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Charlotte at West Coast Swing

Erik, Anna, and Charlotte at West Coast Swing in Norwalk, CTLast Thursday, Charlotte made her debut at our West Coast Swing classes in Norwalk, CT. Originally, we weren’t sure when she was going to make her teaching debut, but we knew it would be after she had received her first round of vaccines in late July.

As August began to draw to a close, Anna and I realized that we needed to let Charlotte see West Coast Swing in a real studio. Until last Thursday, Charlotte had only seen mommy and daddy choreograph small moments in our apartment as I prepared for class.

We also realized that as Anna heads back to her PhD program at New York University and her independent tutoring schedule, we would have very few opportunities to bring Charlotte to class in the near future.

Charlotte's First Party

Erik, Anna, and Charlotte at their first party togetherCharlotte, Anna and I went to our first party together this past weekend. It was the wedding of a friend and colleague of Anna’s so we were able to go as a family. We attended a church ceremony at 4pm in New York City and then drove to the reception in Piermont, NY.

Kat Wildish in Dance Teacher Magazine

Dance-Teacher-Magazine-Kat-Wildish-1-smAlthough February 2014 is almost over, this month would not be complete if I did not acknowledge Kat Wildish as the front cover of Dance Teacher Magazine.

Kat has been a teacher and mentor to both Anna and me for our entire relationship. She has been a ballet teacher to Anna since 2005 and me since 2006.

2013 Year in Review

2013 Year in Review2013 was an incredible, fast moving year. We exposed hundreds of new people in the Connecticut area to Hustle and West Coast Swing. We were invited back to perform at the Ailey Citigroup Theater. We had new dancers from Norwalk Community College. We hosted our second annual Dancing New Year's Eve CT event. And, we announced our latest addition to the SwingShoes Entertainment production team.

Salsa in Norwalk, CT in December has been fun

salsa is funFor many years, I've considered teaching a Salsa series in Connecticut. I vaguely remember trying it about 6 years ago in Stamford, but I haven't ever done a full month's series in Norwalk. This December 2013, I gave a it a trial run.

I wondered if people would be receptive to me teaching Salsa since I am most known for my West Coast Swing and Hustle. I wondered if people would want to try another dance. And, of course, I wondered if people would be interested in continuing Salsa.

Dance captured on video

Erik Novoa and Sophie dance at MADjam 2013It might be awkward to hear this, but I'm not often thrilled by my own dancing. Don't get me wrong, I'm very proud of my accomplishments in West Coast Swing, Hustle and 25 years of dancing. But it's not often that I see a video of myself and say that it looks as good as it felt.

Returning to Closed

Erik & Anna in Closed Position during West Coast Coast Swing.Over the last 60 days, Anna and I have been guiding the Int/Adv West Coast Swing class through a variety of movement vocabulary. These pattens and ideas are meant to augment leaders repertoire of movement and create recognition for the followers.

2012 Year in Review

 2012-In-Review-150px2012 was a year full of growth and good times for Hustle and West Coast Swing. We explored new teaching locations and met many new dancers. Our community fun times are extremely memorable and are all interwoven into our dance experience.

We had a great time choreographing new routines to some of the most popular tunes on the radio and on the West Coast Swing circuit. We ended up using one of those songs as part of our now-famous Showcase at the Ailey Citigroup Theater. 

We also hosted an amazing and very well-attended New Year's Eve event. 

Happy 35th Anniversary to Doug & Mary

Doug & Mary Holaday - Connecitcut West Coast Swing Performance Group at Alvin Ailey Ciitgroup TheaterDoug and Mary Holaday have been dancing Hustle and West Coast Swing with us for over 7 years. During that time they have been a part of our shows at the Crystal Theater in Norwalk and The Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York City. They have been a main part of our Connecticut Dance Community.

Grand Canyon West Coast Swing

Erik & Anna in the Grand Canyon (Desert View)Anna and I went to the Grand Canyon in July 2012. Even though we were awestruck by the breathless views, Califorina Condors, and fresh air, we didn't forget to video our dance moves.

We hope that you enjoy our only dance steps on our trip. We are excited to return!

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