Practical guidance and inspiring stories about the world of ballroom dance – from the student perspective
Hi! I’m Katie and I’m also known as the Girl with the Tree Tattoo.
Since starting the Girl with the Tree Tattoo blog in 2015, I have welcomed thousands of visitors who value my openness and willingness to share the good, the bad, and the awkward of my journey while shedding light on the rarely addressed mental and emotional aspects of being an adult pro-am ballroom dancer.
I am passionate and committed to helping my fellow dancers boost their confidence while discovering the dancer within by providing inspiration from my own journey with a healthy dose of practicality.
I have been studying ballroom dance since 2012 and have successfully competed as an amateur ballroom dancer since 2014, most recently winning a World Champion title in American Smooth at the 2018 Embassy Ballroom Championships.
I don’t pretend like I have all of the answers, and I could never replace your dance teacher or coach. That being said…
- If you’re feeling stuck, frustrated or doubtful about your progress as a dancer,
- If you LOVE ballroom, but secretly wonder if you really belong,
- If you want straight-up honest stories from someone who always keeps it real and KNOWS what you’re going through because she’s in it with you,
Then I am your Girl.
When they connect with that dancer inside them, the people I work with feel more confident, joyful and free on the dance floor. Ballroom dancing is about connection. Connection with the music, ourselves, our partners, and those watching. When that connection is authentic and honest, that is when the magic happens.
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