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AM Update: “On the Move and In the Groove” 4

  Hello Family, I know that it’s been a while since you heard from me and I wanted to reassure you that I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth yet. Life has been great but busy for us as an organization and I wanted to take a moment to share with you a few of the initiatives we’ve […]

Dance Instructor: It’s More Than a Title 18

During my tenure as an instructor, I’ve come to understand a few things about people and perception, especially as it relates to the expectations others have of us once we take on that title. Understanding what ownership of the title infers for the astute instructor can reap major benefits. Failure to understand the ownership aspect however, can lead to moments […]

The Brain Science of Steppin’ 20

Remember the first time you saw a group of people Steppin’? Remember not ever wanting to leave the dance floor when you began dancing? For some people, the euphoria provided by Steppin’ keeps them going from set to set. Others discover that the feelings associated with the dance deepen intensely or gradually lessen over time. Most steppers are aware of […]

Still Here, Still Steppin 2

I know it’s been a long, long time since my last blog and I was reminded of this at a steppers event that I attended this past weekend… I have to admit, when I created the site for Artistic Motions, with the instructional videos, interviews, blog etc., I had way too many balls in the air and much too much […]

Steppin’ to Change the World: A Paradigm Shift 10

Today is April Fool’s Day, but it appears that I’m the only one who’s been a fool. I have been retired since October of 2013 and I can honestly say that I’ve worked harder since retirement than I ever worked as an employee of AT&T. I’ve seen the sun come up on many occasions where I’ve worked through the night. I’ve […]

Stepper, Know Thyself 15

 This past Friday I had the pleasure of seeing a gentleman that I had come to know as a very accomplished stepper back in 2002.  He’s a  great guy, who asked not to be named when I share this story, but suffice it to say that the first time I saw him Chicago  Steppin’ I  knew that if I ever […]

Give the Gift of Dance: It May Save A Life 1

One of my Facebook friends posted a short video clip of him dancing with his daughter at an event. Another one of my Facebook friends has posted a few videos of her son and daughter dancing and participating in local dance competitions. I’ve witnessed parents bring their sons and daughters to Steppin’ matinees beaming with pride because their children are […]

Five Reasons Why Steppin’ Is The Best Social Dance Ever!! 4

I’m sure there are many who will disagree with my assessment for a variety of reasons. Some may say that I haven’t been exposed to enough of a variety of dances to make such an assertion. Others may contend that my opinion is biased because Steppin’ is the only dance that I currently enjoy. I think my reasoning is sound […]

Get It Right and Keep It Tight: The Importance of Sound Instruction 3

In a recent private dance session, I was covering the fundamentals moves with a student that I had taught in my public class for years. I’ve been working with this student for a while now, emphasizing the importance of her knowing and understanding what she’s doing in her execution of the basics. Typically in my private sessions we begin the […]

Ten Attributes of Great Major Weekend Event (MWE) Host Organizations

There was a time when as a Stepper you could look forward to a select few major weekend events (MWE)’s taking place around the country. I remember as a newbie stepper there were just a few annual sets such as the January set “Steppin’ For A Dream” in Los Angeles, the Memorial Weekend Set hosted by the Majestic Gents of […]

How to Avoid a “NO” Dance Request: Part “Deux” 14

This blog post is a follow-up to my previous post “How to Avoid a “NO” Dance Request” which was geared primarily towards leads. What follows is a perspective from the other side of the coin, so to speak, addressing why many women (follows) may experience the same problem. Been rejected lately too? Ladies, have you attended sets and sat most […]

The “Art” of “The Dip”: A Stepper’s Perspective 7

This is one move I’ve done since my early days of urban dancing. I understand that the move is performed a variety of ways and is used in social dances like Tango, Lindy Hop, Salsa and Ballroom dancing. I like the move because it can help turn an average dance into a spectacular one, especially when executed correctly and your […]

Chicago Steppin in Atlanta

How to Avoid a “NO” Dance Response 36

Been rejected lately? Have you ever asked someone to dance and got a very reluctant “yes” or a hesitant or flat out “no” and wonder why? Have you had the experience of approaching a person to ask for a dance and they quickly engage in conversation with someone else or they pull out their cell phone and act as though […]

What Makes a Stepper “the Best” Stepper? 18

I’ve attended stepper sets all across the country, danced in a variety of venues and seen several styles of Steppin demonstrated at these dance venues. I’ve heard terms like “good dancer”, “great stepper” and “heavy-hitter” bantered about by set attendees. I’ve always wondered what made a stepper a “good dancer” in the minds of others, but I’ve always had my […]

A Male Stepper’s Perspective: Should a Woman Ask a Man To Dance? 10

A Male Stepper’s Perspective: Should a Woman Ask a Man To Dance? This topic was discussed widely on the Facebook page of one of the promoters in the Steppin’ community, which was geared more towards female steppers, and males were encouraged to participate in the discussion. The primary issue was female steppers being upset at not being asked to dance […]

Four Ways to Put the “OO” in Your “Smooth” 3

Four Ways to Put the “OO” in Your “Smooth” Mastery of any sport or physical activity requires practice, perfection of technique and repetition. The same goes for learning the fundamentals of Steppin. I’ve seen many students come and go in the dance, and they have high expectations for themselves when it comes to learning. I see them expecting to look […]

Five Attributes of a Good Instructor 1

Five Positive Attributes of a Great Steppin’ Instructor How good you become as a stepper depends in large part on the quality of dance instruction you receive. During my 11-year tenure as both a dancer and an instructor, I have come to understand a few realities as it relates to finding and keeping a qualified and talented dance instructor. One […]

An All-Consuming Love Affair… 2

I have been madly in love since March 2003, and the relationship has consumed the better part of my life since. I’ve been faithful, devoted and committed to the relationship since that “love at first sight” moment, and I state without reservation that my love, devotion and commitment has grown stronger every day. The degree of love that I have […]