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I've been teaching ladies and couples just like you to dance in the Birmingham, Al. area for over 10 years. Whatever your couple dancing needs, I can help.

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.

What to Bring to Your Next Ballroom Dance Competition

Hopefully this list will help you figure out what you need to bring to your next competition. Some things might not apply.

Dance Clothing

Whatever dance clothes that you are going to wear (more detail below)
Shoes (1 broken in pair and one extra pair is a good idea)

Dance Accessories

Towel – to wipe off sweat
Safety pins – always come in handy […]

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. 
Inspiration is a limited resource. Sometimes you’re gonna feel inspired to innovate new choreography, fix problems, and develop the feeling of a piece.. and sometimes not. If you’re not feeling inspired to revolutionize your material, DON’T. But when you are feeling inspired… Don’t stop! Keep on fleshing out the new ideas until they run out. Sometimes your brain is […]

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:
Preparation Stage:

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. Practice in front of a live audience if possible. If there are other students or instructors present while you practice, ask them to watch you perform and give constructive feedback. Don’t wait until the night of the show to “turn it on”.
Practice without the mirrors. Dancing while looking in a mirror is great for dialing in the technique and styling of your dance, because you get instant feedback as you go along. However, dancing in the mirror can also cause a few bad habits, like […]

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 which demands mastery of movement and the artistic presentation of the human body, the dancer must always be aware of what body language signals are being communicated at all times.

In this post, I’m going to break down the do’s and don’ts of body language in a dance performance situation, and give you some tools to ensure that you always present yourself  with body language that helps you convey your best self on the dance floor, and off. […]

A Brief History of Tango

Tango is a dance which can become a source of confusion to many people I know, and there are many misconceptions surrounding the dance and it’s history. Here’s my attempt at making sense of […]