Category Archives: Swing Dance

Posts about swing dancing

How hard is it to learn swing dancing, and how can instructors best meet the unique needs of beginning dancers? Part 2 (of 2).

First of all, thank you all for your responses to Part 1, in which I explored the challenges of learning partner dance from the new student’s perspective.  I was heartened to learn that so many others are passionate about beginning dancers! … Continue reading

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Shopping with Arthritis: My favorite pain-reducing shoes

When people find out that I have rheumatoid arthritis (also known as autoimmune arthritis),I’m often asked how I’m able to swing dance and what shoes I find are most comfortable.  As part of the blog carnival “Non-medical ways to ease … Continue reading

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How hard is it to learn swing dancing, and how can instructors best meet the unique needs of beginning dancers? Part 1 of a 2-part series.

As Rebecca Brightly recently wrote, it takes a while for most people to discover where they fit into the larger lindy hop scene. Like many others, I initially daydreamed about becoming a “rockstar” swing dancer/instructor. Through time, it became clear … Continue reading

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My Biggest Wish for New Dancers: A Rational Optimism

After teaching beginning dance lessons for 3 years, I believe that one’s attitude (rather than skill or the speed at which one learns) is the most important factor influencing whether one sticks with the dance or not.  Let’s be brutally … Continue reading

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Why I Dance (with arthritis)

I created this video ostensibly for a Jazz Video Contest in 2010, but in reality the idea had been kicking around my head for a while and I just needed an excuse to get out and actually complete my vision … Continue reading

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