My Life in Burlesque: On Brains and Breakthroughs

Public nudity doesn’t scare me. Many other things do. Read More My Life in Burlesque: On Brains and Breakthroughs

Record Machine: Noel Gallagher/UNKLE: “AKA… What a Life!” 12″ Single

Though talking about my vinyl collection will most often skew towards older albums, the format has regained some of its popularity. I love being able to buy unusual versions of singles released by my favorite musicians, and this Noel Gallagher/UNKLE remix is outstanding.

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The Psychology of Letting Go

TW: death, suicide

Last July, my friend J was found in a park, dead by his own hand. And I lost it. I’m still not completely sure why: though he’d been a huge influence on me, he’d also been out of my life for several years.  Read More The Psychology of Letting Go

Alphabet Soup: Favorite Songs for The Letter V

The Letter V was surprisingly not too difficult to find five great songs to talk about. V may be my least favorite Scrabble letter, but this week we’ve got some ’90s gems as well as some more recent tunes.

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Slashing Culture

Last night I went to a contemporary dance performance. Ever since it finished, I have been contemplating the utter shame of government budget cuts to the cultural sector. Read More Slashing Culture

Just Can’t Get Enough Open Thread

You know what to do.  DAHNCE! Seriously, this song is one of those that if I am at some sort of a dance bar venue, I am the obnoxious girl screaming, “Omigod this is mah soooonnnngg we have to dance!” and stomping all over everyone around you.  So … dance and talk about things that interest you! Read More Just Can’t Get Enough Open Thread

Learn Zumba Steps

So many of you said you also have just started Zumba or are interested or you’re interested in starting soon.  I’ve only gone twice and at this point there are a lot of times when I am just moving my body in an approximation of the steps the instructor is doing, but I’m not what one would call “dancing.”  I’m still having fun, but I think it would be awesome to feel like I was actually doing the moves.  I figured there would probably be some instructional videos on youtube and there are!  I have scoured through to find the ones that were the best quality and clearest instructions and I bring them to you, friends!

Check these out:

As you can see, Coco’s my girl. You can check out her channel for more stuff, but these were the basic ones I’m going to be using to get started!  A lot of the other zumba videos on youtube were lower quality or videos of classes, but let me know if you have any other basic step videos to share.

Also….they look so simple once you break it down…who feels silly?