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Riot and Frolic
Interests: ballroom dancing, crafting, sewing, cooking, working out, running, decorating, reading, listening to music
Recent Activity
Recently, we went out dancing with a gang of our students to a long-standing swing joint, the Wabasha Street Caves. It's an old mob hangout in a cave along the Mississippi River, which now legitimately hosts weekly swing dances with live big bands. While obviously the setting is amazing and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Riot and Frolic
I have a full time job as a familial manager. I also have a part time job as a ballroom dance instructor. While many days, I'd love to drop that first title and go all in as a dance teacher, I don't think my young offspring are too great at... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Riot and Frolic
'Round about 5 years ago, I found a post on Purl Soho's blog for a simple knitted hat. I did not know how to knit at all, but I wanted to make that damn hat. Super Soft Merino Hats for Everyone pattern from Purl Soho I figured my years of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at Riot and Frolic
I have a list of fifteen things that has to get done before I go to work in four hours and guess how many of them I want to do? Yes, correct.. ZERO. And it's not things like "brush the cat" or "dust the vacuum" or anything frivolous. It's things... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at Riot and Frolic
Awhile ago, I wrote a post for Dance Comp Review titled The Smell of Dancers, referring to personal hygiene and all that really sexy stuff. Part Two is coming to Riot and Frolic in the shape of How to Wash Your Costumes because UGH, YOU GUYS. After a competition or... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2017 at Riot and Frolic
Regardless of over 15 years experience and a large handful of awesome mentors, having 5 kids and being part of the ballroom world has been a challenge and a circus act, but I'm a better teacher because of it. WHY? you ask. WELL, LET ME TELL YOU: Patience I am... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Riot and Frolic
No, I'm not doing a recap of Stranger Things in anticipation of the second season. Nope, I'm answering the age-old question: Should I go to Intermediate Class? There's a flowchart for that. DISCLAIMERS: - of course, if you have a good grasp of the basics of a particular dance (foundation... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at Riot and Frolic
I was recently flipping through Women's Health, which is a bit like Cosmo for the fitnessly inclined, when I came across this little column: The Guys Next Door Real talk on relationships from three of the gents who put the "men" in Men's Health Q: I'm not the domestic type... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Riot and Frolic
This is fairly basic idea, but I've seen interesting things happen often, so LET'S REVIEW. Generally speaking, if you go to a syllabus-level group class (hello, "beginner group class", "community education ballroom dancing", "newcomer class", or anything with the words: Bronze, Silver, Beginning, Intermediate), there will be a few to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at Riot and Frolic
The G started reading the Harry Potter series to the kids awhile ago and last week I remembered that there's a fun "sorting hat" quiz you can take online to determine which house you'd be in. V went first and got Hufflepuff. Yes yes, quite. Mae Cake was next and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at Riot and Frolic
"I'll fall down!" Dancers: we are dancing. On the floor. With two feet, generally, on the ground. Why is there fear about falling less than three feet from our feet to our rears? I will accept severe osteoporosis or other choice maladies as valid answers. Otherwise, SHUT UP. I figure... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Riot and Frolic
It seems really obvious to me why you'd learn to lead as a follow, but that's probably because I'm a follow, who thought it was awesome to learn how to lead. But as I lead guys, it's becoming clear that WE SHOULD ALL SWITCH ROLES in our learning careers. Why... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at Riot and Frolic
If you've delved into ballroom dancing on the follow's side and feel you've developed some acuity on the art [sport?], surprise! You've only got half the story! Why You Should Learn to Lead Cause. As in "cause and effect". As a follow, we are experts in rolling with those commas,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Riot and Frolic
Sure sure, you can point out today's date and mention how we're 1/3 through 2017, but by then I would have booped your nose and told it's my blog anniversary and I can do what I want. And no, my opinion didn't get bought by these fantastic companies and their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at Riot and Frolic
If you hang around a studio long enough, you'll hear a ballroomer throw out, "Well, it was politics," to dismiss someone's good placement... or lack thereof. And while dance politics are a thing(local and global dance organizations are generally at war, all the time), there are only a few instances... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Riot and Frolic
Other people have those nice signs that state house rules like "Kindness comes first" or "Love each other" or even sensible things like "No hitting", but I do not live in that house. No singing sea shanties at the table. Of course, this has been expanded to include all singing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Riot and Frolic
Awhile back, we found out the COMPLETELY TRUE AND ABSOLUTELY SCIENTIFICALLY DISCOVERED reasons why women dance and it only follows [DANCE JOKE! GET IT?!] that we will find out IN THE SAME, UNCONDITIONALLY JOURNALISTICALLY SOUND WAY about why men dance.* A Bet 9% There's a small bunch of men that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Riot and Frolic
Ballroom dancing is a full contact sport, in the obvious "hey I'm constantly touching my partner" way, but also in the "wow, I'm really close to all these other couples" kind of way. Bumps and nudges between other couples are bound to happen, as well as the occasional grand collision.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Riot and Frolic
After years of research and total journalistic integrity, I've boiled down the reasons women take up ballroom dancing into several, highly believable, completely viable statistical categories.* Derek Hough 15% This little chunk of the pie could be any of those hunky Dancing With The Stars pros (or troupe members are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Riot and Frolic
Here's a few thoughts, and some vague explanations of them: Who teaches y'all to do your invite like that? Just stand up and get there. There's a lot of shenanigans that happen before you get into frame. Does no one read the rule book? heavy sigh No. You are cute.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
This is a regular day in my house; I find pieces of art made especially for me all. over. the. house. On my desk: On my refrigerator: More on my refrigerator: On my reading material: I have found art in the bathroom especially for me as well (because they know... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
Maybe you've recently done one of those performances where judges give written comments* on your dancing. Maybe you need more explanation on their messily-written, much-too-brief phrases and want to understand, but are too shy or too far away to get clarification. First of all, it is AWESOME that you got... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
This is a post for you up-and-comers, you young pups, you youth. Not so much for my established dancers who want to afford two more lessons a week (because let's face it, we all think we're broke and want to learn to dance better). Although it is good advice for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
I had to put my cat down this week. I hated that cat. No, I'm sure I loved her, because when I brazenly called the pet hospital to make The Appointment, I started sobbing when the receptionist answered the phone. At least I can chalk it up to post-partum hormones.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
I recently took a trip to the hospital and they sent me home with ANOTHER tiny human. It's like they think I'm qualified to handle them. How dare they. But, in trying to stick to a point, there's several things I've noticed the last couple weeks that seems new EVERY... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at Riot and Frolic