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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Happy Dancing in the New Year!
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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.
CD2076 Dark Tan Satin

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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
While your dancing the night away, don’t forget about your friends at The Dance Shoe who want to help get you into what ever type of ballroom dance shoe you are looking for. We carry Cuban heel dance shoes, Latin heel dance shoes, mens dance shoes, ladies dance and much, much more!
S9283 Black & Gold Braid 1.2 in

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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.
Be a better dancer with a better pair of Ballroom Dance Shoes from The Dance Shoe where we carry a wide selection of Latin, Cuban and smooth dance shoes for both men and women. We can even customize your pair of dance shoes with rhinestones for that special look that will sure to make you stand out on the dance floor.

Happy Dancing!