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?