2016 RhythmJuice Content Sneak Peak

We have been planning a slew of new RJ content for the last year. We are finally ready to start filming and extremely excited to get our freshest ideas out there. 

Intro to Lindy Hop

Learn the basic building block required to get started with our Lindy Hop Fundamentals Courses.

Lindy Hop Fundamentals Vol 1

Learn the first essential set of variations and the core techniques that will set your lindy apart from average swing dancing. We will be working with tension based variations, momentum, stretch and getting a nice open position for the followers swivels and leader rock steps.

Lindy Hop Fundamentals Vol 2

Building on Lindy Hop Adv Fundamentals 1, we will be adding compression based variations, improving connection, adding additional restful steps, and some solid footwork replacements.

Lindy Hop Social Variations Vol 1

Learn a total of four awesome social flows that phrase, where each flow contain at least 2 to 3 unique variations to help you build vocabulary and style.

Lindy Hop Social Variations Vol 2

Learn a total of four awesome social flows that phrase, where each flow contain at least 2 to 3 unique variations to help you build vocabulary and style.

Lindy Hop Social Variations Vol 3

Learn a total of four awesome social flows that phrase, where each flow contain at least 2 to 3 unique variations to help you build vocabulary and style.

Footwork 1: Single Substitution Fundamentals

Start your footwork journey by learning single substitution of the basic footwork rock step and triple step.  We are going to substitute the basic rock step with the delayed and rushed rock step.  We are also going to substitute the triple step, with the reverse triple step. The goal of this course is not only to teach you about footwork substitution but to also open your mind with regards to rhythm and how changing footwork often leads to changing and exploring different rhythms. You will learn to dance in harmony with your partner whether you were doing the same for work or different.

Footwork 2: Substitution Combo’s & Arrangements

You will learn to stack single footwork substitutions back to back leading to more dynamic footwork and styling. You will also learn that the 4 beat combinations are reversible which will further expand your footwork options.  By the end of this course, you will have at least 4 substitutions for the rock step, for substitutions for the triple step, and a large number of combinations that you will be able to improvise using this knowledge.

Footwork: Syncopating the Basics

We are going to be looking at the basic footwork and focusing on how to syncopate and accent sounds in the music my making little shifts to when our footwork happens. We will be dealing with syncopated rock steps, the reverse triple step, and the super syncopated triple steps. If you have been taking some of Dax and Sarah’s workshops recently you will recognize some of this material!

Lindy Hop Dynamics – Changing and Adjusting the Flow

In Lindy Hop Adv Fundamentals, you learn the basic using the flow concept. In this course we will teach you how to change the flow, and set up new flow from movements that don’t usually want to go that direction. This will give you more control over your dancing and allow for you to start making more choices instead of choices, without loosing flow.

Lindy Hop Dynamics – Repeating (Anything Once/Twice)

Break into the more serious side of improvisation and communication Dax and Sarah’s renowned concept “Anything you do once, you can do twice”. This course will dive deep into repeating, not just variations, but parts of variations and even individual steps. This is the single most important concept for building less predictable and interesting dancing.  

Lindy Hop Dynamics – Cutting down the Time

Add a totally new level of flow and dynamics to your dancing by learning to cut down the time. This means we will do things that usually take more time, in less time, and as a result it will give a more energetic and exciting flow to your dancing for a moment giving that famed rollercoaster effect made popular by the Ninjammerz.

Footwork: Weight Change Theory

You will learn the theory behind footwork, and what makes it work. Once you have a solid grasp of this, you can move on to the advanced footwork challenges without getting overwhelmed. After this point it’s just a manage of watching and copying. May this course serve as explanation for everything that you will see from here on out.

Advanced Workshops: Over Rotation

Learn to add over rotation to the basic that are designed to over-rotate. This is a exciting dynamic that will add a new layer to your dancing.

Advanced Workshops: Double Stretching

Learn to add the extra stretch that makes for a super swingin’ rhythm and blazing momentum that you find in the Ninjammerz style of dancing.

Charleston Variations Vol 1

Learn a total of four awesome social flows that phrase, where each flow contain at least 2 to 3 unique variations to help you build vocabulary and style.

Charleston Variations Vol 2

Learn a total of four awesome social flows that phrase, where each flow contain at least 2 to 3 unique variations to help you build vocabulary and style.

Charleston Variations Vol 3

Learn a total of four awesome social flows that phrase, where each flow contain at least 2 to 3 unique variations to help you build vocabulary and style.

Charleston Variations Vol 4

Learn a total of four awesome social flows that phrase, where each flow contain at least 2 to 3 unique variations to help you build vocabulary and style.

Charleston Variations Vol 5

Learn a total of four awesome social flows that phrase, where each flow contain at least 2 to 3 unique variations to help you build vocabulary and style.

Charleston Variations Vol 6

Learn a total of four awesome social flows that phrase, where each flow contain at least 2 to 3 unique variations to help you build vocabulary and style.

Authentic Jazz: Getting in the Groove

Learn to get into the groove of the music, mixing some basic jazz steps together seamlessly which tracking the swinging accent and rhythm of the music.

Anthology of Vernacular Jazz w/Juan & Dax: Vol 1-4

Learn a total of four awesome jazz phrases, where each flow contain at least 2 to 3 unique steps to help you build your solo jazz skills, rhythm and style. Dax and Juan got together and spent a week dancing, brainstorming and coming up with these amazing mini routines that will revolutionize the way you dance swing jazz!

 

 

Ctrl+Alt+Dance – Worldwide Movie Premiere

Ctrl+Alt+Dance is about Colin, an unemployed security software specialist, who through a case of mistaken identity is hired as a dance teacher at a local school. An adventure ensues as he tries to stay one step ahead of a vengeful hacker, a suspicious principal, and a gorgeous dance instructor. Action overcomes fear as he falls head over heels into the world of Lindy Hop.

On March 12, 2015,  Ctrl+Alt+Dance the movie premieres in over 50 cites around the world! This feature length romantic comedy staring Sarah and I as the main characters gives movie goers an inside glimpse at the modern Lindy Hop scene, while providing swing dancers with some great dance sequences to look forward to.

If you haven’t already purchase tickets, you might still be able to catch a premiere near you. Check their website for details! 

Honeymoon or Open a Studio?

Considering the exciting fact that we travel all year long, we decided that after getting married we would take an all out Homey-moon. That’s right, lets totally not get go anywhere, not get on any airplanes, not stay in any hotels, not babble in any foreign languages and just enjoy being home for more than a week. As to be expected, it was one of the most relaxing times of our lives… for a week at least. Then I got this brilliant idea to open a dance studio in Los Angeles.

Seriously, what kind of man thinks of business during such a time?

Before you judge, here this; being home, being newly wed, and being pregnant got me seriously thinking. What if we could be home more often? What better way to make that happen than opening a local small business? So I admit to Sarah that I have been sneaking around on our Homey-moon while she was at the spa. Honestly, I couldn’t go looking at venues while she and I were frolicking through the streets of downtown after a spectacular meal at Botega Louie so I snuck out and checked out a few places while she was preoccupied. Shockingly, she took the news quite well and we were off to check out a few places!

How exciting, the thought of having our own dance school! We were getting really pumped and after seeing a few places we stumbled upon the ideal venue. It was downtown, zoned for live-work, laid out well and we could build. In addition Sarah was totally on board so there was nothing stopping us at this point.

lindyloft before As you all know by now, we went for it and called it The Lindy Loft. Come check us out in Downtown Los Angeles if you are ever in town. We are teaching classes regularly and hosting some cool parties with great live music and social dancing. www.lindyloft.com

Dax & Sarah Present…Swing90x – A Kick-Awesome TRIAL Program for Swing Dancers

Sign up for the the Swing90x waiting list!

Dax & Sarah’s new program is a 3 month adventure combining RhythmJuice’s learning environment with coaching, feedback and guidance. We will also feature our new lesson series, the Total Swing Experience, which contains our most recent ideas, exercises  and technique for Swing Dancing.

The idea is simple. Each week  you are assigned core tasks that must be completed. In addition to core tasks you are encouraged to work on bonus tasks which explore different areas the dance and culture. Those who complete core tasks continue and those who fail get booted out. Our program is recommend for people who are serious about making a change in their dancing and are willing to do more then just talk about it. We will be straight forward, this is going to be hard work. Our program is not about homogenizing dancers. It is about helping you unlock the ability to make choices that more clearly represent what you want your dancing to be. Space is limited so if you are interested read on, otherwise keep swinging!

90 day transformation programs have been proven, in many fields of self improvement, to show dramatic results.  We will give you the feedback and information necessary to make a change. In addition, you will not be alone. Our program enforces team work, partnerships and international collaboration which are crucial elements that have contributed to the success of all great dancers.

Our Goals for You:

  • improve body movement, rhythm and physical ability
  • learn to communicate body movement clearly while partnering
  • improve mental understanding of dance technique
  • improve physical understanding of dance technique
  • increase creativity and idea flow
  • refine personal style
  • improve teamwork within partnerships
  • improve teamwork within local workgroups
  • increase knowledge of jazz dance history, swing music and culture
  • have a kick-awesome time and strive to be proud of our own accomplishments

Goals for Dax & Sarah:

  • develop and fine tune our program
  • get measurable real results and testimonials on the effectiveness of the program
  • experiment with the effectiveness of RhythmJuice’s learning tools
  • contribute to raising the level of social dancing
  • contribute to making swing dancers more respectable in the eyes of non swing dancers.

Reality Check #1 – Learn to Learn

Every top level dancer did something that the rest didn’t. The learned how to help themselves. Whether it was with their own ideas or the the knowledge they acquired from others, they took their dancing into their own hands and put in the hours needed to make the change. You can talk about your goals, but if you don’t practice, it will never physically manifest.

Reality Check #2 – Practice

Practice is the most powerful concept for personal development.  Practice helps you develop a habit, and because the best dancing is unlocked when you stop thinking and start feeling, you need to develop the habits that support the dancing you desire. However, many people don’t practice, they just go dancing. Practice is doing with intent to acquire proficiency in something. Moreover, practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect and blue practice makes blue. (No Manu, “blue” doesn’t mean shit.) This means you become better at the “thing” you practice and perfection doesn’t necessarily need to be ones goal. For example, the dancer who spends a lot of time talking about dancing, will probably get really good at talking about dancing.

Reality Check #3 – No Excuses

You can do seriously do this. Swing is one of the only dance styles where greatness has never been defined by a specific body type or personality. Self doubt and laziness are the only two excuses you have left. What to do, how to do it, and when to do it are decided by us. How to fix it and how to improve can be left to our weekly feedback. I have no money? The cost is only $0.88 cents a day for a 3 month RJ premium membership dude and if you are in the the Trial Program, the guidance part is free.

Reality Check #4 – Space is Limited

Space is limited and there are some requirements that you must meet.

 If you are still interested read on… 

Requirements for participation: 

Dance Partner : There will be a lot of partner work required so you must have a fully committed dance partner for the full 90days.

Creating a Local Work Group: We recommend creating a local work group of around 2-4 couples. Working in small teams is great for inspiration and motivation. It will also allow for you to take part in the bonus tasks that require a team.

High Speed Internet: You need a fast connection that can handle video upload and streaming.

RhythmJuice Premium Subscription: We will be using RhythmJuice lessons as the primary foundation for the content and feedback system. We recommend the 3 month subscription which offers a discount over the monthly subscription.

Video Camera: You will be required to film your dancing on a weekly basis to complete tasks. We recommend an HD smartphone or something convenient that can upload to youtube with the touch of one button. Otherwise anything that takes video and allows you to upload it to youtube will work.

Practice Space: You will need a good space to practice. Something with enough room and wood floor. It should also be a place that you feel comfortable and can work without distractions.

Shoes: 

Men, we will be doing a lot of work in hard leather shoes. You will need a pair of heeled leather sole shoes. We recommend Stacy Adams Madison or Remix’s New Men’s Captoe (http://www.stacyadams.com/shop/styles/mensShoes/classic/page0.html) as a model. Anything dress shoe can work, just get the rubber heel replaced at your local cobbler. Ask for a full leather heel for dancing. Try some second hand stores where you can usually find shoes for under $20.

Ladies, we will be doing some work in both flats and heels. Unless there is a genuine health issue you may have with wearing heels get a pair. We recommend a shoe like Remix’s Deco (http://remixvintageshoes.com/deco.html). Don’t feel pressured to spend a lot of money on your shoes. There are an example. Anything with a leather sole and a small rubber heel. Try some second hand stores where you can usually find shoes for under $20.

  If you meet these requirements read on!  

 

Application Process

  1. Film a short video and tell us 1) why you would like to do the Swing90x challenge and 2) a little about you goals, 3) your experience with swing and 4) if you have any experience taking our classes or if this will be your first time. Then film about 1-2 minutes of your social dancing to your favorite song. (This must be a new clip, in your practice space. Not some old clip that someone took that one day and uploaded.) Try to make your video less then 2 minutes. We will be doing a lot of filming in this program and if you can’t produce a video with your partner, in your practice space or are uncomfortable doing this, then this program will probably not work for you.
  2. Upload your video to youtube (set as unlisted if you wish), and submit this link in your application. If you don’t have a youtube account, then sign up. http://www.youtube.com. We will be using youtube to share videos.
  3. Fill out the application. We will consider people in the order they apply and the Application process will be opened starting Saturday, March 10 12:00pm PST. You can however view the form to see the information we are seeking before then just don’t apply until the date or it will be disregarded.  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEltSVpGN2JJVjIxejZhLVFSQ2N1bHc6MQ
  4. Sign Up for a RhythmJuice Free account. Go to http://www.rhythmjuice.com and click the Join Now Button. Get Familiar with the site. We will be using a group to manage this.

FAQ

What type of things are we going to be learning? The core content will be lesson’s from our new series titled the Total Swing Experience. All these lessons will have a lesson challenge where you will be required to film yourself doing the lesson material and submit the video for basic feedback and RJ Points. We will also include exercises, solo jazz routines, bonus material and other lessons to mix it up. We are planning things to boost creativity and create a more personal style. We will ask you to complete tasks that won’t necessarily have a lesson on RJ. Stuff like break down an old video clip and try the movements. Choreograph a small section of music. We might add bonus fashion tasks where men learn how to tie a bow tie, dress better or get a gentleman’s haircut and women attempt a vintage hair-do and get fully dolled up. We are going to experiment with things that cover the full spectrum of the dance and culture. We might include written tests, name that song and musician, name that old clip, who’s this dancer etc. It is going to be fully very diverse but heavily focused on the dancing.

What are the actual dates of the Trial Program?  We are going to try to start about 2 weeks after the application opens depending on sign ups and processing applications.

Is this program an actual live dance class somewhere or all online?  This program will be completely online so you can do it from anywhere. You just need a decent internet connection. However, we are going to consider creating a series of special workshops for people who make it though the program.

What happens if I don’t make it into the program for the trial round? Once we finish the trial, we will price it and offer it with limited places based on our time availability. Eventually we even have other teachers come from the program and be able to supervise their own so that more people will be able to take advantage of it over time.

How many hours per week are you looking for from the dancers? We are going to set it up so you can do a minium of about 4 hours of physical practice, but if you want better results you can do up to something like 7-8 hours or more. Depending on your learning speed though, this may change.

How many RJ memberships are needed for the workgroup or partnership?  Each individual person needs their own RJ membership. They will be getting their feedback through this and get points for their lesson challenges that go towards their lesson status.

What about conflicts? Will there be flexibility to work around schedules and time to make up work?  We can work around schedule conflicts. We can not work around laziness and excuses. We will ask that people let us know ahead that they have a conflict.

What level is this targeted towards? We are targeting this towards enthusiasts with some dance experience. We think that a work group should have mixed levels to make for the best representation of the social dance floor. Having the mixed group will give you opportunities to learn more and see how effective your lead/follow is while working with less experienced dancers. We want to see what the program can do for beginners as much as advanced dancers and there will be options to be challenged on all levels. With our material, we don’t have beginner variations and advanced variations as much as we have beginner ways to do a things and advanced ways to do things.

Should my partner and I be at a similar level?  We recommend the levels be consistent within the partnerships, but not necessarily the work group. We don’t want teacher-student relationship within partnerships. We want equality and respect.

Can we share a lead or follow and work in a partnership of 3?  Sharing partners… This is possible as well if absolutely necessary. Maximum 3 people. I will update the application to allow for this. When submitting your challenge videos, you can all 3 people. We will explain how to do this in the tutorial videos for the program.

What if I can’t wear leather for personal Reasons?  You will need shoes that slide. We can work around vegetarian issues, but not whining such as, “I am not comfortable dancing in slick shoes and I want to use my sneakers”.

Final Notes

Sarah and I are extremely excited about working with people who are eager to improve and do the type of work that most dancers are just to lazy to do. If you feel like you are ready for this type of program, we look forward to working with you to make a real difference.

If you have any questions post them below!

 

 

September Events in Los Angeles

September 2 – 5, 2011
Queen Mary Art Deco Festival

RMS Queen Mary
1126 Queen’s Highway
Long Beach 90802

There’s still time to join the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles for the 7th annual Queen Mary Art Deco Festival aboard the beautiful Art Deco Queen Mary in Long Beach. It’s the best value vacation you can take this year! “Cruise” aboard the last of the great Maritime Monarchs at Recession–busting prices! There’s a package for everyone–the weekend is filled with tours, lectures, the Art Deco Bazaar, a grand Art Deco Ball, tea dance, Cocktails in Historic Places®, and so much more. The proceeds from the Art Deco Ball and restoration of the original art aboard the 1936 ocean liner. Go to www.queenmary.com or our Queen Mary Art Deco Festival page for all the latest information.
QM Hotel rooms for Saturday Night, September 3, are SOLD OUT!
Remember, you can still purchase a la carte tickets for the Friday night Pajama Party, Saturday night Art Deco Grand Ball and Sunday afternoon Tea Dance, you can attend lectures on Saturday and/or Sunday just by purchasing a general admission ticket for $24.95 for the day!
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September 24 • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Art Deco Walking Tour of Hollywood Boulevard

The Egyptian Theater (Meet in the Courtyard)
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood CA 90028

The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles is proud to announce a brand new walking tour of Hollywood Boulevard, where the film industry took root, and flourished, defining glamour, modernity and fun for not just the country, but for the world.

On this tour you’ll see famous Hollywood and Art Deco masterpieces (The Egyptian Theatre and the Pantages Theatre) as well as unsung beauties that you might have walked by. You’ll see palaces of commerce along with pocket-sized examples that housed and continue to house a local businessman’s dream. You might think you know Hollywood Boulevard, but we bet we’ve got some surprises for you!
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Saturday, October 8, 2011 • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
28th Annual Hollywood Forever
Cemetery Walking Tour

Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Boulevard
Hollywood 90036

Tour one of Old Hollywood’s most sought after “afterworld” addresses as the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles retells Hollywood’s History by the people buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. This historical site is the final resting place for a pantheon of stars, movie moguls and early pioneers including Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, Tyrone Power, C.B. De Mille, and Griffith J. Griffith, and other high-flying Angelenos.

The 110 year-old cemetery showcases an elegant (and eclectic) collection of monument styles, shrines and mausoleums, which attest that our forefathers died as stylishly as they lived. Guided walking tours will explore Old Hollywood through the lives, and deaths of these glamorous and mostly outspoken citizens, those who mapped Hollywood, and those who put Hollywood on the map. The first tour leaves at 10:00 am with subsequent tours departing at approximately 20-minute intervals. The last group leaves at noon. Each tour lasts approximately 2 to 2-1/2 hours.
20$ Entry Fee

July Events in Los Angeles

Cocktails in Historic Places®
Friday, July 8, 2011 – 6pm-8pm
Villains Tavern
1356 Palmetto
Los Angeles, CA 91003

Nestled among the seemingly abandoned factory buildings south of the 4th Street Bridge in Downtown Los Angeles, Villains Tavern transports you back to a time when shady drinking establishments, whose mission it was to separate factory workers from their wages, thrived in the neighborhood.

Restaurateur and interior designer Dana Hollister (Bordello, 4100, Brite Spot, Cliff’s Edge) has created a slightly sinister space with a nod to the Steampunk aesthetic. The dark wood interior provides the perfect setting for carefully selected antiques such as the bar top (which was salvaged from a 1880s NYC tavern), antique ironwork, and the repurposed Gothic church window.

The atmospheric 1,600-square-foot open-air patio is illuminated by candles and Edison bulbs and is complete with bar, stage, church pew seating, and shuffleboard. There is a thoughtfully curated bourbon list and hand-crafted libations with intriguing names like Poison Apple, Belladonna, Bluebeard, and Fatal Hour. Edibles include Villains’ interpretation of cozy comfort foods.
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Rise of the Latin Lover Lecture
Followed by screening of The Gang’s All Here
Sunday, July 31, 2011 – 2:00 p.m.

The Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

This is a co-presentation with the American Cinematheque.
The Art Deco Society Los Angeles Presents: “Rise of the Latin Lover.” From the mid 1930s through WWII, the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs brought images of Latin America to the average American to improve the relationships along our borders. This talk takes an enjoyable look at these images in film, fashion, animation and music, and is led by film and TV professional Veronica Gonzalez-Rubio and advertising professional B. Todi. Followed by…

THE GANG’S ALL HERE, 1943, 20th Century Fox, 103 min. Dir. Busby Berkeley. Alice Faye may get top billing, but this insane Busby Berkeley musical is most famous for the chorines holding up giant bananas while Carmen Miranda sings “Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat.”

Regular American Cinematheque prices apply for the general public ($11) and students/seniors ($9) and will be available shortly via Fandango, or can be purchased on the day of the event at the door.
Parking: $2 per hour metered parking available near the theatre. $2 for four hours validated parking available at Hollywood and Highland. There are also pay parking lots on Las Palmas and Cherokee that cost approximately $10. Why not take the metro? The Egyptian is a very short walk east from the Hollywood and Highland METRO station.

ESDC 2011: Go Ninjas!

Oh my goodness what a weekend! I think this was the most exhausting I’ve been in a long time at an event but I loved every second. Other than the contests (which I’ll get to in a second) I have to give HUGE props to Sharon, Jordi, and Jana for running such an organized event. Everything was on time; the teachers were taken great care of; and the video’s have been posted faster than any other event around.

Okay, on to the contests!!

Classic: Dax and I couldn’t be happier with our experience. One of our favorite vintage clips is from Day at the Races so we thought we should give tribute. There are so many amazing dancers in the video to choose to mimic but in the end, I wanted to dress like the singer and Dax wanted to wear a fat suit. I’m actually quit proud of making that suit (I had to do a little research and thrift store shopping).
What some people don’t know (except for Sharon Davis because she’s a nerd and has memorized countless number of dance clips) is that after taking choreo from Day at the Races I wanted to dance more stylistically like Radio City Revels 1938 .

Dax rocked the fat suit so hard; we won!
Congrats to Nicolas & Mikaela. for getting 2nd (I love your routine!)

TEAM:
This was crazy. About a week ago, we were talking to Max and Annie about doing something for ESDC but we had nothing prepared and not sure if there was time (because at that point Dax and I hadn’t even finished our Classic routine). Also, since William and Maeva are new to the team, we do not have a lot of stuff together that everybody knows. The day the weekend started we met in the studio and only had two hours for Max&Annie and William&Maeva to teach Nicolas&Mikaela and Dax&I the routine. We barely got through learning it so it was up in the air whether or not this was going to really happen. Then on Saturday (the day of the team division), we practiced again for about an hour and just decided to go for it and see what happens.

First of all I have never done boogie in my life so I’m quite proud I don’t look ridiculously out of place. Also, I’m quite proud of the last trick of the routine. Dax and I had never done that before and we were NOT getting it during practice so I was nervous if we’d make it and we did! Go ninjas! We won!
A HUGE congrats to Argenteam for getting second. We loved the choreography and really thought it was a close call.

INVITATIONAL JACK N JILL
What a competition! I am so honored to be a part of such a division. Everyone did a fabulously entertaining job. Here is my spotlight with Marcus. This was my second time dancing with him and it ended up being so much fun!:

Check out Dax winning second with Maeva! Go ninjas!

Also Congrats to NinjaMax Pitruzella & Frida Segerdahl for winning and Todd Yannacone & Kelly Arsenault for getting 3rd! Personally, one of my favorites was NinjaAnnie &NinjaWilliam.

INVITATIONAL STRICTLY
I am so proud of Dax and I. This is the first time doing a strictly since around the start of our partnership a year and a half ago at LONESTAR. I feel like we have grown so much in our dancing and it inspires me to see change. At first we were thinking about planning something but in the end we decided to do what we know best: Social Dance :) We got fourth.

Congrats to Skye Humphries & Frida Segerdahl for winning; Ninjas Max&Annie for getting 2nd; and Ninjas William&Maeva for getting third!!

CABARET::
Here is Dax and I doing our Moses Routine. We got 3rd!

Also, here is Dax with the boys doing a new jazz routine. I feel like this routine is going to go down in the history books. They got second!

A HUGE congrats to The Crazyers with “Wild Wild Party” for winning. This was euphoric. I love them as people and as dancers. This was probably my highlight of the weekend:

Please go and watch the rest of the clips available on ESDC youtube channel. There are so many more inspirational clips out there (especially the Ninjas taking the top two places in the Showcase division)! Can’t wait for next year!!!

Ninjammerz Berlin

Last weekend we attended the Ninjammerz workshop in Berlin. I really like working with Tanzbar because Isaac and Birgit are really great to us. This time around I got to see Birgit’s baby! Anyway, here are some of the videos from the weekend.

Here is the teacher’s intro. If your asking why Katja was hopping around on one leg, it’s because she pulled her calf muscle right before the weekend.

Here is Dax and I doing “Moses”. No matter how many times we do this routine, it is still so flipping hard to remember it when it’s happening so fast!

Here is some of us goofing off in a jam. We are actually dancing outdoors in a huge empty pool. It is such a fun idea!

Here is a video of one of the latest Ninjammerz routines. I can’t wait to learn this! Max, Annie, Thomas and Alice choreographed this last year when they were in Rome. It’s probably one of my favorite Ninja routines to date.

New Blog!

I have created a blog dedicated to vintage art/fashion. I want to separate my girly desire for clothes from the dance articles Dax and I write on here :) It’s called Vagabond Chic. The name of the blog is inspired by my never ending quest to be chic and fabulous in such a vagabond life. It is truly an art form to look and feel beautiful and still have time to work and create. If you’re interested here you go!
http://vagabondchic.wordpress.com/

-Sarah

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