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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

CHECK OUT THOSE LEGS!!

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.
More info you can get here!

Sunday, March 27, 2005

European Championships in Latin Dances

Hello everybody!
On Saturday 26.03.2005 European Championships in Latin took place in Vilnius, Lithuania.
The finalists in adult group are:
1. Klaus Kongsdal - Victoria Franova Denmark
2 Riccardo Cocchi - Joanne Wilkinson Italy
3 Maurizio Vescovo - Melinda TöRöKgyöRgy Hungary
4 Andrius Kandelis - Egle Kandelis Lithuania
5 Denis Kuznetsov - Maria Tzaptashvili Russia
6 Zoran Plohl - Tatsiana Lahvinovich Slovenia
7 Stefano Di Filippo - Annalisa Di Filippo Italy

And now comes the most interesting thing!

The results of two couples who represented Estonia on this championships: Evgenij Privalov-Tiina Bazokina and Maarek Varres-Valeria Milova, are just confirming the fact that the Estonian Championships in Latin Dances was biased (look at the article about Estonian Championships below). In Estonia Privlov-Bazokina won the championships and Varres-Milova were second. It gave them a chance to represent Estonia on the European Championships. And there they showed next results: Privalov-Bazokina received 38-42 place and Varres-Milova 35 place out of !55!!!! couples. Almost last....
Why am I discussing this? Simple...Again I want to stress that local championship in latin was so subjective and biased. The organizer of the championship was Kreedo Dance and this two couples are from this dance club. This club did everything possible to make their couples win and get all the good places, though there were a lot of good couples from other dance clubs who could represent Estonia better on the European Championships. But Kreedo made their couples win and NOW ON THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP WE SEE REAL RESULTS OF THESE COUPLES!!!It one more time confirms that Kreedo made a show out of the competition in Estonia,it didn't allow any other competitors get good places to show others how "cool" they are,though there were a great number of such couples.And on the normal objective competition Kreedo's couples don't show any good results.Such is a reality...
Leave your comments.
If you want to see the full list of competitors and places,click here

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Here comes the interview with the international couple!

Warren Boyce and Kristi Boyce
from England

This time we have met the best English Amateur Ballroom couple Warren and Kristi Boyce. Apart from being the best they are known for appearing on almost all competitions with their 2 years old son Glenn. So it was not a surprise for us that for the interview and the photo session they also came with him. He is a lovely boy and will probably be the future next champion of the Boyce family.
Who are they?

Kristi Boyce (from Estonia) started dancing when she was four in her parents studio. Her mother Eve End was a top Estonian dancer and naturally Kristi and her siblings were introduced to dancing from the very early age.
Warren Boyce(from England) started dancing when he was six and practically grew up in his parent's studio in Bournemouth. His parents Lynette and Glenn Boyce were very successful dancers. They were Blackpool winners and Amateur World Champions and only the unfortunate sickness of Warrens father and his early death stopped them from achieving the best results in the professional ranks. Warren has always felt like he should continue their career and finish what they could not achieve.
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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Dance with us!

If you want to study ballroom and latin you can join our dance club in Estonia! All kind of lessons are available:
1. Group for 3-4 years old children
2. Group for beginners (5-12 years old children)
3. Advanced group for children
4. Group for adults!!!

Private lessons are also available!
We are situated in Mustamae (Vilde tee 120) in the building of 63rd school.
More information on the telephone:
56919083 or 5118363
Come and dance with us!
If you want to know more about us click here!

Sunday, March 20, 2005

How judges judge us?

I would like to attempt to answer an often-asked question of interest to both spectators and competitors at dance competitions: What factors does a judge weigh in assessing a couples performance?

The criteria that a judge might choose to consider are actually too numerous to examine individually in the brief time allotted, since at least six couples are being judged simultaneously. Therefore, the judge must rely on the impression each couple makes relative to the others . The experienced judge, having seen and studied dancing at all levels, can quickly assess these factors collectively:

POSTURE - one of the most important aspects. Good posture makes you look elegant and exude confidence. It improves balance and control, and allows your partner to connect well to your body in the smooth dances. One’s competition result is often directly proportional to one’s postural correctness. Hence the old adage, "Persistent practice of postural principles promises perfection."

TIMING - if a couple is not dancing on time with the music, no amount of proficiency in any other aspect can overcome this. The music is boss.

LINE - by this we mean the length and stretch of the body from head to toe. Attractive and well- executed lines, either curved or straight, enhance the shapes of the figures.

HOLD - the correct and unaffected positioning of the body parts when in closed dancing position. For instance, the line of the man’s arms should be unbroken from elbow to elbow. Also, there should be symmetry of the man’s and woman’s arms coming together to form a circle, which, although changing in size, should remain constant in shape so that the dancers remain in correct body position relative to each other. The silhouette of the couple should always be pleasing.

POISE - in smooth dancing, the stretch of the woman’s body upwards and outwards and leftwards into the man’s right arm to achieve balance and connection with his frame, as well as to project outwards to the audience.

TOGETHERNESS - the melding of two people’s body weights into one, so that leading and following appear effortless, and the dancers are totally in synchronisation with each other.

MUSICALITY AND EXPRESSION - the basic characterisation of the dance to the particular music being played and the choreographic adherence to musical phrasings and accents; also the use of light and shade to create interest value in response to these accents and phrases. For instance, in foxtrot, the stealing of time from one step to allow another to hover; or a quick speed of turn in an otherwise slow rumba; or the snap of a head to suddenly freeze and then melt into slowness in tango.

PRESENTATION - Does the couple sell their dancing to the audience? Do they dance outwardly, with enthusiasm, exuding their joy of dancing and confidence in their performance? Or do they show strain or introversion?

POWER - Energy is exciting to watch. I've noticed that, in a jive, it always seems to be the most energetic couple that wins this dance. But the energy must be controlled, not wild. For instance, powerful movement is an asset in waltz or foxtrot, but only if it is channelled into the correct swing of the body, and not just by taking big steps. The lilt of the music must be matched by the action of the body. In a waltz for instance, the dancers' body action must clearly show the influence of the one down beat and two up beats. So the release of power into the beginning of a figure must be controlled and sustained during the rise at the end of the figure.

FOOT AND LEG ACTION - the stroking of feet across the floor in foxtrot to achieve smoothness and softness; the deliberate lifting and placing of the feet in tango to achieve a staccato action; the correct bending and straightening of the knees in rumba to create hip motion; the extension of the ankles and the pointing of the toes of the non- supporting foot to enhance the line of a figure; the sequential use of the four joints (hip, knee, ankle, and toes) to achieve fullness of action and optimal power; the bending and straightening of knees and ankles in waltz to create rise and fall; the use of inside and outside edges of feet to create style and line all fall under this most important of categories.

SHAPE - Shape is the combination of turn and sway to create a look or a position. For instance, in Paso Doble does the man create the visual appearance of manoeuvring his cape? Does the lady simulate the billowing flow of the cape through space? In foxtrot, does the man use the appropriate shape on outside partner steps to enable body contact to be maintained?

LEAD AND FOLLOW - Does the man lead with his whole body instead of just his arms? Does the lady follow effortlessly or does the man have to assist her?

FLOOR CRAFT - This refers not only to avoiding bumping into other couples, but the ability to continue dancing without pause when boxed in. It shows the command of the couple over their choreography and the ability of the man to choose and lead figures extrinsic to their usual work when the necessity presents itself.

INTANGIBLES - such as how a couple "look" together, whether they "fit" emotionally, their neatness of appearance, costuming, the flow of their choreography, and basically whether they look like "dancers"; all have an affect on a judge’s perception and therefore on his markings.

Different judges have different predilections in what they want to see, and weight these factors differently. One judge, for instance, might be especially interested in technique, while another wants to be moved by musicality and expression. While both factors are obviously important and need to be considered, it can result in couples getting widely disparate markings. Couples wondering what a judge saw to give them a particularly high or low mark should know that any one of the many factors listed in this article could be responsible. The use of a heel when a toe is warranted can just as easily hurt you in a judge’s eyes as a meticulous closing of feet can help. Because the judge sees each couple for only a few seconds, anything that draws the attention, either positively or negatively, could very well be the deciding factor on how you are marked.

Competitors, please be assured that virtually no qualified adjudicator will mark you for any reason other than his or her honest evaluation of your performance. Most judges hold their own opinions highly, and try to do a conscientious job. Anyway, no one judge can make or break you. The use of a panel of these experts usually insures that the end result is the correct and equitable one.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Strictly Comes Dancing

BBC 1 Television in the United Kingdom is currently taping new episodes of "Strictly Come Dancing", an updated show based on the original "Come Dancing" series.
The show will be hosted by Bruce Forsyth, and viewers will be able to vote for their favorite dance teams.

The "twist" is that eight celebrities will team up with professional dancers to compete over eight weeks, after five weeks of training before the first programme. The scoop is that dancers will include Paul Killick and Kylie Jones.
Want to know more?

Competition in Sweden

Hello everybody! On the 23rd and 24th of April the IDSF International Open will take place in Sweden, Gothenburg. If you are interested in this competition and the results of the previous years, click here!
P.S If someone took part in this competition in previous years, please leave your comments!

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Interview with Dmitri Timokhin and Anna Bezikova

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Dmitri Timokhin and Anna Bezikova

from Russia


We met Dimitri and Anna when they were preparing for their lesson with Donnie Burns in the London studio. We watched their lesson with real pleasure - top teacher teaching the top Professional couple. Dimitri and Anna were very happy to give us an interview although they were very tired after several hours on the dance floor.

Who are they?

Anna Bezikova (from Russia) started dancing when she was eleven, quite late [Laughs ]. She danced for two years in her hometown, Tiumen, and then she moved to Dimitry's place when she was 13 years old. They've been dancing together for 13 years now.
Dmitri Timokhin(from Russia) started dancing when he was six, in his hometown, in Russia. Dmitri started with a little bit of folk dancing, but it didn't work. His mother liked Latin American, so at that age she booked him for Latin and Ballroom. He chose to dance only latin later, when he started dancing with Anna..
For futher info slick here

Monday, March 07, 2005

What is DanceSport?

Here you can find all the information concerning DanceSport! So, if you are interested just click here.

Estonian Championship in Latin Dances

On the 5th of March Estonian Championship in Latin dances took place in Tallin in Kalev Sporthall.
Many people were astonished, because the results of the championshup were "quite strange". Kreedo Dance- the dance studio which was responsible and organized the championship really shocked people. It was so obvious ,that they gave good places only to their couples. Mainly, finalists were from Kreedo. How can it be? Many still can't find an answer to this question. We can suppose, that the couches of that club again decided to turn the competition into the presentation of their dance school. As people say, it was one big show inread of competition.
Here are the results:


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Juveniles (20 couples)

1. Gabriel Opriš - Elina Lebjodkina TK Kreedo Dance
2. Filipp Zabrodski - Valeria Inostrantseva TK Kreedo Dance
3. Vladislav Rõbatšenko - Alina Zahharova TK Stiil
4. Sander Häkkinen - Ilona Andrejeva TK Kreedo Dance
5. Alan Lilleoja - Elina Magomedova TK Vardja
6. Vladislav Tammi - Diana Gavrilova TK Kreedo Dance

Junior I (33 couples)

1. Vjatšeslav Mõlkin - Sandra Põldma TK Revalia
2. Otto Antson - Luiza Krainova TK Teemant
3. Robert Veskus - Jelena Vassiljeva TK Revalia
4. Dmitri Šmagljuk - Katrin Vain TK Kreedo Dance
5. Aleksander Makušev - Maria Kozlova TK Stiil
Dmitri Kolobov - Steffi Pähn TK Vardja

Junior II (45 couples)

1. Konstantin Gorodilov - Tatjana Žitkovskaja TK Kreedo Dance
2. Paul Reinolt - Erika Reinaru TK Kreedo Dance
3. Sergei Vladimirov - Emma-Leena Koger TK Kreedo Dance
4. Jonas Põlluveer - Valeria Mamontova TK Teemant
5. Vladislav Inostrantsev - Julia Nožkina TK Kreedo Dance
6. Mirko Aljaste - Liiv Vaiksaar TK Revalia

Youth (40 couples)

<>1. Marko Mehine - Maria Fessai TK Stiil
2. Lauri Kriisa - Terje Piho TK Teemant
3. Marko Kiigajaan - Mari Piksar TK Leevi
4. Jaak Vainomaa - Irina Dresvjannikova TK Kreedo Dance
5. Nikita Balašov - Valeria Fetissova TK Kreedo Dance
6. Sergei Zaleskis - Ksenia Denistšik TK Vardja
7. Jörgen Kapp - Aleksandra Žeregelja TK Revalia

Amateuts (20 couples)

1. Jevgeni Privalov - Tina Bazõkina TK Kreedo Dance
2. Maarek Varres - Valeria Milova TK Kreedo Dance
3. Dmitri Barilo - Karin Rooba TK Kreedo Dance
4. Robert Rowinski - Olga Kosmina TK Revalia
5. Marko Mehine - Maria Fessai TK Stiil
6. Illarion Šapkin - Jelena Križanovskaja TK Kreedo Dance

Seniors

1. Aleksander Põhjalainen - Marina Põhjalainen TK Kreedo Dance
2. Enar Pajula - Laie Pajula TK Vardja
3. Taimo Tüür - Mare Sokolova TK Kreedo Dance
4. Henn Pärn - Maia Sepper TK Kreedo Dance
5. Lembit Härma - Taimi Härma TK Kreedo Dance

Where is the objectivity?