Thursday, August 23, 2012

A very casual day; a spontaneous dance partner

One week from tomorrow, (or today, Friday, depending on when you read this) I will be in Chicago for the Windy City Open Ballroom Competition.  I'm so excited to be competing at this comp because the ballroom dancer who inspired my love for the International Standard style dance will be judging.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqQtn10G4ns


Please check out this video of Lorraine Baricchi dancing a dramatic tango.  You will see why I admire her so much.

I'm looking forward to this comp and plan to post a photo journal of the experience afterwards.  I'll bring you on my journey as I prepare, put on my makeup, get my competition hair done and maybe even look for a new competition gown.  Want to help me pick?  I don't know if I will have time for a quick post or not during the comp...but if I do I will share some of my choices and get some input.

This is what I wore today to help at the university convocation.  The university is in the very early stages of creating a student ballroom club and competition team and I'm on one of the planners. During the convocation, different clubs and departments recruit students and acquaint students with all the university has to offer.  There is free food, music and all kinds of freebies are given away. It was a super hot day so I dressed in a cool, comfy dress.  I wore my sunnies and a straw fedora to protect me from the sun and my pretty new coral sandals.


Sofft shoes; $12.00 at T.J. MAXX


While I was recruiting new ballroom club members, a handsome guy just walked up and took my hand to dance! A Salsa was playing, but he was definitely "steppin".


My hat went flying at some point and my hair was mess, but you can see we were both having fun!  I

I'm pretty swamped right now with readings and assignments due on Monday so my post is short, but I wanted to share a bit of my day and let you know that next Friday, IT'S ON.  I'm bringing my inner diva to life in Chicago at that comp!


 Please let me know what you think of the Tango video I've linked to.....and be prepared for a sparkly, glitzy glimpse into the world of ballroom competition next week!

20 comments:

  1. I love it that this guy just grabbed you for a dance! I can count the number of times I've danced with my husband on one hand...and I have the urge to dance more frequently than that.

    I've been so tired getting back into the swing of things that I came home and took a long nap today.

    Look forward to following your dance competition preparation.

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    1. Naps are good, Terri...after a summer off of teaching its hard to get back into the swing of things!

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  2. Even if I can't dance Loraine is an incredible dancer and you look so cute and relaxed in fedora!
    xoxo

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    1. Thank you! Yes, Lorraine is an incredible...I can't wait to dance while she's judging. I hope I can impress her.

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  3. Good luck for the competition! How exciting!
    What a lovely dress - the monochrome print is very pretty. I remember being part of a student ballroom dancing student group - it was lots of fun. So cute that this guy got you up to dance! It's so nice when spontaneous things like that happen.

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    1. The event turned out to be more fun than I expected it to be...our recruiting table was fun and there was a lot of interest!

      Even though he and I were dancing two different dances...lol...its was fun.

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  4. What a lovely gesture. You look fabulous too,

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  5. I'm excited for you, good luck in the competition! You look fab in these pics :)

    I love your cards, so pretty!

    Adrienne
    What Lola Wants

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    1. Thanks Adrienne. I'm very excited about this comp. If all goes well I will be competing again in October and possibly November.

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  6. The photos of you dancing with the gentleman are so cute! I can't wait to see competition photos! Yay! Strictly Ballroom is one of my top ten favorite movies!

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    1. Its one of my top ten also. LOVE IT!

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  7. I cannot wait to see the sparkly glittery glimpse into the world of ballroom dancing :)

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    1. I'm very excited to present it....its pretty and exciting.

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  8. Oh my, that sounds like it was quite fun! I love that you wore a fedora with this pretty printed dress, fedoras are always so fun. Those sandels are lovely, that was quite a score on them, finding them for only $12!

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    1. Thanks Katie, it really wasn't one of my favorite outfits...but it suited the occasion and I was cool and comfortable. I had a good time and that overcame my doubts about the outfit!

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  9. Thanks for sharing that video! Wow!

    I can't wait to hear all about the competition!

    Emilie
    www.liveeatsmile.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Emilie....I'm looking forward to sharing it!

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