Keep up to date at completion with Dance Vision’s Comp Buddy
Las Vegas NV – July 2019:Dance Vision (DV), the largest producer of ballroom dance educational materials, is pleased to announce that Comp Buddy is now available through the Dance Vision app by Wayne Eng.
Comp Buddy by Dance Vision aims to help competitors stay up to date with everything happening at Dancesport events. Comp Buddy gives you access to live & archived ballroom competitions on your mobile device. Notable features of Comp Buddy include: event notifications of live results, current heats and important messages straight from organizers.
Organizers can rest assured because they are in control of their event. Each organizer has their own personal login for uploading heat lists, scores, and their program.
No sign-up is required to access Comp Buddy. Simply download the free Dance Vision App available now for iOS & Android.
On this episode of Dance Teachers Academy we interview Melissa Dexter and Giacomo Steccaglia. These two are a dynamic duo and emphasize movement over over analyzing in your head.I enjoyed their very energetic and impressive class and we sat down with Melissa and Giacomo directly after their class”You Are The Key” at The Dance Congress held at the 30th Anniversary Emerald Ball.
These two emphasized that to know something you must experience it! All of us have access to an incredible amount of information. But Melissa asks,” You know it, but are you doing it!” The problem or challenge that Melissa and Giacomo notice is that some dancers feel they don’t know enough ,which leads them to feelings of not being good enough. Giacomo explains one doesn’t have to know that much to be good! They emphasize dancers must ultimately practice to the speed of the music, not practice some “Quantum Physics” style of rehearsal. This was an incredibly funny and informative interview.
These two have such a great delivery of information. They reveal very helpful game plans to get out of your head. “Stop thinking, NOW you have to dance! ” Melissa and Giacomo inspired me to dance ! I know they will inspire you! Enjoy!
Breaking News: DVIDA® Goes Global! Dance Vision partners with SRDS Russia
Las Vegas NV:
Today, Dance Vision, the largest producer of ballroom dance educational
materials, has announced a partnership with SRDS Russia.
Dance Vision’s DVIDA® Smooth and Rhythm Syllabus is
revolutionizing how the American Style Syllabus is taught and tested around the
An important agreement has just been reached with SRDS
Russia to represent the Dance Vision DVIDA® Smooth & Rhythm Syllabus
exclusively in Russia. SRDS is the
leading company in promotion & development of Smooth Dance Style over
Europe and Russia.
Did you know that the DVIDA® Smooth & Rhythm Syllabus is
recognized by both the National Dance Council of America and the Canadian
In fact, the DVIDA® American
Style Syllabus is the only official Canadian syllabus to certify professional
We are bringing the consistency of the best American Style
Syllabus to countries around the world. You’ll find DVIDA® used extensively in
Australia, Dubai, England, Greece, New Zealand, Poland, Trinidad and South
Africa, with more countries coming on board each month.
Hui Lin Lim isn’t a typical suburban mother…she’s also a Competitive Ballroom Dancer. As a mother of 2 young children and a successful career in the metals industry, she now is able to fulfill her passion for her pastime in Ballroom Dance. Initially 6 years ago, she started out as a social dancer with no formal training and decided she wanted to do something more challenging…the competitive route.
“taking dancing away from me, basically means putting me to the graveyard. I just love it so much, it’s a part of me”
With the support of her husband and kids, Hui Lin dances everyday either with her partner or by herself. Her kids even tell her that they understand that she needs to be away because they want her to win. Hui Lin expresses that it’s healthy for a mother to have something for herself.
“the biggest joy I get, is that I was able to touch people emotionally
Her most recent competition at Emerald Ball in Los Angeles, marked her best performance to date. Watch her full interview with Julie Peterson with Audlank Media, NFP for this inspirational story.
On this episode of Dance Teachers Academy we feature Carey Stinson, the purple dinosaur, Barney, from T.V. and has devoted 28 years of his life being Barney, the well loved and world renowned purple dinosaur. We are absolutely astounded with the dedication of Carey and the professionals that surrounded him that made this cast of characters so loved and popular. The world of Barney is an incredible story of performers with a passion and a heart for children. And a huge part of Carey Stinson’s success was his mother Barbara Stinson who is a trained dancer and instructor for 70 years. She originated his choreography for his larger than life moves and patiently instructed him proper dance techniques in their family garage to accomplish Barney’s dances.
Another important lady behind the success of Barney is Sloan Coleman, Senior Vice President of Stage Tours and Live Events. Sloan asked for two things; a million dollars and the best rock and roll tour manager to create the live events. She got Jake Berry, who left The Rolling Stones Tour to tour with Barney! The curtain is lifted on the secrets of the show that have never been revealed before March of this year! Enjoy some exciting behind the scenes information on this podcast of DTA and all the great aspects of Barney on “Purple Tales Podcast“.
On this episode of Dance Teachers Academy Katusha Demidova and Arunas Bizokas. Recently retired at Blackpool 2019 and with a hint of the retirement coming on this episode? You be the judge.
But how do you become 10 time world champions? Find out on this podcast. Broadcast from the 30th Anniversary Emerald Ball they discuss how they work very productively together. Katusha compliments Arunas on his amazing ability to deal with a woman. They discuss their mottos “Stay in shape”and “Agree to disagree.”
They also discuss how they continue to practice and they like practicing. Jose and I particularly enjoyed the story they shared on this podcast of the unexpected challenge prior to their first World Championship win. They discuss their excitement at that time being in line to win the World Championship, only to wake up in a remote part of Alaska! By a traveler’s miracle, they still made it to win the World Championship!
Katusha and Arunas then share beautiful advice for instructors. They discuss the importance of balance in instruction. For example, to not overload the student with information so that they become paralyzed. They both agree that a good teacher must instruct with encouragement and prioritize what the dancer needs. Even Arunas likes to have inspiration and motivation before performance!
They discuss how competitors are sensitive right before competition, and this is important for an instructor to understand. Katusha is a very competitive person. You can see it in her marvelous and intoxicating green eyes! We had a wonderful laugh when she brings up a quote,”Dance competition is not a matter of life and death, its much more important!” In seriousness though her advice to enjoying the dance competition journey – Healthy competition is the key. We invite everyone to enjoy this podcast and enjoy their competition North American Imperial Star Ball in November too!
A commonly asked question is what is the difference between American Style and International Style of Ballroom Dance? If you are looking to try Dance Vision‘s #dancevisionondemand subscriptions, you will want to know the differences between the two before you begin your journey.
American Style is most popular in the United States, whereas the International Style, which is also known as the English Style, is danced throughout the rest of the world. The American Style Smooth dances, Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango and Viennese Waltz, experience more freedom and expression. They may be danced in closed or open position, allowing for additional innovative tricks and creative arm and hand styling.
The International Style Standard Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Quickstep, and Viennese Waltz are danced only in closed position. The technique for both styles is similar. The American Style Rhythm dances, which are Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Samba, Mambo, Bolero and Merengue have a greater variety of patterns and are more suited for social dancing. The International Style Latin Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Paso Doble and Jive are more disciplined and technical.
The technique is different between the styles and changes throughout the years. American Style dancing has always been more popular for social dancing in the United States.
An exciting, syncopated, Latin dance, which originated in the 1950s as a slowed down Mambo, the Cha Cha gathers its personality, character, rhythm, basis, and charm from two major dance sources. It is a derivation of the Mambo through its Latin music, and it is also a stepchild of the Swing, as it is danced to a 1-2-3 step rhythm. The Cha Cha gets its name and character from its distinct repetitive foot rhythm.
The Rumba was originally a courtship, marriage, and street dance that was African in origin. The Rumba met some opposition from society’s upper crust because of the suggestive body and hip movements. The characteristic feature is to take each step without initially placing the weight on that step. Steps are made with a slightly bent knee which, when straightened causes the hips to sway from side to side, in what has come to be known as “Cuban Motion.”
The Samba is a lively Brazilian dance which was first introduced in 1917 and was finally adopted as a ballroom dance by Brazilian society in 1930. It is sometimes referred to as a Samba, Carioca, a Baion or a Batucado. The difference is mainly in the tempo, since the steps in all four dances are very similar. The style is to bounce steadily and smoothly in 2/4 meter. They say that the Samba was introduced in the United States in 1939 by the late Carmen Miranda.
Originally a Spanish dance in 3/4 time, it was changed in Cuba, initially into 2/4 time, then eventually into 4/4. It is now presented as a very slow type of Rumba rhythm. The music is frequently arranged with Spanish vocals and a subtle percussion effect, usually using Congas or Bongos. Originally a Spanish dance in 3/4 time, it was changed in Cuba, initially into 2/4 time, then eventually into 4/4. It is now presented as a very slow type of Rumba rhythm. The music is frequently arranged with Spanish vocals and a subtle percussion effect, usually using Congas or Bongos.
The spicy Mambo as we now know it grew out of the Danzon (national music of Cuba), and grasped the imagination of the American dance scene at the close of World War II. Later, fast Swing-Jazz and upbeat Latin music joined in to form the updated and uninhibited Mambo. The Mambo is a spot dance and the steps are quite compact.
This dance is frequently referred to as Triple Step swing due to the rhythm of the basic triple step. This dance consists of six and eight count patterns, which require a rock step back by both man and woman to begin. It is a circular dance that is danced with a bounce and is very grounded and not high in the legs. This bounce requires the dancer to stay very smooth and not jump around much. East Coast swing is the base for all swing dances.
This dance consists of six and eight count patterns, which are done in a slot. The woman no longer rocks back as in East Coast swing, but instead she always walks forward on count one. This dance is usually done to medium tempo swing music, frequently slower than East Coast swing. However, those who achieve a high skill level in this dance can and do dance it to faster tempo music. This dance has no bounce and a very smooth feel. Rarely will you see high kicks or moves which require the dancer to leave the floor.
The Merengue is a popular dance of Haiti and the Dominican Republic and is a truly lively Latin dance. There is an old tale about a very brave and famous military officer who was wounded in battle and developed a limp. A celebration dance was given for the great hero returning from the war. Rather than embarrass their hero, who limped on his wounded leg while dancing, all the men present favored their leg as well, & thus the Merengue was born.
A type of ballroom dancing, which evolved from social dancing and is now a fully recognized competitive style of dance. The Smooth style allows the dancers to be in open positions allowing for a very “Fred and Ginger” style.
The Waltz appeared as a fashionable dance in Bohemia, Austria, Bavaria and other parts of Europe in the late 1700’s. Danced in 3/4 timing, the recurring, even beats of music send the dancers whirling around the floor enjoying the thrill of the Waltz movement.
The Foxtrot remains the most popular social dance in the world today. Little did Harry Fox realize that his trotting on a New York stage in 1913 would become an overnight success. The Foxtrot is the foundation for many of the social dances that followed. It is enjoyed by all age groups for its ease of movement and smooth style. Foxtrot music is played by most social dance orchestras and is one of the easiest dances to learn in the American Style.
You may hear the terms Standard, Modern and Smooth in relation to the Ballroom dances and wonder how they differ. They all represent the dances with the man holding the lady in his arms and moving around the floor. The term “Standard” has replaced “Modern” as the name for the International Style dances.
Danced in European courts in the mid 1700s, the romantic Slow Waltz is an offspring of the faster Viennese Waltz in 3/4 time. The rhythm was gradually slowed down over time as songwriters of ballads and love songs chose to compose in a slower and more comfortable tempo. This dance has continued to rise in popularity at anniversaries, graduations, and weddings.
The Tango originated in the bordellos of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is done in a slightly different manner than other dances. The hold is very different, with the lady’s arm under the man’s, which creates a tighter hold for a quick staccato action and stylized poses (not to be confused with Argentine Tango).
The Foxtrot is one of the most deceiving dances. It looks very easy, but is one of the most difficult dances to do. The dance originated in 1913 when a vaudeville performer by the name of Harry Fox performed a little trot which appealed to the social dance teachers in New York and thus the Foxtrot was born. It has gone through many changes since that time, and is now comprised of more soft and fluid linear movements.
The Viennese Waltz is a fast Waltz which originated in Austria. Joseph Lanner and Johann Strauss wrote the first waltzes in the early 19th century. In the middle of the 20th century, the German, Paul Krebs choreographed the Viennese Waltz style to which we dance today. The dance enjoyed a great deal of popularity not only in Europe, but also in America, and has been used in many Hollywood productions.
As the name implies, the Quickstep is a very quick and lively dance, comprised of hops, skips and kicks. The dance began as a quick version of Foxtrot mixed with the Charleston, and musical “Jazz” influences.
The Argentine Tango is a beautiful, improvisational social dance that has developed over the last century in the City of Buenos Aires. It is a true dance of leading and following. Many find Argentine Tango quite challenging, commanding an advanced knowledge of dance skills for partner dancing. Argentine Tango, with it’s dramatic character and use of leg and foot actions, uses slower music and progresses counter clockwise in the line of dance.
Night Club Two- Step, not to be confused with country two-step, is one of the most practical and versatile social dances ever conceived. It is designed to be used with contemporary soft rock (“Love Song”) music. This type of music is common just about everywhere, nightclubs, radio, etc. The rhythm of the dance is very simple and rarely changes from the 1 & 2 count. This simple romantic dance fills a gap where no other ballroom dance fits. It gives the dancer, either beginning or advanced, the opportunity to express and create without a rigid technique being required. It’s attractive, romantic, and a real asset to learn since it will be used often.
The word Salsa means sauce, denoting a “hot” flavor, and is best distinguished from other Latin music styles by defining it as the New York sound developed by Puerto Rican musicians in New York. The dance structure is largely associated with mambo type patterns and has a particular feeling that is associated mainly with the Clave and the Montuno.
The Hustle (Disco) is a member of the Swing family, and is like the West Coast Swing in pattern. It has a distinct flavor, utilizing Disco style music & revived partner style among nightclub dancers in the 70’s. Hustle is danced to the contemporary pop dance music of the last 20 years. It is a fast, smooth dance, with the lady spinning almost constantly, while her partner draws her close and sends her away.
Country Western encompasses many dance forms or styles, which are typically danced to country-western music, and which are stylistically associated with American country and/or western traditions.
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I am as mesmerized with this couple on and off the floor.
Victor and Anastasia are extremely popular with audiences. They engage with the audience and their love of people really shines through when they perform.
The generosity of these Dance Stars is evident in that they took the time for this Dance Teachers Academy Podcast after touring 6 cities in 10 days, flying from Japan and instructing at The Congress which was a part of The 30th Anniversary Emerald Ball!
conversation starts with Victor expressing that one should have passion for
what you do, whatever you do. His passion is dancing which he views as an art form with a sport
He discusses how his mindset has changed from wanting to beat everyone and be number one to sharing his art form.
discussion is so interesting also as Victor and Anastasia explain how they have
point of leading and following out of their dancing.
Rather their partnership is more of a conversation. That they are dancing together at the same time and expressing themselves. They meet in the dance, and meet in the motion, both partners capable of doing their own part and maintaining their best individuality. Anastasia feels she has learned the most from experiencing this type of dancing with Victor.
Victor and Anastasia share this concept with dancers they coach, some of those dancers being their fellow competitors! They help their students identify what they are good at and help them to create that as their signature. Also, Victor and Anastasia explain the competition floor should be instinct through practice. And that teachers should always be encouraging.
We go deep
into mindset on this interview with their
What you think is what you project. -Your mind decides how your body is going to react.
Dancing can be a cure for many things.
How we touch creates different energy and how touch is so important! A simple touch brings so much happiness to our partners ( Anastasia wrote an article about this.)
In speaking with these two, the
depth of their dancing is so intimate.