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We’re BACK, baby! What have you been up to? (karma: 5)
By MuffinHeadmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Tue Dec 12, 2017 01:27 PM

Christine so nicely tagged a lot of us OG DDNers on Facebook with a plea to breathe some life back into the forums. I hadn’t logged into my account since maybe 2015 (at least according to the PMs I got years ago and never answered)

What have you all been up to since we randomly abandoned our home?

I joined DDN back in June 2004. Back then, I was still in high school and getting ready to go into college. I ended up going to school for Dance education. I got stuck in retail for a good long while before setting up a home at a lovely dance studio in Westford, MA around 5 years ago. Beginning in January, I’m starting a full time position at a brand new fitness studio that’s opening as one of the Dance team. I’ll be teaching barre, Zumba, and dance fitness with them as well as molding their dance program along with my Dance manager.

It feels nice to be back!

Renee aka MuffinHead

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re: We are BACK, baby! What have you been up to? (karma: 1)
By smileywomanmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Tue Dec 12, 2017 07:14 PM
Hey Renee!!

Smileywoman (Maria) here. I know a bunch of us are friends on Facebook and haven't been on Dance.net in a long time.

I hope all is well with you.

What have you all been up to since we randomly abandoned our home?


I believe I joined DDN about 10-12 years ago (memory is not what it used to be, but then again I'm pushing 60 years of age!!)

At the time I joined DDN I was a ballet re-starter after more than 20 years away and was dancing 4-6 days a week. Since I joined DDN, I finished my university degree as a 40 something full-time student and became an empty-nester.

As empty-nesters, Mr. Smileywoman and I enjoy seeing 4 of our 10 grandkids most weekends. I also dream about having blue hair and opening a creative movement program for after school children someday.
re: We�re BACK, baby! What have you been up to? (karma: 3)
By Arakmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Tue Dec 12, 2017 07:52 PM
I wandered in once or twice in the last two years, but other than that it’s been God knows how long.

Full disclosure: The recession was not kind to us. We struggled for a very long time and gave up pretty much everything but the bare necessities, and that included internet, and that was when I stopped visiting DDN. I could only get on from the library, and they usually imposed a time limit. So I eventually stopped visiting DDN. We are really just now getting back on our feet and digging out from under everything that piled up on us.

But, here I am. :D What have I been up to? Still a massage therapist, still involved in dance. I opened my own studio last fall and it is doing well. The cute baby in my avatar photo is two now, and there is another on the way in June.
re: We�re BACK, baby! What have you been up to? (karma: 1)
By Kathymember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Wed Dec 13, 2017 03:01 AM
Actually I log in reguarly, but rarely post. My recent posts where in the baby board, as I got a baby.
re: We�re BACK, baby! What have you been up to? (karma: 2)
By moomintrudemember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Wed Dec 13, 2017 04:30 AM
Edited by moomintrude (59118) on 2017-12-13 04:31:57 Still can't spell though! :(
MuffinHead wrote:

What have you all been up to since we randomly abandoned our home?


Well I don't think I've logged into my account for a good couple of years as I'd totally forgotten which email I'd signed up with and my password. Finally got it sorted last night and glad to be back.

Had some amazing times on this site (and some downright bizarre times!)

So I joined way back in 2003 which made me a sparkly eyed 19 year old, now I'm a less sparkly eyed 34 (as of tomorrow!) :P. At that time I was an A level student in the UK and my plan was to head to University to study Primary Education with sports science.

Well...I went to Uni, lasted about a year and decided it really wasn't for me.

Since then I have worked in numerous sectors (waitress, for a fostering agency, camp courier in France, and many many more)

Finally I fell into tendering and I now work as a Bid Manager/Specialist for a consultancy firm in the Social Housing sector.

I'm really happy in both my work and personal lives. I have up and down days and my mental health still has its moments, but overall I'd say I'm content.

I've been with my partner for nearly 9 years now and we live together. No plans for kids or marriage though..I have 4 beautiful nephews who live in Abu Dhabi so I don't feel the need for my own.

I have a few health issues that limit what I can do but I'm working through it all and just getting on with life.

Glad to be back, and hope a few of us stick around now :)

MOOM (Mandi)
re: We�re BACK, baby! What have you been up to? (karma: 2)
By RattyPattymember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Wed Dec 13, 2017 09:36 PM
Oh my goodness what a throwback!
re: We�re BACK, baby! What have you been up to? (karma: 2)
By ChristinePremium member
On Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:21 PM
I am so happy to see so many people returning (to the scene of the crime? :P ?

It is the very best Christmas present....

Thank you all
xoxo

Keep On Dancing*
re: We�re BACK, baby! What have you been up to? (karma: 1)
By LlamaLlamaDuckmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Thu Dec 14, 2017 04:54 PM
I think I stopped coming on when I stopped using a computer. Lol.
re: We�re BACK, baby! What have you been up to? (karma: 1)
By smileywomanmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Thu Dec 14, 2017 06:49 PM
I just updated my profile picture so you guys can see what old smileywoman looks like now.
re: We�re BACK, baby! What have you been up to? (karma: 1)
By Jennamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Thu Dec 14, 2017 07:00 PM
First time logging on in AGES - thanks Facebook! DDN was such a huge part of my teens/early 20s. Dare I dive down the rabbit hole and open old posts?

I've been busy working, raising kids, back at school. Unfortunately not dancing very much...

Glad to see you all back here and read about what you've been up to! :D
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By rincedragonflymember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Thu Dec 14, 2017 07:42 PM
Holy moly, here we are again!! The Facebook group has been a blast, reconnecting with everyone.

I now teach kindergarten at a private school full time, and don’t teach dance anymore. I was unfortunately let go from my dance teaching gig when I got pregnant with my second child.

Got married back in 2013, to the guy I was always looking for advice on here and you guys thought I was crazy for staying with him, which I was, because he was a piece of dirt person for a long time. He’s actually made a lot of progress in life and is an amazing SOBER (yay!) husband and daddy now. We have two sweet little girls together, and bought a house while I was pregnant with the first.

I haven’t danced in YEARS now. My almost three year old took mommy and me dance with me, and is now in a preschool dance class, although I think she’s going to turn out to be our athlete while her younger sister may turn out to be the dancer.
re: We�re BACK, baby! What have you been up to? (karma: 1)
By kandykanePremium member
On Thu Dec 14, 2017 09:27 PM
LlamaLlamaDuck wrote:

I think I stopped coming on when I stopped using a computer. Lol.


I hear you. DDN is not very phone or tablet friendly. I've no doubt that is one of the main reasons for the decline in activity.

I still log on now and again. Just often enough to keep my old RCT diary alive. It's been a rough year. :( I lost a dear friend and a sister in law to cancer. My mom has been sick and I've been the sibling most responsible for her care. Both my parents are aging. Pop is almost 90. Mom is 76. Lots of doctor appointments. They're both a lot of work these days. The nest is finally empty, which is just as well since I'm not home much at all. Not doing the kind of traveling I had hoped to do. Mostly illness, funerals, family visits.

On a bright note, my baby girl is getting married this summer and we are thick into wedding planning. That part has been fun.

Hoping 2018 is a better year.

kk~
re: We�re BACK, baby! What have you been up to? (karma: 1)
By d4jmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:49 AM
^If I didn't have a laptop I would never go to ddn, it's pretty impossible to use.

So hi there all, I pop in now and then to lurk but haven't posted in foreverrrrrr, been loving the facebook group, I hope that stays active! Love all the updates on this post, here is what's new with me:

I still own my own school, it has grown pretty large and it is a wonderful career. Am currently teaching a dozen classes a week. Last year I converted my staff from contractors to employees which makes me a boss with a staff of eight! It's awesome to continue to grow and learn in the dance business.

The craziest thing about my life is that I moved 350 miles away from my school because hubby is nearing retirement and where we moved is where he wants to retire to. So we are renting a teensy studio apartment while we look for a house to buy in this new area. We've been in our new place a year and half and I commute, yes commute to my school - I'm a super commuter! I leave on Sunday night, the drive is 5.5 hours. I stay at our old house and work and teach and then drive back on Thursday nights. Been doing this for a year and so far so good. I actually like the drive and being by myself in the car as it is the only quiet time I get each week.
re: We�re BACK, baby! What have you been up to? (karma: 1)
By DefyingGravityPremium member
On Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:18 PM
WAZAAAAAAAP
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By pokomember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:31 AM
Oh heyyyyy.

No longer dancing, playing football (soccer) instead. Married, have a gorgeous 15 month old boy, 2 dogs and I’m working as a Marketing Manager for a professional sports team and have been there 7 years now, I totally love it!!
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By Wicked_Elphabamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:00 PM
DancingEMT in the house! Happily married, just celebrated 6 years, we actually met on DDN! We've been together a total of 7 years and are happier than ever. We live in the Chicago area. Still happily childfree with 3 beautiful 4 legged children. :) I went to visit my sister a few months ago to meet my new niece, she has 3 kids and their oldest is adopted, but I love them all the same. :) They're lovely children, but they also remind me of why we don't want any. :P

I'm no longer an EMT due to getting into a car accident and needing a spinal fusion. I'm now trying to become a police officer, while I LOVE medicine, being a public servant is my true calling.

I still dance recreationally, but am on hiatus due to my plantar fasciitis is back with a vengeance. :'(

The first photo is from our Eclipse vacation and the 2nd one is from when my mom was up for a long weekend to visit my sister who lives in Michigan so there are 3 generations in one photo. :D

The 3rd photo is from our wedding. Still going strong after 6 years. :)
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By Rinamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Tue Dec 19, 2017 06:43 PM
I sometimes swing by here if I need to look up some music ideas, but that was over a year ago at least.
It is crazy how long we have been members on here, as I also joined in 2004.

Too bad the chat was dropped a long time ago.

Is Linh still lurking?
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By Helenmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:21 PM
I seen an Instagram post by Elizabeth and it made me log on.

I’ve got a 6 year old (I’m sure she was a baby when I last logged on) she’s a ball of energy and never stops.

Still happily married (though did go through a rough patch)

It’s almost Christmas & having a kid at Christmas is the best thing ever!
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By Wicked_Elphabamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Sat Jan 06, 2018 09:03 PM
Aaaaannnnddddd I decided to change my name. Y'all can still call me EMT, I'm just retired. I'm also now completely obsessed with Wicked. (Obviously)
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By Cadbury_Eatermember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:52 AM
This post fills me with joy to see all the old faces!! Arr <3 It's so great to hear what people have been up to!

So I joined when I was eight (LOL, this seems crazy now), and I'm 23 now. I'm just moving to a new city for my new job, moving in with my sister who is an old DDNer from even earlier back than me- after finishing a BSc (Hons)/ BA with first class honours. My brother recently married, um yeah- happy to see what the new year has to bring! It'll be a lifestyle change in a quieter city with a full time office job, also living with a relative again after 5 years of uni/sharehouses. I'm thinking of trying casual team sports in my new city, seeing as the AFLW is such a stunner hit here in Aus!

I still dance a bit in open ballet, not directly at the moment as I'm visiting hometown right now. I have dabbled in and out of dance, did some cheerleading for a while. But hooked back onto ballet in 2015. I've got the address of a new place near my new office though, so I'm keen to keep following it as I really liked the community at the place I used to go in Sydney.
re: We�re BACK, baby! What have you been up to? (karma: 1)
By Believemember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Sun Jan 07, 2018 02:39 PM
So cool to see all these familiar names!

I had to look back in my comment history to see where I left off, and it looks like it was just after we bought our house!

I’m 25 now, and got married to Jesse last October. We are still in the sage house we bought, but will be moving in the next few months to a bigger house to accommodate for the baby we have on the way!

Reading my old diaries, I was a really sad kid. I struggled a lot. The most I can say about my life now is that I am truly HAPPY and living a happier life than I ever could have imagined. I’m glad to see everyone is doing well!
re: We�re BACK, baby! What have you been up to? (karma: 1)
By imadancer2member has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Sun Jan 07, 2018 06:01 PM
Y’all. This is crazy. My last reply here was in 2011. Seeing all of your usernames fills my heart with glee! (I definitely wasn’t super known, or probably known much at all around here, but maybe someone remembers me?)

To sum up the last 7 years, it sure has been heavy and light. Lots of lots of craziness that maybe I’ll elaborate on at some point.

As for now, I enrolled in junior college after 7 years away and just started taking an adult ballet class. I’m trying/hoping/moving towards transferring to a 4-year college next year and getting my bachelors in psych and minoring in art. So so so glad to be back!
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By Chaconnemember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:31 PM
Hi Madison,

I'm so happy to see you here. We corresponded back in 2011 and before, mostly regarding photography. And then you disappeared. I was quite concerned about you, but little I could do about it. I was formerly a pro photographer (an accidental "hobby" profession, I also had a real job. I did critique some of your photo work and was very impressed by your skill. When we had this mini DDN revival starting last month, I asked if anyone knew of you.

Jon
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By Chaconnemember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:37 PM
Cadbury,

We used to talk at times, violinist to violinist. I hope you still have an interest. At age 75, I'm still active, play in three symphonies, and now play viola in a performing string quartet as well.

Jon
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By foreverlostmember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Tue Jan 09, 2018 03:39 PM
Edited by foreverlost (84609) on 2018-01-09 15:40:59
Oh goodness, where do I start? Looks like I started here when I was 16, I am 29 now. No longer living in California where I grew up, instead I moved to Arizona a year and a half ago, which is great except for when its 119 degrees Fahrenheit in July. I finished college quite a few years back and work managing dental practices. Not married but have a lovely boyfriend. Spend my off time with my two cats. I don't dance nearly as much as I would like but still try to find time here and there. I battled and beat ovarian cancer last year and am living every day to the fullest, hoping for a kiddo sometime in the future.
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