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Adventures of a Dance Teacher
by Rick Archer

It has been well over 25 years since I entered the world of Dance. And to borrow a phrase from the Grateful Dead, what a long, strange trip it has been!!  With the exception of some rough times the first few years, it has been fun almost every step of the way.  It is true that I have had a dream profession.

I might add the story of how I got started should be strong encouragement for anyone who has hoped to ever turn a hobby into a career. If you have an activity you enjoy, volunteer as a way to get started, then see if you have what it takes to turn your interest to the next level!

Time Line of a Dance Career


 A simple act of kindness In high school makes a difference


 A humorous moment from my senior year in high school

July 1974

 I take my first dance class ever. 

Fall 1974

 I learn to dance.


 I teach my first dance class ever.

Fall 1975

 Why SSQQ doesn't have dance contracts.

Spring 1977

 I meet the worst dance teacher ever.

July 1977

 I take Jazz dancing and meet someone famous.

Summer 1977

 Something stupid - How I fail my big chance to enter the NBA

November 1977

 Saturday Night Fever opens.

January 1978

 My Big Break as a Dance Teacher.

1978  Tales of the Pistachio Disco Club
1978 and more

 My Days as a Performer, Part One

Summer 1978  I teach dancing at a Wife Swappers Club
Summer 1978

 My Days as a Performer, Part Two

Fall 1978

 Why I Hate Dance Contests, Part One

January 1979

 I begin to teach dance full-time for a living.

October 1980

SSQQ moves to its current Bissonnet location.

1981 - 1983

The Story of the Winchester Club

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April 1981

 SSQQ gets its name.

Spring 1983

 How I cost the Oilers a chance at the Super Bowl

Fall 1984

 I learn a valuable lesson in dance class.


 Tom Easley and his infamous Look-a-Like Night.

1986   The Streak - I go Whip Dancing 201 Nights in a row
Summer 1987

 I almost buy a Building and lose my shirt.

October 1987

 SSQQ takes full control of the Bissonnet studio. 

April 1988  The First SSQQ Sleazy Bar Whip Party
Spring 1988

 The Genetic Curse.

Summer 1988

 Diane Head and the huge 1988 Sock Hop

Summer 1988

 Why I Hate Dance Contests, Part Two

Summer 1989

 Toga! Toga!  The SSQQ Night of Decadence


 David Schroeder designs the SSQQ Web Site


 HSDS-SSQQ Swing Controversy costs someone a marriage

January 1999

 The SSQQ Extravaganza Swing Party

February 1999

 The Lady Who Wanted to Lead

August 1999

 The Curse of the SSQQ Balloon Race

January 2000

 The Sordid Shaggie Jitterbug Saga.

April 2000

 The Night I Lost My Temper over a Refund Argument

July 2000

 The Exciting Sadie Hawkins Manhunt!

December 2000

 The Arrogant Bastard Explodes

February 2001

 The Toughest Dance Assignment of my Career

May 2001

 The Pasadena Mud Volleyball Tournament

May 2001

 The Newsletter leads to a huge catfight!

June 2001

 SSQQ plays Noah's Ark during the incredible flood


 Jack Benard, the magical dance teacher

May 2005

  My high school St. Johns changes the name of the mascot


 Tales of the Infamous SSQQ Halloween Party

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Mike Fagan gives Martian Whip its name.

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The Legend of Sharon Crawford.

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Susie Merrill and the amazing Heartbeat dance team

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The Daryl Armstrong Experience

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Jim Smith marries Pat and breaks our heart.

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Jack Benard, the magical dance teacher

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Diane Head and the huge 1988 Sock Hop

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Chris Holmes is the SSQQ Newsletter Superstar


Along the way many interesting and funny things have happened. These are some of the stories. I might add that many of these stories appear in other places on the SSQQ Web Site as well, but I can't imagine you will mind if I put them here as well. I hope you enjoy the stories ! 

If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at  Thanks !

Rick Archer, SSQQ, 2004


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