Monday, July 30, 2007

Back from Palm Springs

I'm toasted... and I haven't posted anything in almost a week!

Most of you know I go twice a year to Palm Springs for a four-day salsa event called the "Salsa Mambo Festival". From Thursday afternoon until Sunday evening, I had the luxury of dancing, teaching, meeting people and thinking about how I could improve my dancing, while helping many others do the same.

What a ride! I'm exhausted, excited, humbled, depressed, energized and having one of those "Dual Perspective" days I discussed in an earlier article. I got up too early most days, didn't nap much and stayed out really late dancing because it was just too much fun to get some sleep.

I met a ton of great people, swam at the pool parties in the desert sun, danced until my feet were hurting in the early mornings and ended up teaching even more than I expected. Over three days I taught in six classes; two of my own, two with Ruby Karen and two, three-hour boot camps with Edie the Salsa Freak.

I learned so much, laughed really hard with some friends and it was a great environment because there were dancers at all levels. My follows ranged from ladies doing basic the first time through three of the world's best follows (Edie, Ruby and Liz Lira). Talk about whiplash! I could hardly get a wider spectrum and I had fun at both ends of the experience levels.

I picked up four new DVDs, watched some wonderful dancers, saw a few that made me wonder what they were thinking, and can't wait to write about what I learned. I'm so much better than a few years ago, but I'm so far from where I want to be. I look forward to sharing with you over the next couple weeks.

I wish I could have danced with everybody I wanted to dance with, but there were only so many hours and too many people. Say hello if you were there!

No matter what kind of diet you are on, you can usually eat as much as you
want of anything you don't like.
-Walter Slezak

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