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Dance Like No One’s Watching

I just finished another weekend of almost non-stop dancing, courtesy of the Capital Swing Convention. As usual, I competed in the Novice Jack & Jill (but didn’t place), hung out with old friends and made new ones, and danced into the wee hours of the morning for three days straight. Best of all, I have […]

Birthday Dance Party in Palm Springs

Sunday is my 24th birthday, and while that’s not necessarily a milestone, I’m planning to celebrate in style! You may recall that back in May I won free tickets to the Palm Springs Summer Dance Camp, and it just so happens that the convention is also this weekend. In fact, I’m leaving in less than […]

The Epic Dance Weekend That Almost Wasn’t

The last week has been pretty hectic, between attending a job fair in Sacramento on Wednesday, substitute teaching on Friday (more on that another time), heading back down to Sac for the Capital Swing Dancers Convention. To be honest, my President’s Day Weekend was actually supposed to be pretty chill, but a last minute change […]

Shall We Dance?

“What? You haven’t seen Swing Kids?!” “You don’t watch So You Think You Can Dance? Shouldn’t that be your favorite TV show?” “How can you call yourself a dancer if you haven’t seen Strictly Ballroom?” Being a dancer is more than just knowing the steps. There are certain expectations other dancers have regarding the dancing […]

I Better Shine Up My Dancing Shoes

I’ve got a big day ahead of me tomorrow. Why? Because I’m a finalist in the Northern California Swing Dance Challenge in Petaluma, and I’m in it to win it! I’ve been dancing West Coast Swing for probably nine months now, and although I don’t get nearly as much practice as some of my peers, […]

Some Thoughts on Dancing

If I’ve learned only one thing In the 10 months since I started dancing, it’s this: play to your strengths. I’ve learned the basic steps (and then some) for over a dozen different social dances, and each style has its own quirks that make it good or bad for a particular person. Dances like Rhumba […]

Star Trek + Swing Dancing = Match Made in Heaven?

Tomorrow (or I guess technically today, at this hour) is gonna rock! I’ve started working half-days on Friday, which means I get to spend the afternoon having fun with friends. At least, that’s what the past two weeks have been like. Last week, my friend Katherine and I went shopping at IKEA to look for […]

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This is the blog of Jeff Staple