HISTORY IN THE MAKING – BYU will allow same-sex dancing at annual competition

The United States National Amateur DanceSport Championships will be historic for conservative Brigham Young University, which is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. To host the coveted showcase, which it has every year since at least 1997, BYU was required to lift its ban keeping same-sex couples from competing this spring.

The United States National Amateur DanceSport Championships (the “Amateur DanceSport Championships”) will be sanctioned by the National Dance Council of America, Inc. (the “NDCA”).  Accordingly, as in previous years, the NDCA’s Rules will apply to the Amateur DanceSport Championships.

Read the FULL article in The Salt Lake Tribune here.

Is Dancing the Kale of Exercise?

What if you were giving the tool that could extend your life? Among the elderly, falls are the top cause of injury and death. So what if we told you that dancing can be that tool for us all?

It’s worth noting that the mental and physical benefits of dancing aren’t just for the young at heart. “Dancing increases cognitive acuity at all ages.

Dancers in São Paulo, Brazil.Credit…Nelson Almeida/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

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2020 DANCE GOALS with “The Next Best Thing” – The Dancing Housewife

A New Year is upon us and as we reflect on 2019, now is the perfect time to plan for 2020. What did you accomplish this year, what do you want to accomplish next year? What did you learn and what do you still have to learn? Goals Goals Goals…but what are your DANCE goals for 2020?

The Dancing Housewife Blog calls Dance Vision “the next best thing,” and we were thrilled to read about her experience with us. Knowing that learning to dance requires an investment of time and money, she decided to become an Elite subscriber to Dance Vision with her husband. At first they subscribed to single libraries (Basic followed by Technique) but soon realized “the best bang for your buck” would be to subscribe to our an annual subscription.

“Dance Vision has created the most comprehensive collection of instructional videos dedicated to ballroom dancing on the market.

Dance Vision offers nine different subscription plans tailored to suit specific needs and budgets. Whether you’re a social dancer, a competitive DanceSport athlete or you’re just beginning to learn, Dance Vision has a plan for you.”

Let Dance Vision help you achieve your Dance Goals in 2020 with our FREE 30 day trial!

 

“Body Esteem: Piece of Cake & Peace of Mind” with Author Susan Walker, M.S., L.P.C.

On this episode of Dance Teachers Academy, Aimée Méndez & Jose Tolentino sit down with Susan Parish- Walker during the 30th Anniversary of Emerald Ball. Psychologist Susan Parish- Walker, who is also a student of  Aimée, discusses her book “Body Esteem: Piece of Cake and Peace of Mind.” Our body esteem is a topic dancers and all people are challenged with at one time or another.

Body Esteem teaches you how to think positively about your body and your appearance.

  • Overcome emotional eating
  • Develop self-confidence and self-efficacy 
  • Find an exercise that fits your personality
  • Create your signature style
  • Stop comparing yourself to others on social media

For many years it has been shown that if people are physically fit, they experience better physical and phychological health. Now, Susan Walker has added another dimension of healthy living and that is the importance of body image and self-esteem. A well-written and highly informative book. Order Body Esteem here. 

A Journey To Higher Self-Esteem Through Ballroom Dancing

Self-Esteem and Confidence is a struggle for many of people of all ages. While ballroom dancing can be quite challenging, it’s amazing to hear the stories of how it has helped so many people in different ways. Here’s an article from Nancy of Glittered Journeys, where she shares her journey to higher self-esteem through ballroom dancing.  By sharing her story she wanted to  inspire others to attempt and achieve big things.

“I believe ballroom dancing can also be a launchpad to revealing our inner beauty and higher power.” – Nancy of Glittered Journeys

My hope is that people can see that the stories we tell ourselves in our head don’t have to continue to be our only story. How we are today doesn’t have to be permanent, unless we’re happy there. What could your life look like if you believed you had the power to do the things you really want to do? Working through your personal limitations that may be holding you back will bring about serious confidence and self-esteem. My journey to higher self-esteem through ballroom dancing has been awesome and life-changing. My happiest moments are on the dance floor, but through dance I have evolved into a strong, confident, and happier person on and off the dance floor.

You can read more here.

Conversations With Wayne Eng Podcast: Dmitry Nikolaev of Ballroom Backstage

Our 10th & Final Podcast episode of Conversations With Wayne Eng in this first series! Wayne interviews Dmitry Nikolaev where he shares how and why he started Ballroom Backstage.

Watch below for the FULL INTERVIEW!

School Children Should Dance More in Schools

In an article by ukedchat they shared the latest research findings and Finland’s core curriculum encourage children to get off their desks and learn through physical activity and movement, but the process of adopting the new methods in practice is still in the early stages at schools.

It has become a global problem that not just adults, but children, too, are less and less physically active. Many children all over the world do not follow the national recommendations when it comes to physical activity. According to a Finnish report, negative perception of one’s physical competence reduces motivation for movement and exercise. Evaluation, comparisons and competitiveness connected to physical education may lead to negative experiences.

Read the FULL article here.