BUT! We did come away from the event with The Rendezvous Cup this year! :) We have to give it back next year (unless we win again ;) but it'll have our names and some witty saying added for 2012.
Giant thanks to Joel Plys for putting together the 9th Annual Balboa Rendezvous. As I mentioned in a previous post, Chris and I attended as in-class instructors, and we were in the Level 1 classes all day on Saturday, dancing with and working one-on-one with students. For Level 1 there were 8 in-class instructors, which sounded like a lot at first, but it worked really well - the students got a lot of personal attention, and they learned the material much faster. The main instructors were top-notch, and I recommend putting this event on your list if you're interested in Balboa.
And the MUSIC!! Oh my goodness. We're spoiled here in Los Angeles with our fantastic bands and frequent live music, but Glenn Crytzer and His Syncopators came down from Seattle and -- holy smokes, they're incredible. Every time I walked into the ballroom I thought a (remastered!) vintage recording was playing. The band's balance was just perfect and the rhythm section felt like the Heartbeat of Balboa. Pop over to their website for a free listen!
And ok, here's a contest photo I dug off Facebook. I guess the back of my head's better than nothing?!
Photo by Douglas LeClair