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So much to look forward to. No more looking back. I'm going to create the life I want in the body I want and I'm not stopping till I get there this time. I deserve this and it's been too long in coming. I'm going to find lot's of reasons to smile and laugh and enjoy my life with the people I love doing the things I want to do. Change has not always been easy but in the end it's been good and has made me stronger. I'm going to look at "change" as an adventure and enjoy the journey.
So much to look forward to. No more looking back. I'm going to create the life I want in the body I want and I'm not stopping till I get there this time. I deserve this and it's been too long in coming. I'm going to find lot's of reasons to smile and laugh and enjoy my life with the people I love doing the things I want to do. Change has not always been easy but in the end it's been good and has made me stronger. I'm going to look at "change" as an adventure and enjoy the journey.




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ALSGIRL4
2/18/2016 11:55:06 AM

Thanks for the words of encouragement. I appreciate it. It helps more than you know. emoticon emoticon Cathy



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4/28/2014 7:52:58 PM

Thank you for the goodie .. seeking the strength to stay present and strong... my SP friends help emoticon



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MISSUSRIVERRAT
4/14/2014 7:30:27 AM

Just curious if you have tried Zumba. ??



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MISSUSRIVERRAT
4/6/2014 8:57:13 AM

Thanks for the dancin' shoes!



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MISSUSRIVERRAT
4/5/2014 1:12:51 PM

Great to hear from you in the comment on my blog!
Yes, please let me hear about any dance events that you go to!
I need help from you on a couple things. Here are my questions:
1) When you go to a dance workshop, do you practice some of the dances ahead of time or are you learning them for the very first time when you get to the workshop?
The reason I ask this is because, when I went to Windy City Line Dance Mania,
it seemed to me that the people learned the dances VERY quickly. Now, it is possible that they are just extremely quick learners. Then I thought later that maybe they had already been taught some of them. I overheard a comment by one dancer that "their teacher had prepared them well." This made me think that they possibly were already familiar with the dances.
2) How would you suggest that I make the leap to the harder dances? As a teacher, I can only work on and prepare dances that are at the level of my students. They prefer easier dances and want to REPEAT them.
Actually, this works against me because I get used to practicing, looking for, and dancing easier dances. When I teach the dance, I leave out any of the personal
interpretations, giving them the "vanilla" version. Then, after they are used to it, I do dance just the way I want to. I figure, I'm not getting paid and I deserve some fun too. Now that I am taking private lessons (for technique, staging, interpretation) , I am working on harder dances. I look at step sheet and also at least two youtube versions. I prefer to watch the choreographer for at least one of them, if at all possible. Then I practice them over and over working on the more difficult area of the dance. Usually it is multiple direction changes or steps sequences that begin on the half-beat that throw me off. There are really no classes around here where there are teachers that teach the advanced versions of line dances. Plus, I gotta admit, I am rather critical of other line dance teachers. Do you have any thoughts or tips about how I can advance to wrapping my brain around more difficult dances?






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