Don’t forget to get your tickets!!!!
As part of FROCKTOBER one of our students Lauren Ritchie (and her equally beautiful sister Erin) along with another familiar face from our group classes, the very talented Mr James Ao!, have teamed up to to create this fun video to support Ovarian Cancer Awareness! James even wrote and recorded the song himself!
Everyone should get involved, frock-up, support, donate and DANCE!
We love this!!!
Find out more about “Frocking for a Cause” and donate here
Check out this FANTASTIC list of wedding songs compiled by a practical wedding.com
You’ll find a lot of fresh new tracks in this list but also a good mix of older songs which have stood the test of time.
50 Wedding Songs for 2016!
Still not sure?
Have a look through the many other helpful wedding playlists available @ www.apracticalwedding.com/category/plan/wedding-playlists/
Why do we dance? African-American social dances started as a way for enslaved Africans to keep cultural traditions alive and retain a sense of inner freedom. They remain an affirmation of identity and independence. In this electric demonstration, packed with live performances, choreographer, educator and TED Fellow Camille A. Brown explores what happens when communities let loose and express themselves by dancing together.
A short video worth watching from TED
World Latin Dance Champions, Michael Malitowski and Joanna Leunis have won every major title in the world including the professional latin championship for a record-breaking eight consecutive times in a row!
World Professional Latin 2008 & 2009
European Professional Latin 2007 – 2012
British Professional Open 2008 – 2015
UK Professional Open 2007 – 2015
International Professional Open 2005 – 2011, 2013 & 2014
Here’s some of our favourite moments of their career!
The SLOW Samba in 2008
When you’ve got a tear-away underneath a tear-away!
In February 2014 Michael & Joanna took part in a unique journey to Cuba. “The Cuban Experience” was all about research into authentic Cuban music and dance styles. It was the first time ever that Cuban authentic style dancers performed together with the dancers of the International Latin-American competitive style. The project was led by Barbara Nagode Ambroz in cooperation with top dance and music experts from Cuba and Europe and under the auspices of The Cuban Ministry of Culture.
Retiring from competition in 2015
Congratulations to YCD students
Carol Pham & Marianne Stoettrup
for an outstanding showcase performance in Adelaide this July!
Special thanks to Josette and the V.I.P Dance Studio for hosting such a fabulous event full of social dancing, entertainment and 2 live bands!
Cannot forget to mention the very beautiful Adelaide students who also made us feel so welcome… we’re already looking forward to next year!
If you find yourself in the beautiful city of Adelaide and in need for some dance lessons,
please check out our friends at the V.I.P Dance Studio an Adelaide institution for almost – 40 years!!!
Specialising in Ballroom, Latin American, Weddings and all forms of street dancing.
Here’s our top 50 wedding songs for the season!
Come in and speak with one of our friendly wedding specialists today,
The first initial meeting & private lesson is complimentary to get you organised!
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Out of interest and to check out what dance competition is all about, I went along to the 2015 ADS Premiere Championship, on 9th September held at the Pullman in Albert Park.
I chose to attend this competition but was very surprised to learn there are probably 10 to 20 competitions held every year in Victoria alone!
A flyer for the event was available via the ADS (Australian Dancing Society) website. A quick check with the organiser confirmed that tickets were on sale at the door starting from 8am! $60 for unrestricted access from 8am to 11pm seemed like great value entertainment to me…
The ballroom was upstairs at the Pullman Hotel, and quite large, there were competitors in ‘competition wear’ and all along the sides of the room and when I entered everybody was warming up in the side lines. It was clearly more of an event for competitors rather than spectators as most of the spectators appeared to be from the supporting dance schools (either coaches or parents watching) or competitors waiting for their next event.
Next to the ballroom there was a practice room to warm up, fix the hair and makeup and check out the latest from the dance suppliers. There was also a bar and refreshments were available.
Staying just for the afternoon session, I watched New Vogue, Latin and Standard in juvenile, youth, adult and masters classes. It was especially interesting to watch the ‘Recreational’ events, as the couples wore ‘normal’ clothes and the level was close to the level of the group classes which I have been attending. I did recognise most of the steps that we are always working ever so hard to execute properly… but in the graded and open classes, the choreography became much more complicated and the execution, more fluid. But not faultless! I noticed a few spills here and there, delays from mental blanks, multiple collisions, and not that many heel leads. However, the standard is fairly consistent across the board and of course beautiful to observe.
Checking out the ‘competition dress’ was the most enjoyable part for me, it seems the current trend for ladies are in a 1950′s style with slightly shorter skirts, some polka dot fabrics, full skirts starting close to the waist, and belts/ sequins and ribbons to mark the waist. Alexandra Vladimirov wore the perfect example of this fashion (see front page of Australian Dance Review August 2015). Hair was mostly in a bun the size of a squashed tennis ball sitting very high up, while some latin dancers were sporting stunning bleached bobs cuts!
All in all, this event was a great way to spend an afternoon, be able to observe the competition dance scene both backstage and as part of the audience. Worth going.
- Marianne Stoettrup
Finally!!! Photo’s from our Medal Examination Night held in November
Congratulations to all the new beginner students who passed a bronze level exam;
Rick Von Bibra
Special thanks to;
Marianne Stoetrupt & Carol Pham for showcasing such beautiful dancing!
What a fantastic night!
Victor Silvester played a huge part in the development of Ballroom dancing in England.
As founding member of the ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance) he also won the first Ballroom World Championship in 1922 with partner Phyllis Clarke.
As a musician, his records sold more than 75 million copies worldwide from 1930 through 1980.
Irene & Vernon Castle
Credited for introducing various ballroom dances to the United States in the early 1920′s.
Alex Moore teaching a class in England
Creator of “The Ballroom Technique”
Ballroom dancing came to Hollywood & the big screen in the 1930′s thanks to
Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers
As president of the “Australian Dancing Society” Mickey Powell and the first Australian competitive team travelled to England by sea in 1948.
Alf Davies and Julie Reaby were members of that team and remain the only Australians who have ever won the British Professional Modern Championship (twice!).
In 1962 the Australian Dancing Society were granted rights to stage the World Professional Championship in Melbourne, Australia. This was in fact the first time it had ever been awarded to any country outside of England.
Alf Davies and Julie Reaby in a 1956 Coca Cola commercial.
The legendary Bill & Bobbie Irvine of the 1960′s
Can you Foxtrot with a cup of tea balancing on your head? Don’t try this at home!
Congratulations to YCD student Marianne Stoettrupt who traveled to Cologne, Germany to participate in the I.S.T.D Festival.
Marianne placed 5th in Standard-Ballroom against some amazingly talented dancers from both Germany and England. What an outstanding achievement… and she also completed a medal examination on the day of her arrival and received an Honours mark!
Well done Marianne!!
Instructor Paul-Daniel was also at the festival, partnering both Marianne and several other German dancers. Special mentions go to – Renate Rademacher, Inese & Ehard Hosters and Anna Sapko.