Monday, December 31, 2012

Proper Dance Technique

Proper dance technique
Lots of dancers say to me when taking lessons, both group and private, that they just want to be good social dancers and not competitors, so why do they have to learn proper dance technique. I reply with this explanation, “without using good dance technique you don’t become a great social dancer”. If your not using the correct foot positions, or the proper posture it causes balance problems and lead and follow problems as well. Usually when a move doesn’t work, it is because of an incorrect body position or some other dance technique problem. I think that some people confuse technique with showmanship, that the competitors are trying to achieve. Learning proper technique makes you more enjoyable to dance with, whether you are a leader or a follower in couples’ dance. Good technique makes a dancer look smoother and helps the general flow of the dance executed.
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Monday, December 24, 2012

Beginner Dancer’s Tip

Beginner Dancer’s Tip

Try never to refuse a dance with someone who is asking you. It doesn't feel very good to be rejected. This tip is for the ladies and the gentlemen, and a reminder to the Intermediate/Advanced dancers as well. This is how we learn to be better dancers; by dancing with lots of different partners and dancers of all levels.
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Friday, December 21, 2012

Dance Tips


Make sure you have strong basics in any dance you are learning, before moving up a level or learning new patterns. It will make the next level a lot more frustrating if you don’t know your basics well enough. We all started at the beginning and repeated the first level a few times before moving up. Sometimes as intermediate or advanced dancers, its a good idea to refresh our memories by taking a basic class again, as a reminder of a few things we have forgotten about.
A good thing to do when you are starting out is to get yourself in a new pair of comfortable ballroom dance shoes, this will help with sore feet and from discouraging you to continue dancing or taking lessons.  Come see us at The Dance Shoe where you will find a great selection of mens and ladies ballroom dance shoes. Oh and we also have a Christmas Sale on right now and until the 25th, so hurry in and pick up your great pair of shoes.
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More Music for Practicing…

Music for Practicing

Come on Over Baby – Christina Aguilera
Corazon Espinado – Santana
Say it Right – Nelly Furtado
Salsa – Patricia Manterola
Sway – Pussycat Dolls
Come as you are – Jaci Velazquez & Luis Fons
El Beso Del Final – Christina Aguilera
Happy Ever After – Julia Fordham
Mentiroso – Enrique Iglesias
My all – Mariah Carey
You are my Home – Vanessa Williams
Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone – Lighthouse Family
Bandolero – Los Del Rio
Buen Dia – Marcela Morelo
Asereje – Las Ketchup
Hips Don’t Lie – Shakira
Ooh La La – Chicadee
Temptation – Arash
Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
Hound Dog – Elvis Presley
Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley
Letkiss – Darling
Only You – Jungle James
Runaround Sue (slower) – Dion
Buddha’s Delight – Haley Benett
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Music for Practicing


  1. Do You Only Wanna Dance from Dirty Dancing 2 soundtrack -Mya
  2. Azucar – Azucar
  3. Tabaco y Chanel (slow) – Bacilos
  1. Este Ritmo Calentito – Alma
  2. Outro Lugar – Salome de Bahia
  3. Que Sera – Xana
  1. Beautiful Life – Ace of Base
  2. Believe – Cher
  3. Waiting for Tonight – Jennifer Lopez
  1. Cuando Volveras – Aventura
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Choosing a Pair of Ballroom Dance Shoes

Ladies Dance Shoes

This is a typical ladies’ Latin dance shoe (for Rumba, Cha Cha, Samba, Jive, and Paso Doble). The one shown is a Very Fine Dance Shoe with either a 2.5 or 3 inch heel. (These are the usual heel heights for Latin shoes.)

This is a typical ladies’ Ballroom shoe, sometimes called a court shoe (for Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, and Viennese Waltz). The one shown is a Very Fine Dance Shoe, in either a 1.5 or 2 inch heel. (Those are the typical heights for Ballroom shoe heels.) I highly recommend versions with a somewhat rounded toe, since they squeeze the toes less and still look nice.
This is a practice shoes from The Dance Shoe These can be used for both Latin and Standard dances (although they feel less like the Latin shoe). These are a great option for when you are first learning and want to get one shoe. Also, these are great for whenever you may dance for more than 1.5-2 hours at a time, since they are usually quite a bit more comfortable. People don’t typically use these types of shoes for competitions or exhibitions, so that is a limitation.
Heel height: If you’re not used to high heels, don’t be too apprehensive about dance shoes with heels. The heels on dance shoes are placed better than those on fashion sandles, etc., so they are actually much easier to balance in. Plus, the heels complement the movements and steps for the follower very well and you get used to them very quickly. If you feel uncomfortable though, consider starting with a good practice shoe, or perhaps choosing the lower ends of the spectra, i.e. a 2.5 inch Latin or 1.5 inch Standard shoe. Shoes with heels much lower than that are sometimes not as well constructed, since it is not as common for female dancers to use those shoes.
Men’s Dance Shoes
This is a typical men’s Latin dance shoe (for Rumba, Cha Cha, Samba, Jive, and Paso Doble). The one shown is a Very Fine Dance Shoe with a 1.6″ Latin heel.

This is a typical men’s Ballroom shoe(for Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, and Viennese Waltz). The one shown is a Very Fine Dance Shoe, in a 1 inch heel. (That is the typical height for Ballroom shoe heels.) You can buy Ballroom shoes which are shiny or matte black; I recommend matte for your first pair. I also recommend buying all-black shoes rather than white ones.
Buying your first pair: If you only want to buy one pair of shoes, I recommend buying a pair of Standard shoes rather than Latin shoes since Standard shoes are more stable (having lower heels). But it’s nice to have both.
Buying Dance Shoes
Get advice: Ask for advice from experienced dancers, club officers, or instructors. Be careful about relying on dance store staff; if the store sells mostly items for ballet or other types of dance, it’s likely that the staff won’t know much about ballroom shoes.
Choose a good fit: Ballroom shoes should fit more tightly than street shoes. Your toes should really come to the front of the shoe (for closed-toe shoes), and your feet should not slip around at all inside the shoe. Also, the leather will stretch some over time. It’s common to buy shoes 1/2 or 1 size smaller than your normal shoes.
Come and see us at The Dance Shoe for a great selection on all of the types of shoes your just saw described above. Our friendly staff will answer any questions you may have with choosing the right dance shoe for you, simply email your questions We also have a great Christmas Sale on right now and so hurry to join in on the savings!
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Monday, December 3, 2012

Ballroom Dancing Tips: Get Connected

Ballroom dancing, Latin dancing and swing dancing are all about connection. Here are some tips on developing better connection to improve your dancing.

The wonderful thing about ballroom dancing, Latin dancing, and swing dancing is that two people work together to create a beautiful art form to music. The partners rely on each other, each doing their part to make the partnership work. The leader must make the decisions about what step to dance, what direction to go and which beat to dance on. The follower must follow the leader’s directions (which is more difficult than it sounds) and complete the picture the leader sketches. Both partners provide counterbalance to each other to make their movements bigger and turns faster. All of this is made possible through the use of connection.
If you were to ask five different people what they think dancing is all about, you will most likely hear five different answers. However, what makes dancing, dancing is simple: connection. In order to truly dance, you must be connected to the music, connected to your partner, and connected within yourself.
It is easy to become disconnected when you are partner dancing, such as ballroom, Latin or swing, and not realize it because you are concentrating on one small detail—the beat, where your feet go, what you are doing with your arms. However, when this happens you are missing the whole point of partner dancing.
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Friday, November 30, 2012

Ballroom Dancing Tips: Get Connected | Suite101

Connection to your Partner in Partner Dancing
First and foremost, you must remain connected to your partner. Without this teamwork, you are not moving in harmony—why even dance with a partner? You must be constantly aware of where your partner is, what they are doing and how what you are doing relates to them. Even if you are not looking at them, your body is always trying to face them. In Latin dancing and swing dancing, you have many opportunities to look directly at your partner, which helps you to connect on a lead and follow level, but also on an emotional level.
In partner dancing, you communicate through your dance frame and through any other body contact you have. Keeping your center turned toward your partner wherever possible and maintaining a solid frame by keeping tone in your muscles (not flexing them, stiffening your arms or trying to crush your partner) will keep you connected to your partner for better leading, following and harmony.
If you both really want to connect try a pair of comfortable ballroom dance shoes for men and women from The Dance Shoe We have a great selection of quality dance shoes for the whole family, including dance sneakers and boots. We also have a Christmas sale going on right now and until Christmas day, so hurry and join in on the savings!

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Merry Christmas Dance Shoe Sale – 10% off everything!

That’s right folks we are having our annual Merry Christmas Sale start early this year. We are so excited for Christmas this year that we couldn't wait any longer and decided to start our sale early!

Enter promo code 2Dance4Me (case sensitive) and get an additional 10% off your already well-priced ballroom dance shoes.  This promotion runs from November 19th until Christmas day.

It doesn't matter if you've been naughty or nice; you can still take advantage of this sale and get your feet into comfortable, quality ballroom dance shoes to start your 2013 dance season off right.
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Happy Festive Dancing!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Tips to learn the Foxtrot

Learning the Fox Trot ballroom dance from home is possible. You need to keep a few things in mind when you are learning how to do it. Take a look at these to use them during your studies and soon you will be dancing the Fox Trot very well.

The hold is very important in the Fox Trot. Make sure that you use good posture and that your hands are proper. Always keep your chin up and do not look down.
When you are going forward in the Fox Trot, you need to make sure that you use heel leads. Your movements should be precise. This dance is not about hip movement. It is a regal dance and made to move a partner about the dance floor using a steady beat.
In order to become very good at the Fox Trot from your home, you should practice in front of a mirror. A mirror will allow you to check your posture, the placement of hands and the movement of your body. You need to always be aware of these when you are dancing the Fox Trot.
The Fox Trot is a dance where a man leads and a woman follows. It is important to have strong leadership and the woman needs to know how follow his lead. Practice will make perfect when you are learning from home. Try a little more each day and you will improve. Learn the steps and memorize them so that you can move on to different levels of ballroom dancing. The more you dance the better you will get and the more you will enjoy it.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Ballroom Basics: Ten Tips in Ten Minutes that Result in Ten Times Better Dancing

Tip #10: Stop the Stutter Stepping

Advanced dancers dance with long flowing, confident strides rather than with tentative stutter steps. Beginners tend to dance with tentative small steps. A common fear is one of stepping on the lady’s toes. The unfortunate consequence is a dance that is stunted and awkward looking. When in proper body alignment and with proper stepping action on the part of the lady, crushed toes will likely never result, no matter how clumsy the man might be. Here’s why. When in a closed hold, his body is slightly to the left of hers such that his right foot is pointed between her two feet. Thus their feet are on different tracks. More important, though, is that the lady should take all backward steps reaching from her hip and extending to the toe. Again the lady should extend from the hip and reach to the toe. When a woman dances in this fashion, you will find that it is nearly impossible to step on her toes.
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Monday, November 5, 2012

Ballroom Basics: Ten Tips in Ten Minutes that Result in Ten Times Better Dancing

Tip #9: Leading Turns with the Cup and Pin System

As we've discussed, dancers should try to avoid losses of connection. Maintaining frame and connection during turns is critical to leading and following. When leading spins and turns a cup and pin hand connection system is usually the best technique. In this system, the follower cups her hand and provides a cavity for the leader’s pin, which he forms with one or two fingers held vertically and pointing down. The orientation of the follower’s cup is thumb down for inside turns and thumb up for outside turns. Connection does not have to be lost when transitioning between inside and outside turns.
As important as the cup and pin connection system is the follower’s frame, specifically the positioning of her arm being led during the turn. The forearm should remain approximately vertical and in the front quadrant of her body, never moving behind her midline. The upper arm remains approximately parallel to the floor. The cup remains approximately above the lady’s elbow, never directly above her head. In this way, the leading action through the turns traces a halo above the lady’s head. Such a system provides a form of a crank that the leader can use to more precisely control turning speed and turning direction. The leading pressure is applied during the part of the halo that is in the direction the leader wishes the follower to travel.
Several mistakes are common among followers. The first is spinning out of time with the music, usually spinning too fast. In such a case, connection is lost and therefore leading and following is lost. The next mistake is the follower’s hand being positioned directly above her head, like a music box dancer. For partner dancing, this is wrong. Another mistake is allowing the arm to collapse and fall behind the midline. Here we see that mistake and the consequence. Another thing to avoid is squeezing the leader’s fingers while turning. Obviously, this can create a lot of pain.
Several mistakes are common among leaders. The first is trying to grab the lady’s fingers rather than simply providing a pin. The next is forming a humongous, non-circular, and non-level halo, which disallows the lady to maintain balance while turning.
All of this said, in the end, the leader needs to be able to lead the direction, timing, and speed of the turning action – both the acceleration and the deceleration. Very important is that connection never be lost during the turning actions. In competitive sequences, turns may start slow, then accelerate, and then stop suddenly. Such figures require a highly developed connection system.
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Friday, November 2, 2012

Ballroom Basics: Ten Tips in Ten Minutes that Result in Ten Times Better Dancing

Tip #8: Learn the Dance Walk

Many dance teachers teach a drill or exercise called The Dance Walk to help their students understand the correct way to move when dancing smooth dances such as the foxtrot. Many beginners dance with heavy, plodding steps. In contrast, the dance walk develops a smooth, gliding stepping style. The key is that the swinging, free foot always skims the floor as shown. On forward walks, the moving foot skims the toe and then the heel. On backward steps, the moving foot skims the heel and then the toe. Notice that the dance walk is smooth and gliding, not heavy and plodding.
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Ballroom Basics: Ten Tips in Ten Minutes that Result in Ten Times Better Dancing

Tip #6: Maintain the Big Top

Most folks have slow danced long before becoming involved in ballroom dancing. The slow dance hold, where the partners have their heads together, is the opposite of what is required for ballroom dancing. In ballroom dancing, a very large space is created between the heads of the partners and this is necessary for effecting turning patterns such as pivot turns. In ballroom smooth dancing, to help create this space, the lady must stay positioned against the man’s right hand by stretching upward, outward, and leftward into the man’s right hand. Again, this ice cream cone shaped pairing or big top is necessary for effecting turning figures such as pivoting actions.
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