Like many from the swing dance community, I knew Jerry Almonte via his stunning photography and thoughtful blog/public Facebook page before I met him in real life. My roommate, Holly, was already good friends with him and he had a standing invitation to stay at our place whenever he wished to visit Baltimore/Mobtown. Getting to… Continue reading Photo Shoots with Jerry Almonte
(Even if it’s for a short amount of time.) And I’m going to emphasize I when I say live I do not mean visit. Visiting is not the same because you are on vacation, you are exempt from every day responsibilities and going out to eat every night is not how most people live on a budget.… Continue reading Why Everyone Should Live In New York City
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)
I was fully prepared not to write about my last week until at least this Saturday, if not Sunday, due my tendency to throw myself into whatever I’m doing, especially if it’s the last stretch. However, I now find myself not only with the vicious Herräng flu, but also pink eye. Pink eye! A whole… Continue reading What do you do when you’re sick at Herräng?
One year ago, my friend Katrina invited me to attend the Amsterdam Lindy Exchange and it was hands down my favorite event of 2012. So, when I learned I was returning to Europe, I knew I had to go back. Reunited with Katrina, Maartje and David (yeah, he finally showed up again), we started off our… Continue reading Through the Canals of Amsterdam