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Dance Like Someone’s Watching…

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Last week Jess attended a dance at Cincinnati’s Music Hall featuring the Harry James Orchestra. But, it was more than a dance. It was a lesson. We’d like to contradict the popular saying of Dance like nobody’s watching and replace it with Dance like someone’s watching, and heres why.

5 Reasons you should ditch the phrase Dance like nobody’s watching and instead, Dance like someone’s watching.

  1. You get to be a extra. As one of America’s greatest dancers, Fred Astaire, said “Do it big, do it right and do it with style.” These dances, hosted twice a year by WMKV radio, are one of my favorite reasons to get all dolled up for a night on the town. I’ve learned that most people who enjoy big band music also appreciate a lady in gloves.

    Jess and long time, fellow old soul, friend Rebecca before the dance.
  2. You get to be a lady. As I watched everyone dance, wishing I had 1/10th of their talent, a slower song came on. My Grandpa leaned over and said “Thats about our speed isn’t it”. I can’t say I have ever received a sweeter invitation to join someone on the dance floor.
  3. Music is a free time machine.What I love most about music is that it connects me to memories, not just my own but my loved ones. Dancing with my grandpa, listening to him hum along to the tune of Harry James’ Orchestra is something I know I’ll remember whenever I hear that song.

    Emily and our “Poppy” at the Glenn Miller Orchestra Dance. October 2017
  4. You meet new people. Surely if I’m dancing like no one is watching, I have no interest in dancing with someone other than myself (“sorry pal, you don’t exist.”). But, if you’re dancing like someone is watching, (“Hello sir, charmed I’m sure.”)

    Jess being shown how to swing at the Glenn Miller Orchestra Dance. October 2017
  5. When that someone asks you to dance, it feels like no ones watching. Whether you’re pining over the guy/ gal across the hall or you’re dancing the night away with your Grandpa/Grandma, let the music take you away. Someone was watching and once you’re with them, no one else matters.











Welcome to Sincerely, Doris Jane!

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Two sisters. Two friends. Two “old souls” with a love of writing, baking and the lifestyles of our grandparents generation. That’s how Sincerely, Doris Jane came to be. We are a nurse and a stay at home mom who spend our free time at antique shops and our weekends at flea markets. We are lovers of photography, cooking, and carrying on the memory of our loved ones by embracing the simpler, and more polished lifestyles of our grandparents.

The idea stemmed from a night out with our Grandpa, or Poppy as we call him, to an a cappella group that featured some of the songs we grew up with from the McGuire and Andrew Sisters. It was something about the familiar song, “Sincerely” that inspired us to start this blog and to name it Sincerely Doris Jane.

While we are at the beginning of our blogging adventure, we are no stranger to the Instagram blogs we scroll through day to day. Lately, we have noticed that among the How-To and Tutorial websites and blogs, we just couldn’t find exactly what we were looking for. Here’s where you come in – we want to hear your stories, and the stories of your parents and grandparents. Show us how you’ve incorporated pieces you’ve inherited into your home. Send us your questions about etiquette, home or something you learn about your family’s past. We’d love to hear from you!

Thank you so much for visiting our site – we hope you take a look around and find something that will bring you back. We’re looking forward to learning more about how our grandparents and their friends lived, and we’re even more excited to share it with you.

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