Monthly Archives: September 2012

Desert City 2012 Update #1

It is POURING! Not just raining but serious torrential downpour. Palm trees outside the room bent over sideways, whipping around like the hair’s gonna be blown off their heads. A flash flood warning is in effect until midnight. Remnants of Hurricane Isaac maybe? Mike says yesterday afternoon brought a ferocious dust-storm – they have aContinue Reading

Desert City 2012 Update #2

No more rain! Dried up after that last update and it’s been rain-free ever since! Muggy, like we’re on the inside of a cloud.  (Heavy Cloud – la la la boom! – but No Rain.) Phoenix weather – who knew? They have interesting names for things around here. “The Boob travels at 100 km/h (60Continue Reading

Desert City 2012 Update #3

What a rowdy crowd! Packed ballroom whistling, pounding and screaming for Novice prelims (which came even before Opening Ceremonies.) There is huge support for beginner dancers here, huge excitement and “ownership” of the new dancers, and it shows in how they dance. Novice dancers are good here, really good, clearly getting a strong foundation inContinue Reading

Desert City 2012 Update #4 SCHEDULE CHANGE

SCHEDULE CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT Intermediate SEMI-FINALS added to schedule. An Intermediate Jack and Jill Semi-Final division is now scheduled for 7pm this evening. Intermediate Semi-Finalists are: Callbacks for Intermediate Semi-Finalist Leaders: Hareesh Kapoor Robert Campos Joshua Flores Thomas Carter Peter Elliott Samy Kaye Powers Joshua Danger Baine Alex Waller Cesario Dos Santos Marlon Mills Nick MoorContinue Reading

Desert City 2012 Update #5

JACK AND JILL FINALISTS JUST POSTED: Masters Finalists Mark Endo Ric Shube Louie Juarez Mike Booth Russ Hausske Martin Brown Patrick Plagens Warren Pino John Demnkoff Jack Ray Bob Brown Alt: Michael Heath Susy Fries Laurie Shafer Linda Marcus Glenda Smith Dawn Deeks Mindy Halladay Vivian Glucksman-Weiss Jill Aversa Bess Rodriguez Kelly Wentling Peggy AllenContinue Reading

Desert City 2012 Update #6

AWARDS!   FINALISTS! Tonight’s events in backwards order … [drum roll]   AND YOUR WINNERS ARE …   [drum roll] Masters Jack and Jill! 5th Louie Juarez and Susy Fries 4th Jack B. Ray and Jill Aversa 3rd Warren Pino and Mindy Halladay 2nd Bob Brown and Bess Rodriguez 1st Place Mike Booth ad Laurie Shafer Masters StrictlyContinue Reading

Desert City 2012 Update #7

Good Morning Dezzzert Citaaaay! [stretch]   [yawwwn]    [stretchhh] Hey youse! Howya’ do-win?!? It is a BEAUTIFUL GORGEOUS windy sunny lovely Arizona day today! Puffy clouds, blue skies, palm trees waving hi …  Distant sounds of splashing and laughing float up into my balcony from the big pool and waterfalls just down the mountain … I haven’tContinue Reading

Desert City 2012 Update #8

FINAL RESULTS! AUGHGHGH! On my way to airport! AUGHGHGH! Rushing rushing return rental car where’s a gas station hope I don’t crash what is the PROBLEM with google maps can’t read this STUPID Ipad while I’m driving luggage feels too heavy gonna be a problem hope I didn’t leave anything in the room please noContinue Reading

Desert City 2012 Update #9

Sunday’s Finals! SPOTLIGHT! Not all contestants had realized they’d be up on stage in front of the cameras, their every facial expression televised live all around the world, just them and their partner all by their lonesome selves for two and a half long long minutes …  hahaha pretty exciting! Masters Finals Couples Mark EndoContinue Reading

Desert City 2012 Update #10

Been home for a week – suitcases still fully packed. Argh! Gotta unpack so I can re-pack for Boogie in a week and a half. Argh! All this suitcase stuff making me talk like a pirate, no idea why. Haven’t finished telling about Sunday, the final big show of the weekend: Allstar and Champion JJContinue Reading