Life on the Wood Floor with Dance Vision Instructor and Author Jenell Maranto

Dance Vision Instructor, Jenell Maranto is also the author of the book entitled Life on the Wood Floor: Stories of Learning and Teaching Ballroom. Maranto shares her journey from learning ballroom dancing to being a National Professional Champion.

Jenell Maranto chronicles her experience of learning to ballroom dance. From beginner to National Professional Champion. She shares her up’s and downs and the difficult problem of changing bad habits. Jenell and her partner Jim had literally hundreds of lessons from the ballroom dance masters. As a teacher she shares her own development with her students.

For more information about Life on the Wood Floor: Stories of Learning & Teaching Ballroom Dance by Jenell Maranto you can purchase here.

Also in a radio interview with Jenell Maranto made possible by ReadersMagnet’s book marketing services, America Tonight with Kate Delaney gives the listeners a peek into the world of ballroom and dancing in general. 

Listen to the full interview here.

 

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!

 

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.

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.

After husband’s sudden death, 67-year-old finds new life as dance champion

Why do we dance?  There are many reasons for one to start dancing, some of us have been training since we were children and some of us fell in love with it as we got older. The Today Show shared a beautiful story about a woman who always wanted to learn to dance. But it wasn’t until Elisabeth Smith’s husband passed away suddenly that she decided it was time to take action. Now, with over 200 trophies under her belt, she’s dancing into her future. This video feature of Elisabeth’s journey, proves that it’s never to late to pursue your dreams.

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.

 

Emerald Ball’s 30th Anniversary!

Wayne and Donna Eng are pleased to announce the 30th Anniversary of the Emerald Ball!

 

This year is bound to be bigger than ever before, and you won’t want to miss it! The Emerald Ball is one of the longest-running Dancesport competitions in the United States. It started 56 years ago under dance legends Ken & Sheila Sloan and now 30 years under Wayne & Donna’s supervision. The Emerald Ball attracts every status of dancer from beginners to professionals from Dancing With the Stars. It’s always the beginning and finale of the Dance Vision Circuit and a great place to see where your rank is in the national spotlight. Original organizer Ken Sloan will also be attending the big celebration!

Wayne and Donna Eng competing in the 1980’s

The Emerald Ball has an unmistakable and excitable charisma that has attracted dancers from all around the world! As Wayne says, it’s all about energy. He even uses an energy healer to help him incorporate his energy as effectively as possible while at the Emerald Ball.

A happy, excited energy always draws crowds of people, and we believe that’s part of the charm of the competition.

Rather than using status to intimidate newcomers, the Emerald Ball encourages new dancers to set new goals and see where they rank. It also gives them a chance to participate in a dancesport competition and get a feel for it. For the pros, it’s the beginning of the circuit, the starting point for the rest of the year, and a chance to compete against friends and colleagues that come every single year.  It’s even great for visitors and family members, particularly during the Pro and Show Dance portions. There’s something for everyone at the Emerald Ball!

Don’t miss the 30th Anniversary Celebration!

How To Tell The Difference – Social Latin Dancing

If you are new to the dance world, it can be difficult to tell dances in the same genre apart. Here’s a quick guide to few in the ever-popular social Latin dance category!

MERENGUE

Firstly, we’ll start with the simple and casual Merengue dance. Originally a Dominican dance (and the official dance of their country), Merengue is an easy dance to introduce a new student to Latin Dancing. It follows a very steady  1-2-1-2 beat with a simple hip motion that can be built upon later for other types of dance in the future. It’s a very social and lighthearted dancing, not nearly as passionate and intimate as most Latin dances.

CHA CHA

Cha Cha, or “cha-cha-cha!”  is one of the more popular social Latin dances. Made popular in the 1950’s when Americans often visited Cuba. It’s often used danced to with Latin Pop and Latin Rock with moves that are sharp and attention-grabbing. It’s rhythm is easy to master, of course. One, two, cha-cha-cha! But the technique is a bit harder to master. Basic Cha Cha steps consist of a rockstep and chasse. That rockstep and, of course, flourishes and hip movement, this playful dance one of the most loved Latin dances today!

 

SALSA

Originating from groovy and stylish 1970’s New York, Salsa dancing is a combination of dance styles. It’s based in techniques found in Cha Cha and Mambo with an influence of Swing dancing. The music it’s danced to has influence from African drums. The steps are usually two quick steps and one slow, and more advanced social salsa dancers will add flourishes and turns to add to their performance.

 

SAMBA

Samba originated in Brazil at the beginning of the 20th century. It is danced in 4/4 or 2/4 time and can be danced alone or with a partner.  This dance is very popular among Latin dances and is characterized by being danced to Samba music and the slight dropping movement that come with a small dropping action in basic steps.

BACHATA

Bachata is another social Latin dance originating from the Dominican Republic, named after Bachata guitar music. It’s a dance that is very close to the body and involves lots of hip swaying and turning. Typically the dance is done holding both hands but it tends to become more intimate, much like the tango.

 

Keep studying different types of Latin Dance and you will be able to recognize them with no problem. Never limit yourself to just the more popular ones! It’s wonderful and fun to know so many kinds of Latin dance and will earn respect among your peers.