This year, Santa was very good to Susanne and me. Under the Christmas tree, we found lots of goodies, many of which have the makings of future blog postings! I want to take time to thank my parents and my brother and sister-in-law for fueling our dance addiction. Here are some dance loot highlights.
We’re looking forward to watching our new DVDs. We both believe that to have a vibrant dance scene you need to grow strong roots just as much as you need to grow new branches. So we’ll be using our slow motion to dissect clips from “The Spirit Moves.” As for me, I’ve read a lot of great books on jazz history already, but I’m looking forward to the Ken Burns “Jazz” documentary with all of the videos, pictures, and other multimedia mixed in.
We both received new dance shoes this year. Mine are a pair of black, wingtip shoes from Cole Haan. I bought a pair of brown ones earlier this year that I’ve really enjoyed, and needed to replace my black dress shoes as well. Susanne’s new shoes are super awesome, and my sister-in-law deserves a special shout out for them (Holla!). She designed them especially for Susanne on the create your own custom keds website. I’ve poked around on the site a little bit, and the possibilities seem endless! For us dancers who are constantly battling to find the right balance between comfort and style, this might very well be the perfect solution.
We received two books this year. I’ve already started reading Norma Miller’s memoir “Swingin’ at the Savoy,” and have ideas for three new blog posts just from the introduction. The second is The Best Dance Moves . . . Ever! because everyone needs an illustrated, step-by-step guide to doing such classics as the Macarena, the Hand Jive, and Thriller. At least the author was smart enough to include the Charleston.
Our thanks to everyone who has fueled our dance habit this year. We feel very fortunate and grateful to have you in our lives.