The One About the Bad Breath

Dear Dance Diva,

What do you do when a guy asks you to dance and he has really, really bad breath? This guy and I belong to the same dance club so I see him almost every weekend at one party or another. He asks me to dance a lot and every time I give him some excuse and decline. He’s a good dancer and a nice person and if it wasn’t for his bad breath, I’d enjoy dancing with him – is it rude to tell him the truth? I am running out of excuses.

—Holding My Breath


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The One About the Arm Yanker

Dear Dance Diva,

I am a professional competitive ballroom dancer and instructor. One of my responsibilities is to staff social parties hosted by the studio where I work. The parties are open to the public and a few months ago I injured my shoulder from dancing with a gentleman at one who is not a student of mine or anyone else at our studio. To my knowledge he does not take lessons at any of the other studios in town.

Self-taught dancers often make bad choices when leading patterns. While the result

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The New Old Guy

Today I’m competing for the first time with my new pro. It’s funny…calling him “new” given he’s twenty years older than the last guy I hired to drag me around the ballroom. [Related post: Kicking and Screaming]

You may remember my first pro partner was 30 years younger than me, which is the same age as MY OLDEST SON. Yeah. I know… a little weird, but once you spend some time on the competitive dance circuit, you realize an age discrepancy of several decades

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Old Dog. New Tricks.

I rarely take social media quizzes, but I took this one and… SHUT. THE. FRONT. DOOR.

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They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but apparently you can. Check it out.

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Like I said. Old dog. New Tricks. Word.

Obviously I’m not a dog-turned-human, but the truth is the Old Dog version of me spent more time and resources grooming the family dog than I did grooming myself because that’s what moms do. We put everybody – including the dog – first. There are

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