Ballroom Conversations

Tips on a Waltz suit

Dance Forums - Mon, 09/03/2012 - 4:31pm
Hello guys,
As I am a novice dancer, I wanted to know some tips on a suit for a Waltz competition. I would like to custom make one rather than order online. The thing is the normal western suit (which I normally wear for weddings) that I have always rises up when I'm in the closed hold posture of the waltz (looks even worse in PP).

I'm mainly complaining about the V shape the suit gives (it rises up when im in the closed hold posture) so any tips/articles on how to stitch a suit so that the V shape and should pads don't rise up making it look bad?

Usadance during National Ballroom Dance Week

Dance Forums - Mon, 09/03/2012 - 4:25pm
With it being National Ballroom Dance Week (Sept. 21-30) the admission to the dances given by two of the Usadance chapters in this state is free, one if you are a member and the other for everyone. Are others doing the same?

where can i buy this dancer outfit?

Dance Forums - Mon, 09/03/2012 - 3:31pm
Remember this film staying alive with John Travolta?

well i'm very curious about the oufit and especially the leg warmer combo he wears with the red stripe around the top.

where can i get that outfit? or who can i talk to about how to get something like that. i'm mainly interested in the shoes and the leg warmer, red stripe and knee pad combo. i like this look alot. in the film he wears several combos. red and blue.

How to keep track of lessons?

Dance Forums - Sun, 09/02/2012 - 9:36pm
So I'm starting lessons with an independent teacher that I pay directly. I'm about to buy a 10-pack. Is there an easy way to keep track of the lessons?

tyvm =)

Wanted: American Rumba for a showcase routine

Dance Forums - Sun, 09/02/2012 - 7:02pm
I am having difficulty finding an american rumba with a latin, romantic feel for a showcase routine. :headwall:Any suggestions?
Thank you all in advance for any input!

Veloz and Yolanda

Dance Forums - Sun, 09/02/2012 - 5:58pm
This clip covers a lot of ground, and I just posted another link in the Ballroom section. Hoping to get reaction from other sections of the forum regarding their jitterbug, tango, Rhumba, etc. (I'll be scrutinizing their 1943 jitterbug.)

Veloz and Yolanda

Dance Forums - Sun, 09/02/2012 - 5:45pm
I am checking up on this couple because Joe Lanza, our now departed Black Sheep aka Uncle Joe, received 8 weeks of teacher training at one of their studios in LA circa 1950.

It's remarkable that, according to their daughter, they never had any formal training, but maybe that was not so uncommon in those days.

Foot Change to Shadow Positio in Rumba??

Dance Forums - Sun, 09/02/2012 - 12:09am
The red ISTD book does not have an option for the man to do a foot change in Rumba (like it does for Cha Cha and Samba) to get into Shadow Position where man and lady dance same foot.

I want to know if anyone has a written step or a video that shows any way to get into this position and get back to open or closed position

The reason I am asking is there is a Dancevision Rumba Variations video that (Yulia & Maxim) that have a variation where one can do forward diagonal cucarachas (as well as a variation of a variation including a full turn) but I don't know how to lead my partner into same foot shadow position.

The syllabus only shows shadow position where you do progressive walks forward (kiki walks) [lady and man opposite foot] being preceded by alemana, rope spin, three alemanas, sliding doors, or cuban rock from aida

Any help is appreciated.

MIT Ballroom Dance Team Second Annual Dance Concert

Dance Forums - Sat, 09/01/2012 - 7:15pm
Save the date! On the evening of Saturday September 15th, members of the MIT Ballroom Dance Team will be performing in the team's second annual Fall Dance Concert!

The result of a collaborative effort between team members and their coaches, the Fall Dance Concert is not only an opportunity for team members to share their talent and passion from dance with the community but also an opportunity to perform in a different fashion from competitive ballroom dancing.

Featuring a variety of group and couple solo numbers in varying styles of ballroom dance, it will be a night to remember and a perfect way to kick of the 2012-2013 dancing season!

Full details at the team's website: .

We hope to see you there!
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Club dance/ college bar dance "etiquette"

Dance Forums - Sat, 09/01/2012 - 6:43pm

Ive recently decided to take up club/hip hop/modern dancing lessons so that I can finally learn how to move on the dance floor. Having quit drinking recently, I find that dancing is a perfect alternative to spend your time at a club/bar, instead of nervously sitting at a table gulping down alcohol because your lack of confidence in your dancing ability.

However, I do have one question concerning how to approach women on the dance floor without being creepy.

Since ive never really been that confident on the dancefloor, I usually kind of just go out there and feel really creepy trying to get someone to dance with me.

I dont know how some guys do it. I have friends who know absolutely nothing about dancing except for unskilled "grinding" and they seem to usually go out and find a girl to dance with.

I have even seen guys approach women from behind and grab them to start grinding, which in my opinion is more than just creepy - its forceful.

I understand that women who are out on the dancefloor probably want a guy to dance with, but I still feel kind of creepy just going out there and starting to dance with a complete stranger without so much as a word (talking on the dancefloor is usually not how its done because you can barely hear yourself talk).

So basically, I want to know the "etiquette" of approaching women on the dancefloor and initiating dance with them without being forceful or creeping them out.

Any guys who are successful with this.... can you help me out?

Happy birthday fasc!

Dance Forums - Sat, 09/01/2012 - 6:03am
May you have a year full of joys and dancing and grandbaby quality time!

Dress care question

Dance Forums - Fri, 08/31/2012 - 7:28pm
So, my first dress with rhinestones arrived today, and I could not be more excited! It fits perfectly and was exactly what I was expecting!
As I tried it on, I noticed 1 or 2 rhinestones fell off. I was wondering if anybody had any suggestions about the best way to care/store/put the dress on/off to minimize this. Should I be worried? Or are they just 1 or 2 rhinestones that might not have been glued all the way and fell of during the long journey from Hong Kong to Iowa?

Embassy Ball 2012

Dance Forums - Fri, 08/31/2012 - 1:26am
View video here.


15 Year Old Self-Trained Dancer

Dance Forums - Thu, 08/30/2012 - 8:05pm
Hello, I'm a 15 year old self-trained dancer, and I just started choreographing over the summer. I was wondering if you guys could critique my work and give me tips on how to become a better choreographer/dancer. I can't post my video on here, but my YouTube channel is MonyettBeastly if you guys are interested in helping me grow. Thank you.

Any cool videos of Hustle?

Dance Forums - Thu, 08/30/2012 - 7:10pm
Does anyone have any cool videos on Hustle?

Youtube is not giving me what I'm looking for (aerobics dance classes, and hip hop choreography instead of the actual hustle dance (partnerwork)

Dance Lessons Tax Deductible?

Dance Forums - Thu, 08/30/2012 - 1:52pm
Anyone know of a loophole where dance lessons can be deducted as a pre-tax expense?

Could this be considered an educational expense?

latin pants in baltimore\DC area

Dance Forums - Wed, 08/29/2012 - 9:32pm
Question for the guys in the baltimore\DC area. Where\who do you get your latin pants from? I used to order mine from Victoria (don't know her last name), but the last pair of pants she made for me was nothing like what I asked for and makes my knees always look bent.


Traditional vs. Patriarchal

Dance Forums - Wed, 08/29/2012 - 12:42pm
Debate I had with someone today. Does a traditional family necessarily mean it is a patriarchal one? What is your take?

Videotaping dance lessons

Dance Forums - Wed, 08/29/2012 - 1:37am
Do your dance studio usually allows you to videotape their lessons ?


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