There are so many ways to enjoy ballroom dancing!
Dinner dances, dance cruises, business functions, fundraisers, studio dancing....
And for some, competitive dancing is their passion! "Dancesport" requires a high level of commitment, time and training, but the rewards are many- stamina, strength, posture, poise, weight-loss.
Featured below are some of Chris' students competing in "pro-am" dancesport events.
Sometimes, you just have to interpret the International Gangnam Syllabus and these two did it to perfection.
Elegant Dancing Hosted at DWTS Finale Party on 11-22-11. WJLA TV cameras were on hand to cover our event. Reporter Autria Godfrey was lots of fun and a good sport!
Chris Thompson was interviewed by WJLA, our local ABC affiliate, at The Yuletide Ball" New Year's Eve Gala Event. Many of our students are also highlighted! What an incredible way to usher in 2012!
Elegant Dancing got the whole place up doing the Samba Line Dance!
Here you'll see Intermediate Silver level pro-am competition. This was Elizabeth's first time competing at that level, having already won many championship events at the bronze level. The dances done in "The Standard" division are Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, and Viennese Waltz.
This is Trang and Vit's second time out together as an amateur couple in the Bronze American Style category. They took all firsts... and stayed ON TIME! Trang and Vit danced the Smooth dances- Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz. Dancing as an amateur couple has to be the most challenging form of competition. There's no one to help or cover for your mistakes! I applaud any amateurs who take this risk- dancing without a net. I was extreemly proud!
DESCRIPTION OF DANCES
FOXTROT: A smooth dance introduced to the public in 1913 by Harry Fox, noted for being the first dance to incorporate into the rhythm a combination of Slows and Quicks. Foxtrot is characterized by smooth, walking-style movements, but can be adapted to fit a variety of musical tempi and style, or to fit onto small, crowded nightclub dance floors.
WALTZ: A ballroom dance in 3/4 time which first developed in Vienna as a fast paced dance to the Strauss music of the time, and eventually evolved into the slower version we now know as Waltz (or Slow Waltz).
TANGO: A dance in 2/4 time, which originated in Argentina and is characterized by catlike walking action and staccato head movements.
QUICKSTEP: An English style ballroom dance which is characterized by fast movement, often including a variety of hops, kicks, skips, lock steps and chasses.
RUMBA: A slow- to medium-tempo Latin American dance in 4/4 time, which is characterized by sensual, provocative movements and gestures, Latin-style hip motion, and playful and flirtatious interplay between man and lady.
CHACHA: An exciting, syncopated Latin dance which originated in the 1950's as a slowed-down Mambo. The Cha Cha gets its name and character from its distinct syncopated foot rhythm.
SWING: A generic term to describe any form of Swing, such as East Coast, West Coast, Jitterbug, Lindy Hop, etc.
MAMBO: A fast Latin dance, similar to Salsa, which comes from Cuba. Mambo was brought to America in the 1940's and 50's and eventually adapted as an American style ballroom dance. Most of the movements emphasize the second beat in the measure, suggestive of the Clave rhythm which is fundamental to Mambo music.
SAMBA: A rhythmical Brazilian dance in 2/4 time which has been adapted for modern Ballroom dancing and incorporated into the repertoire of the Rhythm and Latin syllabi
MERENGUE: An energetic Latin-style march which originated in the Dominican Republic, which emphasizes a straight-ahead 8-count rhythm taken with Cuban Motion. Merengue is now also a subset of the modern club-style Salsa dances.
HUSTLE: A fast but smooth-moving dance which originated in the nightclubs of the 1970's disco era, as a modified version of swing. Hustle is noted for its fast and elaborate spins and turns, especially for the lady. It is also very easily adapted to crowded, nightclub dance floors.
SALSA: A popular Latin nightclub dance which evolved as a modified form of Mambo.
WEST COAST SWING: A slotted swing dance in 4/4 time, characterized by its smooth and linear style.