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Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Marcus and Karen Hilton, MBE*

Marcus, Karen, you won practically every major professional championship there is. I am not going to ask you about your dance career because you are too well known, you're legends of the dance, particularly in Ballroom dancing. Your career was simply too fantastic not to know it! [Marcus laughing] How do you think dancing has changed from the time you were competing?
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Water vs Energy drinks

How useful are sports drinks for dancers? Are they packed full of dubious ingredients? Do they really fulfil their promises of increased physical endurance, alertness and concentration? Do dancers really need them? Rachel Holland spoke to Dr Tom Crisp, sports and orthopaedic physician based in Hertfordshire, who worked on the fluid replacement strategy for the Olympic team before the Atlanta Olympics and weighs up whether it is a good idea to take a sports/energy drink to the dance class or is it better just to stick to the water
Full story here
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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Tips for Proper Dance Etiquette

The basis of proper etiquette is consideration for others. In particular, that includes your partner(s) and the other people at the dance. Here are a few tips:

Estonian Championship in Standard Dances

On the 17th of April Estonian Championship in Standard Dances will take place in Tallinn, in Tallinn Technical Univesity Sport Hall. Very soon we will get to know the names of the best couples, who will later represent Estonia on the European and World Championships! The club who is organizing the event is Revalia. The event will start at 12 o'clock.

Monday, April 11, 2005

The ideal dance-partner.

The perfect dance-partner doesn't exists, but you can get close. If you don't have ambitions to dance contests the requirements for a partner are not big, but if you want to reach the top it can be hard to find the right person to dance with. Here are some things where you must think about if you choose one.

1. The good lenght
If the boy is smaller then the girl, you're having trouble to get far. Ideal is as the boy is ±10 cm bigger the the girl, it saves your back and it looks better.

2. The same ambitions
If you really want to get to the top, but your partner thinks dancing is just fun and nothing more, it's doomed to fail.

3. Looks
You don't have to be a supermodel, but looks are still important cause it's a jurysport and the jury will look at the total picture of a couple.

4. Feeling the rhythm and music
Feeling the music and rhythm is really important cause if you don't feel it, or your partner, you got a big problem. Onley if you're really motivated you can conquer that.

5. Feeling for dancing
Also important is your feeling for dancing. If you don't have any talent for it, no problem, but if you want to get to the top it's requiered.

6. Money
Dancing in contests is expensive and if you don't have the money to buy the clothes, do the trainings and private lessons then the contests will be over for you. Nice parents will help though!

7. Be complementary to one another
If you and your partner match eachother it can be nice, but when your partner is shy and you're a partyanimal, the picture on the floor is more in balance.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

The stars reveal how you dance!

March 21 - April 21

Aries (the rams) are easily intoxicated by rock and roll, jazz, heavy metal and marching music and they like primitive forms of music. Stumping music drives them out of their mind. They have a special feeling for rhythm.

April 21 - May 21

People born under the sign of Taurus, the Bull, prefer the Polka, belly dancing and the song of love. They possess a broad musical interest and they quickly get into the musical mood with classical opera and folkloric music.

May 22 - June 22

Gemini, the Twins,are inclined towards the Twist, the Foxtrot and Chacha. Their list of hits comprises folksy melodies, like the ballads of the Southern Sea, but Twins also like opera and light music.

June 23 - July 24

Cancer, the Crabs, like tear jerkers, sad music and the blues. They find their favorite music in the romantic songs of Italy, in which they love to involve their partner.

July 24 - August 24

People born under Leo are lions and their music is disco, samba, rumba, flamenco and belly dancing. They are crazy about Frank Sinatra's "Strangers in the Night" and they are swept away by afro music, soul and disco.

August 24 - September 24

Virgo, the virgins, love the quickstep, the waltz and the foxtrot. They also love to take dance lessons. Their favorite music is of the light romantic kind or of a little social criticism. They also love medieval instruments.

September 24 - October 24

Libra, the weighing scales, are real aficionados of dancing with a preference for showy dances, such as the Minuette and the Can-Can. Musically they prefer the French chansons and light classical music.

October 24 - November 23

Scorpio, the scorpions, lose all inhibitions when they are allowed to dance the flamenco or the strip tease. They get especially high with heavy metal and they lose themselves entirely over Tina Turner's "What's Love?"

November 23 - December 23

Sagittarius, the archers, become pacifists the moment they hear a Viennese waltz. They get into a trance with Neil Diamond's "Jonathan Livingstone Seagull." They love triumphal marches, Bach and church music.

December 23 - January 21

Capricorn, the horned sheep, love classical ballet and stiff-backed ballroom dances. Their musical inclination tends towards fugas and chamber music. Their favorite dances are foxtrot, folkloric dances, mambo and rumba.

January 21 - February 20

Aquarius, the water carriers, like tap dancing, break dances, the quick step and the Charleston. They also love rap and Reggae. But their real preference is for light musical experimentation such as New Age with electronic music.

February 20 - March 21

Pisces, the fishes, are crazy about temple dances. Music with a hint of nostalgia, that is what fishes really love, like in Italian, French or Spanish music. They dream away with expressive dances such as Salsa and the Tango.

Sergey Ryupin and Elena Khvorova

Sergey Ryupin and Elena Khvorova do not need introduction. However for the uninitiated they are:

* UK Open Professional Rising Star Latin 2000,
* World Professional Latin finalists
* European Professional Latin finalists
* Russian Professional Latin Champions 2001.

I met Sergey and Elena on 15 Jan 2002 in the hotel lobby at Piccadilly, the heart of London and they kindly agreed to reveal some secrets about themselves.
Full interview...........

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Self Tanning Products

“Ballroom dancers invented the fake tan”, said top Ballroom champion Paul Killick, in a recent article for the Daily Mail. Like it or not, you’d be hard pushed to find a top Ballroom dancer who doesn’t sport a glowing tan. Over the years, as do-it-yourself tanning products have progressed, Ballroom dancers have passed through a spectrum of shades from garish orange to a defiant healthily-fake brown glow entering the millennium. Rachel Holland assesses the latest and best self-tanning products to give you the low down on bronzing up.....full story here

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Slavik Kryklyvyy and Karina Smirnoff on the Big Screen!

World professional Latin finalists, Slavik Kryklyvyy and Karina Smirnoff, were suddenly interrupted from a morning practice in New York City in summer 2003 to meet a flustered Richard Gere. Gere was struggling through an early Shall We Dance? rehearsal, and the star-struck dancers gladly performed a few numbers to demonstrate the art of partnering. Gere was delighted and amazed, but his shock was no match to that of Slavik and Karina when they found out they would be dancing in the movie as well. “We were not supposed to be in the movie at all," says Slavik excitedly, his dark brown hair slicked back in the usual manner. "We were just there to teach choreography." But things changed quickly when Slavik was cast as Jennifer Lopez's standard partner and Karina was offered a separate speaking and dancing role with Stanley Tucci. Tracy Jo Figueroa caught the dynamic dance pair between travels to discuss their experience on and off set.
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Wednesday, March 30, 2005


Who, in your opinion, has the best legs in the world? We are very spoiled in the ballroom; looking at fabulous feet and legs all the time, sometimes even perhaps taking their beauty for granted. Slavik, Karina, Jonathan, Katusha, to name just a few... all have classic dancer’s feet and legs. Enviable, mesmerizing, transcending technique yet built on technique, they are exquisite tools of the trade, and something aspiring dancers can work to achieve. Whether you are fond of women’s legs or men’s legs, there are certain qualities that command our attention: strength, suppleness, power, curves. And sexiness too, of course. Those legs produce almost animal-like movement, from the floor, through the body and extending into space. We’ve seen it, we love it, but how can WE get feet and legs like that?

Obviously, genetics plays a huge role in determining who gets the great legs. Some people seem born lucky. (Yulia Zagoruychenko has feet and legs seemingly from Heaven). Even without much training, someone with “just right” proportions and posture can stand up and look fairly decent on the floor. It is the TRAINING, however, that over many years time, develops mere potential into genius, and sculpts feet and legs to die for. While you are training to be the best dancer you can be, why not simultaneously develop your physical assets to their fullest? The ideal physical requirements may be slightly different for Standard and Latin, but basic physical soundness is required for success in both.

Three things you need are strength, control, and flexibility. There are countless exercises for the lower body, and many are great for dancing. Certainly, ballet training and pilates produce beautiful, fluid movement. These disciplines emphasize multiple-joint movement which translates well to ballroom dancing. However, we can also benefit from simple exercises which develop strength and control, that sculpt the legs and don’t leave you bulked up or stiff. With a balanced fitness program (cardio / strength / flexibility) your body should feel even more suited for dancing than before. In the case of some dancers, those hyperextended legs and ankles we drool over can actually be a liability. Excessive joint mobility without supportive strength can lead to injury and arthritis. Balancing strength with flexibility is even more important in their case.
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