If you follow DWT on the internet, you may have noticed my recent absence. Don’t worry; it’s for a very good reason. I had a baby.

Said baby:

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As parents everywhere figured out long before me, motherhood is, um, demanding. When people say babies need constant attention, they mean that literally. I thought “constant” was hyperbole. You can imagine the effects of this miscalculation.

Now that my free time is greatly reduced, I want to make the most of it. So I’m turning this surprise interruption into a planned hiatus.

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During this planned hiatus, I’ll be mapping out DWT’s next steps for the year ahead. I need to hone in on what makes DWT successful—what people actually want most—and do more of that.

One idea I’m exploring during the hiatus is building a website for online lindy hop courses. I love online and independent learning. Love, love, love it. My greatest insights have come from self-motivated, self-sought education.

But just because I’m in love with something doesn’t mean it will work. I have the resources to build a great site. But will it be successful?

Help Me Find Out!

If you’re a lindy hopper, please fill out this survey (survey now closed; thanks!). It’s 100% multiple choice with some optional comment boxes.

If I get encouraging results, I’ll continue with interviews and another survey to get more fine-grained feedback.

While I research and evaluate this idea over the next month or so, I won’t be blogging or posting to Facebook much. However, I’ll continue answering emails and sending out newsletters. And of course Lindy Makers will go on as usual.

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But let’s say I decide online lindy hop courses are a wonderful idea, and lots of people are interested. What then?

The next step is to create a few courses. They’ll be based on what the surveys and interviews indicate lindy hoppers actually want. Then I’ll gather feedback. No matter how many surveys I do, I can’t tell for sure what’ll work unless I try it.

You’ll have to stay tuned to find out what happens next. I have 472 survey responses as of writing. :-)

The sequel in my Lindy Hop According to Bruce Lee series. Read the first post.

Before I studied the art, a punch to me was just a punch, a kick was just a kick. After I’d studied the art, a punch was no longer a punch, a kick no longer a kick. Now that I understand the art, a punch is just a punch, a kick is just a kick.Bruce Lee

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Once upon a time, Bruce Lee was a dancer. He studied many forms of movement, rather than getting indoctrinated in only one “way.”

On our shelf sits my husband’s copy of Tao of Jeet Kune Do, the book this quote is from. As far as the internet can tell me, the quote (like the rest of the book) is strongly influenced by Buddhist philosophy.

This “punch is just a punch” quote has been on my mind lately. Here’s why. Click to Continue »

The first in my Lindy Hop According to Bruce Lee series. Read the second post.

To fit in with an opponent one needs direct perception. There is no direct perception where there is resistance, a “this is the only way” attitude.

Having totality means being capable of following “what is,” because “what is” is constantly moving and changing. If one is anchored to a particular view, one will not be able to follow the swift movements of “what is.”Brue Lee

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I found this quote on page 18 of Bruce Lee’s book, Tao of Jeet Kune Do, which I’ve been perusing lately for inspiration. I relish getting inspiration from unexpected sources. This particular source deserves deeper examination.

Before I delve into answering, “What the hell is Bruce Lee talking about, and what does it have to do with lindy hop?” let me share one more: Click to Continue »