Coming Home

by Lisa Plummer Savas

I honestly never thought I’d dance again. It had been more than 15 years since I’d put my ballet slippers, favorite leotards and worn out jazz shoes away. While I never stopped longing for that blissful feeling of freedom that used to be mine when I danced across a studio floor or stage, I thought for sure that my aging body would never be able to handle the inordinate demands of the classical dance forms again. I just figured my days of sweeping across the floor and leaping through

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Interview with Kelly Batchelor

Kelly Batchelor is an active competitive DanceSport member of USA Dance and the co-organzer of the Chicago DanceSport Challenge, a USA Dance National Qualifying Event held annually in late October. Kelly and her partner, Alan Burns who also happens to be her husband, currently hold the #36 spot in Senior 1 Standard and the #41 spot in Senior 2 Standard on the WDSF world leader board. Kelly sat down with The Dancing Housewife earlier this year to share her thoughts on World Dance Sport Federation

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The Dancing Housewife is Growing

The Dancing Housewife is growing! We are pleased to announce Jennifer Allen Egl has joined the team as a content writer. Jennifer brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to as our resident expert on all things country!

She is a competitive country dancer with a UCWDC World Championship pro-am title to her credit and serves as chairperson of Media and Marketing for the United Country Western Dance Council (UCWDC). She also is Event Director of MidAtlantic Dance Classic, a UCWDC sanctioned country competition held annually in May at the Hyatt Regency Dulles Airport in Herndon, Virginia.

 

When not wearing sparkles and country boots, Jennifer works as a Large Market Benefits consultant and freelance sports and dancesport photographer. She also keeps busy raising two fabulously photogenic children who refuse to learn to dance.

Please join us in welcoming Jennifer with a note in the comment section below.

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The One About the Bad Breath

Dear Dance Diva,
This is awkward so I’ll get straight to the point. My pro-am partner has bad breath. It’s really bad. I’ve been working with him for about six months and he’s a good instructor, but I’m thinking about finding another pro because I don’t know how to handle this without embarrassing him (and me). At first I thought I could just grin and bear it. I tried mouth breathing, but I get so parched that I find myself holding my breath during my lessons. As I write this I know it sounds like I’m being overly dramatic, but honestly his breath reeks. It literally takes my breath away. I’ve tried offering him gum and mints at the start of our lessons, but he politely refuses every time.  Any suggestions?
—Breathless

 

Dear Breathless,
This certainly is an awkward situation, but you won’t be doing yourself or this gentleman any favors in avoiding it by finding another instructor. You need to address it head on.

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can result from poor mouth/dental hygiene as well as a heavy dose of pungent foods. Onion, garlic, cheese, pastrami, orange juice and alcohol are a few of the most common offenders, but bad breath also can be a symptom of an underlying health problem. Sinus or chronic lung

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The Dance Craze of 2018

Remember when dance crazes were simply infectious dances inspired by catchy tunes with unforgettable lyrics that were easy enough for anybody and everybody to learn? Take for example, the Twist…

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