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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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Otherwise known as: How to Get Seen on the Dance Floor... the Easy Way Are your results all over the board? Do you place well in small heats, but never make it to the next cut in huge heats? Are you sure the judges saw your number? And the dancing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
After Anna Karenina, you'd think I'd want to stay away from Russian writers a bit, but NO, I like a challenge and love dismissing controversy, so I (and at least one loyal reader) jumped into Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. WHY WHY WHY is this book so highly regarded? [insert rant]... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
It's come to my attention through various sources that my reproductive choices are intriguing to many. While that is weird and invasive, let's discuss it: Question #1: Will you stop dancing? Yes, I think definitely this fifth time around is the time that's going to make me think twice about... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
I recently heard someone teaching Foxtrot to a brand-new couple. This teacher was throwing out dance jargon and acronyms left and right. "CBM", "using your center", and "LOD" were followed up by little to no explanation. I've overhead group classes taught where, after introducing the basic step, the teacher goes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
Naturally fast food. What? Duh. Wait, what? How? Stocking up on cookbooks at the local library, like I do, I spotted this fancy one and was intrigued. Who is Leon? Is there such a thing as "naturally fast food" where you need actual recipes? (I mean, can't anyone throw together... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
"Collegiate Competition" and "Many Amateur Competitions" or "Ballroom Newbie Competitions" could all be interchanged in the title today, but seeing as how I just judged a collegiate comp last weekend, that's my title. Why I Didn't Love You This is where it was really tempting to pull some of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
I'm going to pretend for a minute that I'm well-rounded and tell you about something other than ballroom dancing. Ridiculous, I know. Last year, I read about this crazy Norwegian custom of "koselig" where you, instead of lamenting the dark days of winter in these northern climes, you relish them... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
The other day, I started a lively debate on The Facebooks about whether social and competitive dancing should be taught the same or differently. I was pretty vague with the question. My exact words were, "Should social and competitive dancing be taught differently? If yes, why?" What I really wanted... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
The ballroom world is full of brilliant people. The number of PhDs, MDs, patents, and IQ points of my students alone is astounding. Big-time CEOs and executives of multi-national companies enter studio doors every day. Not to mention the amazing entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and creative enterprisers among us. To make such... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
This month's playlist starts off really slow with a pretty, morning-feeling, peaceful piano piece by Sigur Ros with a really creepy video that I don't recommend watching. From there, things get trendy and then weird. Like beards. Enjoy. Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
"Historically, they make the finals," my friend said to some spectators who were interested in watching us dance. I had to think pretty hard about her statement; it seemed too good to be true. But yes, my partner and I have generally made finals. We're not top 6 in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
You guys. You guys. YOU GUYS. I finished Anna Karenina. Now, to refresh your memory, a million years ago, I figured up 91 books to make me smarter and then started the ill-attended, virtual book club (there's even a pseudo-book report to fill out for The Princess Bride!). And then,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
Okay, I'll admit. I haven't been present for a full half of the ADVENTures this year. But I've liked all the ones I've witnessed. And that is something. Day 1 : pinecone ornaments Is it just me, or does anyone else say "pinecorn"? I grabbed some pine...coooonnneees, a few jingle... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
In past years, I put together a list of ADVENTures (get it? PUNNY) for the Christmas season. The girls, doing that whole growing thing, have better hand/eye coordination, so we're totally upping our game this year. But along with all the FAMILY TIME and CRAFTING and HOLIDAY SPIRIT, this mama... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
It's that time of year again, where I put more pressure on myself to create fun, family memories for the gang and create extra work, less sleep, and more to do for myself. But I LIKE IT! And FUN! And CHRISTMAS! So, DO IT! If you haven't been here before,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
There's a concept of "dancing down" in competitive ballroom that I get asked about. A LOT. There's a couple ways I see it, one of which is okay and one of which is a bummer. The Bummer Let's say you see someone dancing a bunch of Silver freestyles and multi-dance... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
I'm a loud person, but you'd be surprised how many things I say quietly, or even keep to myself. These outbursts are generally directed at my kids or my students or bad drivers. Hopefully you can tell which is which. Here is a partial list of spasms: IT'S NOT INTERNATIONAL... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2015 at Riot and Frolic
It's not Christmas music. It's just awesome. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 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