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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Daniel for Dancing with the Stars

Nearly a decade ago this full-time housewife, mother of two and Dancing with the Stars fanatic launched a blog called Just Another Ordinary Day. My not-so-hidden agenda in blogging was to become famous… not paparazzi-infiltrating-suburban-neighborhoods famous… just famous enough to garner an invitation to join the cast of celebrity contestants on DWTS. Fast forward five years. The invitation never came. Forced to confront the sad reality that being recognized as “that lady who writes the funny blog” at deli counters and dry cleaners across metro Atlanta was NOT famous enough for DWTS, I simply resigned myself to writing and sharing personal essays purely for the joy of it and (hopefully) for the entertainment of others.

While it’s true my numerous letters to the producers of DWTS went unanswered, I eventually found my way to the ballroom anyway and dragged my poor unsuspecting husband right along with me. Before long I went from frumpy-baseball-mom-and-housewife to The Dancing Housewife. 

Even though blogging and competing with my husband is super fun, my friend Quin’s recent success as a ballroom dancing contestant on America’s Got Talent sparked the return of my DWTS fantasy.  Quin is a 71 year old pro am dancer, who not only auditioned with her partner Misha for America’s Got Talent and made it, but also got sent straight through to the live show by way of the Golden Buzzer!

Pretty cool, right? And if one close-to-home-hitting motivational story isn’t enough, today out of nowhere, I received this email:

 

Hello USA Dance Members –

At USA Dance, we are committed to supporting an inclusive culture that helps promote dance for all. In recent weeks, our team was contacted by Daniel Chaplin who is an active USA Dance member looking for support from our community. Daniel, who has Down syndrome,

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Dem Bones

Hip and back pain got you down? Dem dry noisy bones…

The foot bone’s connected to the leg bone.
The leg bone’s connected to the knee bone.
The knee bone’s connected to the thigh bone.
The thigh bone’s connected to the hip bone.
The hip bone’s connected to the backbone.
The backbone’s connected to the neck bone.
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones
Dem dry, noisy bones…

Is your sacroiliac joint the cause of your hip and/or lower back pain?

The self proclaimed Most Famous Physical Therapists on the Internet, Bob Schrupp and Brad Heineck [RELATED POST: 10 Tips to Make Your Great Toe Great Again] demonstrate four tests to help you find the answer…

Here’s their method for self treatment. If you’re short on time, fast forward to the 6 minute mark to skip the introduction and get right to the exercises.

And because I like driving a point home, here are two more videos with simple home exercises dedicated to self-correcting/re-aligning your SI joint. (Shout out to fellow ballroom dancer, Alene Yu, for sharing these on Facebook)

 

 

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