UK in the NBA All-Star Game!

Today is the 64th annual NBA All-Star Game, and we here at UPK are so excited to cheer on some of our former UK Wildcats! This year, the Western Conference team is featuring John Wall of the Washington Wizards (UK 2009-2010), and represented on the Eastern Conference team are Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans (UK 2011-2012) and DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings (UK 2009-2010).

To prepare ourselves for the game, we have been looking back over the careers of UK’s greatest players. John Wall receives a special highlight in the UPK book, Wildcat Memories: Inside Stories from Kentucky Basketball Greats. He is described author, Doug Brunk, as “a key member of Coach John Calipari’s first recruiting UK class” who “led the 2009–2010 Wildcats in steals (an average of 1.8 per game), assists (an average of 6.5 per game), and scoring (an average of 16.6 per game).” Read his story in the excerpt below:

My mom, Frances Pulley, has always played an important role in my life. After my dad passed away when I was nine years old, she worked three or four jobs to make ends meet and to make sure that my sisters and I had a good life. She provided us with opportunities to reach our goals. There were times when Mom didn’t pay an electric bill so that I could compete in an Amateur Athletic Union basketball tournament. She’s been one of the biggest influential figures in my life.

Kentucky is a special place to be and a special place to play basketball. The Wildcat fans are amazing, twenty-four thousand strong at all the home games. What sets the state apart from others is that the people there love basketball so much. There are no NBA teams, NFL teams, or Major League Baseball teams in the state, so there’s nothing bigger than UK basketball from a sports standpoint.

I had always liked UK, and I made a couple of recruiting visits to the campus when I was in high school. I was impressed by the fans and how they treated me as a recruit, but the biggest reason I signed with UK had to do with Coach John Calipari being hired as the head basketball coach. My goal was to be in a program where I felt comfortable and was able to have fun. When I first met Coach Cal he seemed more interested in me as a person than as a player. We spent most of our time talking about life, not basketball. That impressed me, because when you’re being recruited you don’t want to hear a coach beg you to death and talk to you only about basketball, because there’s more to life. Choosing the college program you want to play for is a big decision, and once you sign the letter of intent, you’ve given your commitment. Coach Cal made the deci- sion to sign with UK easy for me. My mom trusted him right away, and he became a father figure to me.

Even though playing in the NBA was a lifelong dream of mine, I did not sign with UK knowing I’d stay just stay one year and then head to the NBA, but that’s how it was perceived by so many people. After our team lost to West Virginia University in the 2010 NCAA Tournament, a lot of us wanted to return the next season. I signed with UK to play basketball and try to help the program win a national championship. That was my goal. But after our 2009–2010 season I had a rare opportunity to be the number-one NBA draft pick that year, so that’s what I decided to do. I wanted to reach my dream of being an NBA player, but at the same time I did sit back and think, “I wish I could play at UK again.” But you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. I do plan to return to UK to get my degree.

The people who were most influential to me during my year at UK were the basketball coaching staff, my teammates, and Randall Cobb, who played on the UK football team. I looked up to Randall as a star on the football field and for how he played multiple positions. He was real competitive and a class-act guy. I watched every game I could to see how he performed. Every time he touched the ball he was trying to make a fundamental play, not a heroic play. That impressed me.

My coaches at UK taught me ways to become a better leader not only to lead the team but to go out on the basketball court, have fun, and enjoy myself. I could talk to them about anything. If I was having a bad day or if I was down about something, they’d pick me up. They didn’t babysit me and my teammates, but they wanted to make sure we were doing the right things on and off the court. I related to Rod Strickland in particular because he was a point guard during his college and NBA career. He taught me some moves and ways I could improve my game. In my book he was one of the best NBA point guards of his era, so it wasn’t hard for me to learn from a guy like that.

Another person influential to me was Reese Kemp, a boy from Nicholasville, Kentucky, who has cystic fibrosis and diabetes. I had the opportunity to meet Reese at Kentucky Children’s Hospital in 2009, and he’s been in my life ever since. He’s attended some Washington Wizards home games, and today I’m kind of like a big brother to him.

Playing my first few games as a Wildcat was special to me, especially having the game-winning shot against Miami University during a home game on November 16, 2009. That was my first game as a Wildcat. Other highlights for me were hitting a big-time layup during our win against the UConn Huskies in the SEC/Big East Challenge at Madison Square Garden and traveling to Cancun, Mexico, where we won the Cancun Challenge against Stanford University. Beating the University of North Carolina at Rupp Arena was also memorable, since I’m from that state. And being part of the team that won UK its two thousandth game against Drexel University on December 21, 2009, was big-time special. We also had fun during our run in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

As for the Big Blue Nation fans, they believed in me and what I could do on the basketball court. As a person and as a player I tried to be a class act. I think they understood that. They welcomed me with open arms, and I’m always welcomed back in Lexington. It’s like a second home to me. It’s amazing how supportive the fans were, wanting to talk to me after classes and sitting out- side Wildcat Lodge most every day waiting to get an autograph or to meet me. It was exciting. Some days I’d want a break from it, but I’d also keep in mind that I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at UK.

When I was given an opportunity to become the starting point guard for the Washington Wizards, I knew what would be expected of me thanks to the leadership lessons I learned at UK. That certainly helped me in my current role. I’m grateful that fans of the Big Blue Nation support me because I sure support them. Whenever I have the opportunity to see a game in Rupp Arena I travel back for that. I no longer wear a Kentucky uniform, but in September 2013 I returned to Rupp Arena with the Washington Wizards to compete against former Wildcats Anthony Davis and Darius Miller and the rest of the New Orleans Pelicans in an NBA preseason game. To be able to play on that court again was big-time special.

Here is all the info you need for the game tonight:
What: 64th NBA All-Star Game
When: Feb. 15, 8:30 p.m. ET
Where: Madison Square Garden
TV: TNT, coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET

To read more stories from Wildcat Memories, check it out on our website!

Happy Friday the 13th!

Many believe that Friday, the 13th is the unluckiest day of the year! To egg on the superstition (because we are mischievous here at UPK), we thought we would supply you with some creepy ghost stories from Kentucky! Mwah-ha-ha!

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“Ghosts That Prefer Libraries”
Jefferson County

Two Louisville ghosts prefer libraries, namely the Shively-Newman branch on Dixie Highway and the old Jeffersontown Library on Watterson Trail. Charles Harris, who has worked at both libraries, had spooky experiences at each.

“I was at Newman from about 1989 to 1992,” he says. “I noticed the presence more in the evening when I was working late alone. I never felt threatened, but I couldn’t concentrate. One winter night in 1990, I smelled the fragrance of fresh flowers coming from the browsing room, which connects the main library to the older auditorium. I couldn’t imagine who had brought fresh flowers in winter, so I checked. There were no flowers.”

The suspected ghost first attracted the staff’s attention in 1990 in the auditorium, a part of Shively City Hall to which the library was added. A man’s voice came through the speakers in the ceiling, sounding as if he were in pain, but no source could be found. Then books and other objects began to disappear and mysteriously turn up elsewhere. Lights went off and on. Once a picture of Father Joseph Newman, for whom the library is named, fell from the wall, apparently without reason, and broke.

Recently, librarian Virginia Messer was summoned by a patron to watch her tap the keys on the electric Panasonic KX-E4000 typewriter kept in the library for public use.

“It was the strangest thing,” Messer says. “It was typing different letters from the keys she was striking. The backspace went forward and the space bar went backward. We turned it off and reset it, but it did it a couple of times.”

Shively mayor Jim Jenkins says he hasn’t heard about the odd happenings, but notes that the building was the center of community happenings when Father Newman was alive.

“They had police court there around 1970,” he says. “Father Newman had clubs and activities for teenagers. There was a lot of energy here.”

The atmosphere at the old Jeffersontown Library, on the other hand, was dreary, says Harris. “I suppose the fact that the library was on the site of the former county poor house could account for the dreary feeling,” he explains.

“Many patrons came into the library describing a woman wearing a frilly white or pink dress looking out the front window. Once a family from St. Louis drove by and stopped to tell us they’d seen the woman and realized she couldn’t be real.

“The ghost seemed unhappy and made me feel like it wanted privacy. I often heard footsteps there, and once I saw a whole row of books fall off the shelf. That many books do not fall off the shelf by themselves. Yet they did, and I was standing right there looking at them when it happened. I know there was no vibration or anything to cause it.”

Harris, now the manager of the Bon Air Library, says that when the Jeffersontown Library moved into a new building next door in 1996, he never felt the presence again.

“A Haunted Apartment”
Fayette County

Upon my arrival in Kentucky in March 1981, my husband and I stayed with my mother in her apartment on Alexandria Drive in Lexington, until Nick and I got our own apartment. While there, I slept on the couch and could hear a man come in the front door of the building, then go up the steps, [and] knock on the door to the apartment directly above my mother’s. His voice would then call out, “Melody, Melody.” The door never opened, and then the man’s footsteps could be heard coming three-quarters of the way down the steps, then disappear. This went on time and time again. Both my husband and my mother heard this man, yet we never saw him.

Several months later I confronted the young woman who lived above my mother. I asked her about how much her boy friend really loved her. She said, “I’m sorry, I don’t have a boyfriend; don’t have time. My job takes up all my time at the office and at home.” I told her about the man we had been hearing. She told me that she doesn’t hear anything. But she did say that her two cats will often stand hunched, hair standing out, and growling toward the door.

My husband and I were able to get an apartment in the same building. The first night was the beginning of a nightmare for us both. We thought someone was in our apartment. We heard this noise like someone scraping the heater vent in the living room, slamming the kitchen cupboard doors, then making the noise on the vent again. The noise sounded like what a child makes while taking a stick down a picket fence. My husband got out of bed but found no one.

This went on night after night. We laid there and watched our bedroom door swing back and forth about five times, then slam shut with great force. I said, “I think we have a ghost and it wants us to leave.” After the third night of the swinging and slamming shut, a white figure (hot human shape) jumped over both of us there in bed.

The woman who lived above us couldn’t take the slamming of our bedroom door and cupboards anymore. She got up and began stomping on the floor, got her kids up to make noise all night, and dropped pots and pans. It got so bad that they plotted to kill us. I assured her that we weren’t the culprits, that it was a ghost. She wouldn’t believe me, so we all wound up in court. Due to her death threats, the judge in Lexington made her move out of the apartment.

One night, my husband, Nick, woke up sweating. He said he was going to turn on the air conditioner. Nick only got one foot out of bed when we both heard a “click.” The air conditioner came on by itself. On another occasion, having taken on a job at this apartment complex as maintenance worker, Nick went running out the door and down the back steps. He was scared out of his wits. I said, “What in the world is the matter with you?”

He told me that while he was painting the bedroom above ours, he heard little children laughing. I went to investigate, but heard nor seen nothing. . . . About two months later, the man who moved in above us told his wife, said, “Janet must have her children this weekend. I heard them laughing.”

His wife replied, “No, Janet had her kids here last weekend.”

I wondered if these kids might have lived here on this land years ago before the apartments were built. Could they have been killed by the ghost that keeps trying to run us off?

Nick gave up his maintenance job, and took on a regular one. He came home for lunch one day, and while getting ready to return to work, I said to him, “I think I will take a nap.” Well, as soon as I had laid down, a car passed right by the bedroom window, and I felt a super strong invisible force on me. I couldn’t move nor breathe. Making grunting noises, I kept trying to call on the name of Jesus. Finally, it moved away from me; just got up and left.
For more ghost stories, check out the book Haunted Houses & Family Ghosts of Kentucky by William Lynwood Montell on our website!

Cupid Countdown: Day Four!

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We are going to “freshen up” your Valentine’s Day gifts this year with some flowers! Typically, people gravitate toward red roses when buying flowers, but—let’s face it—those can get pretty expensive! Although the rose is one of the most popular symbols of love, who is to say that other flowers can’t have just as much meaning? Today for Day 4 of our Cupid Countdown series, we will be guiding you through flower options that are just as beautiful and will make your significant other feel special for receiving such a thoughtful and unique gift.

Snow Trillium
Of the Liliaceae family, this is the earliest-flowering trillium and is also one of the smallest. Ranging from 2-4 inches tall and about 1 inch wide, this flower is very delicate and fragile but it is also the state flower of Ohio, making it very powerful. “Though she be but little, she is fierce.”

Habitat: Rich Woods
Region: Inner Bluegrass
Frequency: Rare

Canada Violet

Of the Violaceae family, this is the tallest violet, reaching 4 to 8 inches tall and carrying numberous leafy stems. These flowers represent the home and give a promise of faithfulness and dedication to marriage. If you are ready to commit or reaffirm your commitment, this is the flower for you!

Habitat: Rich woods
Region: Appalachian Plateaus, Cumberland Mountains, Knobs, Bluegrass
Frequency: Common

Wild Hyacinth

Of the Liliaceae family,this is a very showy species which has a flowering stalk that can reach up to 24 inches in height. Let your girl know how much you appreciate her getting all dressed up and fancy for you with a bouquet of these beauties!

Habitat: Open woods, cedar glades, prairie patches
region: Appalachian Plateaus, Bluegrass, Mississippian Plateau, Jackson Purchase
Frequency: Uncommon but locally abundant in the Bluegrass

Dwarf Iris

Of the Iridaceae family, these bright flowers are typically found at ground level. This flower is perfect for special someone who is very humble about herself. This flower not only recognizes that but also let’s her know that she doesn’t go unnoticed.

Habitat:
Dry soils, open upland woods
Region: Cumberland Mountains, Appalachian Plateaus
Frequency: Uncommon

Field Pansy

Of the Violaceae family, this is a slender and delicate flower ranging in color from white to lavender. The name pansy is derived from the French word pensée meaning “thought”, and was so named because the flower resembles a human face.

Habitat: Fields, roadsides, disturbed soil
Region: Statewide
Frequency: Common

For more information on other regional flowers and plants, check out our book Wildflowers and Ferns of Kentucky by Thomas G. Barnes and S. Wilson Francis on our website!

Cupid Countdown: Day Three!

day3Today is officially Day Three of our Cupid Countdown series and we are talking about writing! Some people have a way with words, but—let’s face it—others don’t. Lyrics and poetry have been some of the most popular ways of expressing your love for someone for hundreds of years. Surprise your significant other this year by giving them the gift of the spoken word. Don’t worry, if don’t have the creative touch, we have picked out some of our favorites that are a sure-fire way to make them swoon this Valentine’s Day.

Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18:

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

This one is a classic. You really can’t go wrong with Shakespeare—the guy knows his stuff. Our suggestion for delivery: carefully written out on a piece of paper and slipped somewhere special like under your sweetheart’s pillow or next to her coffee in the morning.

Juke Box Love Song by Langston Hughes:
I could take the Harlem night
and wrap around you,
Take the neon lights and make a crown,
Take the Lenox Avenue busses,
Taxis, subways,
And for your love song tone their rumble down.
Take Harlem’s heartbeat,
Make a drumbeat,
Put it on a record, let it whirl,
And while we listen to it play,
Dance with you till day—
Dance with you, my sweet brown Harlem girl.

Langston Hughes was mostly known for his writings on American society, but he has a few love poems tucked away here and there. Our suggestion for delivery: take her dancing and whisper the words into her ear on the dance floor.

Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler:

And I need you now tonight
And I need you more than ever
And if you only hold me tight
We’ll be holding on forever
And we’ll only be making it right
‘Cause we’ll never be wrong together
We can take it to the end of the line
Your love is like a shadow on me all of the time (all of the time)
I don’t know what to do and I’m always in the dark
We’re living in a powder keg and giving off sparks
I really need you tonight
Forever’s gonna start tonight
Forever’s gonna start tonight

In the mode of song lyrics now, this excerpt embodies of one of the purest and deepest lyrical displays of affection. Our suggestion for delivery: recite the words while you are cuddling. To set the scene, dim the lights down low and light some candles to create a peaceful and loving atmosphere.

That’s it for our suggestions. For more information on these selections, see the books we have listed below on our website!

      

Cupid Countdown: Day Two!

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Welcome back lovebirds! Today is the second day in our Cupid Countdown series! Aren’t you so excited? You should be! Today’s advice is near and dear to my heart—the stomach is close to your heart right? We’re talking about food! UPK has a slew of cookbooks available to meet your every, delicious need. Don’t break the bank at a restaurant this year. Instead, let us do the planning for you! UPK has a huge range of cookbooks that will satisfy your every, delicious need. We have the perfect meal planned out for you and your significant other this Valentine’s Day that will get you romantically cooking on a budget in the comfort of your own home.

Cocktails:

For him:
The Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail (The Old Fashioned by Albert Schmid)

Dissolve a small lump of sugar with a little water in a whiskey-glass; add two dashes Angostura bitters, a small piece ice, a piece lemon-peel, one jigger whiskey. Mix with small bar-spoon and serve, leaving spoon in glass.

For her:
Manhattan Italiano (The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book by Joy Perrine and Susan Reigler)
08 Reigler p 36
2 oz. Woodford Reserve
1/2 oz. Tuaca
1/2 oz. triple sec
6 dashes Fee Brothers West Indian orange bitters or Regan’s No. 6 orange bitters
1/2 oz Cinzano Bianco (white sweet vermouth)

Combine, shake over ice, and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with an orange slice and a large black pitted olive on a pick.
Appetizer :(Adventures in Good Cooking by Louis Hatchett)
Mushroom Canapes

1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms
4 tbsp. butter
2 scant tbsp. flour
1/2 pint thin cream
Salt and pepper as needed
Toasted bread (for serving)

Peel and chop mushrooms. Do not use stems. Place in frying pan with butter, cook until soft over slow fire. Add flour, season to taste. Cook again for a few minutes. Add thin cream, stirring constantly until it reaches consistency of a thick sauce. Place in refrigerator until ready to use, then spread on toasted rounds of bread.

Salad:
Winter Wheat Berry Salad (The Kentucky Fresh Cookbook by Maggie Green)

2 cups uncooked wheat berries
1 medium carrot, peeled and greated
1 rib celery, finely chopped
1 medium apple, unpeeled, cored and finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 green onions, white and green parts, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup dried cranberries or dried cherries1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce or tamari
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Place the wheat berries in a saucepan with enough water to cover by a few inches. Bring to a boil, lower heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 45 minutes. Test for doneness by tasting: the wheat berry should have a soft but chewy texture. If necessary, cover and continue to cook for 15 to 20 minutes, until the desired texture is achieved. Drain the wheat berries and cool to room temperature. Meanwhile, combine the carrot, celery, apple, parsley, green onion, garlic, dried cranberries, olive oil, lemon juice, soy sauce, and pepper. Stir in the cooled wheat berries. Serve at room temperature, or refrigerate until served.

Entree:
Flank Steak with Red Wine Pan Sauce (The Kentucky Fresh Cookbook by Maggie Green)

One 1.5 lb. flank steak
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp butter
1/4 cup minced green onion
1/4 cup dry red wine (one suitable for drinking)
1/2 cup beef stock
1 tbsp Dijon mustard2 tbsp. cracked black peppercorns
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, cut into 1-tablespoon pieces

Season the steak with salt and pepper. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees, and warm an oven-safe platter in the oven. In a large skillet, heat the butter over medium-high heat. Add the steak and brown on the first side for 4 minutes. Turn and brown for 4 minutes on the other side. Reduce the heat to low and cook for about 4 more minutes for a medium-rate steak. Adjust the cooking time for the desired degree of doneness. Place the steak on the warm platter.

In the same skillet, cook the green onion in the pan juices over medium-high heat. Add the red wine and cook, scraping the browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Let the wine reduce and thicken for about 1 minute. Stir in the beef stock, mustard, and peppercorns, and bring to a boil to reduce by half, about 5 minutes. Slowly whisk in one tablespoon of butter at a time, letting it melt and blend into the sauce before adding the next one. Thinly slice the steak and serve with the pan sauce.

On the side:
Oven-Roasted Root vegetables (The Kentucky Fresh Cookbook by Maggie Green)

1 lb. baby carrots or whole carrots, peeled and sliced
1 large onion, peeled and cut into chunks
4 parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, toss together all the ingredients. Transfer the mixture to a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until soft and golden brown. Stir once during cooking. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Dessert:
Light Chocolate Layer Cake with Bourbon and Cream Cheese Frosting (Bourbon Desserts by Lynn Marie Hulsman)
chocolate cake
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups water, boiling
2 3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for greasing pans
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour three 9-inch cake pans. In a medium mixing bowl, gradually add boiling water to cocoa while whisking until the mixture is smooth. Set aside and allow it to cool completely. (Do this step about an hour before making the cake. At the same time, put eggs and butter on the counter to bring them to room temperature.)

In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder. Using an electric mixer on high speed, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy and pale yellow, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing to combine after each, then add the vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, beat in the flour mixture and cocoa mixture, alternating about 1/4 of each in turn. Beat only until combined; do not overbeat.

Divide the batter into the prepared pans and bake for about 25 minutes, until a wooden cake tester or metal skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool the cakes in the pans set on cooling racks for about 15 minutes, then turn the cakes out onto the racks until completely cooled, about 30 minutes.

To frost the cake, place one cake layer on a platter; spread with about 1 cup of frosting. Top with another cake layer; spread with another 1 cup frosting. Top with the third cake layer; using a spatula, spread the remaining frosting in decorative swirls over the top of the cake, leaving the sides bare. Once frosted, store in an airtight cake safe or tin in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
And there you have your 2015 Valentine’s Day menu! For more information on the cookbooks that were used to find these recipes,visit our website!

        

  

Cupid Countdown: Day One!

Love is in the air. Can you feel it? This year, UPK will be hosting Cupid Countdown, a week-long posting extravaganza to help you and your significant other have the most unforgettable Valentine’s Day! To kick off the week, we give you this:

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What better way to express your love for someone than by literally sweeping them off their feet? In today’s post, we will teach you the basic moves to glide your way across the dance floor and straight into your sweetie’s heart.

The Jazz Square:
1. Step forward with your right foot.
2. Cross over your right foot with your left.
3. Step backward with your right foot.
4. Bring your left foot back, making your feet shoulder width apart.
5. Bring your right foot back into place next to your left.

Click here for more help on the Jazz Square!

The Cha-Cha:
1. Stand with your feet together.
2. Step forward with your right foot.
3. Step forward with your left foot, landing ahead of your right foot.
4. Pick up your right foot as you place your left.
5. Set your right foot back down.
6. Step back with your left foot, placing it behind your right.
7. Step back with right foot, placing it behind your left.
8. Pick up your left foot as you place your right foot.
9. Set your left foot back down.
10. Step together.

Altogether, it should look like this:

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The Grapevine:
1. Starting with your feet together, step out with your right foot.
2. Cross your left foot behind your right foot.
3. Step out with your right foot.4. Step together with your left foot.
5. Repeat in opposite direction.

Click here for more help on the Grapevine!

Those are all the basics that you need to know to get your boogie on with your loved one this Valentine’s Day! For more advanced steps and an amazing story, check out our book, Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance! You will learn a multitude on the art of dancing firsthand from one of Hollywood’s greatest choreographers!

Sunday FUNday: Music Trivia

In honor of the 57th annual Grammys tonight at 8/7c we are going to switch things up a bit! We’ve provided some music trivia questions down below (as well as an answer sheet for you to check your work). Send this to your co-workers, friends, family, etc and make a game out of it! Whoever gets the most correct gets an honorary Grammy!

Questions:

1. Which of these is nominated for Best Country Song?
a. Automatic – Miranda Lambert
b. Invisible – Hunter Hayes
c. We Dem Boyz – Wiz Khalifa

2. What Kentucky born musician is nominated for Best Americana Album?
a. John Hiatt
b. Rosanne Cash
c. Sturgill Simpson

3. ‘Into My Own’ album by Bryan Sutton is nominated for which of these Grammy awards:
a. Best Country Album
b. Best Rap Album
c. Best Bluegrass Album

4. Miranda Lambert is nominated for how many Grammy nominations?
a. 6
b. 4
c. 2

5. Who is hosting this year’s Grammy Awards?
a. Taylor Swift
b. LL Cool J
c. Iggy Azalea

6. Which of these songs is nominated for both Best Rap Song and Best Rap Collaboration?
a. Bound 2
b. Anaconda
c. 0 to 100 / The Catch Up

7. Which of these artists IS NOT nominated for Best New Artist?
a. Sia
b. Haim
c. Bastille

8. Which of these artists are performing at the Grammys this year?
a. Ariana Grande
b. Keith Urban
c. Miley Cyrus

9. Which of these movies was nominated for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media?
a. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
b. Gone Girl
c. Wolf of Wall Street

10. And lastly, where is this year’s Grammy Awards taking place?
a. Atlanta, GA
b. New York, NY
c. Los Angeles, CA

answers: 1. a, 2. c, 3. c, 4. b, 5. b, 6. a, 7. a, 8. a, 9. b, 10. c
That’s it for our music-filled week! Stay tuned for other fun weeks ahead!