Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Japan..Hong Kong..Florida and HOME!!!

We're finally home after an amazing and exhausting trip. If this entry was ten pages long, it still couldn't capture all we've experienced. To say that this was a trip of a lifetime is putting it mildly. The Superstars of Dance Show was spectacular. Every year they bring in the top 6 couples from Standard and the top six couples from Latin to do a 5 number exhibition in Japan. To have our choreography danced at this event was an honor. Even more, with the popularity of this DVD, I'm so excited that Maxim & Beata chose to do two West Coast Swing numbers in their show. This will only help spread West Coast Swing in the Ballroom world, which has been a goal of ours for a very long time.

We're off to Hong Kong. With a little smooth talking from me, (Tatiana will have to agree), I managed to get us bumped up to First Class on Cathay Pacific, with no extra cost, on an airline we've never flown before. This was by far the best First Class we've ever flown in.

We were in Hong Kong to teach, but it never felt like we were working. We were taken care of so unbelievably, that we cannot thank our Hosts enough. Fantastic 8-course meals, a helicopter ride to Macau Island (the Las Vegas of Hong Kong), great shopping, sight-seeing, the list goes on and on...

On our way home, we stopped in Florida for a workshop weekend. Traveling for 24+ hours straight made it a little hard to get back to reality, but the wonderful group snapped us right out of our jet lag.

We're packing to leave for Summer Hummer this weekend, and next week starts our next big journey. We are heading to the Ukraine for a week long camp on the Black Sea. From there, we head to the UK for the Eclipse Weekender. At the end of that trip, we will have been gone 50 out of 55 days. That's a record for us. Our biggest goal is to spread this dance as far as we can. We're trying our best, but I guess it doesn't have to be accomplished in 50 days :-)

Friday, August 14, 2009

France and Greece Behind us...Japan now..and Hong Kong on Monday!!

Hey everyone! Since we wrote last, we have been in five different countries and traveled for days at a time. Our trip has been tiring, but so rewarding at the same time. Sea Sun & Swing, the camp we teach at in the South of France, had over 300 people attending for the whole week. We have been attending that camp since 2004, when it was completely lindy. It is now completely West Coast Swing. We sure miss our lindy friends, but we're very grateful that the interest in West Coast Swing has grown so much. We've taught 18 hours of workshops and many hours of privates throughout the week to dancers from France and other surrounding countries in Europe.

We want to thank everyone for showing their appreciation towards us during every class and our performance Friday night. With a slick tile floor we had to improvise - with me wearing socks and Tatiana wearing shoes with socks over them. It was worth every second to feel the crowds enthusiasm.

From there we took a much deserved vacation with some friends in Athens. One interesting thing happened before we even got there. Eric, Jenn DeLuca's husband, was meeting us at the airport, and as a joke he was holding up a sign stating "Welcome West Coast Superstars!" A local at the airport said "Which West Coast Superstars will be here?" He said, "Mr. Frisbee and Ms. Mollmann," but before he could finish his sentence the lady said "Jordan Frisbee and Tatiana Mollmann? I watch them on Youtube!" It's amazing to hear that West Coast Swing has made it to Greece. With only 3 days there, it was a great way to celebrate my birthday and relax before our next trip.

Now we are in Tokyo attending The Superstars of Dance Show. We are so excited to be here and will let you know how everything goes. Off to coach at the rehearsal.