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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 […]

Sitting Around Can Kill You! (Another Good Reason to Get Off Your Ass and Dance)

At the turn of the 20th century, obesity was far more rare a problem than it is today, as were the associated medical conditions which often result such as diabetes and high blood pressure. The reason, many biologists and MD's now believe, was a much more active lifestyle driven by agricultural and industrial jobs that required higher levels of physical activity than desk jobs of today. In addition to long hours of sitting at work, the lure of TV, video games, and the internet keeps us more sedentary than ever before. Recent studies have shown that Americans spend an average of 9.3 hours per day sitting on their asses, which is an hour and a half longer than we spend sleeping each night.

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]