Be unique, reflect your relationship through your wedding!

Planning a wedding can be crazy and hectic, the term Bridezilla is used quite frequently when going through the initial planning stages, understandable as there is so much to be taken care of, there are so many suppliers wanting to show you what they can do to make your day as special as possible.

We have below 10 of the most unique and talented photographers, table gifts, dress makers, venue hire ideas and even a hangover clinic!

Your wedding is one of the most important days in your life so do it exactly how you want and have what you deserve… Read more

Thanks to Go Real Escapes for listing YOUCANDANCE at #3

Go Real Escape’s - Top 10 Unique Wedding Ideas

May I have this dance, please?

Pierre Dulaine (portrayed by Antonio Banderas in the 2006 movie “Take The Lead”) has transformed his life and others through sharing the art of ballroom dancing with the world. His most important challenge hit closer to home — when he decided to return to Jaffa to teach Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children how to “dance with the enemy” in the documentary “Dancing in Jaffa”.

In this talk, Pierre teaches the art of respect through ballroom dancing in a world of technology, isolation, and human interaction.

2016 I.S.T.D Grand Final – Blackpool

Strictly Come Dancing takes us behind the scenes at the 2016 I.S.T.D Grand Finals in Blackpool, United Kingdom.

Burn The Floor

Burn The Floor is back in Melbourne for 2017

with an all new show – “20 YEARS OF HIGH VOLTAGE DANCE”

“technically superb” Herald Sun 2012

“phenomenal energy” The Guardian 2010

“sizzling ballroom extravaganza that thrills and delights beyond measure” Stage and Screen

“Hot, hot hot!” The Blurb

Get your tickets here -



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

Wedding Dance Music 2016

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!

Click here for the 2016 Playlist

Still not sure?

Have a look through the many other helpful wedding playlists available @ www.apracticalwedding.com/category/plan/wedding-playlists/

A History of African-American Social Dance

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

Michael & Joanna

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

Adelaide Winter Dinner Dance

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.


Most Popular Wedding Songs 2015/2016

Need idea’s?

Here’s our top 50 wedding songs for the season!


1. Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud”

2. KC & Jo Jo “All My Life”

3. The Lumineers “Ho Hey”

4. John Legend “All Of Me”

5. Mark Ronson & Bruno Marz “Uptown Funk”

6. The Weekend “Can’t Feel My Face”

7. Ingrid Michaelson “The Way I Am”

8. Walk The Moon “Shut Up And Dance With Me”

9. Coldplay “Magic”

10. Jamie Callum “Everlasting Love”

11. Michael Buble “Baby”

12. Ellie Goulding “How Long Will I Love You”

13. James Morrison “You Make It Real”

14. James Morrison “You Give Me Something”

15. Christina Perri “A Thousand Years”

16. James Vincent Mc Moro “Higher Love”

17. John Legend “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”

18. Major Lazer “Lean On”

19. John Legend “Save Room”

20. Clean Bandit “Rather Be”

21. Felix Jaehn ft. Jasmine Thompson “Anit Nobody (Loves Me Better)”

22. Ray LaMontagne “You Are The Best Thing”

23. Al Green “Let’s Stay Together”

24. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “Downtown”

25. Sam Smith “I’m Not The Only One”

26. Sam Smith “Make It To Me”

27. Meghan Trainor ft. John Legend “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”

28. Norah Jones “Come Away With Me”

29. Dirty Dancing “I’ve Had the Time OF My Life

30. Bruno Mars “Treasure”

31. 98 Degrees “I Do (Cherish You)”

32. Jason Mraz “I Won’t Give Up”

33. Celine Dion “Because You Loved Me”

34. Michael Buble “Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes)”

35. Etta James “At Last”

36. Starship “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”

37. Lionel Richie & Diana Ross “Endless Love”

38. Peter Cetera “The Glory Of Love”

39. Joshua Kadison “Beautiful In My Eyes”

40. Van Morrison “Someone Like You”

41. Jagged Edge “Let’s Get Married”

42. Lifehouse “You And Me”

43. Otis Redding “That’s How Strong My Love Is”

44. Nat King Cole “L.O.V.E”

45. Frank Sinatra “Fly Me To The Moon”

46. Ed Sheeran “Photograph”

47. Usher ft. Pitbull “DJ Got Us Falling In Love Again”

48. Ed Sheeran “I See Fire” (Kygo Remix)

49. Sam Smith “Stay With Me”

50. Arctic Monkeys “Baby I’m Yours”

Come in and speak with one of our friendly wedding specialists today,

The first initial meeting & private lesson is complimentary to get you organised!

We’re open 7 days a week 10am – 10pm

Telephone/Answering service (24 hours)

(03) 9699 8159


Email us your ideas!


2015 ADS Premier Championship

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

Still good!

Medal Examination Night 2014

Finally!!! Photo’s from our Medal Examination Night held in November

Congratulations to all the new beginner students who passed a bronze level exam;


Lauren Ritchie

Jonathan Hines

Louise Gould

Valma Scaf

Georgie Kartsidimas

Rick Von Bibra

Karen Wilson

Gaynor Branton


Special thanks to;

Marianne Stoetrupt & Carol Pham for showcasing such beautiful dancing!


What a fantastic night!