The Best Places to Eat in Las Vegas: 7 Spots Wayne Eng Loves

Las Vegas has an abundance of options when it comes to dining.  It can be a bit overwhelming deciding where to go, so Wayne Eng  put together a list of his favorite restaurants in his hometown.

Morimoto

MGM Grand – 3799 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Mon – Thu, Sun 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Fri – Sat 5:00 PM – 10:30 PM

 

Sashimi at Morimoto Las Vegas, which opened in October. (MGM Resorts International)

 

Tea Time at the Petrossian Bar
Bellagio Hotel and Casino
3600 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109Afternoon Tea Service from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Yellow Tail
Bellagio Hotel and Casino
3600 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109Mon – Thu 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Fri – Sun  5:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Le Cirque
Bellagio Hotel and Casino
3600 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109Tue – Sun 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Mr Chow

Caesars Palace
3570 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Tuesday – Thursday 5PM – 10PM
Friday & Saturday 5PM – 10:30PM

China Poblano

Level 2, Boulevard Tower
Sun – Thurs: 11:30 AM – 11 PM
Fri – Sat: 11:30 AM – 11:30 PM

Kabuto

5040 W. Spring Mountain Rd. #4
Las Vegas, Nevada 89146
Monday – Saturday  6:00 PM and 8:30 PM

The Eng family enjoying a meal at Kabuto. (Donna Eng)

Nazar and Irina’s Last Dance

At the 41st Ohio Star Ball, Nazar Norov and Irina Kudryashova announced their retirement from competitive dancing.  They are 3 time United States and 3 time World reigning and undefeated Open American Rhythm Champions.

Below is the retirement letter that was read at the Battelle Brand Ballroom during the Ohio Star Ball.

Dear friends,

It is never easy to say goodbye to something, that was a part of our lives for so many years, and what we love so much.
Our journey together, started 17 years ago in a little town in Siberia, Russia and little did we know, what a journey that would be.
After over 26 years of competing, tonight, we are saying goodbye to the amazing world of professional dancing. But before we do, we would like to thank so many people, that helped us in so many ways to achieve, what we ourselves have never dreamed of.
Our gratitude goes to our parents and families, who gave everything and sacrificed so much, so we could dance
Our first teachers during first 15 years of our dancing and our mentors for life – Vladimir Murashov and Lyudmila Murashov for not only giving us the love of dance, but teaching us the loyalty, importance of being part of the Team and work ethics.
James Clemens and Tammy Clemens for giving us an opportunity to work in the United States
Lori Foehr for welcoming us to the Dancelife family and giving us a chance to become studio owners
All Our students, present and past for adjusting their schedules to accommodate our crazy ones
Our fans and fellow competitors for always pushing us to be better than yesterday
Brent Thomas Mills and Ballroom Playlist for always amazing and inspiring music
Alex Rowan and Dancesport Photography and Mary Tweeddale for memories, that will be forever with us
Peter and Cassandra Valeria Schneider and Dance America for the best shoes and practice wear we could ask for
Boyko for Irina’s impeccable look
Benito Garcia of Coreganize 360 for keeping our bodies and minds ready for the challenge
Tatiana Ouellette of Anabell’s Dancewear and Bella Kogan of Dress for Dance for Nazar’s costumes
And Dawn Smart of Dore Designs, who welcomed us to the Team ten years ago and was by our side all these years
The coaches, who helped to shape us into the dancers and teachers we are today:
Sam Sodano, Loraine Barry, Tonja Garamella, Judi Hatton, Paul Holmes, Paul Killick, Ieva Pauksena, Вячеслав Трубачев, Igor Ugay and Tatiana Ugay
And of course, our Dream Team – the core group, that every dancer should find – the Team that will guide you, inspire you, bring you down to earth, when you feel too high and lift you up after painful defeats. Each one of you hold a special place in our hearts and we can not thank you more for being in our lives.
Michael Chapman for creating our show program
“Yoda” Eugene Katsevman for sharing your sense of musicality and understanding of the movement
“Babaganoush” Ilya Ifraimov for creating unforgettable characters for our winning Ohio showdances
“Gumada” Marianne Nicole-DePalma for making sure our clock is working and the eye is closed😊
“Dance Mom” Shirley Ballas for letting us be ourselves and going along with our crazy ideas, while never compromising the quality of movement
And “Daddy” Rufus Dustin for believing in us from very beginning and being there for us for the last 10 years through thick and thin.
The switch to American Rhythm 6 years ago was the best decision we have ever made and we thank everyone, who supported us in this journey.
We sincerely hope that those who will come after us will cherish and respect American Rhythm the way we do.
Ladies and gentlemen. Every journey has its beginning and the end. Our journey as professional competitors ends tonight, on this floor, under these lights. We could not think of a better way to go. Thank you

Your 3 -time United States and 3 time World reigning and undefeated Open American Rhythm Champions

Nazar Norov and Irina Kudryashova

Achieving Optimal Posture Without Damaging Your Body

Why does it hurt when I dance?

Do you love dancing, but hate the fact that you have to see the chiropractor after every competition? Are you unable to get your head in the position your teacher wants it or if you do manage to, you just can’t maintain it? Do you ever wonder why this is happening to you, why is this so hard, and what can you do to fix it? 

Optimal posture

As we all know, posture is extremely important in dancing, not only for aesthetics, but also for our health. If we do not have optimal posture, our body compensates in various ways which often manifests itself as pain.  Optimal posture is the state that our bodies are in when all of our bones are lined up properly, allowing us to have perfect balance and also giving us the ability to release all tension and stress from our muscles and joints. Optimal posture gives us the ability to move freely and naturally.

Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiology

Maria Hansen, like many dancers, has suffered injuries.  By the time she retired, she couldn’t get out of bed without assistance.  Her neck couldn’t support her head.  In healing her own body, she found correcting some muscle imbalances with a personal trainer extremely helpful.  He was a graduate of the CHEK Institute in California. CHEK (Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiology) practitioners focus first and foremost, on postural correction and then implement a functional training program geared toward the sport that you do. She decided to study at the institute and learn more about the function of the body from a different perspective.

On this episode of Dance Teacher Academy, Maria discusses how you can create the correct dance posture and look without being in pain.

Maria Hansen is a 7 Time United States Ballroom Finalist and has been a representative for the United States in the World Ballroom Championships. She was also the United States Vice Ballroom Champion and a Former North American Showdance Champion. Maria is the co-organizer of Vegas Open Dance Challenge. In addition to coaching, Maria is a Check Practitioner.

How To Pursue Your Dance Dreams

José and Aimée of Dance Teachers Academy sat down with Carolina Orlovsky and discussed how she pursued her dream of becoming a dancer.

At age 5, Carolina asked for dance lessons after watching the movie “My Fair Lady.” Her parents saw her love for movement, so they enrolled her in dance class… and she was awful.

Nobody starts off good, nobody does. I started off awful.

Most of the girls had already taken dance classes and were older than me,  so I felt very out of place. I had this abundance of… I call it boy energy. Really active jumping and running.  Kind of a daredevil.  I wanted to push my limits. I didn’t separate like girls or princesses and behave this way.  I didn’t have that association with dance.  It’s athletic, you get to move and jump and fly and roll and spin and become something outside of a normal human  and I wanted to be that.

A trip to Cuba in her senior year as a dance cultural exchange changed her life. Transformed by the people of Cuba who were rich in dancing, she auditioned and was accepted to the Alvin Ailey independent study program.  Instead of working towards a college education she moved to New York City to pursue her dream of become a professional dancer.

Watch the full interview below

 

Carolina’s Achievements

 

  • 3-Times World Professional Rhythm Vice-Champion
  • 3 Times U.S. Professional Rhythm Vice-Champion
  • 9-Times U.S. Professional Rhythm Finalist
  • World Mambo Champion
  • 2-Times U.S. Mambo Champion
  • World Professional American Rhythm Showdance Champion

Carolina’s Social Media
  

Judging at the Emerald Ball

Ron Montez – Professional Latin Champion

On Episode 34 of the Legends series, José and Aimée of Dance Teachers Academy sat down with one of the most respected personalities in the dance business, Mr. Ron Montez.  Ron shares a heartwarming nod to his first dance teacher, Nancy Elliot.  He also expresses great appreciation for his dance partner Liz Curtis.  He speaks of the skill it takes to develop analytical powers to help dancers achieve a good look. Ron shares how teaching dancing is an unique profession that combines relating physical skills components and elements to create magic on the dance floor.  It’s a great show, so don’t miss out!

Ron’s Early Days

They began the episode talking about how Ron Montez  started off DJing parties for his sister.  She was an instructor for Arthur Murray.  Ron was a little undecided what to do with his life after high school, so he took his sister’s suggestion and enrolled in a 6 week teacher training course.  There was a lack of male instructors at his studio, so he quickly had to learn how to do a lot of things.  He immersed himself in teaching & choreography and learned what he could from the dance directors.

Ron was introduced to competitive dance when a professional couple visited his studio.  He was blown away by what he had seen.  He spoke with them and this is what they had to say

“Find a partner, you have to seek out training, and then compete, in that order”.

Websites & Social Links

If you are interested in DVIDA Certification, Ron is a Master Examiner.  He can test in all styles and levels of dance.

Email: rondance@comcast.net.

Follow Ron Montez on Facebook.

Alohaballdance.com

Vegas Lights -Website coming soon

 

 

 

Bob & Julia – Legends of the Dance World

Bob Powers and Julia Gorchakova  are 12 Time United States Rhythm Champions and 3 Time World Mambo Champions and hold the record for the most United States Championships ever won by an American couple.  This husband and wife duo are also co-owners & developers of Core Rhythms, a top-selling aerobic dance fitness program sold throughout the world.

How one of the most the accomplished partnerships in the history of dance came to be.

Julia and Bob met in St. Petersburg, Russia, Julia’s hometown, over twenty-five years ago.  He was there with Forrest, (Forrest Vance) and other dancers to do a TV show.  They were taken on a tour of Russia but they said that they wanted to actually meet some Russians.  Julia’s mom hosted a social dance and that is where they met.  After dancing together they decided to practice together.  Two months later I came to the US to begin my partnership with Bob.

Bob had been ranked as high as fourth in the US with two other partners but, never won a major championship until teaming up with Julia. Within one and half years Bob and Julia had started winning competitions and ended the year with the title of US Champions.

Over the years the two have traveled throughout the US and abroad teaching, lecturing, competing and performing shows. They have toured and performed in China, Germany, Japan, Holland, France, England, Mexico, and Canada. To maintain their high level of fitness they ran, lifted weights, did Core Rhythms, and worked with a personal strength and stretching coach. Their dance training has come mainly from Julia’s mother and Rick Valenzuela, the co-star of the hit movie “Dance with Me” starring Vanessa Williams. As well, they were trained by Paul Killick and Taliot and Marina Tarsonov.

Dance Teachers Academy

In September Bob & Julia sat down with José and Aimée of Dance Teachers Academy.  During the podcast they discussed how to stay the course on the tough road to becoming successful champion dancers.

Great wisdom like:

– Have your own opinion and remembering what you are about.

– Have confidence in what you are doing.

– Develop your own style and identity.

– Enjoy day to day operations and know that not every day is going to be a good day!

– Keep the love to dance!

 

Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Julia designs custom handmade ballroom dance costumes with her company Artistry in Motion.  Bob is a traveling coach and the owner of the Mesa franchise of Arthur Murray® Dance Centers.

Shirley Ballas returns to Strictly Come Dancing 2018

Who is Shirley Ballas?

Shirley Ballas is a British ballroom dancer who specializes in Latin dance and has won numerous championships earning her the nickname, The Queen of Latin.

She started dancing at the age of 7. While attending her weekly Girl Guide class she noticed a ballroom dance class next door. She was fascinated with the class and started lessons the following Saturday. This was the beginning of her lifelong love affair with Ballroom and Latin Dance.

By the age 23 she had won all major titles worldwide.  Some of the most memorable titles for her include: 3 times British Open Champion, European Champion and 10 times Open United States Latin American Champion.

Shirley Ballas & her history with Dance Vision

Shirley was a Latin coach for Wayne & Donna Eng c. 1984- c.1992.  She was instrumental in helping them become 3-time United States Latin Finalists, United States Rising Star Vice-Champions, 3 time Blackpool Rising Star Finalists, and Eastern United States Champions.   Wayne credits her with giving him the confidence to believe in himself.

When Wayne and Donna established Dance Vision, they didn’t hesitate to ask Shirley to film.   Some of her instructional video titles include:  Turns & Spin In Style,  Latin Technique & Muscular Technique, and her latest International Latin Technique collection.

Strictly Come Dancing

In 1996, she retired from competitive dancing at Blackpool. In 2017 Shirley Ballas returned to Blackpool. to join the judging panel of Strictly Come Dancing, replacing Len Goodman as head judge.

Her judging style is a no nonsense approach.  She’s a real stickler when it comes to technique but she is fair.   She is returning as a judge for series 16 of the ballroom competition on BBC One this Fall.  Fellow judges Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood, and Darcey Bussell, will also be back this year.

 

Interview with Katarzyna Kozak!

Introducing Kasia!

The Latin champion has been lighting up the dance world with her spitfire personality and incredible skills since she was young as 18. Now she aspires to improve and contribute to the dance community, teaching classes and workshops. She also created the Attitude Belt to help aspiring dancers with posture issues.

The Interview.

What do you look for when judging a Pro/Am competition?

I’m looking for precision of steps and ease of  movement.

What interests me is the well roundedness of the performance. I like to see clean and clear execution of the steps as well as smooth, pleasant energy of the delivery. I like to see strength and enthusiasm in the dance. As much as we all like to put a lot of artistry and our own interpretation into our dancing,  what I always recommend to my clients is to stick to readable, elegant movements. If the artistry takes away from the strength and stability  it’s not worth it. First a Pro Am dancer  needs to look independent and fully in control and than we can expand into more fun, entertaining things. 

What does partnership mean to you?

Partnership to me means we are in it together.

It means we have well chosen goals and a common path to accomplish those goals.

We are supporting each other every step along the way and we are each other’s biggest fans. We both take the responsibility of making sure we are moving toward our goals. When one person is not feeling up to par the other person takes over and tries to help. It’s a team – in our case a small one, just 2 people,but a powerful one.  A team should always encourage and support each other.

What was your biggest challenge when you first started dancing?

 My biggest challenge in the USA was that I did not speak English. Often times I could not understand what I needed to do or I could not express what I wanted to do and what I wanted my partner to do.

Even teaching was very difficult – I will always tell my students do what I do not necessarily what I am telling you.

What considerations goes into turning pro?

The biggest thing for me is evaluating if  you truly want to be a dancer – or do you just want to dance a little bit as a hobby.

Are you willing to work hard and make sacrifices to get what you wish for. What I mean by that is being a dancer means dancing is your life. It is want you breath, what you eat, who you become.  I tell my friends I wear my dance glasses all the time – I look at the world through those glasses. There is nothing else I would rather do than dance.  If you are ready to commit to that – then I believe you will be a great professional.  You will be a great competitor as well as great teacher. Your love for dance will help you to be committed not only to your own improvement as a dancer but also to the improvement of your students.

It’s amazing how when you want something very much and are willing to do whatever it takes, things usually align themselves in such a way that even the impossible becomes possible.

The right people will show up in your life and they will guide you to where you need to go.

How did you come up with the Attitude Belt?

One of the most important things to us as a dancers is our posture -but what exactly does it means to have a good posture?  

Good posture meant correct alignment of the bones. When the bones are correctly aligned there is efficiency and ease to our movement. I compare it to driving a very well aligned car – it is smooth, easy and fun.  It is the same with our bodies. When our bones are where they supposed to be in relationship to each other, our movement is smooth but powerful at the same time, it’s strong and elegant and therefore its very pleasant and enjoyable to look at it.

My attitude belt helps us with the correct alignment of the pelvis and the spine . This contributes to  beautiful posture and helps with the ease of the movement as well as great presentation and performance.

It is a very simple, easy to use practice tool that gives you constant feedback on your alignment even when you are busy working on something else.

You are a Latin Champion. Why did you choose to focus on this specific style?

I come from Poland  where I started to dance. International style was the only style available. We never knew that American style even existed.

I fell in love with Latin dancing back home in my  native country and so when I come to USA I just continued my Latin journey – and I loved it every part of it.

Your favorite dance performance?

My favorite performance was at the Blackpool competition with Donald Johnson when we won our British Latin Rising Star Champion title. That was definitely a night I will remember forever.

It was special from the very beginning. I remember that year we worked so hard not only on our dancing but also on our mental strength. We were ready, we were strong, well rehearsed, confident,and  excited – it was just the right mix of everything all together. I was so happy and excited to share with the audience my skills and my love for dance. I was not scared at all – I was nervous of course but in a positive uplifting way – there was no fear  – just pure joy. And the fun part of it was I knew good things would happen that night. I had no doubt in my heart. 

That night was a fantastic, one of a kind experience. As a dancer we all are working toward that – to be able to be free and competitive at the same time. To enjoy our own skill and to be impressive to others. It is truly unforgettable.  You literally feel like walking on clouds.

Who/what inspired you to start dancing?

I started to dance when I was in grammar school in Poland. I was always a very active, wanting to move child. I saw an advertisement for Ballroom dancing and thought that could be fun.  I asked my parents to take me to a class – they gladly said yes. So after  church on Sunday they would drop me of for an hour to dance and that was it. My competitive side kicked in and I was hooked for good.

What would you like to tell dance students that you wish you knew when you started dancing?

I would like them to remember that the judges are not against them but rooting for them.

We are always looking to find good things not your mistakes. Do not be scared of us but share with us your skill and your love for dance. Unfortunately our job is to place all the dancers in the order we think it fits but that does not mean we do not like what you do.