Counting Rhythm for Ballroom and Latin Dance

Each of the ballroom and latin dances also have their own rhythm, which corresponds to the musical rhythm in different ways. In order to marry this dance rhythm to the music, we usually quantify our movements in terms of "counts" which may correspond directly with the metering of the music (such as the 1, 2, 3; 1, 2, 3 count of Waltz) or in more abstract ways in which the counts that we use for the dance have no direct correlation with the musical meter.

Stability Matters: How to Improve Your Balance for Ballroom Dance

Our bodies would never stay upright if it weren't for constant little unconscious adjustments made by our vast network of balance and stability muscles. Primary muscles such as the quadriceps, pectorals, and abdominals get most of the attention in the gym, but it's the balance and stability muscles that will keep you from losing your balance while you dance.

Things that I’ve Learned from Dance Practice

Laugh, joke, goof off, and act stupid sometimes during practice. Believe me, it pays dividends. Nobody stays focused 100% every practice. You'll either end up spending 10-20% of your time having fun and joking around, or you'll end up getting too serious and spending 20-30% of the practice arguing and fighting, which will lower morale, plus sap creativity and productivity. 

What to Bring to Your Next Ballroom Dance Competition

Packing for a Ballroom dance competition trip can be stressful, especially if it's your first time. When I first started competing, I was guilty of constantly over-packing, since I always found myself needing things in the heat of the action that I didn't anticipate. Years later, packing for a dance trip still presents a challenge, since there's always a lot of clothing and shoes to bring even if you're only taking things you're sure you'll use. Hopefully this list will help you figure out what you need to bring to your next competition. Some things might not apply.

Tips for Dancing in Stage Shows

One of the most exciting things you can do as a dancer is participate in a stage show. There's nothing like having the stage to yourself and giving it all you've got. Most dance studios offer stage show experiences, sometimes called "showcases" or "spotlight shows". Here are some tips to help you out in planning for your next performance in a spotlight show or showcase: Practice the way you want to perform. Don’t forget to practice all the little things like smiling and looking up. Sometimes it helps to actually visualize the audience being in front of you while you practice.

Body Language Tips and Tricks for Ballroom Dancers

As the great performer Shakira once said, "Hips Don't Lie". Neither does the rest of the body. Body language has often been cited as the best way to read a person's true feelings and intentions. As humans, we are all endowed with powerful neural software which unconsciously (and constantly) evaluates body language in order to assess physical threats, find mates, and recognize unspoken intent. Since dance is an art form demanding mastery of movement and the artistic presentation of the human body,  dancers need to be aware of what body language signals are being communicated at all times.

Shut Up and Dance: Conflict Resolution in Dance Partnerships

Prepare yourself for a massive understatement: the world of Ballroom dance can be fertile ground for conflict. Those reading this post from inside this tumultuous realm of passionate movement, torrid emotion, and insufferable ego know exactly what I'm talking about. In this post, I want to examine just one source of conflict within our stormy little micro-culture: conflict between dance partners

How to Perform Your Best at the Next Ballroom Dance Competition

Are you a ballroom dance competitor or looking to become one? Follow these suggestions and make the next ballroom competition you attend be your best one!Warm up before you compete, but don't "practice". This is a very important distinction that a lot of competitors miss. "Warming up" means getting a sweat going, loosening up your muscles, (or maybe even pre-fatiguing them) but not practicing. In practice, the objective is to make things better by working out trouble spots and generally improving technique.

How to make your own Ballroom/Latin shirt for less than $40

One of the worst parts about being a Ballroom or Latin dance competitor is the high prices of costumes. Compared to the thousands of dollars that  Ballroom dresses cost, us guys usually get off a […]

Lessons From The Hong Kong Cha Cha Champion: How Bruce Lee Can Help You Become A Better Dancer

“Art calls for complete mastery of techniques, developed by reflection within the soul.”
-Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee changed the world of film with his powerful charisma and unparalleled martial arts skill.  He continues to inspire millions […]