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FREE - New Dancers Festival - June 24, 2012

Dance Forums - Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:01pm
International Dance Festival for New Dancers
Sunday afternoon 1:00-5:00 PM, June 24, 2012
Admission is FREE

Sunnyvale Recreation Center
550 E. Remington,
Sunnyvale, California (in the South Bay Area).

The Festival will feature easy-to-follow or quickly-taught dances from a wide variety of countries and ethnic groups. This is an ideal event for anyone who (1) is currently enrolled in a beginning folk dance class, (2) is doing some other form of dance and wants to try something new, (3) used to folk dance and would like a *******er, or (4) has no dance experience and wants to sample a new activity.

This festival is the latest in a series of events for new dancers, with other similar festivals occurring in other parts of the Bay Area and Northern California.

For further information, go to the website of the Folkdance Federation of California (North) at

Need samba dress

Dance Forums - Mon, 05/28/2012 - 9:00pm
Hi everyone,
I'm not sure if my post is in the right section and I apologize if it is not or if a thread like this already exists, but I need to get a latin/samba dress for a showcase I decided to do. Don't's a mess at this point! But anyway, does anybody have any websites they use to purchase dresses from or do any DFers have any dresses for sale? I would appreciate any help! I am obviously not looking to spend a fortune. I guess the size doesn't really matter since I can go and have it altered? Or can you not alter a latin dress? Ignorant, I know. :(
Thank you again!

Recommedation for good group classes in Boston area is needed

Dance Forums - Mon, 05/28/2012 - 7:52pm
Could you please recommend a place where good and challenging group Latin and Standard technique classes are held in Greater Boston area.
Thank you

Becoming a Teacher

Dance Forums - Mon, 05/28/2012 - 5:38pm
Thinking about the future, and just letting my curiosity roam, I'm wondering what has to be done to become a ballroom teacher in America.

I'm sure you could become an beginner or assistant teacher by having minimal dance experience and applying at a school, but to be a real teacher, and maybe own a school, what are the steps?

Dvida apparently certifies people for bronze and silver, etc. What's up with that? Does that mean people can just become certified teachers only dancing at that level?

Or, if Dvida isn't a good company for it, is it necessary to place in regional champ level competitions before you can get licensed?

Is it even necessary to get licensed?

Important Dance Forums Achievements

Dance Forums - Sun, 05/27/2012 - 4:55pm
On September 17, 2012 Dance Forums will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the site. A little after that Dance Forums will pass 1 million posts. Thanks everyone for being a part of the site!


Campeonato de Baile de la Ciudad 2012

Dance Forums - Sun, 05/27/2012 - 2:45pm links to videos of the finals.

All the couples in the tango adulto category look and dance the same to me. They all begin with the embrace first, then the hand; it's the opposite in the milongas where the woman's hand is taken first. They all begin drawing circles with the foot before moving.

The winners in tango adulto & milonga competed three years ago in the world championships with different partners.

Comp Ladies - Have you been asked to lose weight

Dance Forums - Fri, 05/25/2012 - 9:53am
I've been social dancing for several years and did one competition last year. While my first love will always be social, I'm leaving the door open for trying out the comp world in the next year or two.

Question for the serious comp ladies: has your pro ever pressured you to lose weight, especially if you are not already normal/slim? This is one thing I'm a little concerned about. I am technically overweight by BMI standards and am certainly not skinny, but I move well and I have pretty good stamina. Between dance and Zumba/workout videos, I do some sort of physical activity 6-7 days a week.

Truthfully, I am not interested in falling into a weight loss/dieting obsession - I want to stay focused on learning to dance - and I don't want this to become a constant source of tension/arguing with a pro if I ever do go the comp route. I know from Zumba that skinny does not automatically imply better skill/ability, and at my last comp I got trounced by a silver dancer who was half-again my size but completely amazing.

Just recently heard a story of one instructor (male) repeatedly telling another instructor (female, newer) that she is fat, and I have noticed that pretty much all the young female instructors are rail thin (even for social instruction), which is what got me thinking about this.

So is this just some strange paranoia I've conjured up, or is this an issue/expectation?

Jive DVDs ?

Dance Forums - Fri, 05/25/2012 - 8:44am
I'm thinking of getting into Jive, the dance studios that offer it are the long-term contract variety designed for secret millionaires, so I've looked for some DVDs online.
Seems like there isn't much - interesting what all comes up when you search for 'Jive' - and the ones I found on Amazon have some pretty terrible reviews.
Any suggestions?

Natural Spin Dance Shoes

Dance Forums - Thu, 05/24/2012 - 7:30pm
Has anybody tried out these shoes before? Any reviews?

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