Do What Works

Latin Dance Shot

Back when I was dancing, my life was hyper-organized. It had to be. I was working full-time and between training with Kurt and practicing on my own, I was dancing twenty hours a week. During my dancing career, each weekend day I prepared double-batches for dinner, measuring and freezing up the leftovers. Quickly I ended… Continue reading Do What Works

How Far I’ve Come

Yom Kippur was last week. This was the 14th year in which I have honored the holiday by reflecting on how far I’ve come and where I want to be. It is an intensely meaningful experience for me. While it is not traditional, to me it honors the tradition and marks the day as holy.… Continue reading How Far I’ve Come

What I learned from dance

Tammy in the Dance Mirror

Five years ago today I suffered the injury that ended my dancing career. I remember the training session well. Kurt and I weren't meeting that day; I went to the studio by myself to practice. I was going through my special playlist of two songs for each of the 10 dances. Once the playlist was over,… Continue reading What I learned from dance

Invisible

I was a little girl during the 1970s, the age of Women's Liberation. I remember the feminist anthems being played on the radio, although I was too young to understand their context and often their lyrics. One day I was playing at a friend's house and singing along to "I am Woman" on the radio:… Continue reading Invisible

Stand Up Straight

One advantage to maintaining friendships with people whom I went to high school with is that they have been able to see me blossom over the years. The disadvantage is that they remember me from high school. Was anyone really their best during those years? One of my friends (the one who was my moral… Continue reading Stand Up Straight