Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wordless Wednesday – Dance Competition

Competitions for balboa dancing
This is a not-so-wordless wednesday. I've mentioned before that I dance and that I love vintage dances like lindy hop, balboa, and blues. Well, here is a recent photo of me dancing in a competition for balboa. I'm wearing a 1940's floral dress with cognac brown ReMix shoes. I'm also wearing a fascinator in my hair that I made with my grandmother's vintage brooch. I competed in my very first competitions last weekend and it was terrifying and exhilarating! I did manage to take 3rd place in a Pro-Am competition (where a pro and an amateur dance together).

Photographs by "A Captured Image Photography".

competition in vintage dance

vintage 1940's dress and reproduction heels on a dancer of vintage balboa
dressed in vintage dancing balboa for jack & jill competition

64 comments:

  1. My congratulations, dear~! Lovely photos!!!

    xxx

    Tatiana

    http://www.bonnie23blog.blogspot.com/

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  2. You look lovely Jamie :) That dress is so beautiful! Congrats on placing 3rd. Dancing looks like a lot of fun

    Take care
    Catriona

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    1. It is so much fun! And anything that gives me a reason to wear dresses like that is worth it! ;-)

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  3. That's so fun! Learning those dances is quickly becoming a lost art--what a wonderful talent to have!

    Congratulations on 3rd, too!

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    1. Thanks Amanda! It is definitely a niche that I love being a part of. It quickly becomes an addiction! ;-)

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  4. Wow. I like dancing. The pics looks great. It must be amazing. Have a nice day.

    http://www.fashiondenis.com/

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  5. Wow! Congrats on 3rd place in the competition! You look so pretty in that vintage dress and I love that you used your grandmas brooch for a hair fascinator! Lovely!

    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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    1. Thank you Rebecca! That dress is a dream to dance in too!

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  6. Jamie...I didn't know this about you!!! I absolutely adore dancing too. Third place...you rock!! I would love to see you perform!! You commented on my blog that you are going to alter a vintage dress...oh my..now you are talking a different language. BUT so glad you are going for it.
    Laurie

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    1. HAHA, thank you! What kind of dancing do you do?
      And as for the dress, believe me, taking the plunge to try is the hardest part about altering!

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  7. How fun!! I love to watch dancing competitions! Congrats!

    Lanaya
    www.raising-reagan.com

    And stop by this week to enter my amazing giveaway! There are some fantastic prizes!
    http://raising-reagan.com/2012/11/14/350-follower-giveaway-extravaganza/

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    1. Thanks Lanaya! And I already entered in your giveaway! Fingers crossed!

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  8. Hey! That looks like fun! I used to dance...tap, jazz...maybe one day I'll get my kids into it. Congrats on the award! I am stopping by from Erika Price's blog hop and following on GFC. Would love for you to check my blog out sometime. Have a great Wednesday!

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    1. Thanks! There is actually a lot of jazz in these vintage dances. I'm not great at it, but the better you are at incorporating jazz, the easier the dances would be!

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  9. How fun!
    Have a great WW!
    http://poshonabudget.com/2012/11/ww-i-was-indeed-in-coke-zero-heaven.html

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  10. You are amazing and certainly know how to enjoy life. I am so happy for you!

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  11. Beautiful pictures. They reveal how much you love dancing. I am a new Follower of your Blog. Have a good Wednesday.

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    1. I'm glad! I really do love it to bits and I'm glad to have to following now too! ;-)

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  12. Congrats on third, that's awesome. I love the pics, and quite honestly, I'd wear that dress now, lol. I think it's gorgeous.

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    1. Thanks! I love that dress. I just finished altering another one that I'm super excited to wear!

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  13. Beautiful outfit! I'm a beginning level dancer, so no heels for me.

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    1. Haha! Thank you Kathleen! Believe me, my poor feet were dying at the end of that weekend! If you ever do get heels, these are great because they are a thick heel (reproduction 40's) and the large t-strap keeps them on your feet. I think dancing in any shoes for 4 days straight will do a number on your piggies! ;-)

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  14. You look so amazing, so inspiring! Love to watch you dancing!
    I love to dance myself, so I understand what you felt!
    Beautiful dress by the way!!!
    http://beautyofheworld.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad to find another dance lover! ;-)

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  15. oh how fun that looks!! and congrats congrats! you look fabulous!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.
    happy WW!

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    1. Thank you! It was super fun and terrifying all at once!

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  16. Congrats, Jamie! I'm sure you had a blast once you got past the butterflies!

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    1. I don't think I did get past those butterflies! They were like mutant dinosaur sized butterflies! But it was a blast regardless!

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  17. I have always wanted to learn how to dance professionally. Dancers have a grace about them that is beautiful to watch. On Dancing with the Stars next week, one of the dances is the Lindy Hop. :)

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    1. Oh cool! I'll have to try and find that on Hulu to see it! Thanks for the heads up! ;-)

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  18. Congrats with your third place honey and Thanks a lot for your lovely comment!

    I am certainly following you and i would love to have a person like you as a follower:)

    This is my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Juicy-Confashions/450396928311999

    Kisses from Amsterdam!

    Xoxo

    Http://juicyconfashions.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! I actually already follow you on Bloglovin'. Love your blog! ;-)

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  19. Awesome! Yippie! I finally can put a picture to 'Jamie Chatterblossom' - woohoo! Nice... beautiful dress, too, you look like you just stepped out of a 40s film with Bogie :)
    Dancing is so much fun. I never knew until I started dancing with my husband. We did Rumba, ChaCha, Waltz, Foxtrot and all those dances, for years until he hurt his foot (doing something else). So now we can't do it anymore until he - hopefully - heals. We weren't any good, but we enjoyed it - together, and that's the main thing. Hope we can get back to it one day.

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    1. Thanks Claudia! I know, I rarely put any personal stuff on my blog. I'm a bit shy. There is one photo on my About page on my Etsy shop, but that is it. This was the first one otherwise!
      I really hope you get to dance again soon. Sorry about the hubby's foot! My husband just had surgery on his shoulder and won't be able to dance til Feb., but he just started anyways, so he will just begin again that month. Dancing is my only form of exercise cause I hate working out, so I gotta dance! ;-)

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  20. You look fantastic! I envy people who dance well - I'm so clumsy. I love your hair, too - wish I could see it more clearly because it looks like an interesting braid/updo. Congrats on placing!

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    1. Thank you! My hair is actually in a twisted crown. Instead of a braid, I've twisted it around my head and into a circle on top. Not super hard, but it does make your arms tired after trying to do it! ;-)

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  21. Congratulations!!! That sounds and looks like so much fun! And I love your dress- classy!

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  22. Oh how lovely!! We don't really offer the vintage tea dances here! So sad! You do look beautiful :D

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    1. Thank you! Are you in the UK? If so, depending on where, they actually do! I just met a couple from England two weeks ago at that competition who just held a similar one in England. You never know, right?! It is a small community, so they just may have one of the dances near you! ;-)

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  23. However did I miss your lovely blog?! First I want to congratulate you for winning the contest. I tried swing dancing once & loved it! You're inspiring me to go again. Also.....you LOVE vintage AND recreate beautiful objects. What is not to love?! SOOOOO excited to follow you. Come visit me as well dear.

    Debra@stylewisebydebra.blogspot.com

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    1. How crazy nice of you! So glad you found me and like my blog! I'll be sure to stop by for a visit! ;-)

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  24. Congrats on winning 3rd place. I love the dress. A good friend of mine loves to dance. When some things clear up my life I would love to take up social dancing.

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    1. Thank you so much! You definitely should give it a try. Great exercise and super fun!

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  25. omg im inlove! you look way to pretty! love it!

    I just started a new blog! I would love for you and your followers to check it out!
    I would love it too if you Follow my blog on Bloglovin & GFC? Ill totally follow back.
    <3 Fer.

    www.styleambitions.blogspot.com

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    1. Wow Fer, thank you so much! That is really nice of you and I will definitely come check out your blog!

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  26. Wow! Congratulations :)!! Thank you so much for sharing the photographs, looks like you had a lot of fun. I have always wanted to learn how to dance. Love your dress as well, it is so pretty :)

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    1. Thank you so much! I really did have a lot of fun! ;-)

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  27. I've always wanted to try that, looks like a great time!

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    1. It is! You should definitely give it a try!

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  28. OM Gosh! My girlfriend is gonna die! LOL She LOVES lindyhop and takes lessons once a week. She has started buying all the clothes that go along with it too. It totally looks like a blast. We'd do it too if there was anywhere around here that taught it. Bummer : (

    Congrats on your prize! I need to look up the difference between balboa and lindy. When my husband and I took lessons I was always too scared to go into a competition. We took Argentine and regular Tango but mostly Argentine.

    So fun that I stumbled upon you in the blogosphere : )

    Bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. AAAHHHH!! So cool! LOL! The lindy community is a small one, but the balboa is a niche within a niche. ;-)
      Balboa is actually my favorite. Here is a link to a video on youtube with one of the best in the world at it:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBvQPU7oais

      I can't recall exactly where you live, but I thought it was Toronto? If so, there probably is lindy and balboa there. You just have to find them. Google Lindy or lindy hop toronto (or whatever your town is) and start searching lady! You would love it!

      Argentine is a hard and beautiful dance. I haven't been able to give that one much time yet, but what I have done I have loved. It is such a gorgeous dance.

      Glad I found you too!!

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  29. Wow, Jamie, good for you! You look like you're really enjoying yourself.
    Thanks for linking up with the TALU!

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    1. Thank you Ashley! This dress is one of my very favorites so I'm glad you like it too! ;-)

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  31. Hi Jamie!

    I just wanted to say again how beautiful you looked in this outfit - from head to toe, so immaculate! I'd love to be able to style my hair like that!

    And of course congratulations!! 3rd place is fantastic!

    Thanks so much for linking up this week, I really look forward to seeing you again next Wednesday afternoon for Style Sessions!

    Lauren xxx
    www.stylelixir.com

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    1. Thank you so much Lauren! That is crazy nice of you! ;-)

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