Music City Motion
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Wow! 10 years of Swing Dancing in Atlanta. I hope I'm still around to celebrate 10 years in Nashville. I think the now defunct Nashville Swing Kids started up in 1998. If that's the case we still have 2 more years to go. And to think Swing Dance Nashville is just getting started too!
Atlanta, you put on a great decade celebration party. Sarah and I enjoyed ourselves immensely and can't wait to be back for AVS.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Tallahassee Here We Come
Great News! I just got off the phone with Rebecca Strickland confirming our workshop in Tallahassee Florida over Labor Day Weekend and getting some class ideas into the mix.
Sarah and I have been planning to head down and hang out with Michael and Rebecca for a while now and we finally just decided to do it Labor Day weekend. The last we saw those two was at this past Private Collection back in March.
Anyway, we'll be able to teach a handful of classes Saturday afternoon to help cover the cost of gas and the car rental (neither of drives a vehicle worthy of the trip from Nashville to FL and then back a couple days later). The workshop won't be big and will be cheap, but that's more than fine. The kids Rebecca and Michael work with are great and hungry for Lindy Hop and Charleston. Just the fun of working with such eager students is worth the time spent teaching, though the gas money sure will be nice.
This marks our first teaching since we passed the studio on (now Vintage Rhythm Dance Studio). We attempted to hold a preview of a weekend event idea we've been developing all summer, but that was usurped by a sudden trip to California I would up taken when my Nana's 2nd husband passed away. We hope to pick that preview up again soon. Until then though... we'll see you Florida.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Fall Events We Can't Wait to Attend
Giving up the studio was a very difficult decision to make. But as with all things there is a silver lining. Because we are no longer responsible for the daily operations of a dance studio we again have the freedom to travel on a regular basis. And though we will be missing our favorite event of the year, Swing Out New Hampshire — we love you Mark! — we are planning on a healthy schedule of Lindy Hop and Balboa this fall. Will we see you out dancing? We sure hope so. And please ask Tim to dance... he sometimes forgets why he's there because he's often so engrossed with watching everyone else dancing.
As of right now, this very instant, and thus subject to significant changes:
Atlanta 10th Anniversary (Atlanta)
WCLX 6 (Chicago)
Southern Belle Swing Bash (Atlanta)
This is probably an incomplete list...
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Website Re-design, New Adventures
MusicCityMotion.com hasn't been updated in a while if you haven't noticed. We apologize for that. With the transition out of the studio, a death in the family, and the general craziness of life our information has become a little dated. We'll take care of that shortly.
There are some exciting times coming for Music City Motion. We'll be: redesigning our website starting shortly, releasing a new experimental "workshop" product, begin planning a couple weekend events both in and away from Nashville, and attending Lindy Focus V, Eastern Bal Championships, and Atlanta Varsity Showdown this fall and winter.
If you see us on the floor, ask us to dance!
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
A Sad Farewell
Last night, 4 years of loving labor drew to a quiet end. Sarah and I finished cleaning our things out of the studio, locked the front door for the final time and slid the key under the glass. The studio is now officially known as Vintage Rhythm Dance Studio.
I loved running the studio. I got to live a dream for 4 years. I was very sad to bid it adieu.
Many wonderful things happened there, lifelong friendships were kindled, romances blossomed, and of course we danced. As I've thought about those events and people a smile has constantly accompanied the sadness I've felt about leaving it behind.
We aren't done dancing, and have no plans to quit teaching. But it's not the same as having a tanglible representation, a home if you will, for your dream. That's what the studio meant to me, it was a home for dancing.
Not everything was perfect. There were rought months money wise, there were poor decisions made and even the occasional fight took place on that wood floor. But always we danced, and usually to some pretty good music too.
There were a few very special people in the life of Music City Motion as a studio entity: Petra Morkel who was instrumental to say the least in getting it started; Mindy Apple who goes back almost to the beginning as a student, and later as an instructor; Dave Azar who was always an amazing source of encouragement, ideas, and energy; Aaron and Elana Johnson who made the studio their home and surprised us endlessly with their generous help and support; and of course my [now] lovely wife Sarah (Kennedy) who constantly and consistently pulled things together, made sense of my dreams, and even turned a few fantasies into reality (i.e. the second (mc)2).
Thank you to each of you, you cannot know how blessed I've been to work with you, you literally helped make my dream come true.
So now its on to new adventures in Swing, Lindy Hop and Balboa. What is in store? I haven't the foggiest of ideas. I have ideas and plans, and even a new dream or two, but it won't be a studio and it's hard to believe it will be nearly as fun as the studio.