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Keep On Movin’ Keep On Groovin’ – Saying Goodbye to a Friend April 21, 2012

Filed under: Life & Dancing — linedancenow @ 10:13 PM

My friend, Margarita Verano, passed away last week. She was like a big sister to me in high school. Her sweet, soothing voice could always comfort me when I was upset. We had lost touch but reconnected on Facebook last year after our alumni newsletter posted an update about her. She suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident two years ago and lost the use of her legs.

Margarita battled for her life in the hospital for months after the accident, but she learned to adapt upon her release. She felt alive again while on a kayaking trip with other patients and decided to encourage people with disabilities to remain active and try new things. In 2011, she was crowned  Ms. Wheelchair USA Colorado which is a contest that promotes glamour, self-confidence and community service for women with disabilities. Margarita also completed a yoga instruction course and continued to participate in the things she loved through adaptive activities.

In life we have to learn to adjust, whether we initiate the change or it is thrust upon us.  Margarita had difficult and lonely moments but she chose to remain positive and motivate others.  She also kept on doing the things she loved even though it took much more effort. Just like learning a new dance, it’s always awkward at first but with repetition it gets easier to recall the steps and be graceful.

I love when I master a dance I was struggling with before. I feel like I’ve crossed over to a higher level. This is in memory of Margarita who has crossed over – I hope the dance is easier now.

Starting A New Life After Spinal Cord injury Margarita’s Inspirational YouTube Video

SCI Surprise Margarita’s Blog about adjusting to life and her excitement for returning to recreational activities


My Fantasy Line Dance Playlist April 11, 2012

Filed under: Dance Talk — linedancenow @ 9:35 PM
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Wouldn’t it be cool if we could make our own playlist of dances? We could pick our favorites and dance until we’re out of breath. These are my favorites. Would any of these be on your fantasy playlist?

Bobbi with an I by Rachael McEnaney – Someday I’ll stop confusing the kicks with Askin’ Questions.
Alabama Slammin’ – Another example of Rachael’s awesomeness.
Barefoot and Blue Jean by Lisa Johns-Grose – Cool song, cool dance and Lisa always posts amusing things on Facebook.
Slingin’ Mud by Guyton Mundy & Will Craig – One day I’ll be able to do Guyton’s arm movements.
Swingin’ the Line by Vikki Morris and Something Crazy (Why Wait) by Wes Smith – It’s just fun to be spinning around and around.
Moves Like Jagger by Bracken Ellis Potter – I can’t stand still when I hear this song.
Stuck Like Glue by Lisa Spangler – My very first favorite dance. This was the first one I practiced at home.
Big Ole Flirt (Nothing to Lose) by Andi Mucklow – It keeps me humble, I still don’t really know this and I fake it.
Put You In A Song by Peter Metelnick & Alison Biggs – Another one of my original favorites.
Shake it for Me by Larry Bass – My current favorite dance.
Singalong by Kenny Henley – Kenny should have a line dance genius shirt.
Wipeout by Susan & Harry Brooks – Forward sailors??? I finally almost have it!
Stronger Peter Metelnick & Alison Biggs – It’s new, fast, and hard. What can be better?

What songs would be on your list for line dance bliss??

Thanks for stopping by,


April 10, 2012

Filed under: Dance Talk — linedancenow @ 6:06 PM

5-6-7-8 Dancing My Way to a Healthy Me!

Dance with Dollar Signs on Boots ©In some of my posts I’ve mentioned as an aside, that competitive dancing is not cheap.  Because of that, a couple of the readers of this blog have emailed me to ask “Just how much does it cost?”   To which I must answer, dearest readers, without qualification, and without my usual drama:

“A lot!”

I.  Am. Not. Exaggerating.  This wonderful exciting, fulfilling, passion is very expensive.

But it doesn’t haveto be expensive, at least not at first:

  1. I am a competitive dancer  and I’m working hard to progress to a point where I can “Turn Pro” meaning that my costs are on the high end of a cost spectrum which actually begins at almost zero.
  2. For someone just starting, who is curious and just checking out “this whole dance thing”  it is possible to start with little or no cost.
  3. And most importantly, the…

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How I Started Dancing April 8, 2012

Filed under: Dance Talk — linedancenow @ 3:51 PM
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Leotards, tights, tap shoes, ballet slippers and spending two hours every Saturday at the Turning Point dance studio in North Miami – this was my childhood. As I neared the teenage years and wanted to try other things I still practiced on my own and choreographed my own dances. One of my dances was to Opposites Attract by Paula Abdul. I’ve always enjoyed dancing.

The next opportunity to dance came in ninth grade. I met my closest high school friends by chance. We all landed at the same lunch table on the first day of school. We were a shy bunch and for the first few months Thursdays were the only day we actually had conversations because we would talk about what happened on 90210. Everything changed because of PE. We were assigned to choreograph a dance and perform it in class. Five of us met at Debbie’s house one weekend and created a dance to Janet Jackson’s Escapade. The dance was the catalyst for the many weekends and sleepovers that we shared throughout high school.

The first time I visited Round Up was about six years ago. I went with a friend from work and for days prior to going we cracked jokes about meeting cowboys there. I wish I could remember what I expected Round Up to be like. I didn’t listen to country music then and I had never seen Urban Cowboy to know anything about line dancing. What I do remember is seeing everyone dancing and wondering how in the world they knew the steps to so many dances. I tried mimicking the dancers movements from my bar stool to see if I could figure it out, but it was a lot to absorb. Every song had its own dance!

A few years later, the firefighter calendar signing brought me back to Round Up. My cousins were visiting and we squeezed this event into our busy schedule of sunning ourselves at the beach and consuming large amounts of cheesecake. At Round Up we partied on ladies night and watched the firefighters strutting across the dance floor. I also learned a dance that night. It was for Kid Rock’s All Summer Long. Even though I danced when I was younger it was a challenge to get my feet to do what they were supposed to do.

I started going to Round Up more often after that and then I started listening to country music because I wanted to be familiar with the songs for the dances I was learning. And that is how I started dancing.


How did you start dancing?

Dance Recital-That's me on the right


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