning like an idiot at them. There are seven main reasons I do this action: I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
Otherwise known as "TMI with Kate Bratt". Or "Useless Facts". more than coffee, I need to blow my nose to feel like the day is really starting. And by "blow my nose", I mean I need to use at least three Kleenex and feel like there's no mucus left in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Riot and Frolic