Dancing the American Smooth is like taking on a fascinating journey through the realms of Ballroom Dance.
Mayo Alanen is ranked second in the world and was a featured professional on Dancing With the Stars.
He is incredibly dedicated to the success of his students and well respected in the dance community. A talent scout spotted him at the Emerald Ball and he was on the show a year later. Alanen now lives in New York and has students from all over the continent who enjoy learning from him as he teaches professional ballroom dance, specializing in American Smooth. He donates to charity by competing often and is passionate about bettering the community around him.
Make the world a better place – through dancing!
We agree when he says you should take your art and truly make it your own. Of course there is a time to ask for help, or to strictly follow an expert’s advice. However, we adore the emphasis he places on really taking your art and making it mean something to you. Each participant has a unique view that makes them special and memorable. He sees his students and other dancers as equals, and believes in all of them.
Alanen mentions a charity he created with one of his students. He and Aiyesha Dey donate their winnings to a different charity, giving them a bigger purpose and motivating them to work harder.
Join them as they help the world around us with programs like Meals On Wheels, supporting seniors that are living in solitude and hunger. They also worked with Dancing Dreams to raise funds that provided disabled children weekly dance therapy classes. Donations are also given to the Child Welfare project that supports underprivileged children in Bengal, India. The charity purchases school uniforms, meals, extracurricular activities, and study materials.
Dance for a bigger purpose! Donate and learn more here: https://competingforacause.org/
“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” – Benjamin Franklin
To learn how to keep moving forward in the face of adversity, keep reading.
David Hamilton had many roadblocks to overcome to reach the success he has today. Firstly, at the peak of his career, his partner Olga Foraponova decided to stop competing in Dancesport competitions to start a family. Having recently grown his status as a professional dancer, he knew if he stopped it would be the death of his career. So for the next few competitions, he competed without a consistent dance partner, which can be risky. On top of this, his entire career David struggled physically. He was born with 6 lower lumbar instead of 5 in his back, causing nerve pain; which was worsened by a car accident. A necessary back surgery reduced his flexibility by 33% in his back. He knew even then, to give up at that moment would have been the end of everything he had worked toward. Even with discomfort and charlie-horse like pains in his legs that he felt during a final Viennese Waltz competition that would define his championship title, he won 2nd place! What does he credit it all to?
Don’t fall into the trap of learning to accept something as it is if it isn’t what you want.
To reach your goals, you must:
- Design your life with intent, and reject what does not fit.
- Be quick-witted. Navigate intelligently and consider the consequences of your next step to the best of your ability.
- Be self aware. Appreciate your strengths, accept your weaknesses, and define yourself with both of these in mind.
- Advocate for yourself as a professional. Stand up for what you want and who you are so believably that no one can deny you.
- Lastly, be grateful. Faith in the future comes from knowing what good can come of doing what you’re afraid of, or what is difficult. You will never feel like good things are in your future until you appreciate what you have already experienced, and decide that you want more.
Now, through his Persistence, David Hamilton is an American Style Smooth Champion with the national time with his first partner, Teresa Shiry. That title is followed by two more with Olga Foraponova. He also has three World Showdance finalist titles and 68 National Dance Council Championship event titles. He does lectures on smooth at competitions and now owns Dance World of Nashville where he coaches.
To be successful, persist!