Dance Nostalgia

I’ve really missed dancing the past almost-two years. It’s been a part of my life in one form or another for as long as I can remember – ballet  on and off from childhood through high school, Dance Team, high school musicals, and pole dancing. Last night I randomly decided to watch my old Syndicate videos (fun fact: I co-founded a hip-hop dance group in college… don’t laugh), and even though we really weren’t that good in the scheme of things, you can see how much fun we all had with it.

That’s the thing – I’m really not that great at dancing (maybe for your average white girl I am), but I just love it. I loved performing too, but there aren’t many outlets for that as an adult without being truly professional and competitive. That’s one of the reasons I tried out for NFL and NBA teams back in DC – because it’s one of the few opportunities to perform without being a pro dancer. Not that I was good enough for that either… 🙂

Hopefully once we get past the GA stint, we’ll be some place where I can get back into it. Miss those endorphins!!

Dance Class Fail

I’ve been trying since I moved here to find any kind of dance class that is fun, gives a good workout, and fits somewhat into my schedule. Most of the studios I’ve found are almost exclusively for children, and if they do offer adult classes, it’s like once a week at 8:30. I’m not inclined to hang around Wilmington for over 3 hours after work before a 45 minute drive home…

I thought I struck gold when I found a pole dancing studio nearby, but after trying 3 classes, it’s nothing short of a big joke. Overly simple, boring, and poorly organized. You know it’s bad when the other students are asking me how to do things and complimenting MY muscles (they don’t really exist…LOL.)

I’m going to give it one more shot (a more “advanced” class) before making a final decision and committing to a series, but I think I just may have to wait till we move to start dancing again. I sure do miss it though! Here’s to continuing the dance party in my own living room. Gotta love iPod shuffle 🙂

“Winter” Weather Advisory Here in Holly Ridge…

There’s a high of 51 degrees today and supposedly there will be 1-3 inches of snow. HA. I will believe it when I see it! 

In other news, I started taking Pure Barre classes in Wilmington 2-3 times per week, and while it’s not as fun or as active as a dance class, it’s still pretty awesome. The first place I’m noticing results is my abs!! Pretty exciting! Most of the moves can be done at home too, so I plan on incorporating them into home work outs, for those days when I am particularly motivated.

I’m not sure how long I will continue to pay for classes though. They are SO overpriced, and I’d still prefer to find a fun pole class or something. I can let off more steam when I move it n’ shake it, rather than do isolated tiny muscle movements over and over for an hour 🙂

Highs n’ Lows

“We have received your application. However, you were not among the best qualified candidates. Therefore, your application will not be sent to the hiring manager for selection consideration at this time.”

Oy VEY. It was for a job that asked me about my expertise in sending E-MAILS! An assistant to the administrative assistant! My application won’t even be considered?? Good grief. I had even moved my degree information to the bottom of my resume so I would appear less overqualified. Ugh. Forward and onward, I guess…

In other news, I’m super excited after purchasing a Living Social deal for some pole dancing and barre classes. That’s right. Pole dancing. Judge all you like! I did it for almost a year back in NoVa and loved it. Great workout, and a ton of fun! Better yet, it’s very affordable here and I can’t wait to get back into it. The barre classes sound amazing too – a mix of ballet, yoga, and pilates. It’s been over a year since I’ve done any dancing at all, so I’m ready to dive back in.

And, as our small world would have it, a friend of mine from the DC area randomly got engaged to a Marine and moved down here a few months ago. She is a dancer/ cheerleader and bought the Living Social deal with me. 🙂 Yayyy, I have a buddy!

Her being here has been hilarious in the first place. We didn’t hang out a lot in DC, but our social circles crossed paths a good bit. She messaged me on Facebook telling me she was moving here and needed advice on transitioning from the DC professional/socialite lifestyle, to military wife in the middle of nowhere. It’s been interesting being on the other side of this issue, giving advice to a nervous young woman instead of receiving it – allowing me to see how I’ve changed, grown, and adjusted since I moved here almost a year ago.

In yet another twist of circumstance, her fiance is on the same team as Chuck, and they will deploy together in the winter! It will be nice to have someone around who is on the same schedule as me, in terms of deployment. 

Anyhoo. It’s a quiet day here at the office. My boss is out all day so I’m more casual and relaxed while I cold-call potential investors. The assignment wraps at the end of next week, so I’m trying not to complain too much about it. I need this $12/hour – it gives me the means to dance 🙂