About

Hi there, it’s Liza.

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 lizamay@gmail.com. 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!

Love Liza

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9 responses to “About

  1. Liza,
    It was such a pleasure meeting you and getting a few minutes to chat…you have wonderful energy, soul and character…I hope to see you again soon and have a bit more time to visit. Until then, stay well and happy!

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  3. Hello, I just wanted to say thank you for your reports. I became a fan of West Coast swing. I am from the Czech Republic and, unfortunately for me, WCS is not taught enough close. It is fantastic to be able to watch videos on youtube and read these messages. Thank you.

    • Hi Petra! How wonderful that there is west coast in the Czech Republic! I looooove to hear that! Are you teaching? Maybe you can build up your own little community of Czech dancers and travel to comps in Europe and the United States!

      Thank you so much for writing, and for letting me know that my writing is appreciated. That makes the work seem worthwhile! I am very grateful for you taking the time to post here.

      Will we get to meet you someday soon? Do you travel to the US?

  4. Hi Liza,

    A friend just sent me a link to your blog and I love it. You have great entries and a sweet banner! I’m a recent blogger myself. I just started a blog about my experience as a 30 something novice west coast competitor. Feel free to check it out at: sophisticatedswinggal.typepad.com
    Looking forward to reading more of your posts!
    🙂 Holly

  5. Just a comment to a wonderful,kind person..so happy to know you and be your friend! You are a joy..so upbeat and positive..and what an eye for photography!

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