So I’m going to do something a little different. This past weekend I went to one of the top recommended swing dance events in the United States: Stompology in Rochester, NY. It was such an inspiring weekend and I took a LOT of notes. So I thought that the best way to talk about the weekend… Continue reading Notes from Stompology
A lot of people just put stickers on these pages. I personally enjoyed the ones that got creative with other materials like gum. I eventually came up with using Winnie the Pooh’s favorite food: Honey! I just needed to take a picture before I attempted to close the book. (I’m letting it dry for as… Continue reading Oh Honey, Honey!
I cannot count the number of times I’ve picked up a Wreck This Journal, carried around, then ultimately placed it back before final check out with my books in any bookstore I’ve walked into. (And trust me, I walk into a lot of bookstores, so this is at least… ten times.) Well, it’s finally happened.… Continue reading My Struggle with Perfection
I can officially announce this! I waited until everything was more or less confirmed (roommates, movers, car, et al) before putting it out there. But it’s official! At the end of June (after A Midsummer Night’s Swing), I will be leaving the Big Apple for Pigtown. When I moved to New York City, I did… Continue reading I’m Moving to Baltimore!
Even before I began to connect letters with sounds, I have always been an avid reader. (There’s a home video of me patiently going through all of my picture books in a closet, then neatly stacking them next to me before moving on to the next.) Ever since then, my bookshelves have expanded and overflown… Continue reading Books I Wish I Read In High School
Ever since I became aware of swing dance exchanges and workshops, I immediately compiled a list of events over the next year, asking any dancer I came across for recommendations. And although that list has changed drastically since I started (what with long standing events retiring and new ones popping up left and right), the… Continue reading What Makes A Good Swing Dance Event?
The title of this blog post was inspired by the NPR Moth performance of Jessi Klein under the same name. A (Not So) Short Preface It’s hard to come back to something that has been collecting dust. At first, you’re putting it off because it’s not pressing, it doesn’t have to happen right NOW, and… Continue reading Tired, From New York
Even before my mom passed away, I’ve always felt a little sad around the holidays. In the lulls between the music, the atmosphere, then general jolliness of friends and family coming together, there was always a twinge of what I now know to call nostalgia for another year about to end. Because for better or… Continue reading 2013 – A Year in Review (according to Facebook)
My goal for this blog was to post once a week on Thursdays. I missed this Thursday, and thought about skipping the week all together, but today is actually my 23rd birthday and I figured I should post something. I have a few ideas rolling around my head for future posts, but none of them… Continue reading 23 (+2)
And I mean besides all the reasons that everyone else says: it’s fun, it’s exercise, it’s social. Of course I do it for all those things. I also enjoy the people that seem to be attracted to this dance: outgoing, funny, nerdy people that are on the whole friendly and welcoming to anyone who has… Continue reading Why I Swing Dance