The Dance Doctor Is In

Dreams Don’t Expire

Dear Dance Doctor, My dream has always been to dance, but I get so frustrated sometimes because I don’t feel I learn as fast as the others in class.  I try to take as many classes as I can, but I don’t seem to be getting it very quickly.  Am I being impatient with...

Favorite Things

In no particular order:  Dancing with my partner, dancing with my friends, dancing with random new folks, singing, dancing, writing, dancing, cooking, dancing… Hmmm… there seems to be a trend there.  I’ll have to spend some time on that, maybe set up a spreadsheet to...

Support Dance!

Dear Dance Doctor, I love to go dancing, but I get tired of having to pay $10 just to dance.”  Signed, Getting Nickled and Dimed Dear Nickled, The Dance Doctor’s motto is:  Never Miss a Chance to Dance! It seems that these days everyone wants everything to come with a...

Who’s The Boss?!

Dear Dance Doctor, Sometimes when I’m in class, the person I’m dancing with will tell me what I’m doing wrong.  Sometimes they’re right, but sometimes not.  It bothers me and I’m not sure what to say.  Signed, Momma Taught Me To Be Nice Dear Nice, Well, first off, the...

Following is an Art!

Followers, now it’s your turn! No one would argue that there are elements of science and art in both of our jobs, but at its essence, following is an art. You are responding to direction, unless you’re hijacking, in which case you’re not following, you’re leading!...

Uptown Halloween Party 2014

Halloween 2014 at Austin Uptown Dance was a blast! Check out this really cool video! Special thanks to Karen Moore and Sharon Blue for this awesome contribution! They are some of the most creative people I know https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTacDO-xhLY

Let’s Hear It For The Leaders!

Leaders, this one’s for you! The Dance Doctor realizes the image is gender-specific, but just relax for a minute! Leaders, listen up:  You. Are. Awesome.  We don’t care if it’s your first class.  We don’t care if it’s the first time you’ve ever stepped onto a dance...

Attention Everyone!

The Doctor was reading a book recently, and a line stuck out:  “Focused attention is one of the rarest commodities in the universe.”  Christopher Vogler In this age of ever-increasing demands on our attention, this is a poignant truth.  We are pulled in so many...

Why Dance Shoes?

Dear Dance Doctor, So what’s the big deal I’m hearing about dance shoes?  I’ve been wearing my same shoes and they dance just fine.  Signed, I Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Dance Shoes. Dear Stinkin’, We’ll save the odiferous nature of dance shoes for a different blog. For...

To Compete or Not to Compete

Dear Dance Doctor, Everyone around the studio is always talking about competing. I’m not a very competitive person, but it seems like a lot of fun. Should I do it? Signed, Intrigued Dear Intrigued, Competing is fun. And time-consuming. And fun. And energizing. And...

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