Category: Dance Competitions

Dance Your Way to a Beach Bod! How Many Calories Are You Burning?

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How Many Calories Are You Burning While Dancing? Ballroom Dance vs. Barre, Yoga and Running So let’s see how different fitness routines measure up. We’ve taken a look at some popular fitness fads and compared them to the fun, difficulty and overall calories burned. Take a closer look and you might be hitting the dance...

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...

5 Must Know Dances for Every Occasion

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We’ve all been caught unprepared at some time in our lives. Not knowing how to dance should not be on that list. If learning to dance in general seems like too big a task, we’ve put together a list of the must haves. Going to a wedding, have a work event or dinner date? We’ve...

5 Benefits of Ballroom Dancing You Probably Did Not Know!

We all know physical activity of any kind is good for your body. Obviously we know dancers have pretty amazing physiques (we have seen dancing with the stars after all.) But do you know that dancing is actually more than just a healthy hobby for your body? We’ve been seeing reports being published almost weekly...

New England Dancesport Championships 2017

Orange 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. Local student dancers will be competing with their professional partners in dances like the waltz, rumba, salsa, swing, foxtrot, argentine tango and more. We...

5 Reasons You NEED to Learn to Ballroom Dance

Every adult young or old will inevitably be put in the situation of needing to know how to dance.  Don’t be caught unprepared. There are so many benefits to learning to ballroom dance. But today we’re going to talk about the necessary life events that require at least a working knowledge of how to dance....

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...

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...

Ballroom Dancing: An Investment in Yourself

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The Benefits of Ballroom Dancing are Endless! From improved self-confidence to better balance and flexibility. Recently however, there has been a lot of talk about the benefits of dancing and cognitive process. Alzheimer’s and dementia patients have had astounding breakthroughs using music and exercise. It only makes sense that when they applied ballroom dancing and...

Why Your Sons and Daughters Should Be Ballroom Dancing

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There are so many amazing benefits to learning a skill like ballroom dancing! There’s no doubt that we all admire the folks who get up on the dance floor first. So why is it that some of us shy away from ever taking the leap and getting into some dance lessons? Even more so why...

Do You Know Your Learning Style?

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Identify your individual learning style and see how easy it can be to learn something new like Ballroom or Latin dancing.   Have you ever tried to learn something fairly simple, yet failed to grasp the key ideas? Or tried to teach people and found that some were overwhelmed or confused by something quite basic?...

Dance Floor Etiquette

From Beginners to Advanced I have seen many great ballroom dancers on the floor. In my opinion what makes a good dancer is not how fancy your moves are but how well you understand dance floor etiquette. There are some basic, but not always spoken common practices when it comes to Ballroom Dancing. 1. Woman...

Make It Look Easy

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“We have to work this hard to make it look that easy,” said Geno Auriemma, UConn’s women’s basketball coach, again calling forth his Fred Astaire quotation following his team’s 37th consecutive win last night when the Huskies beat Notre Dame to seize their 10th NCAA tournament! This win, reporter Paul Doyle notes, ranks Auriemma alongside...

Dance, Dance, Dance

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I just put my feet in the air and move them around. ~Fred Astaire Whether you flaunt your every move on the dance floor or sway to your favorite songs in the car, dance is an activity that everybody enjoys, in one way or another. Luckily, dancing is something that will not only bring a smile...