DanceSport in the Age of Coronavirus – Stay United Episode 1

Shelter in place…social distancing… we all are doing our part to help stop the spread Coronavirus. During this difficult period many feel the pain of loneliness and isolation. Igor Golovach and Alessandro Scalora combined their talents and resources to remind us that although we may be physically apart, it is possible and important to remain connected to one another. In their new documentary series, Stay United, Igor and Alessandro invite dance industry professionals

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To Tan or Not to Tan

If you’re a serious competitive DanceSport athlete you embrace a lot of fake stuff… eyelashes, hair pieces, padding in places that need it and of course, the pièce de résistance: the fake tan. No need to worry as you find a place on the dance floor for your first dance. You haven’t mistakenly stumbled into an Oompah-Loompah convention. You are indeed at a ballroom dance competition.

Ballroom dancing is an aesthetic sport, which means in addition to executing routines as

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Just Say Oui

A week or so before my first competition, I was having lunch with an old friend who also happens to be a ballroom dancer. As we parted ways and headed to our respective cars, she hollered, “merde!” from across the parking lot. I immediately stopped short of my next step and scanned the ground in front of me. When I realized the coast was clear, I lifted my foot behind me and craned my neck over my shoulder to see if I had already inadvertently sullied the sole of my shoe. Loosely translated

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Throwback Thursday: Top 5 Reasons I Love Ballroom Dancing

Throwback to July 5, 2015…

In an effort to fend off the negative impact empty-nesthood can have on couples who devote the better part of their married lives to raising kids, my husband and I took up ballroom dancing.

Photo Credit: Nicole Wardell

Photo Credit: Nicole Wardell

Two years and three obscenely expensive ballroom dresses later, we find ourselves preparing for our first American Rhythm competition…TOGETHER. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I finally wore him down and in however many days and hours the counter on the homepage currently

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