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26 May 2022

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  • Keir Choreographic Award 2022 program and jury announced 
    25 May 2022

    The Keir Foundation, Dancehouse and Australia Council for the Arts, with presenting partner Carriageworks, have announced the program and jury for the fifth edition of the Keir Choreographic Award (KCA). The award is a premiere event for the Australian dance scene presenting newly commissioned works by eight independent Australian artists and collectives. For the first time, Carriageworks […]

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  • Bangarra announces the appointment of two new company dancers 
    25 May 2022

    Bangarra Dance Theatre is thrilled to announce the appointment of two new dancers, who will join the company this month.  Chantelle Lee Lockhart is a proud descendant of the Dharawal Nation as well as the people of the Eora Nation. Growing up on the NSW Central Coast and Muswellbrook in the Upper Hunter, Lockhart has been […]

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  • Dotmoovs introduces the first digital mobile dance competition 
    25 May 2022

    You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life! And challenge others in your favourite dance routines!  Dotmoovs has launched its second sport: revolutionary dance platform. It’s the project’s second sport to be launched, and it comes at the perfect time. Move-to-Earn is crypto’s niftiest tag!  The idea is rather simple: you […]

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  • WAAPA brings Broadway magic to His Majesty’s Theatre with ‘Mack & Mabel’
    22 May 2022

    Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) brings Broadway magic to His Majesty’s Theatre for a stunning and extravagant celebration of silent-era Hollywood in Mack & Mabel, with heroes, villains, starlets and moguls.  Hot on the heels of last year’s sold-out season of Crazy for You, the same brilliant creative team return with an all-singing, all-dancing cast of […]

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  • SA Dance Festival: The countdown is on
    22 May 2022

    The SA Dance Festival (SADF) was created to bring the South Australian dance community together. The two-day event not only exposes students to leading industry professionals and choreographers, but it also offers dance educators the opportunity to further their skill as leaders. And it all happens in an environment that is supportive and one without […]

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  • Interview with New PoleCon Instructor: Ziva
    20 May 2022

    We are sitting down to talk to our new instructors for PoleCon 2022! Learn more about them and then click here to purchase their workshops.

    1. We’re so excited to have you teach at PoleCon this year! Can you tell us a little more about what you’re teaching?

    “When in Doubt, Shimmy,” is a workshop I created years ago to enhance overall body mind awareness.  Learning intrinsic and isolation movement allows us to learn about ourselves and how our “instrument, ie, the body, works.  Once we can affectively “play our instrument,” we create longevity, efficiency, and ultimately, safety within our everyday movement activities (whatever they may be).  Once we learn how to isolate the body, we can layer on vibrations, ie shimmies!  Vibratory movement is one of the best things we can do as humans for overall health and awareness.  Vibration increases blood flow, helps with the functioning of all our internal organs, releases tension, eases pain, ascetically looks amazing, and, I believe most importantly, connects us a humans.  The body vibrates to create life, to bring life into the world and, cross culturally, is used to celebrate life!  So, in this workshop, we celebrate life and learn ultimately what is it to be human.   And one of the results of this is being able to do some cool movement techniques on and off the pole and in any genre of movement we aspire to achieve.  

    2. Is there something that defines your style of teaching or your content that is unique to you?

    I call my style of teaching the A,B,C’s of movement.  In other words, I teach the foundation of movement, as the A,B,C’s are the foundation of the English language.  Once we learn our A,B,C’s we can then learn to create words, sentences, paragraphs, and ultimately our own dance stories.  I believe dance is the universal language that connects us all as humans.  My mission as a teacher and dancer is to share the joy of dance with the surrounding community, to educate people on the history and purpose of dance, and to inspire everyone to partake in the universal language of dance. And most of all….”When in Doubt…Shimmy!” 

    3. What is the one thing you want your students to leave with after taking your workshop? 

    Greater awareness of self, including body, mind, and soul.  Also, to leave students with a heart full of love and laughter, a mind full of knowledge, and body full of movement.  

    4. What are you most excited about for PoleCon 2022? 

    I am so excited to be live among friends.  The joy of dancing, laughing and sharing all our stories face to face is truly the best thing in the world to me.  And I cannot wait!!!!

    5. Anything else you want to share with PoleCon attendees?

    Happy dancing, learning, creating, and growing to everyone attending PoleCON this year!!  So blessed to share a this space with so many amazing humans.

     

     

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  • Carmen Miranda Chicca Chicca Boom Chick Samba Line Dance How To
    16 May 2022

    Are you bananas for Samba? Carmen Miranda was. Her business is bananas. She had hot moves in her Chicca Chicca Boom Chick Samba in “That Night in Rio.” Carmen Miranda influenced Latin dance trends through her movies and performances, making her mark on Latin dance as we know it today.

    Who was Carmen Miranda?

    Carmen Miranda was a Brazilian singer of Portuguese descent. Her first job was as a hatter, but her voice led her to singing native Brazilian songs on the radio and in theater. The “Brazilian Bombshell” was performing in the musical “Banana de Terra” in her signature Brazilian “Biana” look when she was asked to come to New York to perform in the musical “The Streets of Paris.” This launched her career in American theater and films. Carmen became highest paid female entertainer in the US during the 1940’s. She was the first ambassador of Latin culture to the United States.

    Samba promoted by Carmen Miranda

    Carmen Miranda is credited with launching the Samba craze in America in the 1940’s. Samba had come to America in the 1920’s musical “Street Carnival.” Films featuring Carmen Miranda like “Down Argentine Way” and “That night in Rio” pushed Samba into the limelight. She even recorded “The Wedding Samba” with the Andrew sisters during WWII.

    Carmen teaches rumba

    Samba was not the only Latin dance Carmen did. In the movie “A Date with Judy” Carmen taught the Rumba to Wallace Berry so he can have an anniversary dance with his wife. With a one, two, three hip, he was ready to sway the night away.

    About Chicca Chicca Boom Chick

    Exploding onto the big screen with Chicca Chicca Boom Chick, Carmen opened the film “That Night in Rio.” This was an over-the-top war time Fox musical featuring big cast, elaborate costumes, and exotic musical numbers. The opening number Chicca Chicca Boom Chick is the inspiration for my Carmen Miranda Chicca Chicca Boom Chick Samba Line Dance How To.

    Carmen Miranda Samba Line DanceChicca Chicca Boom Chick Samba Line Dance How To

    Basic forward and back
    4 measures hand on alternating elbows counts 1a2, 3a4,5a6,7a8.

    1. Step forward with your left foot (count 1).
    2. Move your right foot to your left foot (a).
    3. Left foot in place, weight shifts to it (count 2)
    4. Step backward with your right foot (count 3)
    5. Move your left foot to your right foot (a)
    6. Right foot in place, weight shifts to it (count 4)
    7. Repeat for counts 5a6,7a8.
    8. To simplify simply step tap for the counts 1,2,3,4.


    Samba solo spot volta
    Roll arms over head to left 1a,2a,3a,4 and right 5a,6a,7a,8;

    1. Start with the left foot, and on count “1” step forward, crossing heel in front of right foot, toes turned out, and turn left face.
    2. On the “a” step right foot side and back, continuing the turn.
    3. On “2” cross the left in front again, but it is the heel that moves; the lead toes stay on one spot. Continue: side cross (steps 2,3) for the counts a,3a,4.
    4. Repeat with the right foot.
    5. If the rotation is difficult, it can be done with no rotation up to 360 degrees. With 180 degree turn it can face the back and return to front.

    Boto Fogos forward
    With arm circle in and out, count 1a2, 3a4,5a6,7a8.

    1. Left foot forward (1).
    2. Right foot side turning LF 1/8, take partial weight, and push back toward the left foot count (a).
    3. Recover weight on the left foot count (2).
    4. Right foot forward (3).
    5. Left foot side turning LF 1/8, take partial weight, and push back toward the right foot count (a).
    6. Recover weight on the right foot count (2).
    7. Repeat for counts 5a6,7a8.
    8. To simplify, step forward on count 1, tap side for step 2, repeat for counts 3,4,5,6,7,8.

    Three step spin to left
    Bring arms in to spin and out to stop.

    1. Side left foot commence to turn left.
    2. Close right foot to left foot having turned ½ turn to left.
    3. Step side left foot completing ½ turn to left and end facing original alignment completing 360-degree rotation to the left.
    4. To simplify, dance a merengue or Cambio side together step for counts 1, 2.

    Rhythm bounce
    Shimmy shoulders forward and back with arms out.

    1. Previous figure ends Left foot side count 2.
    2. Lift and drop right hip for counts 3, 4.

    Samba cruzado walk
    Turning ¼ to right take three walks forward rolling arms in front ending with a left foot tap.

    1. Right foot forward from a lifted left heal, count 1.
    2. Left foot forward from a lifted right heal, count 2.
    3. Right foot forward from a lifted left heal, count 3.
    4. Left closes to right foot with a tap, count 4.

    Repeat from top
    Until song,”Chicka, chicka, boom, boom” ends.

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    Sources

    https://www.imdb.com/poll/DGECqq7LWZY/

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmen_Miranda

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chica_Chica_Boom_Chic

    https://www.dancepassionfl.com/origin-of-ballroom-dances/

    https://silverscreenings.org › 2019 › 11 › 06 › the-fashion-influence-of-carmen-miranda

    https://remezcla.com/film/tbt-carmen-miranda-brazil-actress-singer/

    https://www.jstor.org › stable › 3513834

    https://tidingsinfo.com › carmen-miranda

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  • Hawayek & Baker: Reflecting and looking ahead
    16 May 2022


    Interview by Gina Capellazzi (figureskatersonline.com)
    Article by Anne Calder (ice-dance.com)
    Photos by Melanie Heaney

    While the 2022 U.S. bronze medalists have enjoyed a National and International competitive ten year partnership, the team is making its SOI debut this post season. They skated in the 2022 Japan Stars on Ice Tour before taking a respite in Montreal prior to performing on the final leg of the U.S. Stars on Ice Tour.

    “We love the opportunity to perform for an audience and also getting to do it with some of our best friends,” Baker said. “We are so thrilled to be part of the last seven shows.”

    Hawayek added, “Performing in show settings, we can be a bit more creative and push the boundaries when not having to stay in a set of rules. The cast already touring has some of our closest friends. We’ve already created a tight bond throughout our entire careers, but especially sharing the Olympic experience in February.”

    “We’re actually only doing one solo, “Black and Gold” by Sam Sparro, to keep the show length,” Baker said.

    The 2014 World Junior Champions have already gotten feedback for what to anticipate. The daily routine includes practice, the show, a meet and greet and then bus travel to the next destination, usually arriving quite late at night.

    “They told us the schedule was rigorous, but a lot of fun because the crowds, regardless of size, have been super enthusiastic and engaged – the best in many years,” Hawayek said.

    THE 2021-22 SEASON

    The pre-Olympic season was a challenge for the Montreal-based team. Hawayek suffered a concussion in July while working on a new lift. The team withdrew from early competitions and their first Grand Prix assignment. In November, they made their season debut at Rostelecom Cup in Sochi, Russia, finishing fifth, followed by a win at the Golden Spin at Zagreb, Croatia.

    The US Nationals were held in early January due to the Winter Olympics the following month. The competition was at the Nashville, Tennessee Bridgestone Arena.

    “We both were very nervous having a crowd in Nashville because of the ramifications of Omicron,” Hawayek explained. “We were so grateful that there were people in the crowd to share that collective experience, but it was more of a stressor initially than it was something to be excited about.”

    As for the competition itself, Baker is very proud for delivering a mesmerizing free program after a mistake in the rhythm dance had landed them in fourth place, behind Green & Parsons.

    “We skated first in the group based on our draw. It was one of those moments where we looked at each other and knew all we needed to do was trust our training. We subconsciously let people know that this is our time right now. This is our moment to step into what our dreams have been. I think [we were] just being so connected and so in zone together and not allowing any outside noise with COVID, with results, with skates, or anything affect us.”

    “I remember hitting the end pose. I put her (Kaitlin) down from the lift, and I was like ‘stay focused, the choreographic lift is at the end’ – ‘there’s three seconds left – do not lose focus.’ And then I started laughing as we were like skating backwards because it was like, ‘Oh my gosh’, and then I like started getting goosebumps, and I looked at Kaitlin, and it was just like such a moment that I hope I never ever, ever forget.”

    It was surreal. The scores were outstanding, but they needed to wait for two more teams before Green & Parsons would skate. At night’s end, they had held on for the bronze medal. That still didn’t punch an automatic ticket to the Olympics. The Committee had to vote. Around 1:00 am, they received the call that Beijing was the next stop on their competitive agenda.

     


    OLYMPIC MEMORIES

    “I was actually surprised with the normalcy of how the Olympic event felt. It was very cool seeing the Olympic Rings on the ice,” noted Baker.” Everyone kept saying that we were Olympians, but I said not until we compete.”

    “After we finished the rhythm dance, we walked around the corner, and there was a TV camera in our face. It was not until then that I truly believed we were Olympians.”

    “It had been so stressful to get to that point, not just the training, but really trying to make sure we just avoided COVID. From December on, we were very secluded. We were trying not to see anybody. We were really just trying to keep to ourselves as much as possible, get our training done, keep our heads low and just try to avoid it.”

    In Beijing there were many exciting moments to celebrate.

    “The most obvious [for me] would be the opening and closing ceremonies,” Hawayek noted. “Just being able to walk with your entire country [mates] and share that collective memory was really special. It was also super special to watch Nathan (Chen) win gold, and our teammates Madi (Hubbell) & Zach (Donohue) and Madi (Chock) and Evan (Bates) in the team and individual events.”

    “I think watching Nathan deliver the performance that he did was very special,” Baker added. “I just screamed my soul out of my body. I had just watched my best friend win the Olympics. It was so cool! We all had tears in our eyes seeing the fruits of his labor show up and getting what he truly deserves. It was an ecstatic experience. The opening ceremony was almost a similar feeling, but being able to watch him win his Olympic title was so cool.”

    2022 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS APPROACH

    The World Championships were held in Montpellier, France four weeks after the Olympic closing ceremony. It was the final senior event for 2021-2022.

    “Usually at the end of the season we feel like we’ve competed the program so many times,” Hawayek said. “This year, it was only our fifth time competing it, but we felt this sense of sureness with our performances, that we could go into them and just essentially trust ourselves. We were really relaxed into the performances and enjoyed the crowd so much.”

    “Obviously, we had to make it through the end of the week, but there weren’t going to be ramifications afterwards, so we were able to fully enjoy the crowd,” Hawayek said. “Sometimes when you’re in a competitive program, you try to tune everything out, and you focus into your performance. You don’t really engage with the external, but I found that we used the audience there (in France), to help elevate our performances.”

    “In our rhythm dance, we bought into their energy. [The following day], there was a beautiful silence the audience had in our free dance that I felt we were able to kind of melt into. I would say our Worlds experience was just full of enjoyment, and I think that was reflected in the way we performed.”

    Hawayek & Baker were eighth – their best ever World Championship finish.

    VISITING THE WHITE HOUSE WITH THE SUMMER AND WINTER OLYMPIANS

    “It was really so special to be in a more comfortable relaxed setting [at the White House] with all of the winter athletes we had met briefly at the Games. We also added in an entire summer Olympics [group],” Hawayek said. “Just to be around such a diversity of excellence where we all had this shared accomplishment, but with such different ways and experiences getting there. It was a bit overwhelming. We got to know a lot of other athletes and obviously, being at the White House was pretty spectacular too.”

    “Having the opportunity to meet the summer Olympians as well, it was surreal,” Baker said. “I had so much fun at the Winter Games because I’m a huge social butterfly. I talked to everybody. So it was cool getting the opportunity to meet even more people and know that everyone has worked so much and put so much time and effort into becoming an Olympian. I think it was just absolutely phenomenal to be surrounded by so much greatness and so many personalities. It was awesome!”

    REFLECTING ON THE 2021-22 SEASON

    Hawayek’s fall and concussion in July, had made the beginning of the 2021-2022 season very difficult for the duo. Recently, they reflected on how those earlier days affected their season.

    “I don’t wish anything was different,” Hawayek said. “because I actually think that we’ve grown a lot stronger from the way the season happened. We learned to have a much deeper trust in ourselves that we might not have been forced to find if we hadn’t been faced with more adversity.”

    “I wouldn’t have changed anything either because it got us to where we wanted to go,” added Baker. “A huge thing for us is having the belief and knowing that everything does happen for a reason [even though] you may not see it in the moment. We absolutely did not when we had the injury, but we ended up competing some of the best (programs) we have at the end of the season. We put out strong performances like the free dance at Nationals, getting our spot on the Olympic team, another solid performances at the Olympics and then our best finish at Worlds.”

    LOOKING AHEAD

    The ISU recently announced the ice dance technical rules for next season’s rhythm dance. The senior rhythm is Latin with no pattern. There is a pattern step sequence and choreographic rhythm sequence, along with choreographic assisted jumps.

    The reigning U.S. bronze medalists commented on the changes.

    “It’s kind of a shame that they don’t have the pattern in the rhythm dance anymore,” Baker said. “If you were to look at ice dance over the past four or five years, it’s lost a little bit of its essence in the pattern dance anyway. Everyone is only focused on how to do an outside and inside edge and get this key point as clean as possible. You’re losing the root of what made ice dance kind of ice dance with the pattern dance. It’s a shame that they got rid of it.”

    “The addition of a choreographic step sequence in the rhythm dance is going to bring a really cool liveliness to the rhythm dance. In our experience, we’re usually looking at 20% less of the audience capacity watching the rhythm dance. Then with the free dance, there’s more people. It might just be because the free dance is usually on Saturday.”

    “I think [the choreographic step sequence] could bring more of an audience into the picture because it will make it a little bit more interesting, where the pattern dance didn’t for the average fan.”

    “Choreographic assisted jumps, or anything that just gives us a little bit more freedom, or more opportunity to have some fun, depends where your creativity is. It all depends on your choice of music because realistically in the end that’s going to determine what elements you’re going to choose.”

    Hawayek added, “I agree with Jean-Luc. I think that, especially from a standpoint of just the history of ice dance, the pattern dance has always been there. It’s required in ice dance testing. It was its own event, so it’s just a bit hard to imagine ice dance without any sort of pattern dance.“

    “At the same time, things can’t always stay the same, so I’m going into it with an open mind and also with the excitement of having a choreo step sequence just to bring out some creativity. I think it could bring more engagement for sure and more interest to the sport. So, it’ll be interesting. I had my reservations, but I do think that there could be some benefit to it.”

    The team has been taking every opportunity to get ahead with a really good jumpstart on the season.

    “Outside of the actual shows that we’ve done with Stars on Ice, and one we had a few weekends ago at Penn State, we’ve been training full time,” Hawayek said. “We already have a rhythm dance done, and we’re working on our free dance as well. So we’ve been really busy in our time between shows.”

    The Buffalo, New York native continued. “Our intention with this offseason is to really use it to our advantage. We’re hoping that by the time our personal vacation comes we’ll have our programs set. We can enjoy the rest and then start training the dances when we get back. We’re excited about our programs and think they’re fun and about who we are as people.”

    Hawayek & Baker are happy with the performances that capped off their season. They’re also aware that the retirement of Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue opens up a big opportunity to move up the ladder. They plan to exert an all-out effort to attain a National Title.

    “We understand Chock and Bates have been there for a very long time, but we have hefty goals for ourselves,” Baker noted. “We need to believe we can push ourselves to that point. We’re not going to just step down and let them just step up if that makes any sense.

    “Kaitlin and I have talked about pushing to the top six placement in the World. I think that is very feasible with the skill set that we produced, and we’re only getting better and stronger. That’s something that we are really hoping to be driving towards. We know that the competition is very stiff, and we have no idea who’s staying, coming or going. We can’t really focus on that.”

    Hawayek discussed their long range objectives and the 2026 Olympics.

    “That’s absolutely a potential goal, but we’re really focused on one year at a time. This season our goal, like Jean-Luc said, is top two at Nationals, pushing to be national champion and top six at Worlds, pushing for World podium. I’d say those two sum it up easily as our future goals.”

    “We can only focus on ourselves and the personal goals that we want to accomplish at the end of the day. It’s the day in day out goal system that works well for us.”

  • YES, WHAT HAPPENED?
    14 May 2022
    Reflections on Marcie Sillman's recent article in Crosscut, and how Seattle dance has evolved over the last decade.
  • The Rise of Pole Dancing as an Art Form
    13 May 2022

    Pole dancing is well known to bring a variety of benefits to those who partake in the activity, from helping to burn calories quickly to developing balance, reducing stress, and even benefiting the heart. However, pole dancing is much more than a good workout, and can be seen as an art form in various different ways. From how the creative side of pole dancing highlights the activity’s expressive side to how the artform can be captured in physical artwork, here’s what you need to know regarding the increasing popularity of the concept.

    What makes pole dancing an art?

    While there is still a stigma attached to pole dancing in general, there has been a significant uptick in interest in recent years, with many heading to studios simply for a good workout. However, for those who choose to partake in pole dancing as an artform, there are numerous elements that make it just that. According to the Exotic Dance Academy, pole art is “all about telling you a story. When you see a performance, you are able to feel what the dancer wants to transmit with the music and their moves on (and around) the pole.” Having evolved over the years, pole dancing as an artform today can be found in various settings that include mainstream venues as well as competitions, where dancers can be seen showcasing elegance, strength, and emotion through their performances.

    Embracing the creative side of the pole

    When it comes to the creative side of pole dancing as an artform, there’s no question that it’s an expressive craft. Jordan Mazur, who opened Muse Pole Fitness in Columbia, Missouri, embraces the creative side of pole dancing, and says that it’s no less rigorous than other types of dance. In fact, Mazur actually uses a method that’s common in most dances by emphasizing her performances’ artistic meanings. “It’s not masculine or feminine,” Mazur states, “It’s not necessarily sexy or athletic; it can be nerdy, sad, dramatic, angry. You can emote absolutely anything you want to with a pole.” With Muse Pole Fitness highlighting the artform through themed showcases, the creative element of pole dancing is expressed through elements such as the choreography, costumes, and music.

    Capturing the art

    While pole dancers execute the artform through physical performance, the beauty, grace, and emotion can also be captured through artwork as well. Julian Opie, a contemporary British artist known for his artwork involving portraits, created one piece known as This is Shahnoza III (2006), which depicts pole dancer figurines in various poses in a minimalist style.

    For those who want to capture the artform on their own and in a realistic and detailed approach, doing so can be therapeutic as well as a challenge — especially when it comes to drawing a dancer’s hands. Known for being one of the most challenging parts of the human anatomy to draw, perhaps one of the most prominent pieces of artwork showcasing hands involves that of The Creation of Adam — a famous piece that can be found in the Sistine Chapel of the Vatican in Italy. While achieving a similar realistic result can be difficult, making use of step by step visuals can be a great place to start, with explanatory notes and colored guidelines aiding throughout the entire drawing process.

    While there is still some misconception surrounding pole dancing in some quarters, many have taken up the activity as a good workout — and even an artform. With pole dancing as an artform seen through a combination of strength, grace, choreography, music, and emotion — to name just a few factors, performances can leave a lasting impression, whether it be enjoyed by a viewer or commemorated via a piece of artwork.

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26 May 2022

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  • US COVID – The End is Near?!?
    25 May 2022
    As we move into Memorial Day weekend, there is still no evidence that the current COVID wave has hit a
  • Ballroom Performances
    25 May 2022
    Ballroom Dance Performances

    We all love watching ballroom performances, right? And some of you, our students, are even thinking of performing? Hopefully? You may be able to perform sooner than you think! Keep on reading to learn about the common dance performance myths and learn how performing can be fun and also improve your dancing.

    Common Myths About Ballroom Dance Performances

    Some people might think that you have to have years of training before you can perform a dance routine on stage or at a showcase. And definitely, that’s a myth.

    So how long does it take before you can perform? The answer is – it depends. However, you need a minimum of 10 private lessons to learn a dance routine for a showcase. Of course, you should be practicing in between.

    Why should you perform?
    1. Performing as part of a showcase gives you an opportunity to focus more in-depth on a specific dance style that inspires you. Moreover, you will go beyond the regular dance syllabus and learn a lot of fun steps and maybe even how to do dips and lifts! Please remember that it is best that you continue working on your general social dancing to ensure that you’re growing in other dance styles as well.
    2. Performing is quite an experience! The adrenalin; your friends, family and other students cheering; the fun of it… These are just some of the cool things about performing.
    3. You get to be whoever you want to be. Whether you wear a dress or shirt full of rhinestones or dress up as your favorite movie character – you choose who you want to be. And who knows, you might learn a thing or two about yourself that you never even imagined discovering!
    Foxtrot Performance by Justin and Elsa

    Song: What I’ve Been Looking For (from “High School Musical”)

    Dancers: Justin Kono and his teacher Elsa Cicchini

    Choreo by: Elsa Cicchini

    Event: Hollywood Party 2022 at Access Ballroom

    Salsa Performance by Nicolette and Gil

    Song: Time of My Life (from “Dirty Dancing”)

    Dancers: Nicolette Petheriotis and her teacher Gil Bynoe

    Choreo by: Gil Bynoe

    Event: Hollywood Party 2022 at Access Ballroom

    Bachata Performance by Kristen and Gil

    Song: Roxanne – Bachata cover by Massimo Scalici (originally from “Moulin Rouge”)

    Dancers: Kristen Sherry and her teacher Gil Bynoe

    Choreo by: Gil Bynoe

    Event: Hollywood Party 2022 at Access Ballroom

    Rumba Performance by Helen and Gil

    Song: Goldeneye by Tina Turner (inspired by James Bond movie)

    Dancers: Helen Mrakovcich and her teacher Gil Bynoe

    Choreo by: Gil Bynoe

    Event: Hollywood Party 2022 at Access Ballroom

     

     

     

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  • Check again soon!
    24 May 2022

    We’re busy at work coming up with fun events to look forward to!

    The post Check again soon! appeared first on Fatcat Ballroom Dance.

  • Monday Morning Random Takes
    23 May 2022
    We were out to dinner last night and, for some reasons, the four booths in my line of sight were
  • New on Medium – ‘Bitch’: Realizing I Don’t Have to Be Just One Thing
    23 May 2022

    Now that it’s full on Spring leaning into Summer, my days cycle through work, dogs, ballet, Zumba, and mowing the lawn. Nothing too exciting for my ballroom dancing readers, but for those who enjoy non-dance topics, please check out my latest post on Medium! Inspired by Meredith Brooks’ song ‘Bitch’, I journey back to those crazy high school days:

    ‘Bitch’: Realizing I Don’t Have to Be Just One Thing

    For those who are still interested in my daily life in Maine, here’s a reel from last weekend. It pretty much sums up my free time these days.

  • Ballroom Role Model??
    22 May 2022
    In the dance journey, you get both so you get lots of practices trying to accept both. This remains a
  • What is the difference between West Coast and East Coast Swing?
    22 May 2022


    Ballroom Dance Planet

    A detailed explanation of the differences between swing dancing styles. Boogie on!

    This article is originally from What is the difference between West Coast and East Coast Swing? and created by Jonathan

  • Blue and White West Coast Swing Dance Shoes by Stephane
    21 May 2022


    Ballroom Dance Planet

    When choosing a pair of swing shoes, it is also important to consider the material they are made from.

    Some shoes are made from leather, while others are made from synthetic materials.

    This article is originally from Blue and White West Coast Swing Dance Shoes by Stephane and created by Jonathan

  • Dance as a story telling experience
    20 May 2022

    We are drawn to great stories. For millennia, people gathered around campfires and told stories. Some tales conveyed information. Others were pure entertainment. The great storytellers became legendary. Writers who could capture our imagination wrote books that lived on forever to become classics. Some authors are so well known we don’t even need to hear their first names for the tales they created to fill our imagination. Shakespeare. Dickens. Tolkein.

    More recent authors still have that power. As radio became a thing, the storytelling potential of the spoken word once again captivated audiences everywhere. Orson Welles even caused mass panic with a single telling of HG Wells’ classic book War of the Worlds.

    Television added pictures to the mix. The great shows, those that lasted decades, pulled at our hearts by letting us see the human condition in all its raw beauty. Gunsmoke, in its early years, told heart-wrenching stories. The show recognized that not every story has a happy ending. People die. Some are evil. It addressed the problems of greed and bigotry and envy long before those things became common on television. M.A.S.H. was another series that lasted forever because it told authentic stories, letting us see our humanity the way we really are. The Simpsons is a comedy, but we laugh because it touches us where we live, exposing the absurdity of our failings as family, co-workers, lovers, friends and neighbors.

    Dance can be equally powerful as a storytelling medium. For Wendy and I, our most memorable show dance performances during our competition years were those that had a deep emotional connection.

    One time we gave a Rumba performance to Barbra Streisand’s “Memories.” The story we showed featured a woman wishing for one last chance to dance with a lost love. As Barbra sang her last line, “the way we… were,” I released my hand from hers and turned to walk away. There was no sound, as the music also paused. At that moment, a little girl in the audience cried out in an anguished voice, “No! Don’t go!” It was a precious example of the power of dance to tell a story.

    Great dances in motion pictures have touched millions through that combination of skill, music, and choreography. From exquisite ballet performances, to expressing joy on a street in the pouring rain, to a masterful lesson on the power of stillness in Paso Doble, we are touched by dance in its many forms.

    But we don’t need a movie-level performance or show dance to feel something in dance. Even as we are dancing, we instinctively know if we are diving deeper than a surface level pattern of moving the feet. When two people move together as one, in unison to music and feeling as if the two minds were one and the same, we know something beautiful is taking place. We can feel it. Even though dance is physical, such moments feel effortless. To those watching, they look effortless.

    These are storytelling moments even if nobody is watching. We tell the stories through movement. We have the ability, through dance, to communicate power and assertiveness, sadness and loss, happiness and melancholy, love and hate.

    Has your dancing gone deeper than a surface-level knowledge of where to place your feet?

    Have you embraced the storytelling power of moving together with a partner?

    It requires trust and an appreciation of your dance partner. It demands presence. It involves an understanding of how to use the music that’s playing, even if it’s a song you’ve never heard before.

    One way to explore the storytelling opportunities is to try crafting performances for competition. Referred to as “solos,” you choose the music you want and with your teacher you create choreography to bring a story to life. Another way is to put together various groups of figures that you particularly enjoy so that you can lose yourself in the dance without having to think about the choreography. Think about those dance steps and what they might mean. Does a figure reflect passion or does it represent arrogance? Does it show a couple coming together or moving apart? Is a partner flirting with the other? There are so many options! The same figure can be interpreted many ways by different people and even when danced to different music.

    Yes, naturally a seamless story moment involves some skill but that’s not the main ingredient. When an unskilled follow is willing to be led and puts her trust in the skill of the lead the result is usually something special.

    The post Dance as a story telling experience appeared first on Delta.Dance.

  • The Infinity Loop
    19 May 2022
    I don’t think I’ve done a ballroom dance post in a bit. That’s because we are getting closer to Showcase

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