Rhythm Dancing

by Miriam Ellis Rhythm Dancing is and has been a requirement for Amateur and Professional International Ballroom Examinations (including all Medal Tests) for some years.  In conducting various examinations I cannot help but observe that most candidates do not understand the correct way of dancing Slow and Quick Rhythm, yet the sad feature is that […]

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Protocols for an Emcee

by Frank Regan The M.C. plays a vital role in the creation of an environment appropriate to the level and volume of the event. As an M.C. you are involved in a piece of theater which needless to say is empowered by the higher principles of drama. The M.C. should be more than an announcer […]

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Protocols for Judges

by Frank Regan Information on this subject may be found in the Rules and Regulations booklet published by the NDCA.  Some additional suggestions to take note of are as follows: Dress in a manner that indicates your respect for the profession that you represent. Judges should refrain from conversing with competitors on the floor.  They […]

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Slow Foxtrot Timing

By Peter Waterson Dual Fellow I.S.T.D.   Why do so many medalists and lower echelon competitive dancers have difficulty with the timing in Slow Foxtrot?   In basic Waltz or Quickstep, we generally have a closing of the feet every three or four steps, which can act as a recovery break should the timing start to […]

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Understanding the Clave

By Frank Regan   1st measure 2nd measure 3/2 CLAVE  1   &   2   &   3   &   4   & ^        ^       ^   1   &   2   &   3   &   4   & ^    ^   1st measure 2nd measure 2/3 CLAVE   1   &   2   &   3   &   4   & ^    ^ 1   &   2   &   3   […]

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Leading the Running Right Turn vs. Natural Spin Turn

by Wayne Crowder Fellow, ISTD We often hear the Running Right Turn in Quickstep being broken down into a Natural Pivot Turn, 1-3 of a Foxtrot Natural Turn, and a Running Finish. Problems occur when a couple dances step 5 of the figure. How does the Lady distinguish step 5 of the Natural Spin Turn […]

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Do You Brush? And I’m Not Talking About Your Teeth

Lori Woods Gay Fellow/Examiner USISTD Most of us brush our teeth because our mothers told us to and that was good advice. Many dancers brush (one foot “to” the other)  because someone told them to. I find this  superfluous brush  about as grating as squeaking chalk on a blackboard especially when I see it in high […]

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A Judge’s Perspective

by Wayne Crowder As an adjudicator, one is asked by the competition organizer to make a critical evaluation of the dancesport athletes and rank them in order as to your preferences. In other words, you are asked to give your opinion. This is truly an honor, and one that most adjudicators take very seriously. I […]

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Have We Lost the Slow Foxtrot?

by Peter Billett Oh to see a beautiful feather or feather finish. Perhaps I am dreaming? I may be waxing nostalgic over a disappearing dance of yesteryear. It seems, most competitors are rushing through there feathers, hurrying to set up to what they perceive to be there pisce de resistance. Not realizing it, they’ve, “thrown […]

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How To Be A Successful Student

Lori Woods-Gay Fellow Member and Examiner United States Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing DO YOU OWN YOUR DANCING OR ARE YOU JUST RENTING IT? Over the years I’ve seen so many dancers look for the short cut or the quick fix to learning to dance. More specifically there has been a trend over the […]

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