Best foot forward: Dancer stories

Linda Brucesmith, guest blogger at Brisbane's Rio Rhythmics Latin Dance Academy, writes on all things Latin dance - and discovers that partner-dancing is a metaphor for life.


Blog 15

The call: The excellent adventures of a student supporter (SSP)
(May 27): It’s almost THAT time on the Rio Rhythmics' termly dance calendar and in this, the final instalment of this little dance blog (Already?...  


Blog 14

Matchmaker: The excellent adventures of a student supporter (SSP)
(May 20): Wouldn’t it be great if Rio Rhythmics could create a Speed-Date-a-Dance program? Imagine it! Studio two would be set with ten tables...  


Blog 13

Time: The excellent adventures of a student supporter (SSP)
(May 13): “How long have you been dancing?” I kept hearing the same question and I kept thinking, Why is everyone asking me that? I decided it...  


Blog 12

Hotness: The excellent adventures of a student supporter (SSP)
(May 6): Summer in Brisbane is hot and summer’s Latin dancers can get very sweaty. Rio Rhythmics’ Student Supporters get sweaty too EXCEPT that Rio...  


Blog 11

Bolero: The excellent adventures of a student supporter (SSP)
(April 29): Ah, Bolero. You played a trick on me, and it was magnificent... It was a large dance class. Some forty-or-so people. We’d changed...  


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Etiquette: The excellent adventures of a student supporter (SSP)
(April 22): All the little gallantries! Student Supporters in Rio Rhythmics’ Latin dance classes see chivalry everywhere... Instructor Chris...  


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Fergus: The excellent adventures of a student supporter (SSP)
(April 15): Let’s call him Fergus (not his real name.) Fergus is a man who leads very nicely. On the dance floor, he likes to wear an expression...  


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Starters: The excellent adventures of a student supporter (SSP)
(April 8): This Student Supporter has been twinkled (once again) by (another) Latin dance starter class. Partly, by the Brazilian magic of the...  


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Tricks: The excellent adventures of a student supporter (SSP)
(April 1): I’ve got a bag of SSP tricks. But that’s not unusual. Most of Rio Rhythmics’ thirty or so Student Supporters have bags they’ve filled...  


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The leader: The excellent adventures of a student supporter (SSP)
(March 25): “D’you like leading?" We’re dancing forro, the starters are just about to finish an eight-week intro course, and we’re short on...  


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The pivot: The excellent adventures of a student supporter (SSP)
(March 18): There’s something about wearing a uniform that gives you a buzz, makes you think you know things, makes you cooler and calmer about going...  


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Heart to heart: The excellent adventures of a student supporter (SSP)
(March 11): It’s the t-shirts. Rio Rhythmics’ Student Supporter tees are magic! Like the wardrobe-portal in the C.S Lewis novel (the one with the...  


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The quiet heart
(March 4): The news was not good. The shy dancer had lost her dance partner to the rushing tide of life. Before being pulled-away-by-other-things,...  


The shy little dancer's first performance

Centre stage
(February 18): This shy little dancer arrived at her first zouk choreography training session on a Saturday afternoon. Rio Rhythmics’ Brazilian...  


The shy little dancer

In the limelight
(February 11): This shy little dancer has been dancing for fifteen years. In all that time, she has plotted and schemed and carefully managed to...