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Riot and Frolic
Minnesota
Awesome
Interests: ballroom dancing, crafting, sewing, cooking, working out, running, decorating, reading, listening to music
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Hey guys. I've been avoiding you. There's something I've wanted to tell you for awhile, and I'm afraid it'll hurt your feelings, so I just stayed away. But as much as the truth might hurt, the lies are hurting both of us more. The fact is... There are two full... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2018 at Riot and Frolic
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When one starts learning a new skill, one is usually is excited because NEW! FUN! NEW FUN! Then somewhere along the way, the New Fun wears off and one decides whether the new-ish skill could still be charming when it's not being fun and looks more like work and doesn't... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2018 at Riot and Frolic
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Things You CANNOT Control at a Ballroom Dance Competition How hot the ballroom is How cold the ballroom is How slick the floor is How sticky the floor is How crowded the floor is How empty the floor is How big the floor is How small the floor is When... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2018 at Riot and Frolic
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I do not qualify in any way as a beauty expert, except that my sister-in-law stated that "I've never seen anyone in the real world, outside ballroom dancing, do contouring well." So there's my qualification. Not a great resume, but let's run with it. I have four products that make... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2018 at Riot and Frolic
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It's Ash Wednesday and that means the start of Lent and that means I'm coining the hashtag #NewLentNewIntent BECAUSE I AM A HUGE DORK. But guys. I am giving up flour this year. Yeah yeah yeah, I know many of my buddies have had to do this for medical reasons... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at Riot and Frolic
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Ladies, stop peeing your pants. I'm not kidding, mamas. It's not normal. I've had a more than a few children, which should put me solidly in the Peeing Your Pants is Cool Club from my in-depth analysis of the market*, but I refuse to join. For years, I have heard... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Riot and Frolic
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Previously on Riot and Frolic [cue cleverly edited montage of my witty and amazing writing voiced over by Morgan Freeman with some dramatic and foreboding music in the background]... But really, I was talking about partner dancing and what the hell are we getting into when we go social dancing.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2018 at Riot and Frolic
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What the hell is ABLMS? It DOES NOT sound like a fun field trip. It sounds like an acronym for a horrible disease. But DO YOU LIKE FOOD? DO YOU LIKE CHEAP, BUT AWESOME, LOCALLY-RAISED FOOD? ABLMS stands for Andrew Boss Laboratory of Meat Science, located on the "farm campus"... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2018 at Riot and Frolic
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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 Jan 19, 2018 at Riot and Frolic
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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 Jan 16, 2018 at Riot and Frolic
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'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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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"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
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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
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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
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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 Apr 27, 2017 at Riot and Frolic
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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
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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
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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