The New and Improved o2cm: Everything You Always Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask

Online Onsite Competition Manager, more commonly known as o2cm, has been updated. Effective immediately, folks attempting to register for competitions contested after April 15, 2019 will be required to obtain a Registrant Identification Number (RIN). Yay! Yet another randomly assigned nine-digit permanent and unique identifier to keep track of! What’s not to love about that?!

If you suddenly experienced a stabbing, knife-like pain in your left eye and if it ain’t broke, don’t

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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 Other 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 Dancing Housewife Show, Season 1 Episode 4: Lauren Walier, The Swan Princess

Meet Lauren Walier, a nineteen year-old amateur ballroom dancer who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age one. At fifteen she founded the Make Lemon-Aide Foundation for Cerebral Palsy.Lauren and I recorded this episode of The Dancing Housewife Show earlier this year, just before she headed off to begin her freshman year at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She is currently mid-way through her first semester. In addition to juggling the responsibilities of class work and practice sessions with her pro-am coach and partner, Mayo Alanen, she also is hard at work on her first children’s book, The Swan Princess, due for release in November.

Pro-Am Solo, International Grand Ball, 2017

Prom-Am Solo, Millenium 2017

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