What you’ve clicked into here is an archive of emails sent out during dance events on the West Coast Swing competition circuit.
In 2006 I started sending emails from my phone to a small group of dancer friends at home in DC and soon discovered that my messages were being forwarded all over the place. We’d go to a comp in Texas and people would ask to be added to my list. I’d say “It’s not really a list and it’s not that interesting – just rough impressions scratched out with bad grammar and a stylus.”
They’d say “I wanna hear. Add me.”
The list got too big for my phone so I moved to gmail.
Then it got too big for gmail (which only allows 500 emails/day) so I moved to a newsletter service. As of this writing over 5,000 dancers now receive the newsletter and many more read it on Facebook, Twitter, and here on the blog site.
I had never saved any of the updates. I didn’t occur to me that anyone would want to read old updates. I’d write, send, and trash. I thought of them as long texts – who saves texts?
But as the years go by people are curious to read the older Updates so… I’m attempting to gather them here as they are sent back to me. If you happen to have any (especially from 2006 to 2008) please send them along to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
So that’s what this is! A personal history of our misadventures at comps attended by my husband Genieboy and myself from 2006 to the present.
If you’re looking for Updates for a specific event you’ll find all the comps listed on the left side of this page.
Pictures of each event are in my Facebook photos. Each comp has it’s own album, named for the event and year.
Feel free to comment here with corrections or your own impressions of an event, your personal highlights, gripes, comments on the west coast swing community in general, or thoughts about your life as a wcs dancer.
If you’d like to be added to my “list” and get these Updates in real time, click here to subscribe: http://tinyurl.com/2fkmelz
Have fun reading and have fun dancing!