19461 9

The Love Languages of Dance

Fun Stuff

Most of us have heard about the five ‘love languages’, when applied to our interpersonal relationships. Some people prefer loving words, while others prefer giving and receiving gifts. Some like actions that show love, and others like physical touch. Some…

10818 5

On Sexual Assault

Dance Discussions

Today is the third time in under a month that a story of sexual assault by a prominent dance figure has arrived in my newsfeed. That is extremely maddening. To be clear, I’m not taking a legal stance on whether…

14145 18

Men: Manage Your ‘Joystick’

Beginner-Friendly, Etiquette

This past weekend, I was having an enjoyable dance with a guy. The dance was smooth and relatively connected.  He moved into a closer hold, and the dance suddenly became distinctly unenjoyable for one reason: His “joystick”. On my leg….

1905 1

Navigating Your First Social

Beginner-Friendly, Social Dancing

So, you’re ready to start social dancing! Maybe you’ve taken a few classes, or perhaps you have a friend who is dragging you out one night this week. Whatever the reason, I hope you have an awesome time. Before you…

4270 3

Backfollowing: when leaders lose their intention

Leading, Social Dancing

Most dancers have heard of the dreaded Backleader: the follow who doesn’t listen to their partner. But, until now we didn’t have a similar concept for leaders who don’t lead.  Therefore, I’d like to introduce the concept of backfollowing: when leaders…

4008 3

Becoming Dance Santa

Fun Stuff

Last week, I saw a beautiful story of how a mother explained the concept of Santa Claus to her young son. It was about how the idea of  becoming a Santa, rather than not believing in him. It’s about learning…

2597 1

Plain-Language Dancing

Leading, Social Dancing

When I’m not dancing, I currently work on making plain-language legal resources. This means that I write things that are supposed to be easy to understand for people without advanced English language skills. Today, I had a thought: what if we apply…