Countdown to Desert Classic: Less Than 36 Hours – Wait, What!?

Just a quick update from me, as I need to get to bed. I compete at Desert Classic on Thursday, but I have to work tomorrow and that means a 5am wake-up call! I still wanted to drop in and say hello.

The big question I assume you have is “am I ready?”

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Countdown to Beach Bash: 12 Days – Girly Beast Mode

The countdown to Beach Bash continues! I joked with Teacher at my lesson on Friday that I must not be pushing myself hard enough because I haven’t had an anxiety attack yet. I did have a panic attack in a dream, but I don’t think that counts.

The lesson itself was challenging but in a good way. Teacher wanted to work on arm styling for the shadow portion of our foxtrot routine. Ugh! Nothing like focusing on one of my least favorite aspects in my least favorite, i.e., most challenging, smooth dance. Luckily, I was in beast mode.

I had a few (ok, more than a few) moments during my lesson when I wavered and felt the urge to throw my hands up and shout “I can’t do it!” I kept going though. Teacher and I would dance, and I would say “Again!” and march back to where we started before he had a chance to speak. At one point, after I had some difficulty going through the routine to music, Teacher suggested we do it again without music, so we could take it slower. I refused; less than two weeks before the comp was no time to slow down or take it easy!

So how did I go from a Nervous Nelly to a Ballroom Beast?

The main thing I did was eliminate distracting stressors. Over the past week, I slowly realized I was putting time and effort into things that were only causing me stress. Or I was letting myself stress over things I couldn’t control. So I set some things aside, let other things go, and focused on what was important to me: preparing for my comeback!

I read an article about why successful people seem to be able to accomplish so much more than not-so-successful people. We all have the same 24 hours each day, and yet some people seem to be able to “do it all” while others…don’t.

For me, it boils down to priorities and time management. Parents, you know what I’m talking about. Juggling work, a home, and kids with after-school activities that are more likely than not scheduled at the most inconvenient times isn’t easy. Yet, you make it work.

I want to point out too that you don’t have to be financially successful in order to be able to do more. The article referenced Beyoncé and someone commented “yeah, I could do more if I had a personal cook and a maid too.”

I work two jobs, blog, dance, take care of two fur babies, and at some point soon, I will finally decide which idea will become the next Dance Diaries book and write it. I’m definitely not wealthy like Ms. Bey, and being single, I also do all of this on my own while keeping my home more or less clean, my bills paid and my car running. So am I a successful person?

There is still too much struggle for me to feel wholly successful yet, but focusing my energy on what’s important to me and managing my time accordingly will help me get there. Recognizing those time sucks and brick walls I keep banging my head against help me too. That’s what I did this past week, and it worked. The dances are coming together. I still think I have a lot of work to do, but I’m feeling focused. Beast mode, grrr!

On the non-dance side of preparing for my comp, I’m feeling like Pinocchio’s long-lost sister who’s starting to become a “real girl!” In my efforts to come up with a hairstyle I could do myself for Beach Bash, I bought my very first curling iron. Yes, I’m in my 30s and have never owned, or used, this styling tool. I have also purchased eyelash glue, bronzer and something called a kabuki brush. I have more beauty products and styling tools in my bathroom right now than I’ve ever had in my entire life. It’s weird. I had an appointment with my hairdresser today to get a trim, but mainly to get educated on how to properly use a hair dryer so my hair doesn’t frizz out before I try to curl it into a wavy wonder. The good news is I have a doable idea for my hair! I need to practice it a couple more times, but I think I can pull it off. No wait, beast mode…I know I can pull it off!

Star Dance Tour – Ohio Star Ball!

Update: Teacher and partner made it into the semifinal round of the Open Pro Smooth event. They WON the audience wildcard vote, so they were still able to perform their show dance! Unfortunately, they just missed winning the final audience vote. Let’s rally and kick it up a notch for the grand finale of the Star Dance Tour at City Lights Open in January 2017!

Hello my lovely readers!

Before I start seriously packing for my cross-country road trip, I wanted to let you know that Teacher and his pro partner will be competing at Ohio Star Ball this Saturday, November 19, and we can watch it livestreamed!

For those who aren’t aware, Ohio Star Ball is a HUGE ballroom competition. For pro-am students, it hosts the final event for the Best of the Best Dancesport Challenge. For Teacher, it is the latest stop on the Star Dance Tour.

I’ll be on the road on Saturday, but should make it to my first hotel in time to watch Teacher dance. If not, you can bet I’ll be sitting at a rest stop livestreaming on my phone! As usual, you can watch the livestream here. Teacher has told me their first round is around 8:30pm EST, but if you want to catch other events happening on the same night, the session starts at 7pm EST according to Ohio Star Ball’s website. If I learn of any schedule changes, I will update this post.

Don’t forget to stick around to vote!  You’ll be able to vote on the livestream website (just refresh the page if the poll doesn’t appear when the MC at the competition announces that it’s time). As usual, there will be a “wildcard” vote and then a final vote. The wildcard vote is for dancing couples in the semifinal round who do not make it to the final round. Whoever gets the most wildcard votes will still get to perform their show dance.

Once the show dances are over, there will be another chance to vote. Just like on Dancing with the Stars, winning the audience vote helps the couples advance in the tour. Teacher and his partner have won the popular vote at EVERY competition they’ve danced at for the Star Dance Tour. That should tell you something about their show dancing abilities (and how awesome their fans are). I happen to know, and I’ll share with you, that they are planning on performing a new show dance at Ohio. So if you’re thinking you’ve already seen their dance and don’t need to watch it again, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

Please join me to watch the livestream on Saturday night. Watch for Kris Suakjian and Briana Haft on the polls when they open, and vote, vote, vote! Also, as usual, I’ll be hanging out on Facebook, so please stop by and say hi!

Ok, time to pack! Happy dancing everyone!

Star Dance Tour – Autumn Dance Classic: Time to Vote Again!

Update: Due to unfortunate circumstances, Teacher and his pro partner won’t be dancing at the Autumn Dance Classic. 😦  

You can still watch the livestream of course and see some great dancing. We’ll get ’em next time!  

Hi everyone!

It’s that time again! Teacher and his pro partner are competing in another leg of the Star Dance Tour tomorrow, Friday, October 14. We once again get the privilege of getting to watch some amazing ballroom dancing FOR FREE while helping out a great couple at the same time.

They are competing at the Autumn Dance Classic in San Francisco. As usual, the Star Dance Tour’s website will be live streaming the competition.

autumndanceclassic

Here is the web page: http://sdt.dancebeat.com/index.php/m-streaming.

The final round of the Pro Open Smooth event starts about 10:20 pm PST. The show dances will happen right after the final round. After all of the show dances are done, the polls open for only 5 minutes (around 10:50 pm)!

I know it’s a little late (way past my bedtime!), but the show dances have been really incredible. They are worth staying up for! Watching on your computer or tablet or phone, all you have to do is refresh the page when the MC announces that it’s time to vote. A list of the couples’ names will appear below the streaming video and all you have to do is click their names: Kris Suakjian and Briana Haft.

You can also look for their number: 114. If you have multiple devices, vote on all of them!

Note that there may also be a “wildcard” vote after the semifinal round of Pro Open Smooth. This is to give a couple who didn’t make the final still have the chance to perform their show dance. You can vote for someone here too, but be sure you hang around until after the show dances to vote for Kris and Briana!

Another way you can vote is via text! Text “dancebeat” to 22333. You’ll get a response back acknowledging that you’ve joined the session. Then when it’s time to vote, just text “114” to the same number. You will get a response back, something like “You chose 114 Kris and Briana.” And that’s it!

As people vote, you’ll be able to refresh the live streaming page for updates on who’s winning the audience poll.  So far, Kris and Briana have either tied or won the audience vote at every competition on this tour!

Let’s keep this streak going!

I’ll be on Facebook and Twitter posting updates and when it’s time to vote, so please say hi if you’re online!

Please watch tomorrow, Friday, October 14, and VOTE for Kris Suakjian and Briana Haft!

Many thanks, and happy dancing!

Star Dance Tour – NV Ball: Vote for Kris & Briana!

Sunday update: The poll listed their number wrong (they were told 130, then wore 150 but the poll still listed 130). But it didn’t matter!  Kris and Briana still won the audience vote and placed 3rd overall in the show dance! Thanks to everyone who voted! Let’s keep this streak going!

Happy Friday!!

As promised yesterday, here is more information on how you can help Teacher and his pro partner and get to watch some amazing ballroom dancing at the same time.

They are competing at the NV Ball tomorrow, August 20. The Star Dance Tour’s website will be live streaming the competition and you can watch FOR FREE!

SDT NV Ball

Here is the web page: http://sdt.dancebeat.com/index.php/m-streaming.

Their specific pro open smooth event starts just before 9 pm PST. The show dances will happen right after the final round. After all of the show dances are done, the polls open for only 5 minutes!

Watching on your computer or tablet or phone, all you have to do is refresh the page when the MC announces that it’s time to vote. A list of the couples’ names will appear below the streaming video and all you have to do is click their names: Kris Suakjian and Briana Haft.

You can also look for their number: 130 150 (sorry for the typo!). If you have multiple devices, vote on all of them!

Note that there may also be a “wildcard” vote after the semifinal round of Pro Open Smooth. This is to give a couple who didn’t make the final still have the chance to perform their show dance. You can vote for someone here too, but be sure you hang around until after the show dances to vote for Kris and Briana!

Another way you can vote is via text! Text “dancebeat” to 22333. You’ll get a response back acknowledging that you’ve joined the session. Then when it’s time to vote, just text “130” to the same number. You will get a response back, something like “You chose 130 Kris and Briana.” And that’s it!

As people vote, you’ll be able to refresh the live streaming page for updates on who’s winning the audience poll.  So far, Kris and Briana have either tied or won the audience vote at every competition on this tour!  Let’s keep this streak going!

I’ll be on Facebook and Twitter posting updates and when it’s time to vote, so stop by and say hi if you’re on!

Please watch tomorrow, Saturday, August 20, and VOTE for Kris Suakjian and Briana Haft!

Many thanks, and happy dancing!

Now We’re Talking!

As promised, I’m hopping back onto the blog to share how my dance lesson went. But first, I would just like to announce that I completed Day 4 of the Blogilates beginner’s calendar! I did it after I came home from my lesson too. I was hungry and craving a glass of red wine. Dogs needed to be taken care of first, of course. But then instead of parking my butt on the couch with a nice merlot, I did the scheduled cardio warmup and an inner thighs workout! And yes, if you’re checking out the calendar and saying “ok, but what about the 10 burpees you were supposed to do when you woke up this morning?”  I did those today too! Gold star for me!

Now for my dance lesson.

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