The Tango Delanco was introduced as a compulsory for the World Class Team Dance division three years ago, and has now been adapted for the World Class Solo Dance division as the Tango Delancha. You can download the dance diagram/description from the USARS website. There is also an instructional video posted to YouTube – you … More New Skate Dance: The Tango Delancha
Seeing as how this is (supposed to be) a sewing blog, I feel that it is about time I start actually posting some sewing projects to it. So far this year I have sewn five skating dresses for myself (well, one of them was actually started, and mostly finished, two years ago, so it doesn’t … More 2014 Skating Dress(es)
A bit of roller skating news – the USARS Regional/National draw for the 2014 dance and figure requirements has been announced. You can see it by CLICKING HERE. Any skaters out there? Are we happy with the picks? Looks like it is time to start living at the rink again. Happy skating!
This year I knew I wasn’t going to have a lot of time to decorate my own costumes, so I wanted to make something that would have maximum sparkle with minimum effort. I found this great sequin fabric in the Los Angeles Fashion District, and lined it with some acetate slinky. It had a lovely … More 2013 Dance Dress
As I have been hinting in several of my recent blog posts, there have been a few recent developments as far as both my skating and sewing lives go. Mostly in the form of new toys. Last year, my readers may recall, I did a large multi-part series analyzing my switch from Atlas to Roll … More Skating Update: A Comparison of the Roll Line Dance and Energy Plates
The final dance that I need to cover in the list of CIPA approved dances for international competition is a bit of an oddball – the Castel March. The Castel March is a dance that was invented specifically for the international style of roller skating, and was only recently adopted. It has only been used … More Dance Skating – The Castel March
The past few years I have been doing a video post series on the dances used in roller skating competition, partially to be informative, but mostly to share videos of great skating performances. I have already covered most of the dances chosen for competition this year (you can see links to all of my skating … More Dance Skating – The Argentine Tango
This year USARS introduced 8 new dances into competition. (The Princeton Polka doesn’t count – it has been around forever, but mostly used in solo, and the team diagram wasn’t in the USARS dance book, but it has been used in the RSA test program for the past decade. Ergo, NOT a new dance. I … More Newsflash: Videos of New Skating Dances
So way back at Nationals (a few months ago) I ordered some new skating boots. After years of skating I have come to find that Harlick is my preferred boot brand – for me, it just fits. No amount of nagging, pandering, berating, or insulting from the peanut gallery is going to change my mind on that … More New Boots!
Ok, so while I think my solo costumes are more to my personal taste, these team dance costumes are probably some of my proudest creations, just because of their complexity. I mean, seriously guys – I tailored sequins. Let me repeat: I TAILORED SEQUINS! Not actually as complicated as I had feared, but not exactly … More Finished Object: Red Team Dance Costumes