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Play That Sax!


Play that sax!! A great, fun song and a fast song for us to dance to as well. I like dancing to fast songs because they make you want to move! Slow songs can be fun, too much slow can literally just slow you down. The song we are dancing to is “Sax” by Fleur East.

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One Time

A dance workout, to keep both of us in shape, especially since we are both working from home and sitting at desks for long hours. Our garage has been converted to a small dance floor for several years now. Having it means we can step onto it any hour of the day and get some dancing in!

In this dance, I even try that knee-drop move… with the opposite foot! I’ve done this before, but with my right foot landing on the floor. I hesitate for a few minutes for two reasons:

  1. I’ve never done it with this foot before
  2. I was trying to hit something in the music

Still, it was a fun song to dance and improv to. These types of songs have a lot of fun moments, even though it’s a slower song. Still, it’s fun to experiment.

The song we dance to in this video is my Marian Hill, “One Time”. Note: we do not own the rights to this song.

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Ethereal Legend

West Coast Swing

This is the “ethereal” version of “Legend” dance. To see the regular version, without the effects, please check out Rene’s Facebook page here. In this version, I really had fun adding in the effects.

The song we are dancing to is “Is Your Love Strong Enough” from the Tom Cruise movie “Legend”. And I have a thing for the ethereal. So naturally, combining these two facets of fantasy entertainment was a no-brainer for me. In fact, the first time I saw the movie legend was sometime in the early to mid 90’s. I always liked this song, even back then, way before I was into West Coast Swing.

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Throwback Dance: Carmel Highlands Inn

West Coast Swing

Back in the day, one of the best places to dance on the Monterey Peninsula was at the Carmel Highlands Inn. Before COVID-19 was even a news headline, the dancing at this great spot ended, several years before.

It was a changing of the management at the inn, the retirement of an awesome duo band at the time, and perhaps people even moving on. But for Jennifer and myself, this was THE spot to go West Coast Swing dancing every Friday night. There was nothing else I quite enjoyed more than going through my workday on Friday with the anticipation of a great night out of dancing after dinner and work. This was always a great way to kick off the weekends!

The Carmel Highlands Inn was a place for the local West Coast Swing community in Monterey (as well as surrounding areas) to come together, be social, chat, and DANCE! There was never again another place like it ever since. And with COVID, there really isn’t any places to gather and dance like before.

In time, perhaps there will be another such place. For now, we’ll look back fondly at what an awesome place this was for dancing and enjoying the company of good friends. Until the next dance spot crops up, keep on dancing at home, your garage, or with your loved ones! Just KEEP ON DANCING!!!