Category: Dance Competitions

Behind The Dance With Stephen Knight

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Stephen Knight is one of the most well known names in the ballroom dance industry. And for good reason, he’s super talented and creative, his list of accomplishments never seems to end and to top it all off he’s the sparkling personality of the winners circle at the nationals competitions. His many accomplishments include Regional...

How to Be a Better Leader in 5 Simple Steps

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Listen to your partner. That means the good and the bad. So often new dancers go into critique overload and overlook everything they’re doing right. Yes, you should listen if your partner says you’re knocking her off her balance or stepping on her toes. But you should also make a mental note of the things...

New England Dancesport Championships 2017

Glastonbury dancers are headed to the New England Dancesport Championships! Thursday March 9th through the 11th at the Mystic Marriott for a Fairy Tales themed weekend of dancing, dining and fun. We will be working hard to keep our title of Regional Competition Top Studio. The Top Studio Award is based on points for number...

Behind The Dance With Bruno Collins

For thirty-one years, Bruno Collins has touched every aspect of the dance business with his vision and innovation. He has been a driving force in the adaptation of dance curriculums, teaching methods, and business plans that have allowed this industry to stay current amidst the demands of a rapidly changing market. The incredible artistry of...

Comp Hair and Makeup Tutorials

With comp just around the corner, the questions about what to do with your hair or makeup start to come up. Any of you ladies still wondering what to do, Look no further. I’ve put together some basic hair and makeup tutorials that you can do yourself. If this is your first competition, you may...

6 Reasons Everyone (including YOU) Should Compete in Ballroom Dancing

Not many people start out Ballroom Dancing because they want to be competitive dancers. Most people start out seeing someone having a blast on the dance floor and begin to get inspired to learn themselves. Most folks want to learn to look comfortable and confident and simply, not make fools of themselves. So then what...

Christina Penatello Visiting Hartford Dance Studio

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Don’t Miss Dance Lessons in Hartford Dance Studio with Christina Penatello We have a great day of ballroom dance lessons scheduled in Hartford Dance Studio with the incredible Christina Penatello, daughter of Charles and Jean Pennatello. Christina and her partner Ken Hansen are currently United States Rhythm Finalists. They have been dancing together since 2009....

How Ballroom Dancing Makes You a Better Person

Most people will agree ballroom dancing is good for you – improved stamina, greater flexibility, improved brain power, what’s not to like? Yet, even more important then the obvious benefits are the subtle changes it makes to the kind of person you are, as you go through life seeking ever better ways to make it...

A TED speaker coach shares 11 tips for right before you go on stage

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Gina Barnett advises a speaker during TED2014. Below, her best last-minute public speaking tips. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED The weekend before a TED conference, each speaker rehearses their talk in the TED theater. It’s a chance for the speakers to get to know the space, for our curators to give last-minute suggestions on talk content, and...