I have really enjoyed the recent interaction that has occurred between some of the blog’s readers and realized that the topics of those posts with the greatest number of commentaries were about practical things we ballroom dancers encounter such as which shoes to purchase and if we should try a competition.
This made me think. Perhaps I should expand the topics I address on this blog. It is pretty self-indulgent of me to describe my dance lessons, I know. I suppose it increases my “expertise” in the area of ballroom dance because you’ll know as a reader that I’m slogging through my continual practice and search for improvement, but maybe it’s not applicable to you, what you want to know about ballroom dancing, the questions you have.
So I thought I’d do a little series of blog posts about various topics that pertain to the experience of ballroom dancing. It might be a great way to start some more conversations since I’m sure many people have many different opinions and experiences to share around such topics as finding a partner, social dance versus competitive dance, navigating the complex relationships with professional instructors/partners (I have no experience dancing/practicing regularly with an amateur partner so if someone wants to write a guest post about that, consider it an open invitation), what it is like to compete, how competitions are scored, and “other” facets of ballroom dancing such as same-sex ballroom, and ballroom dancing where one partner is in a wheelchair (my friend had no idea these existed and though I don’t have experience in them, I am also open to guest posts about these topics plus I love the idea of EVERYONE dancing).
I also want to give a special thanks to Paragon2Pieces for starting the dialogue. She asked about buying dance shoes. I felt awesome that she trusted my opinion enough to ask, and that so many others chimed in with their valuable experience as well. This blog can be a community, a place where lovers of ballroom come to hang out, share, and encourage one another. A place where we can learn from each other.
So, here’s your call to action: think of a topic related to ballroom dancing that you’d like to learn more about or that you have expertise in. Post it in the comments on the bottom of this post. Ask a question, or offer to write a guest post. You can also message me directly via Facebook if you want to remain anonymous. You can do that if you “Like” the Dancing With Stefanie Facebook page here.
Let’s get this conversation started!