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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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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 yesterday 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
If you Google "baby essentials", you're apt to find lists like this: They are helpful. And vast. If you're having your first kid and you're celebrated with a bunch of baby showers, go all in and register for it. ALL OF IT. But you could be a minimalist. Or on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
My last post was received with either sighs of relief and rounds of applause or complete derision and questions of my intelligence. No, I'm not a photographer of any kind. In fact, I'm really horrible at taking dance pictures. And no, I'm not a complete a-hole who only wants to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
I see a lot of ballroom dance photos on social media. Posed photos. Action photos. Photos of amateurs. Photos of professionals. Photos taken by amateurs. Photos taken by professional photographers. And some of the ones you post are SO BAD. Maybe it was caught at the wrong time. Maybe your... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
Ever since I can remember, I've been eating those popsicles made out of Jello and Kool-Aid. I highly covet my mom's classic Tupperware popsicle molds (which OMG I just found on Amazon). I posted about them a million years ago. And it's 90º and I'm pregnant and want to chew... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
In case some of you thought it was all rainbows and fairies and cupcakes around here, I thought you needed to know about this week's theme : Picnics. Despite an unbelievable haul from the library, Picnic Week has mainly been a bust because, as you Minnesotans know, it's monsoon season... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
Ahhhh, the glow of a new ballroom dance pro. "I have my dream job!" they proclaim. The magic of partner dance runs so strong with the newly payrolled. And I hate to crush dreams but NO I LOVE TO CRUSH DREAMS : The Cons of Being a Professional Ballroom Dancer... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
Four years ago, I had a wee garden. A year later, there was an expansion. And compost! It grew things! Something happened last year... Probably a disaster. This year? We're going big time. Last fall, The G tore up the nasty-to-shovel-snow-off and generally-horrible "patio". Then his super-cool and helpful uncles... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
This is the first year where "summer vacation" actually means a break from the usual. Since .5 of the kids were in school, there is a definite change coming to our routine. I'm not scared. Well, not much. And because I'm insane, I made a few things to prepare: A)... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
Here's the obvious and insanely fun thing post to write: the pros of being a pro. Yes, I laughed too much writing that phrase, so let's move on... The Pros of Being a Professional Ballroom Dancer It's glamorous. I KNOW. I told you last week it wasn't. BUT when you... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
how many times you tell your small kid to "be careful". how many cloves of garlic a recipe lists. how much vanilla a recipe suggests. how many times your snooze alarm goes off . how many times you think about practicing, without actually doing it. how many episodes of Jessica... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
I've been with child over 190 weeks (by my fifth go-around, mind you) and I've come to several conclusions: Your pregnancy seems long... to everyone else. While you are quite up to date on how far along you are, everyone else keeps asking like maybe you forgot to write it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at Riot and Frolic
I'm just going to throw this down in the first line: being a professional ballroom dancer means you teach ballroom dancing. OF COURSE, there are exceptions, but generally speaking, if you decide to "go pro", you make your living by teaching. Deal with it. If you don't want to teach... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at Riot and Frolic