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Ballroom Dancing Basics, Why Ballroom Dancing is Awesome, & Philosophy

By lorajoshua 21 Jul, 2017
The Virginia Beach Challenge will enjoy its first year at the beautiful Founder's Inn & Spa! Located in Virginia Beach, this year's inaugural dance competition/getaway will be brought to you by the American Ballroom NC  and the NJ Ballroom Dance Center! Together, we hope to bring our students a wonderful weekend filled with dancing, dining, and fun with all your dancing friends!

Featuring

  • 3 days - 2 nights
  • Freestyles Events & Solo Showcases
  • Breakfast Saturday morning
  • Cocktail Party Saturday evening
  • Dinner & Dancing Saturday night
  • Breakfast Sunday
  • Master Workshop with Adjudicator

This event, as with all our events, is designed for ballroom dancers of ALL levels! Students of all levels are scored in our dance events, by a certified adjudicator, according to their individual level of dancing. The Virginia Beach Challenge is the perfect environment in which to showcase your hard work in the studio. Not to mention the camaraderie, the encouraging environment, spending the weekend with friends and making new ones! 
By lorajoshua 20 Feb, 2016
In teaching both competitive & social ballroom dance students, we realize the basic ballroom dance frame can sometimes present more challenges than learning that new Gold step! As dancers progress through months and years of dance lessons, the focus on the matter of successful and consistent partnering increases significantly. So it never hurts to start your thought process early on how you connect to your dance partner.

Try to keep it simple. First, just think "tall." Elevate your jaw, expand and open up the chest a little bit, then roll your body weight slightly forward over the toes, and you're off to a great start. Whether male or female, you will always benefit from better posturing and elevating your general "carry." This improves your overall balance and provides a nice light-on-your-feet feeling, not to mention better recovery for when things go wrong! 

Once you're finally standing up, raise your arms so that your elbows stay slightly forward of the torso, maintaining alignment across your chest. Now turn the pinky-side of your hands toward your partner & upward slightly, and then come together into your dance hold, maintaining a little tone and pressure toward your partner through the hands and wrists. It takes time, but once you've developed your ballroom dance frame, you'll find your movement together is easier, lighter, and absent of heavy working!

Now all that's left is the softening of the knees, which means do not lock them up straight! You cannot dance well on stilts. Most often we hear the word "mobility," which is required for most athletics - think tennis, golf, or skiing - and plays a huge role in balance and ease of movement. (I mention the knees here as a side-note, we will get more detailed on the knees and proper mobility in later posts)

So try focusing on both your tall, elevated posturing and maintaing softer knees while dancing. Not only will you get better faster, you'll begin to "feel" not only your movement more clearly, but that of your partner. So stop being so rough with your partners...stand up and lighten the load!

See you all on the dance floor!

Ballroom Dancing Basics, Why Ballroom Dancing is Awesome, & Philosophy

By lorajoshua 21 Jul, 2017
The Virginia Beach Challenge will enjoy its first year at the beautiful Founder's Inn & Spa! Located in Virginia Beach, this year's inaugural dance competition/getaway will be brought to you by the American Ballroom NC  and the NJ Ballroom Dance Center! Together, we hope to bring our students a wonderful weekend filled with dancing, dining, and fun with all your dancing friends!

Featuring

  • 3 days - 2 nights
  • Freestyles Events & Solo Showcases
  • Breakfast Saturday morning
  • Cocktail Party Saturday evening
  • Dinner & Dancing Saturday night
  • Breakfast Sunday
  • Master Workshop with Adjudicator

This event, as with all our events, is designed for ballroom dancers of ALL levels! Students of all levels are scored in our dance events, by a certified adjudicator, according to their individual level of dancing. The Virginia Beach Challenge is the perfect environment in which to showcase your hard work in the studio. Not to mention the camaraderie, the encouraging environment, spending the weekend with friends and making new ones! 
By lorajoshua 20 Feb, 2016
In teaching both competitive & social ballroom dance students, we realize the basic ballroom dance frame can sometimes present more challenges than learning that new Gold step! As dancers progress through months and years of dance lessons, the focus on the matter of successful and consistent partnering increases significantly. So it never hurts to start your thought process early on how you connect to your dance partner.

Try to keep it simple. First, just think "tall." Elevate your jaw, expand and open up the chest a little bit, then roll your body weight slightly forward over the toes, and you're off to a great start. Whether male or female, you will always benefit from better posturing and elevating your general "carry." This improves your overall balance and provides a nice light-on-your-feet feeling, not to mention better recovery for when things go wrong! 

Once you're finally standing up, raise your arms so that your elbows stay slightly forward of the torso, maintaining alignment across your chest. Now turn the pinky-side of your hands toward your partner & upward slightly, and then come together into your dance hold, maintaining a little tone and pressure toward your partner through the hands and wrists. It takes time, but once you've developed your ballroom dance frame, you'll find your movement together is easier, lighter, and absent of heavy working!

Now all that's left is the softening of the knees, which means do not lock them up straight! You cannot dance well on stilts. Most often we hear the word "mobility," which is required for most athletics - think tennis, golf, or skiing - and plays a huge role in balance and ease of movement. (I mention the knees here as a side-note, we will get more detailed on the knees and proper mobility in later posts)

So try focusing on both your tall, elevated posturing and maintaing softer knees while dancing. Not only will you get better faster, you'll begin to "feel" not only your movement more clearly, but that of your partner. So stop being so rough with your partners...stand up and lighten the load!

See you all on the dance floor!
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