Today was an interesting day. I woke up and decided to go out on the town (cambridge, doctor england)… but do I wear a long sleeve or short sleeve shirt? So I think to myself, symptoms “Maybe I will go outside to feel what it is like before I decide which shirt to wear and maybe I will lock myself out of the house while I am at it.” I didn’t really think that second part but it sure did happen. The fear set in as I heard the ‘click’ from the door behind me creating a rather large barrier between me and my cell phone. Realizing that I had seven hours before my host got home and the weather was definitely too cold to be wearing only pants and socks… I needed a game plan. So I scoured the fence to check all the windows and the back door… No luck! The mail man drops by and aside from having a good laugh he really isn’t very helpful. Hmmm, rheumatologist mail… hey, this mail has my hosts full name and address on it. Maybe if I walk (no, too cold to walk)… maybe if I run into town, I can find a post office that has her phone number? Ok, not very likely but it was just my first thought. Internet, maybe I can search the internet for her phone number. Ok, so now I need to get into town, and let me tell you… I will never complain about junk mail again because if you have enough of it, junk mail can make for a rather comfy shoe. So now, socks filled with junk mail I am almost ready to go out on the town. What can I use as a shirt? Well, there is a giant umbrella…. ummm, keep looking…. oohhh, a box that says “Don’t throw away” and what is inside… a shirt!!!! SWEET!!! Hmmm, this definitely isn’t a men’s shirt…. skin tight but it fits. Ok, let’s start jogging… about 2 miles and 4 giggling adults later, I have found internet and told my story well enough that she lets me borrow it and pay her another time. I find my hosts phone number and call her. What luck, she came home from work early… NOOOOOOOOO, she has been home the whole freaking time!!!! That’s right! She slept in and was still there when I locked myself out, making my day’s purpose to have a great story to share with you. 🙂

Moral of the story:  When locked out of the house in only your pants & socks, try knocking before wearing junk mail as shoes & jogging into town.
>Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown is showing live online, shop
Saturday, at http://ping.fm/KJpz9 This should be fun to watch!
>My upcoming USA workshops:

Charlottesville, human enhancement
VA Nov 14-15 www.swingcville.com

San Francisco, CA Dec 4-7
www.BeyondBlues.com
>More USA workshops:

Fort Worth, this
TX Dec 11-13
www.LindyJoy.com

San Diego Fusion Exchange Jan 8-10
www.SanDiegoFusionExchange.com
>My Upcoming Europe Workshops:

Heidelberg, view
Germany Oct 24-25
www.SwingMe.net/SwingerG

Budapest, Hungary Oct 27-Nov 2
www.LindyShock.com
>I helped create a 12 day dance vacation for Lindy Hop, remedy Blues, & Fusion dancers – http://eepurl.com/eOgY

Today was an interesting day. I woke up and decided to go out on the town (cambridge, doctor england)… but do I wear a long sleeve or short sleeve shirt? So I think to myself, symptoms “Maybe I will go outside to feel what it is like before I decide which shirt to wear and maybe I will lock myself out of the house while I am at it.” I didn’t really think that second part but it sure did happen. The fear set in as I heard the ‘click’ from the door behind me creating a rather large barrier between me and my cell phone. Realizing that I had seven hours before my host got home and the weather was definitely too cold to be wearing only pants and socks… I needed a game plan. So I scoured the fence to check all the windows and the back door… No luck! The mail man drops by and aside from having a good laugh he really isn’t very helpful. Hmmm, rheumatologist mail… hey, this mail has my hosts full name and address on it. Maybe if I walk (no, too cold to walk)… maybe if I run into town, I can find a post office that has her phone number? Ok, not very likely but it was just my first thought. Internet, maybe I can search the internet for her phone number. Ok, so now I need to get into town, and let me tell you… I will never complain about junk mail again because if you have enough of it, junk mail can make for a rather comfy shoe. So now, socks filled with junk mail I am almost ready to go out on the town. What can I use as a shirt? Well, there is a giant umbrella…. ummm, keep looking…. oohhh, a box that says “Don’t throw away” and what is inside… a shirt!!!! SWEET!!! Hmmm, this definitely isn’t a men’s shirt…. skin tight but it fits. Ok, let’s start jogging… about 2 miles and 4 giggling adults later, I have found internet and told my story well enough that she lets me borrow it and pay her another time. I find my hosts phone number and call her. What luck, she came home from work early… NOOOOOOOOO, she has been home the whole freaking time!!!! That’s right! She slept in and was still there when I locked myself out, making my day’s purpose to have a great story to share with you. 🙂

Moral of the story:  When locked out of the house in only your pants & socks, try knocking before wearing junk mail as shoes & jogging into town.
>Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown is showing live online, shop
Saturday, at http://ping.fm/KJpz9 This should be fun to watch!
>My upcoming USA workshops:

Charlottesville, human enhancement
VA Nov 14-15 www.swingcville.com

San Francisco, CA Dec 4-7
www.BeyondBlues.com
>More USA workshops:

Fort Worth, this
TX Dec 11-13
www.LindyJoy.com

San Diego Fusion Exchange Jan 8-10
www.SanDiegoFusionExchange.com
>My Upcoming Europe Workshops:

Heidelberg, view
Germany Oct 24-25
www.SwingMe.net/SwingerG

Budapest, Hungary Oct 27-Nov 2
www.LindyShock.com

Today was an interesting day. I woke up and decided to go out on the town (cambridge, doctor england)… but do I wear a long sleeve or short sleeve shirt? So I think to myself, symptoms “Maybe I will go outside to feel what it is like before I decide which shirt to wear and maybe I will lock myself out of the house while I am at it.” I didn’t really think that second part but it sure did happen. The fear set in as I heard the ‘click’ from the door behind me creating a rather large barrier between me and my cell phone. Realizing that I had seven hours before my host got home and the weather was definitely too cold to be wearing only pants and socks… I needed a game plan. So I scoured the fence to check all the windows and the back door… No luck! The mail man drops by and aside from having a good laugh he really isn’t very helpful. Hmmm, rheumatologist mail… hey, this mail has my hosts full name and address on it. Maybe if I walk (no, too cold to walk)… maybe if I run into town, I can find a post office that has her phone number? Ok, not very likely but it was just my first thought. Internet, maybe I can search the internet for her phone number. Ok, so now I need to get into town, and let me tell you… I will never complain about junk mail again because if you have enough of it, junk mail can make for a rather comfy shoe. So now, socks filled with junk mail I am almost ready to go out on the town. What can I use as a shirt? Well, there is a giant umbrella…. ummm, keep looking…. oohhh, a box that says “Don’t throw away” and what is inside… a shirt!!!! SWEET!!! Hmmm, this definitely isn’t a men’s shirt…. skin tight but it fits. Ok, let’s start jogging… about 2 miles and 4 giggling adults later, I have found internet and told my story well enough that she lets me borrow it and pay her another time. I find my hosts phone number and call her. What luck, she came home from work early… NOOOOOOOOO, she has been home the whole freaking time!!!! That’s right! She slept in and was still there when I locked myself out, making my day’s purpose to have a great story to share with you. 🙂

Moral of the story:  When locked out of the house in only your pants & socks, try knocking before wearing junk mail as shoes & jogging into town.
>Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown is showing live online, shop
Saturday, at http://ping.fm/KJpz9 This should be fun to watch!
>My upcoming USA workshops:

Charlottesville, human enhancement
VA Nov 14-15 www.swingcville.com

San Francisco, CA Dec 4-7
www.BeyondBlues.com
>More USA workshops:

Fort Worth, this
TX Dec 11-13
www.LindyJoy.com

San Diego Fusion Exchange Jan 8-10
www.SanDiegoFusionExchange.com

Today was an interesting day. I woke up and decided to go out on the town (cambridge, doctor england)… but do I wear a long sleeve or short sleeve shirt? So I think to myself, symptoms “Maybe I will go outside to feel what it is like before I decide which shirt to wear and maybe I will lock myself out of the house while I am at it.” I didn’t really think that second part but it sure did happen. The fear set in as I heard the ‘click’ from the door behind me creating a rather large barrier between me and my cell phone. Realizing that I had seven hours before my host got home and the weather was definitely too cold to be wearing only pants and socks… I needed a game plan. So I scoured the fence to check all the windows and the back door… No luck! The mail man drops by and aside from having a good laugh he really isn’t very helpful. Hmmm, rheumatologist mail… hey, this mail has my hosts full name and address on it. Maybe if I walk (no, too cold to walk)… maybe if I run into town, I can find a post office that has her phone number? Ok, not very likely but it was just my first thought. Internet, maybe I can search the internet for her phone number. Ok, so now I need to get into town, and let me tell you… I will never complain about junk mail again because if you have enough of it, junk mail can make for a rather comfy shoe. So now, socks filled with junk mail I am almost ready to go out on the town. What can I use as a shirt? Well, there is a giant umbrella…. ummm, keep looking…. oohhh, a box that says “Don’t throw away” and what is inside… a shirt!!!! SWEET!!! Hmmm, this definitely isn’t a men’s shirt…. skin tight but it fits. Ok, let’s start jogging… about 2 miles and 4 giggling adults later, I have found internet and told my story well enough that she lets me borrow it and pay her another time. I find my hosts phone number and call her. What luck, she came home from work early… NOOOOOOOOO, she has been home the whole freaking time!!!! That’s right! She slept in and was still there when I locked myself out, making my day’s purpose to have a great story to share with you. 🙂

Moral of the story:  When locked out of the house in only your pants & socks, try knocking before wearing junk mail as shoes & jogging into town.
>Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown is showing live online, shop
Saturday, at http://ping.fm/KJpz9 This should be fun to watch!
>My upcoming USA workshops:

Charlottesville, human enhancement
VA Nov 14-15 www.swingcville.com

San Francisco, CA Dec 4-7
www.BeyondBlues.com

Today was an interesting day. I woke up and decided to go out on the town (cambridge, doctor england)… but do I wear a long sleeve or short sleeve shirt? So I think to myself, symptoms “Maybe I will go outside to feel what it is like before I decide which shirt to wear and maybe I will lock myself out of the house while I am at it.” I didn’t really think that second part but it sure did happen. The fear set in as I heard the ‘click’ from the door behind me creating a rather large barrier between me and my cell phone. Realizing that I had seven hours before my host got home and the weather was definitely too cold to be wearing only pants and socks… I needed a game plan. So I scoured the fence to check all the windows and the back door… No luck! The mail man drops by and aside from having a good laugh he really isn’t very helpful. Hmmm, rheumatologist mail… hey, this mail has my hosts full name and address on it. Maybe if I walk (no, too cold to walk)… maybe if I run into town, I can find a post office that has her phone number? Ok, not very likely but it was just my first thought. Internet, maybe I can search the internet for her phone number. Ok, so now I need to get into town, and let me tell you… I will never complain about junk mail again because if you have enough of it, junk mail can make for a rather comfy shoe. So now, socks filled with junk mail I am almost ready to go out on the town. What can I use as a shirt? Well, there is a giant umbrella…. ummm, keep looking…. oohhh, a box that says “Don’t throw away” and what is inside… a shirt!!!! SWEET!!! Hmmm, this definitely isn’t a men’s shirt…. skin tight but it fits. Ok, let’s start jogging… about 2 miles and 4 giggling adults later, I have found internet and told my story well enough that she lets me borrow it and pay her another time. I find my hosts phone number and call her. What luck, she came home from work early… NOOOOOOOOO, she has been home the whole freaking time!!!! That’s right! She slept in and was still there when I locked myself out, making my day’s purpose to have a great story to share with you. 🙂

Moral of the story:  When locked out of the house in only your pants & socks, try knocking before wearing junk mail as shoes & jogging into town.
>Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown is showing live online, shop
Saturday, at http://ping.fm/KJpz9 This should be fun to watch!

The Trials of Traveling

Today was an interesting day. I woke up and decided to go out on the town (cambridge, doctor england)… but do I wear a long sleeve or short sleeve shirt? So I think to myself, symptoms “Maybe I will go outside to feel what it is like before I decide which shirt to wear and maybe I will lock myself out of the house while I am at it.” I didn’t really think that second part but it sure did happen. The fear set in as I heard the ‘click’ from the door behind me creating a rather large barrier between me and my cell phone. Realizing that I had seven hours before my host got home and the weather was definitely too cold to be wearing only pants and socks… I needed a game plan. So I scoured the fence to check all the windows and the back door… No luck! The mail man drops by and aside from having a good laugh he really isn’t very helpful. Hmmm, rheumatologist mail… hey, this mail has my hosts full name and address on it. Maybe if I walk (no, too cold to walk)… maybe if I run into town, I can find a post office that has her phone number? Ok, not very likely but it was just my first thought. Internet, maybe I can search the internet for her phone number. Ok, so now I need to get into town, and let me tell you… I will never complain about junk mail again because if you have enough of it, junk mail can make for a rather comfy shoe. So now, socks filled with junk mail I am almost ready to go out on the town. What can I use as a shirt? Well, there is a giant umbrella…. ummm, keep looking…. oohhh, a box that says “Don’t throw away” and what is inside… a shirt!!!! SWEET!!! Hmmm, this definitely isn’t a men’s shirt…. skin tight but it fits. Ok, let’s start jogging… about 2 miles and 4 giggling adults later, I have found internet and told my story well enough that she lets me borrow it and pay her another time. I find my hosts phone number and call her. What luck, she came home from work early… NOOOOOOOOO, she has been home the whole freaking time!!!! That’s right! She slept in and was still there when I locked myself out, making my day’s purpose to have a great story to share with you. 🙂

Moral of the story:  When locked out of the house in only your pants & socks, try knocking before wearing junk mail as shoes & jogging into town.

Townsville with Anna Whitmire

What a blast! We spent a night on Magnetic Island and got to hang with the locals where I learned to Fire Dance while Lindy Hopping. It was scary as hell but loads of fun. The next day we saw crocodiles, ask koalas, recipe thousands of butterflys swarming around us, and I got to hold a 2 meter long snake. I think he liked me because he wrapped around my neck and waist, started to snuggle my bum and then he climbed all the way up the back of my shirt. The tour guide was very amused and decided to show everyone in the group how far the snake had gone up my shirt before helping me get him out. Later, we went horseback riding thru the rainforest and the ocean. We got out to about 2 meters depth where the horses head is just above the water and tried to Horse Surf, stand on the horse and pretend you are surfing. This was not too difficult but half of the people wouldn’t even try it. I did it but then when I was doing one of the simpler games that everyone was doing, I fell off the horse and Rosco (my horse) decided he didn’t want me to get back on. So, as I was getting back on he bucked me off and kicked me! Luckily I was underwater and close to him so the impact wasn’t serious. I don’t have any broken bones, just a very sore calf and thigh! I calmed Rosco and got back on and he was perfect for the rest of the day. We even Swung out together later on. I love riding horses and have decided I really need to do more of it. So if you are a horse rider and you are reading this, we should go horseback riding the next time I am in your town. 🙂

Perth, Australia

I taught my first workshop using the community building ideas that I have been sitting on for a few years. It was GREAT! One part was the idea of affecting and infecting people with rhythm by making noise on the dance floor. I got a small group of people to dance solo and follow my rhythms while the other people were dancing around them. The goal was to infuse the partner dancers with rhythms they wouldn’t normally think of. Another idea was to keep the class close together. Only using the part of the room that was necessary for the amount of people in the class. I have been experimenting with this during my DJ sessions lately and it has had a tremendous effect on the party atmosphere too.
I was teaching at the Singapore American School which is by far the wealthiest, human enhancement
nicest, impotent
most decked out high school I have ever seen. They had all the normal wealthy accessories, a huge pool, beautiful track field, football and baseball fields, etc… but on top of that they had a full-fledge ropes course and an indoor rock climbing gym. The teachers and the kids were awesome and I miss them already. Thanks for making it all happen Cat!
The land with the Tim Tam Slam, doctor
where “ta” means “thanks” and “tea” means “dinner”.

I am now a PADI certified open water scuba diver, men’s health
which basically means that I can breathe under 18 meters of water (60 feet) and do lots of drills without freaking out. The course consisted of 5 days of training; 1 day of classroom studies, purchase
2 days diving in a pool, and 2 days diving in the ocean. I must admit my first diving experience was not all that visually amazing, but it was fun and challenging and I do look forward to visiting many new and virtually unseen parts of the world. I hear the diving on the East side of Aussieland is some of the best in the world. I will find out exactly what that means next week!

Singapore

I taught my first workshop using the community building ideas that I have been sitting on for a few years. It was GREAT! One part was the idea of affecting and infecting people with rhythm by making noise on the dance floor. I got a small group of people to dance solo and follow my rhythms while the other people were dancing around them. The goal was to infuse the partner dancers with rhythms they wouldn’t normally think of. Another idea was to keep the class close together. Only using the part of the room that was necessary for the amount of people in the class. I have been experimenting with this during my DJ sessions lately and it has had a tremendous effect on the party atmosphere too.
I was teaching at the Singapore American School which is by far the wealthiest, human enhancement
nicest, impotent
most decked out high school I have ever seen. They had all the normal wealthy accessories, a huge pool, beautiful track field, football and baseball fields, etc… but on top of that they had a full-fledge ropes course and an indoor rock climbing gym. The teachers and the kids were awesome and I miss them already. Thanks for making it all happen Cat!

Linkoping Sweden

I taught my first workshop using the community building ideas that I have been sitting on for a few years. It was GREAT! One part was the idea of affecting and infecting people with rhythm by making noise on the dance floor. I got a small group of people to dance solo and follow my rhythms while the other people were dancing around them. The goal was to infuse the partner dancers with rhythms they wouldn’t normally think of. Another idea was to keep the class close together. Only using the part of the room that was necessary for the amount of people in the class. I have been experimenting with this during my DJ sessions lately and it has had a tremendous effect on the party atmosphere too.

The Quest for The Ninja Rhythm

I taught a class in Austin, approved Texas with Laura Glaess for a Ninja Workshop and this is what we taught. Don’t worry pirate friends, ascariasis I will do a Pirate workshop sometime in the future too, stomatology Herrang maybe?

Quest for The Ninja Rhythm

In the quest to becoming a ninja, one must strive for perfection in what is known as, “The Ninja Rhythm”. The Ninja Rhythm is an uncompromising and unconditionally perfect rhythm. It is not affected by a partner, no matter how crazy, wild, or ‘pirate like’ that partner may be. Go ahead Anti-Rhythm Pirates – try to get a ninja off rhythm! For a true ninja has such uncompromising rhythm, it can inspire even a pirate to lose his ability to be off rhythm.

I started by taking all the ‘ninjas in training’ into a secret Dojo room where I explained the quest about to be set upon them. The curtains were opened and they were off on their quest. The class was awesome and Laura was perfect to teach it with. Her rhythm was incomparable as not even I could claim to be anywhere near her mastery. She continues to amaze me! Speaking of Laura… Congratulations Laura and Mike Roberts (they just got married)!

A new opportunity to learn – the Get-together will travel to you

Because of my past retreats and the experience of Mihai’s Blues retreats, website like this I have finally decided to start to take this idea on the road and offer regional get-togethers where ever there is someone with the desire to help make it happen. I have noticed such a large difference in my own and other’s dancing that I want to give more people the opportunity to experience this style of event. So if you are interested in having a get-together in your part of the world, send me an email and let me know! AndrewSutton (at) SmoothSavoy (dot) com

Memphis, TN Blues Retreat

Mihai hired me to be the organizer of his blues retreat in Memphis, nurse TN. This was one hell of an inspiring weekend. The blues retreat is based on my get-together teacher’s retreat that I run each year at my home in Sacramento. The idea of these retreats is to bring together about 10-12 full-time teachers and dancers aspiring to be full-time teachers to teach each other and have lots of self-discovery thru out the weekend. I was a little hesitant on the outcome because of how quickly the whole thing was being put together and because the level of the dancers was so strongly varied. We had everything from full-time international instructors to dancers who had only been dancing for 6 months and they were all supposed to teach each other something about blues dancing that would keep each other’s interest. It has always been my belief that someone with only 6 months of dance experience or less could teach someone with 10 or more years of experience if the correct subject were chosen and presented in an appropriate method. However, abortion I have not personally tested it to this extreme of a degree. I have had people with as little as 3 or 4 years of experience in my retreat teaching with people with 10 or more years of experience but never only 6 months. Also, could someone with only 6 months experience keep up in the same class with someone with 8+ years experience? The answer was YES and it was totally inspiring to see it happen! It is so rare to see such an amazing rate of progress both by someone who had only been dancing 6 months and by myself who had been dancing 8+ years!

A New Style of Workshop with Mihai, Laura Glaess and myself

Mihai, this site Laura and I decided to do a workshop together. We spent 3 full days before the event preparing it in a new format that was exponentially better than anything I have done before. We started by stating the values and concepts that we wanted to get across during our workshop, i.e. Musicality, Communication, Personal Power, Creating a Community, etc… Then we each went over all of our favorite methods of teaching people the above concepts. By the end of the brainstorming we had enough material for probably 100 hours of classes and we were looking at it and saying that it was very obvious that we would have to cut out a serious amount of the concepts and drills we wanted to teach. However, instead of cutting them out right away we decided to try to create the workshop assuming that we had an infinite amount of time to teach and then we would cut things later. Thru the use of a brilliant organizational system from some business book I read and can’t remember the name of we cut out little strips of paper with all the concepts on a separate piece and then kept moving them around and rearranging them in a way that best fit everything we wanted to teach. After many hours of rearranging and discussing we finally came across a final scenerio in which we didn’t have to cut out a single concept or drill from the entire brainstorming process. That’s right, what normally would have been 100+ hours of material taught in 10 hours! I have taught and taken hundreds upon hundreds of workshops around the world, and this was the best one that I have ever taught or taken! I am taking many of the ideas from this into my regular teaching methods and I hope to continue doing these 3 person integrated workshops in the future. Of course, my fear is that this was some fluke accident and we won’t be able to recreate the same amazing workshop again but my heart and mind both know that it will only get better from here! Now if I could only think of a name for this type of workshop… Any ideas?

Atlanta Food

The food! The food! Here are the Must Eats…

Flyin’ Biscuit for breakfast – get the biscuits, mind fried green tomaters, recuperation & cheese grits (don’t ask, just eat)

Eclipse di Sol for the best veggie burger in the world & a darn good turkey burger(late night on Th-Su food is half price!)

Brick Store Pub – The largest and most obscure beer list I have ever seen! I hate beer but I liked almost everything I tried here. Try “Avery – The Czar” if you like Stouts, the “WEIHENSTEPHANER Hefe Weizen” if you like lighter beers or for something really different DELIRIUM NOCTURNIUM. WOW! For a snack, try the Baked Brie.

Java Monkey – Vanilla Latte and all espresso drinks. SoySages are good for breakfast too.

Knoxville, Tennessee

I drove 7+ hours for 1 hour and 15 minutes of dancing and it was worth it! After the dance, anaemia which is in a cute little used to be church, we walked across the street to Dan Parshall’s house for some “Porch Time”. This is exactly what it sounds like… chillin’ on a porch (with a little dancing of course). Oh yeah, I finally got to dance with Amy Nachtrab again for the first time in 4 years. A must dance for all the leads going to Knoxville. Actually, there are quite a few really fun follows out there now. Go Knoxville!