On this latest episode of Dance Teachers Academy, José and Aimée interview the unmistakable voice of the Master of Ceremonies John DePalma. The sound of his engaging voice has been an important part of the dancesport experience. There is no denying why he is known as the “Voice of Ballroom Dancing.”
During the interview, they also explore all the “backstage” challenges of a dance competition and discuss his upcoming dance competition Capital Dancesport Championships August 21-24th, 2019 at Hilton at Mark Center in Alexandria, Virginia.
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?
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.
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
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