Dancing Up And Down the West Coast

Couple Lindy Dancing
Chuck Tue, 2015-09-22 07:00
I can think of few activities that have more health benefits than dancing. Just Google “health benefits of dancing” and start reading. If the physical benefits of dancing still don’t appeal to you, then how about this: dancing makes you smarter . Click here to read for yourself. I can also think of few activities that span the generations better than dancing. Ok, I admit that most of our dance experiences have put us among the youngest on the dance floor (and we're soon to be 50), but just recently we dropped in at the Century Ballroom in Seattle to find a couple of hundred swing and lindy...

Swing 46, Big Band Dancing On The West Side

Chuck and Lori's Travel Blog - Swing46's Band Stand, New York
Chuck Tue, 2015-04-21 07:30
It's funny how happenstance can be such a great thing. This couldn't be more true when traveling, which is perhaps one of the most exciting and fun aspects of travel. Back in December, when we stepped off the Queen Mary 2 into New York after 6 months in Europe, we had just one day to enjoy the Big Apple before we set off to rendezvous with family in Maryland. We took a cab from the cruise terminal in Brooklyn to our hotel. Despite clear directions to the cabbie, including showing him the address of the hotel from the reservation confirmation email, he turned right off 10th Avenue onto West...

Big Band Dance Weekend at Asheville's Grove Park Inn

Chuck and Lori's Travel Blog - The Jimmy Dorsey Band
Chuck Sat, 2015-01-24 07:30
Pursuant to our newly set travel aspiration theme of dance travel, this past weekend we hopped in the car for a long weekend trip to Asheville, North Carolina. Every January, the swanky Omni Grove Park Inn holds a big band dance weekend in their ballroom. A few of our fellow dancers from the Arthur Murray studio in Alpharetta have gone in years past and we put together a nice little group occupying two tables. The event spanned both Friday and Saturday nights with different bands each night. Both were of the "big band" variety with plenty of brass and sultry vocals. The Saturday night band...

Dancing on the Queen Mary 2

Chuck and Lori's Travel Blog - Queens Room Ballroom on the Queen Mary 2
Chuck Thu, 2015-01-08 07:30
The main reason a transatlantic crossing on the Queen Mary 2 was on our travel radar to begin with was because some friends from our Arthur Murray studio back home in Alpharetta took the same cruise in the fall of 2013. The Queen Mary 2 boasts the largest ballroom on any cruise ship, a natural magnet for ballroom dancers like us. For dancers of the more "pop" styles, directly behind the Queens Room is the G32 nightclub, meaning you can FoxTrot and Waltz until the end of the day in the Queens Room, then boogie until the wee hours of the morning in G32. Queens Room Ballroom Dancers It shouldn't...

Dance Lessons in London

Chuck and Lori's Travel Blog - Arthur Murray Dance Studio, London
Chuck Wed, 2014-12-03 07:30
For Christmas a couple of years ago I gave Lori a package of a half-dozen dance lessons at our local Arthur Murray studio back home in Alpharetta . We had talked about taking dance lessons--one day--for many years. Way back when we were first married and our televisions only had a couple of dozen channels, we'd sometimes run across the ballroom dance national championships and we'd watch, enthralled. That package of lessons might have been the best Christmas gift I ever thought of. A couple of years later and we're still dancing. I don't think I ever expected we'd keep at it, but we do. In...