Dancing again!

Posted January 23rd, 2014 by layla

After my last competition, I had to take a break from dancing for almost two years, first because of an injury to my big toes, and then exacerbated by a nearly fatal car accident. :( Not fun… not fun at all!

But, there’s good news. I’m back to dance!

Actually, it’s now been 14 months since I returned to dance! Yay! :D

A lot has happened in these past ~3 years since I was forced to stop dancing, and in the time since I’ve been back on the dance floor. I don’t think I have the energy or the desire to search through the past and document it here — I’d prefer to look forward more than backwards at this point. But, hopefully the future will be brighter, and involve more frequent updates to this blog!

“So, what’s new,” you say?

Well, it’s been a long road; but, I think I’m dancing better now than before my break. I’ve gotten a lot of my strength back, and have been training a lot more recently, and I really feel that I am developing a better fundamental understanding of dance (simultaneously accompanied by a feeling of having so far yet to go). At the same time, I’m trying to always listen to and be mindful of what my body is telling me, and to not over-do it with my training regimen.

I am officially looking for a dance partner!

In recent news, I decided to officially start looking for a dance partner for Amateur Adult Championship Standard. Though, I would also be open to eventually competing in Rising Star Professional Standard, if the partnership were right. I’m willing to travel or potentially relocate. For the right partnership, I’d relocate just about anywhere.

About me:

At the Eastern Dancesport Championships, 2011

At the Eastern Dancesport Championships, 2011

Name: Layla Mah
Height: 179cm (5’10″)
Weight: 65kg (145lbs)
Style: International Standard
Level: Open / Championship
Status: Amateur

Profile: http://www.dancepartner.com/profile.asp?Template=N&UID=100207&KW=&Public=Y

Twitter: @MissQuickstep
Email: dancer {at} laylamah {dot} com



“What else is new?” Well.. I broke a shoe…

I got got snowed in on competition day:

Last weekend, I tried to go spectate the Manhattan Amateur Classic (MAC) to search for a partner; but, there was a snowstorm, and my car didn’t make it more than a few feet out of my driveway!


I’m going to have some titanium removed!

My sternocleidomastoid muscle has been growing around this particular screw, and building up scar tissue, so I’m excited to have it removed!

Glenn Weiss took a short video of my dancing:

I had lessons with Glenn recently, and he took a video to show me something we were working on. It’s not my best dancing, and I think it looks pretty messy; but, the good news is that despite feeling that it’s not great dancing, it doesn’t look 100% horrible, so I am improving. :)


I’m going to meet a potential partner tomorrow :)

I don’t know him yet, so I don’t really know what to expect; but, you never know if you never try! *fingers crossed*


Oh, and I finally went skating at Boston Frog Pond!

I know this isn’t really dance related; but, I did start figure skating because I couldn’t dance anymore. It’s become a hobby that I really enjoy, but I have to say, it was nice to finally get out of the rink/freestyle skate practice and go teach someone to skate outdoors!

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