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  • Inspiring Art For Dance

    Beautiful craftsmanship has inspired man throughout history. People have discovered new ways to improve the quality and durability of products for people to enjoy and appreciate. In addition, artists have presented new styles and perspectives to their craft.

    Two contemporary artists who expressed perspectives that many people admire are Jack Vettriano and Fabian Perez. Jack Vettriano has painted more of the ballroom dances in his dance artwork while Fabian Perez produces Flamenco and Argentine Tango paintings and sculptures. They have beauty and glamour in their work.

    In the Dancesport ballroom world, the people take a lot of time and resources to make everything perfect in the appearance to look the character of their roles. I am not talking about only the general hygiene and grooming. Time is taken to work on the hair and the application of makeup. Not only the makeup to the face, some will use foundation or spray tan for the entire body. Like the movies and other performing arts, makeup is used to project the image needed for the characters in the stories.

    There are other factors judges look for when grading a couple. Of course, they analyze the quality of the dancing (i.e. footwork, timing, and carrying your frame). In addition, they judge the expression and energy shown on the dance floor. I don’t think one would place well in a competition if someone was upset about a previous dance or nervous. Every dance is a new beginning; having a thought that keeps the focus on the current dance and lowers the tightness of the body will make things better in the performance.

    As leaders, men have to think a few measures ahead of time as well as look at the traffic. If they do not, the dancing will lose a clear direction and flow of movement. Therefore, the dancing will be choppy and may lose body contact needed as a guide for the lady to sense what direction to take.

    February 13, 2015 • Ballroom Blog, Casey Krysztofik • Views: 874

  • Wine, chocolate and dancing for Valentine’s Day

    Inspiration to Movement at Franklin Park Conservatory

    Inspiration to Movement at Franklin Park Conservatory

    Tickets are $15 per person.   Ballroom dance classes and demonstrations along with chocolate and wine.  The perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day!  February 14 – 5:30 – 11 PM.  For more information visit fpconservatory.org.

    February 10, 2015 • Ballroom Blog, Parties • Views: 809

  • Why Compete???

    Why Compete???

    As a teacher, it is sometimes easy to acquire “teacheritis,” the propensity to see things only as a teacher and fail to look through the eyes of a dancer, student, artist, athlete, or any of the other roles that comprise a ballroom professional. I remember, some time ago, looking at one of my students who was an avid competitor and asking candidly, “why do you compete?” Her response was simple, “It gives me a goal and I feel I get 2-3 times as much out of my lessons when we are preparing for competition.” I had heard this from other professionals and experienced this myself, but to hear it from my own student was profound.

    Goal-setting is an integral part of any successful process in learning or in creativity. In ballroom dancing, competition is the primary way in which goals are set and achieved. Imagine a soccer team or football team that just did drills but never played against one another. Imagine a group of musicians who practiced together but never played their works in public performance. Their growth as athletes and artists, would fall utterly short of its potential.

    “But I’m not a competitive person!” Well, most pro-am ballroom competitors I know are not incredibly competitive by nature. Many well-accomplished dancers I know would swear that their greatest success and joy came when they stopped caring about how they stacked up against others on the floor. Still others use the competition as a reason to get dressed up in beautiful, larger-than-life attire, hair, and makeup. As coach Pat Traymore once said, “Ballroom Dancing is a Class Act.”

    For those who dance for release, art, athleticism, personal development, and/or healing, competitive dancing is ideal. On the competitive floor there is no ceiling to what you can do (within the structure of the movement, of course). Competitors can pour themselves into their dancing in ways that would be utterly inappropriate on the social dance floor. The excess of stretch, speed and volume of movement are highly encouraged.  The more the merrier!

    Ballroom competition is our craft/sport/art/activity’s primary method of goal-setting, focus, and execution. It provides a great deal of pleasure for those who participate, often being held in luxurious hotel ballrooms and providing a means of escape and relaxation at the same time as doing something about which participants are passionate.  In recent years, more and more competitors bring their children and families, who provide support and encouragement while enjoying the atmosphere and amenities associated with the experience.  If you are new to ballroom dancing, I highly recomment talking to your teacher about competition.  I know very few students who have only done one competition 😉

    -Adam

    Sandy and Adam Columbus Dancesport 2014

    Sandy and Adam Columbus Dancesport 2014

    November 14, 2014 • Adam Maynard, Ballroom Blog • Views: 735