Monthly Archives: August 2010

Rabbits and Toasters?

Yes, Rabbits and Toasters. No, not more pancake bunnies.

It’s an awesome new syndicate for all lindy blogs! So cool! I was recently contacted that they wanted to feature my blog, and when I found out about this, I was so excited that something like this really existed! It’s everything from my Google Reader all in one place, but only the best of the best! Perfect.

All my friends are on it too: Art and Dancing, Wandering & Pondering, Atomic Ballroom, Swungover, Mikey Pedroza, and many more!

Seriously, if your a devout Lindy Logger Lurker you will be addicted to Rabbits and Toasters. That’s a guarantee.

 

Swing event articles and info

 

Just don’t ask me why it’s called Rabbits and Toasters. I have no clue.

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Connecting The Dots

Something my friend, Conrad, showed me recently and it’s been resonating with me ever since. Not exactly dance related but has been extremely inspiring in my dancing life.

Such a great speech for everyone to hear. But I think also incredible moving to many in my position. Recently I have been admitting more and more how much I love Lindy Hop and realizing that I really just cannot, literally CAN NOT, even in any alternative universe, imagine doing anything else with my life except for dancing. I know how silly I sound saying this. I have gotten the “Oh you’re just 19, you know nothing of real life” and the “You don’t know how hard it is to make it”. To me it’s not even a possibility that I can’t do this. I know I can, not even that, I know I must.

Maybe it’s the way I was raised, but I have always believed that if you work hard enough you will get what you want. The only problem is deciding what you want. This is always the hardest part. It has always bothered me when people I talk to at my college choose a career based on how much money they are going to make. It’s not about poor and happy vs. rich and miserable or if money can buy happiness. You are going to have to work impossibly hard either way. Why work hard at something you hate when you can work hard at something you love?

If you are lucky to find something you love early in life, why let other people tell you that it’s not going to happen? You know your own feeling, you know how hard you are willing to work for it, why let other people’s ideas get in the way of your true love? If you knew 100% that you wanted to spend the rest of your life with someone, would you let others influence your certainty? Would you be ashamed to admit that your love?

If you live most days like your last day, not with selfishness and no thought for the future, but with conviction in yourself. The point is not to live without having any regrets, but to be so assured in the choices that you make each day that you know you it could not have happened any other way. Therefore, no regrets.

You have to know yourself enough to be able to find what it is you want, you have to believe in yourself enough to be able to be happy with your decisions, and you have to be able to work hard enough to reach your goals.

So, here is your homework:

  1. Find what it is you love most.
  2. Proudly admit this to friends and family.
  3. Work really really really hard.
  4. Enjoy every second of it.
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Today Is The Day…

I am getting my shit together. It took me all summer long but it is happening.

As some may know, A month before Camp Hollywood 2010 (the only camp I’ve attended more than once), things kind of fell into place in my dancing life. I came about the most wonderful partner anyone has ever had, James Bianco. Yes, his last name literally means white, but don’t let that fool you. He is the loveliest dancer, most incredible teacher, and a great friend. I am so overjoyed to be working with him and I hope that one day he might fully understand how glad I am that he is part of my life. I don’t know what I did to deserve such a blessing, but I’m running with it. Prepare for great things ahead!

Check out James in the Pro Jack and Jill Finals at Camp Hollywood, he’s the second leader out!

Also, as some others may know, I won the Amateur Jack and Jill at Camp Hollywood this year. It came at quite a surprise since I’ve never even made it into the finals before. When they called my name I cried like child, it was like all the frustrations I had in my life were lifted by that one moment.

If you can spot me, you can see me in this video:

I am so thankful to all the people that helped me get here, so thankful I do not have the right words to thank everyone enough. Yet I will try: every person that I’ve ever danced with or talked with about dancing, and even every person who has at least read one word of this silly blog, I am grateful to you. Without you I would never have continued this extremely odd obsession with a 90 year old dance and would have been just another stupid 19-year-old getting drunk and pregnant at college frat parties. This vibrant and sometimes crazy community holds an incredibly special place in my heart which could not have been filled by anything else. Thank you for everything you’ve given me, and prepare to have it doubled and tripled and given right back!

For the future: I have some plans to travel. But only a bit. First thing coming up is Lindy and Party Weekend. I better see you there! Keep reading my blog, and more will be revealed…

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