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What is the best way to make use of practice time?

Answers from Competitors, Coaches, and Adjudicators - Stephen Cullip, Michelle Officer, Glenn Weiss, Marianne Nicole, Rozana Sweeney, Dan Rutherford, Pierre Allaire and Mireille Veilleux.

Added to AccessDance National : Monday, Jul 01 2013

How important is the first twenty seconds of a dance when competing?

Answers from Competitors, Coaches, and Adjudicators - Glenis Dee, Nadia Eftedal, Geoffrey Fells, Marianne Nicole and Sam Sodano.

Added to AccessDance National : Friday, Jun 28 2013

How can the man best showcase his partner?

Answers from Competitors, Coaches, and Adjudicators - David Hamilton, Nadia Efedal, Ed Simon and Glenn Weiss.

Added to AccessDance National : Friday, Jun 28 2013

What is the first thing judges look for in competition?

Answers from Competitors, Coaches, and Adjudicators - Pierre Allaire, Ron Bennett, Mireille Veilleux, Enrique Ramon, Debbie Avalos and Steven Cullip.

Added to AccessDance National : Friday, Jun 28 2013

How do you deal with competitors challenging your marks at competitions?

Answers from Coaches and Adjudicators: Ricky Geiger, Michael Houseman, Rufus Dustin, Maja Serve, Sarwat Kaluby, Shirley Johnson and Sam Sodano.

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Nov 07 2012 -Christine Zona

How do you mentally prepare for a competition?

U.S. Smooth Champion David Hamilton, U.S. American Rhythm Finalist Dan Rutherford, United States Smooth Champion Ed Simon, Former World Standard Finalist, Coach and Adjudicator Glenn Weiss all chime in on how to mentally prepare for a competition.

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Nov 07 2012 -Christine Zona

Is it important what competitors do between dances?

Glenn Weiss (World Standard Finalist), Geoffrey Fells (Coach and Adjudicator), Nadia Eftedal (Five time World Latin Runner Up) and John Hatton (Coach and Adjudicator) respond to the question, "Is it important what competitions do between dance?"

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Nov 07 2012 -Christine Zona

Art and Betty Seagull... How To Sustain A Dance Partnership

Relationships can be difficult to sustain, and dance partnerships?even teacher/student partnerships?are no exception. The individual personalities and idiosyncrasies can sometimes mean conflict and stress, which most of us reading this can relate to. Art

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Feb 01 2012 -Christine Zona

Ashley Frohlick... The Blackpool Beat Goes On

When we hear the names, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey or Benny Goodman we conjure up an image of dancing the night away to the exciting music of a live orchestra. But when we think of competition dancing, especially here in the United States, we assume that

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Feb 01 2012 -Christine Zona

What should I do if I am dancing an in house showcase? Should I change anything from when I dance a regular competition?

The makeup used for a competition is much heavier due largely to the intense lighting and the distance between you and your viewing audience. A studio's lighting is much different. Softer lighting helps hide flaws and your setting is much more intimate.

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Feb 01 2012 -Lisa Bentley

What to Wear, What to Wear??

Your dancing speaks volumes, but your costume can also affect the judge's final decision. I have seen many a great dancer in the wrong costume and it was terribly distracting!

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Feb 01 2012 -Lisa Bentley

Corky Ballas... Pro/Am Dancer To Professional British Champion

There probably isn't a single competitor around the world that doesn't know the name Corky Ballas. And with good reason. He has won titles all around the globe. He started dancing ballroom as an amateur in a pro/am partnership... just as many other dancer

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Feb 01 2012 -Christine Zona

Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin... Starting A New Chapter

Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin, the 1995 United States Latin American Champions, captured the title through hard work and perseverance, but this is merely a small part of their incredible journey. Their careers have crossed over into many other dimensi

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Feb 01 2012 -Christine Zona

Tony Dovolani... Ballroom Dancing's Star

"Dancing With The Stars" has made Tony Dovolani famous all over the country. As a season regular almost from the beginning of the show, he has danced with celebrities who have now made ballroom dancing part of their lives. Marissa Jaret Winokur, his partn

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Feb 01 2012 -Christine Zona

Jose and Joanna...

They have reached the highest pinnacles a ballroom dance couple can achieve... World Professional Rhythm Champions and United States Professional Rhythm Champions. But even with all of their successes, they are not content to rest on their laurels. They a

Added to AccessDance National : Tuesday, Jul 10 2012 -Christine Zona

Straight Talk From Glenn Weiss and Maja Serve

Their partnership was fairly short lived, but they achieved great success representing Denmark. They were finalists in all of the major world competitions, including placing fourth at the World Standard Championships. Since that time, their lives have gon

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Apr 03 2013

From Ballroom To Broadway

Victoria Regan began dancing at a very young age, but never thinking she could make a career out of it, she decided to go to dental hygienist school. As fate would have it, being a dental hygienist didn't work out.

Added to AccessDance National : Friday, Jun 28 2013 -Christine Zona

Valentin and Valeriya... Beginning A New Era In Amateur Latin

Feeling the pressure of being the champions, they are continually working on their dancing to develop the qualities for which they want to be known. Even though they choose to dance in the amateur category, they consider themselves to be professionals, ha

Added to AccessDance National : Tuesday, Jul 10 2012 -Christine Zona

USA Dance And Special Olympics Join Forces For A Ground-Breaking Competition

USA Dance in Fort Wayne, Indiana and Special Olympics are working together to organize a ballroom dance competition to be held July 5th and 6th of this year. "Dance Notes" talked with representatives of many of the associations that have been instrumental

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Feb 01 2012 -Christine Zona

Gherman and Iveta... Unlimited Energy

Achieved great results since the beginning of their partnership in 2003. In their very first World Classic Showdance competition they placed fourth, and at the 2007 World Ten-Dance Championships they were second. Achieving that high of a result at the wor

Added to AccessDance National : Tuesday, Jul 10 2012 -Christine Zona

Maksim Chmerkovskiy... Ballroom Dancing's Hottest Bachelor

Maksim Chmerkovskiy is one of the most popular professional dancers on "Dancing With The Stars." His talent and personality have moved him to the forefront of entertainment news and he is recognized wherever he goes.

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Feb 01 2012 -Christine Zona

In Search of the Truth

As this issue goes to press, the United States American Smooth Champions, Edward Simon and Michelle Officer are in a hard fought battle to retain their title. The outcome will be determined on September 3rd at the United States Dance Sport Championships i

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Nov 07 2012 -Christine Zona

Training Complete Dancers - Hans Galke

Best known for his accomplishments in the International Latin, Hans Galke also won the World Ten-Dance Championship. Having danced with only two partners in his career, he strongly believes that to create successful partnerships and champions couples need

Added to AccessDance National : Thursday, Apr 04 2013

Gentility And Elegance For A New Generation

John and Cathi Nyemchek met as children and have been champions in the Junior, Amateur and Professional divisions. They always give a warm and welcoming feeling to any ballroom event, and have been influential in helping to shape the dancesport community

Added to AccessDance National : Friday, Jun 28 2013 -Christine Zona

The Eyes Have It

Eye makeup tips for dancing. You don't have to have big eyes genetically to create big eyes on the floor. You can read a lot in someone's eyes, pain, joy, sadness, love. Your eyes tell a whole story without a single word. Why then, would you want to hide

Added to AccessDance National : Tuesday, Jul 10 2012 -Lisa Bentley

Are We Ready Yet??

A couple tanning tips. In order for it to look good on the floor and not to run down your back and onto yours and your partner?s costume, it needs to be applied a day or two before you dance. There are lotions that are "instant" but (upon reading the dire

Added to AccessDance National : Tuesday, Jul 10 2012 -Lisa Bentley

A Musical Dancer With Total Passion - Bill Davies

Bill Davies began his competitive dance career in 1964, a different dance era. There were very few competitions in the United States at that time and good coaching was not as readily accessible as it is today. Bill began dancing over 40 years ago but stil

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Apr 03 2013

Pierre Dulaine... Dancing Classrooms Dances Into The Movies

In 1994 Pierre Dulaine began volunteering his time in the New York City Public Schools, teaching ballroom dance to the students. His pioneer program, Dancing Classrooms, has grown immensely sine then. Pierre's endeavors have spawned two films, as well as

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Feb 01 2012 -Christine Zona

Traditional Trend-Setters

Tony and Amanda Dokman had very successful dance careers before they started dancing together. Tony, who is originally from Holland, danced with his sister from the time he was ten years old. Amanda, being from England, had the opportunity to partner some

Added to AccessDance National : Monday, Jul 01 2013

Dancing Into New Territory

In today's ballroom world many competitive couples immigrate to other countries to work and further their dance careers. Hans and Anne Laxholm were one of the first to leave their native country, Denmark, and live in England to study dancing.

Added to AccessDance National : Monday, Jul 01 2013

British Championships... Changing Of The Guard

What a thrill it must be to organize one of the most prestigious dance competitions in the world and what a responsibility! This year was Sandra Wilson?s first year to be totally in charge of organizing The British Open Championships, better known as Blac

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Feb 01 2012 -Christine Zona

Using Principles To Develop A Personal Art Form - Oliver Wessel-Therhorn

As an amateur and professional competitor Oliver Wessel-Therhorn, from Germany, was at the top of his field. Being quite outspoken, Oliver is very clear in his beliefs and principles, the type of dancing he likes to see and how he likes to dance. He is ve

Added to AccessDance National : Thursday, Apr 04 2013

The Many Facets Of Pete Taylor

Pete Taylor is a well-known judge and coach, but not many know of his eclectic background. He?s acted in movies, danced on TV and Broadway, has lived all over the United States and so much more...

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Feb 20 2013 -Christine Zona

Passionate About Sharing His Knowledge

Frank Regan is a former United States, Canadian and North American Professional Dancesport Champion who has distinguished himself in many areas of the world of dance and theater as a choreog...

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Feb 20 2013 -Christine Zona

Winning In Grand Style

The blending of Nick?s strong masculine look with Lena?s soft feminine movement has created a style all their own. The audience is always drawn to their innovative movements and is eager to see where?

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Feb 20 2013 -Christine Zona

Creating Rhythmical Dancing Through Clarity

Always known for his rhythmic dancing, when coaching today Ron Montez's main focus is to help the couples be clear on what they are trying to accomplish in their actions and their rhythms. Ron helped to take ballroom dancing into the general public's livi

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Nov 07 2012 -Christine Zona

Dancing Through The Door Of Opportunity

Felipe Telona and Carolina Orlovsky Telona are part of the new generation of American rhythm dancers. Felipe?s masculine look and rhythmical feel, combined with Carolina?s feminine, beautiful lines?

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Feb 20 2013 -Christine Zona

Espen Salberg Brings Norway To The Forefront Of Competitive Dancing!

Espen Salberg, along with his wife Kirsten, won many amateur and professional world. Even though he?s reached heights that most of us can only dream of, Espen is still very personable and down to ear?

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Feb 20 2013 -Christine Zona

From The Barbershop To The Ballroom

Wendy Johnson is probably one of the most creative choreographers in ballroom dancing today. She does it because she loves it and is truly inspired by the music?

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Feb 20 2013 -Christine Zona

Massimo and Alessia... Italian Fire On the Ballroom Floor

At the completion of the Team Match in Blackpool they announced their retirement, and the entire audience at the Winter Garden rose to their feet to show their appreciation and respect for the innovative dancing they have produced over the years. This cou

Added to AccessDance National : Tuesday, Jul 10 2012 -Christine Zona

Frankie Manning... Master Of The Lindy Hop

From his early days at ballrooms like the Alhambra and the Savoy, to his nearly constant traveling and teaching, Frankie Manning has been dancing longer than most of you reading this have been alive.

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Feb 01 2012 -Christine Zona

Four Time World Champions And Going For Six - Alain and Anik

Not only did they win the World Ten Dance Championship, they've done it four times. They are the Canadian Ten Dance, Standard and Latin Champions, and their entertaining and innovative style make them one of the most popular show couples in North America.

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Apr 03 2013

They Thought We Were From Another Planet - Beverly Donahue

In the 70's, when the Latin dancers from the United States were changing the style of Latin dancing all over the world, Beverly Donahue successfully competed with three different partners?Vernon Brock, Sam Sodano and Al Franz. That was a different time in

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Apr 03 2013

The Race Is On - Paul Killick and Hanna Karttunen

He's from England, she's from Finland. When Paul Killick and Hanna Karttunen got together nearly four years ago to compete for England, their long-term goal was to become World Champions. Since then, they've been chasing Brian Watson and Carmen, four time

Added to AccessDance National : Friday, Apr 05 2013

A Living History Of Blackpool... Edith Kershaw

If you think you saw a sprightly 70 year old at Blackpool, you're wrong, she was a sprightly 91 year old, and turned 92 this past October. Edith Kershaw--teacher, adjudicator, author, attended the very first Blackpool festival, she?s danced there, judged

Added to AccessDance National : Tuesday, Jul 10 2012 -Christine Zona

Janet Gleave... The Elegance That Is Ballroom

There probably isn?t a single competitor in any country who doesn?t know the name Janet Gleave, eight time World Professional Standard Champion and winner of every major event worldwide. Janet, always humble and sincere, epitomizes the style of Standard B

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Jul 10 2002 -Christine Zona

Where Do they go From Here?

Dance Notes talked with Jukka and Sirpa at Blackpool on the day they would normally be competing for the professional Latin title. Their warmth becomes apparent after a short time, as they openly discuss their feelings of the dance world and their part in

Added to AccessDance National : Friday, Jun 28 2013

Ohio Star Ball... The Cadillac Of Comps

From a one day Showcase to the biggest event in the United States with 15,000 entries spanning five days... He has almost single-handedly and steadily built up the Ohio Star Ball mainly on the strength of his personality. As the 25th Anniversary approache

Added to AccessDance National : Tuesday, Jul 10 2012 -Christine Zona

Quickstepping to the Top

A quick rise to the top can also be very stressful, but Christopher and Hazel have managed to channel the stress into positive avenues. Because of their exuberance and dedication to the sport they ar?

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Feb 20 2013 -Christine Zona

First A Love Story... Then A Partnership

Andrei Gavriline & Elena Krychkova This charming couple moved to the United States from Moscow on August 19, 1999. Since then, they have been achieving great results in the competitive arena, winning the Rising Star Open to the World Latin Championship,

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Nov 07 2012 -Christine Zona

An Italian and A Dane Proudly Representing The United States

Many people thought Giampiero and Charlotte were an unlikely pairing. There was talk of how different their styles were. But this native Italian and native Dane have come together in the United Stat?

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Feb 20 2013 -Christine Zona

Lindsey Hillier Still Burns the Floor

This 3-time World Professional Standard Champion joked and laughed with us. She was on the creative team of "Burn The Floor" which brought ballroom to a younger and more diverse audience. With Stephen Hillier, Lindsey rose to the top of the ballroom world

Added to AccessDance National : Thursday, Apr 04 2013

His Views On Dancesport - Taliat Tarsinov

I assume that everyone would be in agreement that dancing is an art. Dance developed for thousands of years as an art form, not as an athletic event. Human beings created dance, as well as the other forms of the arts, as a method of individual self-expres

Added to AccessDance National : Friday, Apr 05 2013

Courageous Comebacks

David Hamilton, Alicia Duhon, Michael and Lucy Slywka are dancers who have gone through some amazing physical challenges, and are back dancing. Their stories are as remarkable as they are inspiring, and we call them... courageous comebacks.

Added to AccessDance National : Thursday, Feb 23 2012 -Christine Zona

Amateur Latin Champions - Eugene and Maria

Eugene Katsevman and Maria Manusova are the United States Amateur Latin Champions. This is quite an accomplishment for anyone, but especially at their age. With Eugene at 20 years old and Maria at only 19, they are also one the youngest couples competing

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Apr 03 2013

Pierre Dulaine Makes Classrooms Dance

In 1994 Pierre Dulaine made it his mission to take ballroom dancing to the young people in New York City. As artistic director of The American Ballroom Theater, he has done just that.

Added to AccessDance National : Monday, Jul 01 2013

Rickey Geiger: A Woman Who Leads The Way

Always a leader, from the time she was a leader in all girl competitions in England to becoming a leading force in dancing today, she has paved the way for others. We should consider ourselves very fortunate to have Rickey Geiger in our dancing world.

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Nov 07 2012 -Christine Zona

Jonathan and Katusha... Setting the Standard

Jonathan and Katusha are a unique partnership in that he is English, she is Russian, and they live in the United States. But their love for each other and for dancing is the common thread.

Added to AccessDance National : Thursday, Nov 08 2012 -Christine Zona

Rick Valenzuela - Just a Normal Guy

Rick was three times U. S. Latin Champion with former partner, Melissa Dexter. He's featured in the movie, Dance With Me, starring Vanessa Williams, which is due to be released July 31st. Dance Notes will talk with Rick in our July issue about his experie

Added to AccessDance National : Monday, Jul 01 2013

Leaving the Dance Shoes at Home

Canada's Pierre Allaire and Mireille Veilleux are one of the most popular ballroom couples of all time. Dance Notes talked with the twelve time Canadian Ten Dance champions about their lives after retirement.

Added to AccessDance National : Monday, Jul 01 2013

Glenis Dee - Doing It All

Stage dancer, Olympic skater, ballroom champion, wife and mother, Glenis Dee did it all. Today as a coach, adjudicator and competition organizer, her influence in ballroom dance continues.

Added to AccessDance National : Monday, Jul 01 2013

Sam Sodano - Having a Ball in Ohio!

Sam Sodano ¡s the popular and outspoken organizer of the Ohio Star Ball, televised each year by PBS as Championship Ballroom Dancing.

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Nov 07 2012 -Christine Zona

The Host with the Most

If you are new to ballroom dancing, you may not know him by name, but John DePalma has one of the most recognizable faces and voices in the sport. He emcees many of the most prestigious competitions in the United States. Dance Notes caught up with him at

Added to AccessDance National : Wednesday, Nov 07 2012 -Christine Zona

Nadia Eftedal - Out of the Shadows

How did you start ballroom dancing? When I was five, my mother put me in ballet and tap and all these things mothers put their little girls in. At that time, my older brother was tall and skinny and getting gawky, so my mother put him in dancing at Jim a

Added to AccessDance National : Monday, Jul 01 2013