Blackpool Dance Festival is LIVE!

Tune into Blackpool Dance Festival, one of the longest-running dancesport competitions in the world! Since 1920 in the Empress Ballroom at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, Blackpool Dance Festival has offered top-notch dancing and entertainment! Last year was the 92nd year of the event and there were 61 countries represented. A total of 2,970 entries in 13 events, 2 Ballroom Formation teams and 8 Latin Formation Teams (source:

We can’t wait to see the turnout this year! Don’t miss another second, join the live stream now. Running May 24 – June 1, 2018.

Argentine Tango – Improvisation

Ginger Rogers once said, “When two people love each other, they don’t look at each other, they look in the same direction.” While you may not always be in love with your Argentine Tango partner (or you might!), the intimate nature of the dance resonates with this saying. To dance the Argentine Tango is not to mirror each other; instead, it is about acting and reacting. The dancers have two very different objectives, working in tandem to create the beautiful tango. Let us further explain the objectives of each dancer.

Argentine Tango is a series of improvised movements that are executed by two independent individuals. There are no basic tango steps, no checklist of steps to complete before the end of a song. A good leader must have the sense about him not only to choose the next move, but to invite his partner to make that step in a way that is clear to her. She must accept the invitation, complete the movement, then regain her balance. Once she is ready again to follow, he invites her again.

The follower may indicate that she would like to stop for a moment and add an adornment, which the leader can accept and allow her to add to the dance, or he can choose to continue in the steps that he planned next. This allows the follower to add her own flair to the dance, and perhaps give the leader a moment of stillness to design their next move. The leader must be dependable, but flexible, and wait for his follower to be ready to follow him again. The follower must be agile, adaptable, and trust the leader.

If you are new to the Argentine Tango, try listening to your partner in this way. Leaders, wait for your follower to regain her balance before you invite her to follow you again. Followers, don’t be afraid to communicate that you want to slow down and add to the dance. Your personality and how you improvise together is what makes the tango so extraordinary!

Night to Remember Gala

About the Event

DanceVision Awards recognizes excellence, achievement, and creativity in the National and International Ballroom and Dancesport Communities. It honors outstanding work in eight different categories within on ecompetitive year for Pro-Am, Amateur and Professional Divisons. DanceVision Awards by Night to Remember will bring the world-wide dance community together to nominate, celebrate, and award our Stars. You nominate! You vote! Together, we present the DanceVision Awards brought to you by Night to Remember.

Gala Dinner & Dancing…

Join us for the first dining experience, top-shelf cocktails, live band, general dancing and performances by the best dancers of our time!

Nominate and be nominated!
August 26, 2018 in Hollywood California at the Taglyan Cultural Complex

Nominations are closed before the 20th of April!

Tickets available at

American Style Smooth goes International


American Style Smooth has become one of the most beautiful dance styles in Ballroom dancing today and is growing in popularity around the world.  The DVIDA American Style Smooth Syllabus is being used extensively in countries such as Canada,  Trinidad️, Argentina, Greece, New Zealand, England, Switzerland, Australia️, South Africa️, China️️ and Ireland.  If you are near Watford, England and thinking of becoming DVIDA certified,  Susan Puttock specializes in American Style Smooth.

Susan Puttock is an Adjudicator, Championship Licensed Adjudicator, National Judge, and World Class Judge.   She and her late husband Brian, started their dancing career in England as Pre-Teens. They achieved success as amateur dancers making finals in all the major events. Upon turning professional, they placed second in the prestigious Rising Star at the British Championships. Emigrating to the U.S. they became U.S. Professional Standard Champions three years in a row and represented the U.S. at three World Championships, placing in the semi-final each time. They also co-organized the Nevada Star Ball.

Contact Info
Email : [email protected]
Phone: 07771904296

Susan Puttock DVIDA Examiner Bronze- Gold Smooth
Bronze – Gold Standard


Introducing the Dance Vision Circuit

Introducing the All New Dance Vision Circuit!

Featuring over $75,000 Cash Prize Money to be awarded to both Pro/Am students & Studios:

  • $50,000 cash – Top Pro/Am Students
  • $25,000 cash – Top Studios

Over 50 competitions have been added to the circuit so far!

Circuit begins at the 2018 Emerald Ball Dancesport Championships, May 1 – 6, 2018.

More information at

DVIDA: The Ultimate Tutor for Your Private Lesson

Why you should use Dance Vision Instructional Videos

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Studying the school figures at home with a Dance Vision video can reduce the amount of time spent learning footwork in your private lesson. Practicing with Dance Vision content is like having a Top Champion of Dance as your own personal tutor. Imagine having a study session with the Queen of Latin, Shirley Ballas, whenever you want. Dance Vision videos provides you with access to all the tools you need to successfully prepare for your next private lesson.

Supplementing your lesson at home is great value!

The benefits of private dance instruction are priceless. A professional instructor can develop each session based on your individual strengths and weaknesses. Through personalized feedback, private coaching with a qualified instructor provides the attention needed for you to perfect your skills. However, the price of perfection can end up being costly. Depending on your location, an instructor may charge anywhere from $60 to $150/hr. Students who value their time and money can supplement their private lessons by practicing at home with Dance Vision instructional videos.

Students that devote time and attention to practicing outside of the studio can use our videos to enhance their progression.  As a result, the student remains dedicated to learning new techniques from their teacher. Hence the teacher is able to cultivate and inspire the student’s passion for dance with personalized feedback and positive reinforcement.

In conclusion, Dance Vision instructional videos are the best tool to use to get the most value out of any private lesson. It’s often said that practice makes perfect. Make your practice perfect with DVIDA!