Weekly Note #67

July 1st 2013
This Week's Note
Quote of the Week
It's from the people to the leaders, not the leaders to the people.
-Red Skelton
"and to the Republic"

To Write, or Not to Write?
A couple weeks back, in The Revolution is at Hand, I encouraged you to tell your own stories, share your own perspectives, give a voice to what you a feeling and thinking.
I was sent a link to a young man's blog that did just that! His article was so well written that I just had to share it with you. 
I hope you enjoy it too! May all of you have your own voices heard too...
to read his amazing article!
And from what I hear, he will have more coming. What do you think? What have you experienced? We'd love to hear!
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Are there two dances?
How can I calculate swing content?
What's a Nissy?
Who can I trust?
How can I choose an instructor?
How can I become an instructor?
Where did the term 'The Ten' come from?
Why all the buzz about Points?

It's ALL in these books!
and much much MUCH more!
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Katherine Eastvold
PO Box 292
Camarillo, CA 93011

Dear Reader,  

It's freedom week for us here in the States. I plan on celebrating my freedoms, and I invite you to celebrate yours alongside me.

The freedom to love swing, to love writing, to love my husband (Happy Bday baby!) and to love, love, LOVE you guys. You guys are really something special... magical, almost. A community of dancers across the world who like to "select instead of settle."

You're awesome.
Let's celebrate.
Statue of Liberty
It's Time to Celebrate Our Freedom to Love WCS
Last year a friend and fellow teacher that Nick and I love very very much wrote me:
"I have not received your note in awhile. Did you stop writing them? I hope not; I know you take grief for them at times, but I think you have some very valid points and I appreciate your willingness to bring them to the table for discussion. I don't agree with every word you say, but I expect you are okay with that."
Wow. I felt so very understood. I have carried her words with me ever since, reminding me that my readers know, they know, that submission or omission is the last thing that I would ever ask of you.
"I expect you are okay with that."
Ah. The words are like a salve that soothes this broken heart. I was never looking for war, but if they want one, at least I can give you some armor. If you want it. It's always been your call.
The Stage
Oh, was it SO curious to me! How you experienced last week's Note, #66: The Ten. In general, it took about 3-4 days for you to digest the first part. The jumping and all. And then, unexpectedly for me, you had a myriad of just one question that just stuck out at you. And it ate at you. And you had to go back, re-read it, then re-read it again!
I really thought they would blend into to one another, the questions, in order, in a Word Group... that you would process the questions one by one by one by one... in a series, in a smooth continuous process.
But oh, no. No, no, no, no no. It seems each of you had a wound, a soft spot, a revelation at the reading of one single question that burned off the screen, off the page, off your lap...
And then. You connected the dots alright. Ouch. Cool. Whoa.
Oddly enough, the questions that popped for each of you didn't sort themselves out by country or region either. This fascinated me. I would've thought certain questions would hit certain regions. I'm so very very glad some resonated for you, or gave you answers, or gave you solutions.
For some of you, they opened your eyes to the parts you played to get us here. You saw what you had done. How it had affected our future. And you knew, you knew you could have stopped so much, but you didn't. You aren't the only one. You, too, are not alone. And you don't have to play a part any longer, do you?
They are YOUR questions, that only YOU can answer. (And no, I didn't put any riddles in there. No disguises to throw you off - how in the world would that help you with the dots? Take what I said last week at face value.)
The Virus
Unfortunately, some didn't take these questions so well. Oi. Lordy. I always expect it, but MAN, do I hate it when they come after you!!! Come after me - fine, bring it. I know you, I see you, I understand you and I'm expecting you. Muah. I love you anyways.
But man, my dear readers, I don't ever think you should pay for having your own thoughts and opinions. For those of you not involved in the online world of WCS, you can sit this one out. Enjoy the freedom of dancing without someone else's words in your head.
Now. For those of you ON the networks, you and I both already know about the "E.N.P." Virus, right? The one that automatically kicks in the moment you talk wise words, free words, swing words, honest words? 
Ohhhh boy. You're gonna get it. Because the E.N.P Virus hunts those kinds of words down and BAM! You get thrashed by E on one side and P on the other and then, uh oh! You've got the E.N.P. Virus.
The symptoms start showing up... All-Stars from left and right! Mommies from up and down! Ahhhh! Ack! Bleck!...
Have the E.N.P Virus? Here's what the doctor prescribes:
Take a good heaping dose of this:
'Best bit of advice I have ever heard regarding haters: Never wrestle with a pig. 
You both get dirty but the pig likes it!'
-Wayne Goss
Then chase it down with a HUGE dose of this!
'Liberty - which is Freedom; 
the right of power for one to live his own life 
without fears, threats or any sort of retaliation.'
-Red Skelton, 
on the meaning of the words 
in the Pledge of Allegiance
Have at it boys and girls.
Let's light some fireworks!
About Katherine

An author and Champion dancer who fell in love with West Coast Swing in 
the early 1990's, Katherine has owned her highly successful studio, served on the board for the Swing Dance Hall of Fame, is a finalist in both Classic and Strictly at the US Open, has written articles for numerous magazines in the community for more than a decade, has choreographed for numerous top 5 routines, has served on the  board for Boogie by the Bay and has traveled to over 42 states. 

She has written two books for her
West Coast Swing Revolution Series:Telling the Truth and Setting Dancers Free.

She is not afraid. She loves beauty. She loves truth. And she believes it's knowledge that can bring a dancer more joy than they can imagine on the floor.

Katherine Krok Eastvold | PO Box 61555 | Santa Barbara | CA | 93160