Today we start packing for our longest and craziest trip yet. Leaving tomorrow for Denver, we start our 33 day summer working tour. First stop is Swingtime in the Rockies, which is our last competition on the NASDE circuit until the end of August. From there we fly to New York where we will be doing two days of coaching, and then on to Barcelona Tuesday night. We arrive the next day and catch a train to the South of France to start our week-long West Coast camp - Sea, Sun & Swing in La Grande Motte. (See picture above from 2005 - Notre Dame - our second year in France). We are expecting our biggest turnout yet, with 350 dancers from France, and many other surrounding countries. We planned on a 6 day vacation in Greece, but it was shortened to 3 days when we were asked to coach at the World Superstars of Dance Festival in Japan. This show hosts the top 6 couples in Latin and Standard in the world to perform their show. We coach two of these couples, who we are very proud to work with. (If you haven't seen the DVD of this show from any of the past years, you are really missing out). We then head to Hong Kong with them and will continue working. On August 20th, we head back to the states where we fly to Florida for another workshop weekend. After this, we head home for two days. It's sure to be a great adventure, and we will try to keep everyone posted along the way.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
We want to thank John McCann for sending us this picture that captured a moment we'll never forget. Approximately 30 seconds into our Classic competition routine at Liberty Swing, Tatiana's shoe strap broke. I didn't realize there was a problem until her shoe flew off during the last 30 seconds of the routine. She finished without missing a beat! In this picture, notice the shoe right by the judge's feet! This first place win will always be special to us.