The One About Group Classes

Dear Dance Diva,

I’m a forty-something single man who started taking ballroom dance lessons about six months ago. I’ve always enjoyed music and dancing, but never had any formal training so I thought I would give it a try. I take one private lesson and had been attending several group classes a week until recently. Most of the folks in the group classes are very nice, but there is a lady who is rude and makes me uncomfortable so I stopped going.

In group classes, the instructors teach

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Nobody’s Perfect

The Doc and I haven’t been to the studio in nearly two weeks. Other than post hip surgeries, this is the longest we’ve gone without dancing since we started competing back in 2015. We’ve been puppy sitting for my son’s puppy, Lina, which has consumed most of our time.

You’re probably thinking lots of folks have puppies and they manage to find time to get in a lesson or two a week and a little practice time…what gives?  Well, THIS puppy is a HANDFUL.

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The One About Competing and Hurt Feelings

Dear Dance Diva,

Part of what I enjoy about competing is the fellowship with other dancers who have become my friends. I always make a point to go to the ballroom to watch them dance, to encourage and to cheer for them. The problem is, my studio-mates don’t do the same thing for me and it really hurts my feelings. A bunch of us – students and instructors -recently attended a ballroom dance competition in Virginia where I danced my personal best, but no one from my studio was there

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American Dancer Magazine is Alive and Well!

After a short budget-related publishing hiatus, American Dancer Magazinethe official publication of USA Dance, Inc., is alive and well!

Anthony Mattos and Alexandra Markova from San Mateo, California. Photo courtesy of David Getchell

The new online version of American Dancer Magazine, previously included as a USA Dance, Inc. benefit of annual membership dues, is currently being made available free of charge to members and non-members alike. Word on the street, however, is the organization will likely

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