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Placements
For me, competition is a community building activity, a challenge, and a benchmark.

Competition gives us an opportunity to promote and celebrate those members of our community to devote time and energy to being better dancers, not just for skill, but contributing to what we all know as blues idiom dance. These dancers are often scene leaders, teachers, and musicians who bring music, learning, and dancing to various areas of the world. We root for them, shout out their city when they make finals, cheer them on when they dance in finals, and they help build pride in our individual scenes and our dance as a whole.

These competitions are often hard to make finals in as well. Out of a few hundred people, maybe up to a hundred compete in some way, and only three to seven couples or individuals make it to the finals of any given competition. Also, due to the nature of social dancing, we’re not perfect every time we compete as we may dance with partners we’ve never experienced, danced to a song we’ve never heard of before, or just had an off day. Competition is a constant challenge and test to be ready and adaptable to each new situation, while still connecting with each partner and song, and being there to have a really awesome time!

Those are the goals and ideals I hold myself to, and here is what i’ve been able to accomplish with that mindset!

2017 Placements
Sweet Molasses 2017 Advanced M&M 3rd,
with Grace Jones-Taylor
BABBLE X 2017 Triple Threat Alternate,
w/ Shira Hoffman
2016 Placements
Snowbound Blues 2016 All-Star Jack and Jill Finals, with Tanya Teal
Berlin Blues Explosion 2016 Jack and Jill 1st, with Novikova Darya
Berlin Blues Explosion 2016 Strictly Finals, with Jess Louise
Nocturne Blues 2016 Open Jack and Jill Finals, with Laura Chieko
Nocturne Blues 2016 Challenge Strictly Finals, with Shoshi Krieger-Joven
Austin Blues Party 2016 Big Damn Social Jack and Jill Finals
Austin Blues Party 2016 Newcomer Jack and Jill 2nd, as a Follow, with Chelsea Adams
Steel City Blues 2016 Open Jack and Jill 1st, with Shoshi Krieger-Joven
2015 Placements
Snowbound Blues 2015 Social Jack and Jill 2nd, with Shira Hoffman
Snowbound Blues 2015 Novice/Expert Jack and Jill 2nd, with Caren Jensen
Snowbound Blues 2015 Solo Comp Finals
Berlin Blues Explosion 2015 Jack and Jill 2nd, with Philippa Svensson
Berlin Blues Explosion 2015 Strictly 3rd, with Annette Kuhnle
North Star Blues 2015 Strictly Finals, with Andi Hansen
Sweet Molasses Blues 2015 Advanced Jack and Jill 3rd, with Elizabeth Tuazon
Nocturne Blues 2015 Switch! Jack and Jill 2nd, with Grace Jones-Taylor
Nocturne Blues 2015 Challenge Strictly Finals, with Shoshi Krieger Joven
Nocturne Blues 2015 Solo Team Competition Finals
Austin Blues Party 2015 Big Damn Social Jack and Jill Finals
Austin Blues Party 2015 Strictly 3rd, with Laney Barhaugh
2012 Placements
BamBLOOZled 2012 Open Jack and Jill 1st, with Laura Wood
2011 Placements
BamBLOOZled 2011 Newcomer Jack and Jill 3rd