Category: Travis’s Blog

Planning ahead..

Hello Dancers, The month of August is a fabulous month to continue your dance training. The days are warm and there is still plenty of summer left before the fall season. The topic this month is “planning ahead.” What activities are you planning for this fall? Do you have local performances, showcases or competitions to do?  If so, I…

Being Independent with Your Partner-

Hello Dancers, This is the month that we celebrate the fabulous independence of our country. God Bless America. Here is an idea. How do we remain “independent” while we are dancing with a partner? The beginning dancer often mistakes leading or following as having your partner do their part while you do yours. While on the surface that…

Music Identification…

Hello Dancers, This month I wanted to address the topic of music identification. Many times a newer dancer, especially a leader, finds that hearing the music versus identifying which dance is appropriate for the song playing, is a little overwhelming. If you are at a social dance there are a few clues to get you going…

MAY I have this dance?

Hi Everyone, MAY I have this dance?  The month of May is a perfect time to remind all of us about courtesy. As a gentleman approaches a lady and asks her to dance he would do well to keep social etiquette in mind.  Asking politely face to face is a very successful way to get…

Spring Dancing!

Hi Everyone, Spring Dancing: As the changing season slowly makes its way to Spring, our dancing should evolve as well. One of the changes you can do to improve your dancing is pay closer attention to what your knees, ankles and feet are doing. In the Smooth and Standard dancing you elevate/lower your body through…

Dancing “Outside” Your Box…

Hi Everyone, Dancing “Outside” Your Box- This month marks my 21st year of teaching dance. Over the years several questions have consistently come up including this one: “Why can’t I just learn a few moves in one dance so I can really be good at it?” The basic issue with just studying one type of dance…

Why We Dance…

Why We Dance. Have you ever really thought about it?  Of course you have!  I mean who really needs to know why you dance. Actually, perhaps we ought to consider what drives us to dance.  Can you just stop dancing whenever you feel like it or is there something that urges you forward to the…

Happy 2016!

Hi Everyone, Thanks so much for continuing to dance! I look forward to lots of fun in 2016 with you all. As we start another year of dancing I would like to remind you of three important things regarding dance practice: You WILL improve if you practice. ALL practice is valuable.  Many times we make…