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Maria’s Sample Weekly Workout

November 12, 2018

Maria shares two sample weeks from her workout schedule. These are at-home workouts that require little to no equipment.

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The Perfect Dance Bag

August 29, 2018

Everyone should make themselves The Perfect Dance Bag. It’s insanely easy to do – here’s how.

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Be Good at Beginning

August 8, 2018

Embrace BEING a beginner. Be one FOREVER. Because I want you here for the long-haul.

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How to Dance with Someone Who’s Not Very Good

June 4, 2018

If you have trouble dancing well *except* with your instructor or the “best” dancers in the room, it’s because those better dancers are adjusting to your quirks and compensating for your weaknesses. The good news is that you can get better at this. Here’s how …

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Q&A: Everything you ever wanted to know about an All-Star WCS dancer

July 7, 2017

Recently, I had an interesting online conversation with a new-to-West Coast Swing dancer whom I met at a dance event. He had many questions for me, and with his help, we’ve turned that conversation into this Q&A.

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How to Give a Beginner a GREAT Dance

June 22, 2017

A new dancer is the most precious of all. If you can make one feel comfortable and like they had fun, then you’ll improve your whole dance community. If you don’t know really how to do that, I’m writing this to help you out.

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Give Yourself a Break

December 14, 2016

Progress doesn’t happen in one fell swoop, and it’s rarely linear, either.

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Scents: How to Smell Good but not TOO Good While Dancing

December 1, 2016

Smell is sometimes the reason that people decline dances with others. Follow these tips and best practices regarding how to smell good but not TOO good while dancing.

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Anatomy of a Phrased West Coast Swing Dance

November 16, 2016

~ by Maria At a recent West Coast Swing Musicality workshop weekend in Ottawa that I hosted with guest instructor, PJ Fritzler, we provided a phrased approach to putting the structure of music into our bodies, and then into our partnerships. Phrasing is not the only way to be musical in dancing, but it’s a foundational…

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Why is Musicality Such a Big Deal in West Coast Swing?

November 11, 2016

– by Maria The topic of musicality gets a lot of air-time in West Coast Swing dancing. To be fair, “musicality” is integral to all dancing. But in West Coast Swing it’s kind of a Holy Grail – or as I like to call it, an endless frontier – that dancers of all levels, from…

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