What’s this all about?

The tales contained here are a record of the adventures I have been having while learning to ballroom dance. If you’ve ever taken dance lessons before in your life, your instructor probably encouraged you to go out and buy a notebook to keep dance notes in, so that you could remember all the things you learned. Because I often excel at losing things that aren’t stuck in one place, having a notebook was a terrible idea for me. So I use this site instead as a place to keep all of my dance notes. It also makes it easy for me to reference my notes from anywhere when I want to look things up, and to search through them if I can’t remember exactly when I did something.

Because these are posted in a location where the whole world can see them, I try and polish my notes so that they are easy to understand, full of useful information, and maybe even a bit funny. However, because these are my dance notes and are really mostly meant to be useful to me, they can get kind of technical when I need to write down technical things I have to remember. Just keep that in mind as you read through things if you want to follow along. Who knows? Maybe you can use my notes to help improve your dancing as well!

The Dance Kingdom, which is where I travel around learning to dance, is a place with fascinating characters, exotic locations, and very different customs than I grew up with. Names have been replaced (very unimaginatively) because people in this world might stumble across this one day, and I’d prefer them to ask me about things rather than figure it all out easily. If you ever find yourself visiting the Dance Kingdom, drop me a line and we can go out dancing together. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find a Lego figure standing in for you in one of these pictures if we do that!

On that note, I’m not exactly sure where the idea of using the Lego people to illustrate my stories came from. In the beginning, I had a bunch of Lego Castle sets that I had kept from my youth for some reason that I decided to use for all the settings and people. When my dance adventures grew beyond what I could show using the Lego people I already had, I got a bunch of the random Lego Minifigures to represent the people that I met along my travels. After traveling to so many dance halls, I needed to have more locations, so I asked my younger brother if he knew what happened to the Lego Castles that he had when he was a kid. They were all stored in a bunch of boxes at our parent’s house, and he was kind enough to put them together for me so that the next time I visited my old home town, I could mail them back to myself.

At this point, the Legos are taking up several shelves in my loft, but I don’t regret having them all there to use for my creative outlet. I figure that when I give up dancing someday, I can take and sell all these Legos. They might be worth enough together to reclaim a little of the money I’ve spent on dance lessons over the years…

3 thoughts on “What’s this all about?

  1. ascholarlyskater

    Your blog is so much fun! As someone having my own crazy adventures in a dance kingdom elsewhere in the country, I really enjoy the way you tell these stories. Now I am starting to wonder what made-up lego people names I would give my own friends and coaches. 😉

  2. loveablestef

    Hiya Dance Kingdom! I love your blog. I wanted to invite you to join “Ballroom Village” – I’m trying to round up all the ballroom dancing bloggers so we can support one another and grow our community. Would you be interested? Also, I wanted to invite you to write a guest post on my blog Biggest GIrl In the Ballroom – preferably with one of your famous Lego photos! They are the best! Shoot me an email at azstef@cox.net and we can talk details. I hope to hear from you soon! -Stef (AKA The biggest girl in the ballroom)

  3. thatssojacob

    Hey there fellow ballroom dancin’ man! I do a blog following spree every once in a while, and this July I’m going 7 for 7: following 7 fun blogs a day, each day, for the seventh month. Yours is today’s #2! Feel free to come visit me at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com and if you like what you read, follow back! Thanks and have a great day!


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