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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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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 6 days ago 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
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