Absolutely loving this Rumba routine by Franco Formica & Oxana Lebedew. Their smooth movements followed by sharp transitions flow like a romantic ballet. And what is great about the video is that they filmed it both from the man’s standing point and the women’s standing point to make it easier for you to learn. Great Educational Video. Two Thumbs Up!
The United States Dancesport Championships is September 4th – the 8th. And if you haven’t already entered the JORDY contest then what are you waiting for.
Check out all the details on how to get free ballroom dance private lessons with world professional Latin champions Riccardo Cocchi & Yulia Zagourychenko here: https://www.facebook.com/JORDYinc/app_161128210587174
Today, we’re featuring Kris Suakjian & Briana Haft. Newbie Professional Dancesport competitors from 2011 who are quickly gaining their veteran status. This 2012 year we have seen phenomenal performances that have got the veteran Smooth competitors trying to stay on their toes. If they can feel the heat, Kris Suakjian & Briana Haft are clearly the reason why. View Kris Suakjian & Briana Haft in motion: http://youtu.be/bXmsZW9x9Ak and to get a first hand look at what they’re up to visit: https://www.facebook.com/KrisSuakjianBrianaHaft
The sport of dance is an underserved market when it comes to the respect of being athletic. Artistic in its form, it’s beauty for some reason gives cause to negate its athletic respect as a sport. And the only way this is ever going to change is if men stand up and give dancers the “props” they deserve. And were talking the macho male types who are too afraid that their macho card will be revoked and red stamped with a sissified label.
Most respected athletes are in rough and tough sports that encompass the thrill of someone possibly getting hurt with a dominating win factor associated to it. That’s why shows like “America’s Best Dance Crew” & “So You Think You Can Dance”, and even “Dance Moms” are popular today. They’re all based on crushing the competition and can be watched in the privacy of your own home. Did I mention, privacy of your own home! It’s kind of like when men secretly like watching Oprah or soap operas. Their not likely to meet up with the boys and say, “Hey, did you see ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ last night?” Contrary to the point however, they may be likely to say, “Did you see ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’?” Because of its street credibility, “America’s Best Dance Crew” has been given a temporary macho pass.
You may have noticed that I didn’t mention “Dancing with the Stars”. While it is drawing a large crowd following and is based on getting a win, the sport of it gets lost in the celebrity politics of it all. It’s almost like learn to dance in 5 seemingly easy lessons on steroids. And while it’s interesting to see a NFL player take to the dance floor, I think its even more interesting seeing that same NFL player in rehearsals, struggling to keep his stamina up to par with his professional dance coach. “Why are you having trouble breathing… I’m sorry, I thought you were a professional athlete!” “Dancing with the Stars” is nothing like watching the actual professional ballroom dancesport competition.
Nowhere have I seen this more prevalently displayed than on the dance floor during a professional Latin dancesport competition. With their muscle and toned definition, their bodies are so beautiful that they look photoshopped; you just can’t believe what you are seeing live and in person. And the stamina & timing a dancer needs during a performance, matches the stamina & timing needed for a professional NBA player to run up and down the court. What’s the difference? The NBA player may be being chased but the dancer has the task of doing it to music.
I say all this to say, until we can get men to put their money towards a dance ticket for themselves, dancers have a slow path to getting the proper athletic respect they deserve. If men only knew, what they would see at a professional Ballroom dancesport competition. I mean, don’t they know while their gawking at the images of beautiful women in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition they’re missing beautiful women in “swimsuits” shaking ‘what their working with’ live and in person. Are they stupid or just stupid for not grabbing up some season tickets to THAT!
While I know being a sex symbol is not exactly the athletic respect a dancer deserves, I do know how to sell a ticket! Just think of it as baby steps. Just as a great choir gets the people in the church, and before long the people are getting the real message. We have to get our men in the seats, and then they’ll start to get the message.
Keep Dancing Always,
Finally… something that works!
So you often where fake eyelashes during your dance performance but what about when you’re just practicing on the dance floor. Dancing is all about displaying emotions through movement. And feeling beautiful will help you elude just that: Beauty.
I’ve tried many many many different mascaras looking for one that will lengthen and volumize my lashes and I’ve finally found something that works: The Rimmel London Lash Accelerator. I’ve tried the expensive mascaras from L’Oreal, Lancôme, & Mac just to name a few. I’ve been on the hunt for some time so I am so relieved to have found The Rimmel London Lash Accelerator. It makes my lashes look so long and for more than half the cost. I was almost thinking that I’d have to get some false lashes added to my own, but I was not wanting to add that cost to my monthly budget at all.
If you’re looking for a good mascara, you must give The Rimmel London Lash Accelerator a try. I’m really amazed at how good it works. Now you can take all the money you save on your mascara and put it towards more dance classes. “Your Welcome, Don’t mention it! … really, it was my pleasure.”
Live to Dance,
Karol from KEdancewear.com
- Dress in dark colors because they’ll usually work best for hiding sweat and any water you may spill when trying to hydrate from all that cardio. However it doesn’t hurt to add a pop of color hear and there.
- Make sure you also wear lightweight stretchable clothing; you’ll be grateful for clothes that breathe and fabrics that are movable help you strike your salsa moves with precision. However, be aware that Nylon clothing will dry faster than cottons.
- Skirts should be worn above the Knee or shorter. Flirty moveable skirts are best but when it comes to your tops, keep it simple. Wear short sleeve or no sleeve pullover stretchable tops that are well fitted around the waist. Long sleeves are a no-no because they tend to get in the way of all that fast salsa movement and may cause you and your partner to disconnect.
- Wear shoes that are firm around your feet that also have smooth soles to prevent falls or injuries. And although we like our heels high ladies, lower heels will allow you to move well during spins.
- Last but not least and definitely above all else, remember that all those fast dips and spins may play peek-a-boo with your undergarments ladies, so sometimes briefs under you skirt or booty shorts may be a great option.
That being said, when Salsa dancing, the most important thing to wear is a great smile; which you should have no problem doing when you’re having fun being dipped and spun around the dance floor.
Oh and P.S., … a little deodorant probably wouldn’t hurt!
Take notes, Be Safe, & Live to Dance,
Karol from KEdancewear.com