About the Girl

Hi! I am the Girl with the Tree Tattoo and a pro-am competitive ballroom dancer.

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In 2011, I had my first taste of ballroom dancing. My life changed forever. The fun, the challenges, the triumphs, the tears (of sadness and of joy), the self-discovery – I love everything that ballroom has to offer.  I have learned more about myself than I thought possible by simply learning to dance, as well as, been forced to face some very deep-set fears.

I share my passion and my journey in hopes of inspiring you to push past your own fears to pursue your passion, whether you also find it in ballroom dancing or something entirely different.

Things you should know about me:

1) I have not been dancing my entire life. I took ballet, jazz and tap for a couple years when I was young, like 6 to 7 years old. But that’s it. Dancing for me after that was in the form of busting a move with friends or improvising at a club.  Nothing structured.  I didn’t get introduced to ballroom until I was 28.  And I didn’t start consistently taking private lessons until I was 29.  So I can’t do a split, spray tanning freaks me out, and in my head, my life has been split into “regular life” and “ballroom.”

2) I work full-time as a technical editor, which means I sit in front of a computer for at least 40 hours a week. My “regular life.”  The opposite of ballroom dancing.

3) I am “ballroom poor.”  Which means I would be living relatively comfortably if I didn’t spend every last dime on private lessons and competitions.  It also means that I must keep my full-time job in order to continue to afford (more or less) my ballroom passion.  Personal time management is critical.

4) I have competed in American Smooth at the Bronze and Silver levels. I hope to compete in Rhythm some day, although the extra financial burden isn’t bearable yet.

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15 thoughts on “About the Girl

      • thatssojacob says:

        No problem. Fellow ballroom dancer here; competed for the first time last November and even got a ribbon in Newcomer Samba. I signed up for a competition at the end of the month in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, but alas, I cannot find a follow (bronze/newcomer int’l Latin, newcomer int’l Standard) and I don’t really want to go TBA because it’s a 3-hour drive, and I don’t want to get there and find out I can’t compete 😦

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        • theuphillfactor says:

          Oh cool! Yeah, I understand the hesitation. That’s a lot of time and money to spend if you dont have a guarantee you’ll have a partner to dance with. I didn’t realize there were ballroom comps where you could show up without a partner! I’m going to guess it’s through one of the franchises? Well if you decide to go, I hope you get to dance!! If not, there are always others!

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          • thatssojacob says:

            Most of the collegiate comps here in the Midwest including ours have TBA options, you don’t know who you’ll be dancing with until you show up. The Iowa Dancesport Classic is the only one nearby that fits into my schedule this semester. I called over last week and spoke to the head of Iowa’s team, and she said she’d get back to me by the end of the week with any info, but if I don’t hear back from her by Thursday, I’m going to call Friday and ask for a refund. Sad, but 6 hours round trip is a little too much if there are no guarantees. Maybe if it was one of the closer comps, like in Illinois or Indiana, I could deal, but I don’t want to spend a whole weekend in Iowa just watching people dance! If only you were around…

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  1. Megan says:

    I absolutely love reading about your adventures in the ballroom world! As someone just starting out in her professional journey, you are someone that I really look up to. Thank you for sharing everything that you do! I look forward to continually following your journey.

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