Winter 2019 Newsletter

Let me first wish you and your family an early happy holidays!  May 2019 bring you and your family love, laughter and hopefully opportunities on the dance floor! 

Every time I write one of these newsletters I always reflect on what's happened and then what's to come.  Earlier this year marked my fifth year of business and I'd like to thank all those who have supported my small business.  The best part of the business is meeting and working with a diverse group of people.  On meeting new people, 2018 has been an interesting year of new opportunities for me - attending the April Follies competition (in Oakland, California), becoming a board member for the North American Same Sex Partner Dance Association (NASSPDA),  and competing for the first time in a same-sex competition (Gay Games in Paris).  2019 will be starting off just as interesting!  I will be entering in the Floorplay in the Dessert competition in Palm Springs, California in January which has been designated as the North American championships by NASSPDA!  I'll be competing in the men's standard division with an experienced fellow from San Francisco and in the Latin division with a lady from Winnipeg (we are dancing reverse role - guy follows and lady leads!).  It's been almost 13 years since I last competed in Latin so I've "had to" pick up a new latin outfit (my rubber arm bent!) - I'll share the pictures and/or videos on the Facebook page when available.  I expect that I'll be out in April Follies again in April, so if anyone wants a challenge and is thinking about competing, that's a nice and friendly competition to check out - and it'll give you an excuse to visit San Francisco!.  

Hope to see you in the new year!

All the best,
Private Lessons @ Ballroom on Roslyn
Private lesson openings at my Osborne Village studio location are limited.  Cost is $50/55 minutes.  Please contact me by email to book your time!

Private Lessons Waiting List
My private lessons schedule is almost completely booked up into March at this point.  However at times there are unexpected issues that arise and a student may have to cancel a night or two before which typically leaves a void in my schedule.  If you'd like to be notified of private lesson availabilities please subscribe to my waiting list.  I will give a $10 discount on the hourly rate to those who can fill the void.
Out There Dancing
Out There Dancing 
I am the volunteer program coordinator and instructor for the
Out There Dancing group.  We had four fun classes in the fall term and we will be continuing after I return from Palm Springs.  If you're interested in learning more about the group or being notified when the schedule is available, please subscribe to their mailing list:

NASSPDA Scholarship
If you're a same-sex dancer and are thinking about pursuing competition, NASSPDA offers scholarships to those who are eligible.  These scholarships are underutilized so please consider applying.  Please check out this site for more information. 
Free Week at U of M!
As per every term, U of M Recreation Services offers free classes at the start of term (week of January 7).  Come check out the classes!  Consult the schedule to figure out what's available that week!
Beginner Ballroom (standard) classes @ U of M
Want some basic steps for the dance floor?  Look no further, this class is for the beginner dancer!  We will be covering the classic ballroom dances of social foxtrot, international style tango, international style  waltz and quickstep.  These four dances are easy to learn and provide students with a breadth of dance moves to a variety of music. Lead and follow numbers cannot be guaranteed.

Class 1
Time:  6:45-8 pm
Date:  Wednesdays, Jan 23-April 3 
Cost: $117.15 (individual); $187.44 (pair)

Class 2
Time:  8-9:15 pm
Date:  Tuesdays, Jan 15-Mar 26
Cost: $117.15 (individual); $187.44 (pair)

Registration details
 Beginner Latin Classes @ U of M
You will learn the basic steps of Latin Ballroom dances including international style cha-cha, rumba, jive and samba.  These dances are a lot of fun and can be used in a variety of social settings.  Lead and follow numbers cannot be guaranteed.

Time:  6:45-8 pm
Date:  Tuesdays, Jan 15-Mar 26 
Cost: $117.15 (individual); $187.44 (pair) 

Registration details
Intermediate Ballroom Classes @ U of M
This class is for those who have taken the beginner ballroom dance class or have previous ballroom dance experience.  Instruction will focus more on technique and advanced steps to two or three dances, to be decided by the class. Lead and follow numbers cannot be guaranteed.

Time:  8-9:15 pm
Date:  Wednesdays, Jan 23 - Apr 3
Cost: $117.15 (individual); $187.44 (pair)

Registration details
Beginner Tai Chi Fan Classes @ U of M
Beginner Tai Chi Fan is easy to learn and contains the graceful movements and principles of tai chi. Like other tai chi styles, this form helps with balance, coordination, increases range of motion in joints and reduces stress. No previous tai chi experience necessary. A fan will be provided to students in the class.

Time:  6:45-8 pm
Date:  Mondays, Jan 14 - Apr 1
Cost: $112.75
Registration details: 
Registration details
Could you be "The One"?  I am looking for an apprentice who would be willing to train with me and eventually take over my beginner tai chi classes.  If you know of someone interested, please have them contact me!
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