A Private Conversation

I’ll admit it: I get terribly jiggly and nervous talking to triple-A instructors.  Or just instructors, period.  It’s taken me a long, long, looooooooooooong-ass time to start acting like a real, live human around them.  Which is funny, because if you’ve seen me on the dance floor, or in life, I don’t hold myself back from new […]

Practice Makes Habit

During the eight hours we drove back from Inspiration Weekend, two of my dance friends and I started reflecting on improvement.  We talked about our strengths, things we wanted to work on, and made solid plans to schedule real practice sessions soon.  Okay, part of the reason was to keep me from falling asleep at the wheel, but it really yielded […]

Attention, Squirtles and Pikachus

I was asked again to emcee for Swingin’ At the Savoy this past weekend and was delighted as always to be the voice of an annual event that has come to mean so much to me.  I’m always working on being a better announcer and a large weekend event is a special kind of energy. […]

There are no stupid questions

Someone had the temerity to ask if there were internal characteristics to a swing song that make it preferable for dancing balboa instead of lindy hop.  He conducted a small sample study entitled “Can I dance balboa to this song?” and published it on his blog.  Parts of the internet went up in indignant flames.  Why? […]

An Organizer’s Toolbox

So you wanna be an organizer.  Maybe you want to start a swing scene in your area.  Maybe you want a different KIND of swing scene in your area.  Maybe you’re joining/taking over/inheriting a scene from/with other organizers.  Regardless of how you got here, I’d like to just say “Thank you”, “Bless your heart”, and […]

The Practicalities of Saying “No”

I’ve been thinking about defaults lately.  I’m kind of known for coming up with kooky experiments for my students, and I had recently shared this one with another teacher: Ask the class to all raise their hands in the air.  Ask them to drop their hands to answer a question. This idea works with any […]

Happy New (Event) Year!

I’m not big on resolutions.  Part of this may be because I work in an education system that re-starts every September, so I experience “new year” syndrome twice as fast as most adults.  Or it may be because I’m Chinese, and the lunar new year has always figured more prominently in my life.  (And let’s face […]

Vacation Message

I will be turning off the blogosphere until 2016, so I’ll see you all in January! …leave a message at the tone. BLEEEEEEEEEEEEP

FOMO

If you haven’t spent enough time with millennials this season (or actually…maybe five years ago), FOMO stands for “Fear Of Missing Out”.  I know this fear well, not so much because I’m a millennial, but because I was a hyper-extended asian kid.  I was the kid who racked up extra-curriculars on top of straight-A grades. […]

On Fucking Up and Feeling Fine

This is one of my favorite dance pictures. I’ve tried to find some source information, but google images has failed me, and so I assume that it’s probably one of those illegal copies of something from somewhere (since there isn’t a digitally accessible copyrighted version online).  In any case, it’s absolutely beautiful: the way her […]