Vancouver Challenge Cup 2015

20 Jan

The VCC is quickly becoming one of our favourite competitions of the year, and not just for the fabulous custom cocktails! The venue is lovely and the atmosphere is friendly and inviting. The team events, Jack and Jill competitions and other entertainments are really enjoyable and add a sense of community and interactivity.  Good fun:-)

We haven’t purchased any photos yet, but among the talented photographers present, we have found a few that might find their way onto our computers eventually:

Happy dancing

Ouch – he is on my foot!  Actually also happy:-)

Ouch – now she is on MY foot!  

Tango face.  Dance tango like you mean it.

Still happy in spite of a headless partner.

Coach Faye says these steps are too “small and comfortable”.

Might have to buy this one to see it without the watermark. In spite of appearances, that is actually a ton of makeup!

Fancy shot

Two words – SHOW STEALER

All Girls Are Welcome Here

11 Jan


This is a wonderful story about being a girl. And about being a girly-girl. Or not. As someone who started liking twirly skirts and sparkly things from Day One and still seem to be a little obsessed in my late (really, really late!) 50’s (see how many of my posts are tagged “rhinestones” alone) Nancy Roman’s story spoke to my heart. Thanks Nancy!

Originally posted on notquiteold:

Did you know that Amelia Earhart designed her own clothes? I can’t tell you how much I am cheered by this fact.

Recently I had a conversation with an eight-year-old. This girl is nothing like me. I was a girly-girl from the get-go. I loved baby dolls and crinolines and patent leather shoes, and dresses of dotted swiss with velvet ribbons. But this little girl likes none of those things. Instead of dolls, she likes Spiderman; instead of bows, she likes bows and arrows. She cut all her hair off when she was four, and her mother has been persuaded to keep it that way. She is often mistaken for a boy. And she likes it. And I like her.

During our conversation, we talked a bit about movies. I don’t know much about children’s movies. Although I saw “Kung Fu Panda” with this same little girl. I liked it…

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2014 in review

30 Dec

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Holiday Classic 2014

21 Dec

Here we are about to dance Championship for the first time!

red carpet Holiday Classic 2014

The photos are a bit blurry – waiting for the professional ones coming soon, I hope.  How cool to be introduced by John DePalma, walking down an actual red carpet in Las Vegas.

Not only did we not fall down (always objective #1 LOL!) but we danced really well, felt fantastic in spite of it being somewhere after 11 pm, and we came third!  Admittedly it was a small field, but we will take it as a victory anyway.

holiday classic awards 2014

The next day activity – zip line over Freemont Street.

vegas 2014 zip line

How About a Few Action Shots?

2 Dec

We had a club demo this past weekend and got some nice photos taken by friends.

Looking happy:

B&G VBDS Demo-7

The problem with a height difference:

B&G VBDS Demo-1

Swirly skirts and tango face:

B&G VBDS Demo-3

Check out Pacifica Ball on Facebook for a video of our waltz.

About time to post some nice results

1 Dec

We had a fantastic time at the Snowball Classic and had some great results.  Unfortunately, we don’t seem to have any good photos, so we will go with some taken at a demo this past weekend.

First, the results:

Senior III Gold – 3rd out of a quarter final with 15 couples.

Senior II Gold – 5th out of a quarter with 17 couples.

Senior I Gold – 5th out of a quarter with 19 couples.

These are our best Snowball placings ever and in the past we have not even made all the finals, so we are tickled pink.  So happy we are moving right out of Gold into pre-Champ.  Crazy or what?  Lots of reasons, good and not so good for doing this, and it should be interesting.

Photos from our club demo:

IMG_0322 IMG_0326 IMG_0324

The Choice

18 Nov


Here is a wonderful post by fellow ballroom blogger ballroom chick. It says a lot about how age-group, syllabus and pro-am dancers could approach competitions with a lot less stress and a great deal more fun! And I am always in favour of more fun.

Originally posted on ballroomchick:

Tango-fierce Tango-fierce

Well, it all went down this weekend. I came. I saw. I danced. And I have to say that it was one of the most fun dancing experiences I’ve ever had. I’m pretty sure I can boil this down to one particular thing: my attitude going in. See, what often happens to me at these studio events and competitions is that I go in very intense. I want to do my best. I want to show the audience how much passion I have. I want to impress someone. I want my teachers to not be too disappointed in me. And so I start the whole day very serious — criticizing myself when I mess up — convincing myself I’m just super focused. Over-analyzing critique from my teacher. Comparing myself to other dancers. And what happens is a roller coaster of positive and negative. I have fun sometimes on the…

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