An Enchanted Evening
There are 8 different Ballroom Dance courses offered at the Claremont Colleges. Click below to follow the classes on Facebook, or go to the FAQ.
Submitted by Paul Roach on Mon, 2009-08-31 13:37. categories [ ]
Welcome back! On Monday we started learning cha cha, and we'll continue this through the end of next week. Cha cha (sometimes called "cha" or "cha cha cha") originates in Cuba, and has been evolving as a ballroom dance since at least the 1950s. The first video here is a demonstration by Slavik and Karina, ranked as the #2 professional latin couple in the world until they split two years ago (you might know Karina from her work on Dancing with the Stars). Slavik and Karina have a very understated and confident style that I love, and Karina especially is a supremely strong and elegant dancer.
The next video is of a competition final from 2005. This is more similar to how you'd experience a ballroom competition, except normally many more couples would be on the floor (as the announcer mentions, these are the top ranked amateur dancers in the world by invite only). Eugene and Maria, couple #1, are from the United States, and performed at the UCSD competition two years ago. A final usually involves six couples, and they dance all 5 dances at this level (the video here cuts out the rest).
Submitted by Paul Roach on Wed, 2008-01-30 11:18. categories [ ]
Congratulations on completing your first ballroom class at Claremont! On Wednesday we learned the basics of blues dancing to provide you with some fundamentals, and I wanted to provide some videos to give you a better idea of what blues dancing looks like. Here are a few:
Styder sent me the following email, and my response is following it:
Hello, this is Stryder. Just wanted to clarify some information on your "Blues Dance Review" article. Mihai is actually dancing primarily Tango, with a smattering of Blues thrown in, but not much. Fusion isn't actually being done, he's switching back and forth between his blues and tango. His intent was to demonstrate more Tango than Blues. What I danced was more akin to Blues and what it would look like. And I can understand where you see the WC influence, but while I am trained and studied in American Smooth and Rhythm, I primarily dance Lindy Hop and Blues. I West Coast more for the hell of it, and truth be told, fake it. :-D I've worked briefly with Jesse Dickson, but never with any intensity.
I believe the lead in this video is Sean, a dj from DC who now is based out of LA (he DJed the last set at Friday night blues on Friday). A very subtle and introverted style.
That's all for now folks; tomorrow we start cha cha!
Submitted by Paul Roach on Sun, 2008-01-27 17:45. categories [ ]