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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: Mon, July 01, 2013 - Christine Zona

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: Fri, June 28, 2013 - Christine Zona

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: Fri, June 28, 2013 - Christine Zona

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: Fri, June 28, 2013 - Christine Zona

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: Wed, November 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: Wed, November 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: Wed, November 07, 2012 - Christine Zona

Sometimes a judge's score or mark is drastically different from the rest of the judges. In such cases, should there be a rule to make that judge account for his or her mark?
Answers from an Adjudicator, Coach, Competitor, and Champions: Paul Holmes, Jukka Haapalainen, Jane Edgett, Louis van Amstel, Judi Hatton.
Added to AccessDance National: Thu, April 05, 2012 - Christine Zona

Jean-Marc and France... Passion And Personality
As amateur and professional competitors, Jean-Marc Genereux and France Mousseau wowed audiences with their high energy and creative dancing. They exploded on to the scene in America when they were featured on the PBS television production of the United States Ballroom Championships in 1982.
Added to AccessDance National: Tue, March 13, 2012 - Christine Zona

When there are a large number of competitors and they are dancing in several heats, how do you call back the required number?
Answers from Organizers, Competitors, Coaches, and Adjudicators - Pat Traymore, Wayne Eng, John Swick, Keith Todd, and Rickey Geiger.
Added to AccessDance National: Thu, February 23, 2012 - Christine Zona

What is the best way to choose which competitions to attend?
Answers from Competitors, Coaches, and Adjudicators - Sam Sodano, Glenis Dee, Sarwat Kaluby, Shirley Johnson, and Edward Simon.
Added to AccessDance National: Sat, February 11, 2012 - Christine Zona

What attributes do some people have that make them naturally great dancers while others have to work very hard to make minimal improvements?
Answers from Champions, Coaches, Competition Organizers, and Adjudicators -Yvonne Marceau, Jennifer Booth, Bill Davies, Pierre Dulaine, Elizabeth Knoll, and Ray Rivers.
Added to AccessDance National: Sat, February 11, 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 and Betty Seagull, who are both psychologists, decided to take on this subject and write a book about the struggles they have had and conflicts they have seen in the couples they know. The result is not only insightful but entertaining.
Added to AccessDance National: Mon, January 30, 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 the music is pre recorded. Since it?s inception, the British Open Championships, better known as Blackpool, have always employed a live orchestra to play for the competition.
Added to AccessDance National: Mon, January 30, 2012 - Christine Zona

The Look
Aside from the obvious - skill, posture, knowledge – judges want to see a total "look." A look is the total package, meaning a costume that is professionally made, fits properly and is age appropriate. There are ways to achiev
Added to AccessDance National: Thu, January 12, 2012 - Lisa Bentley

How do you deal with pre-performance jitters?
If there was a big competition coming up I was better if I did something completely different the day before. I found if I went out social dancing and just had fun, I was more relaxed the next day. Also, I truly took the time to warm up my muscles, and I developed a system. The process of repeating that system had a calming effect on me.
Added to AccessDance National: Thu, January 12, 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: Thu, January 12, 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: Thu, January 12, 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 dancers have done. Some of us remember his first appearance on PBS in the early 80's dancing a Samba with his teacher. He certainly made quite an impression!
Added to AccessDance National: Thu, January 12, 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 dimensions, including movies, music and fashion.
Added to AccessDance National: Thu, January 12, 2012 - Christine Zona

In addition to practice is it important for dancers to do other things if they want to compete successfully?
"I think going to a ballet class or a flamenco class, jazz, tap all those other forms are extremely important. For a workout it's best to do what you're doing, five or six rounds a day not going to the gym or running or swimming. It's a different set of muscles..."-Corky Ballas (Coach and Adjudicator)
Added to AccessDance National: Thu, January 12, 2012 - Christine Zona

What do competitive dancers do for relaxation?
"We go to the theatre to see any type of performance, but mainly musicals or dance We visit art galleries, walk in a park, spend an evening with friends, cook, eat, listen to music, go DANCING, go to a concert, sleep, read, take a bath, sit and have a coffee, do a relaxation exercise, go to a football match." - Jukka Haapalainen (1997 World Professional Latin Champion)
Added to AccessDance National: Thu, January 12, 2012 - Christine Zona

If people keep telling a couple they look great but they never move up in the rankings what should they do?
"You have to ask yourself a few questions. Are you practicing enough? Have you asked your coaches for their honest opinion? Are you constantly improving your mind set?"-Maja Servé (Coach and Adjudicator)
Added to AccessDance National: Thu, January 12, 2012 - Christine Zona

"I'm a guy! Won't I look funny wearing make up?"
I suspect most guys have the same reaction when it comes to their girl and her beauty business, but tell a guy to WEAR make up. However, if you are a competitor looking for better results and fewer comments about grooming, then you should consider taking a peek into your partners' beauty bag.
Added to AccessDance National: Thu, December 15, 2011 - Lisa Bentley

Understanding Body Movement Through The Alexander Technique And The Feldenkrais Method
The question posed in You Asked For It! drew some very interesting responses as to whether or not there is such a thing as a "natural dancer." We contacted some movement experts that are involved with The Alexander Technique and The Feldenkrais Method, two well-known movement techniques. Their explanations and ideas will hopefully help you gain a little more insight into how the body moves... naturally!
Added to AccessDance National: Thu, December 15, 2011 - Anat Baniel

Louis van Amstel Knows Exactly What He Wants
Louis van Amstel has taken the United States by storm! He and his partner, Karyna Smirnoff, defeated Bill Sparks and Kimberley Mitchell to become our new United States Latin American Champions. At the United States Dance Sport Championship, held in Miami during Labor Day week, Louis, (who is originally from Holland), and Karyna, (who is originally from the Ukraine), won all five dances!
Added to AccessDance National: Thu, December 15, 2011 - Christine Zona

Brian and Carmen... Short Road To The Top
Talk about a winning lineup: U.S. Open Champions; European Champions four times; International Champions twice; U.K. Champions twice; German Open Champions three times and World Champions four times. In fact, in the three years Brian Watson and Carmen Vincelj have been together, there have only been three competitions where they have not placed first.
Added to AccessDance National: Thu, December 15, 2011 - Christine Zona

Carrie Ann Inaba... "Dancing With The Stars"
Since the popularity of the television show "Dancing With The Stars," Carrie Ann Inaba has become a household name. She is a celebrity, as all of the dancers on the show have become, and is often featured on the numerous television entertainment shows and in celebrity magazines.
Added to AccessDance National: Thu, December 15, 2011 - Christine Zona

Ballroom Dancing Art or Sport
Many dancers feel that what they do is a work of art, while others feel they are truly sportsmen. Still others think the combination of these two worlds, art and sport, make the finished product perfection. With the imminent inclusion of dancesport in the Olympics, we posed the question, "Ballroom Dancing… Art or Sport?" to amateur and professional competitors and judges. We found their views to be most interesting.
Added to AccessDance National: Wed, December 14, 2011 - Christine Zona

"Oh, no! There is no one at the competition to do my hair! What should I do?"
This is a dilemma that has sent women of every age into the hissey fit of all hissey fits followed by a total melt down complete with sobbing and sniveling comparable to that of a 4 year old. You will be fine! Here are some ideas for different types of hair that are easy. They won’t go in the record book for the most fabulous do of all times, but they will get you on the floor in a respectable manner.
Added to AccessDance National: Wed, December 14, 2011 - Lisa Bentley

Winter Wonderland (I wonder, I wonder...)
You're ready for winter, right? Have you thought about what to do with your skin for the next few months? The colder weather is pretty harsh on your skin, so take some time to restock your winter arsenal. Here are a few tips to help keep the snow miser outside!
Added to AccessDance National: Fri, December 09, 2011 - Lisa Bentley

Mary Murphy... From The Ballroom To Your Living Room!
With the explosion of ballroom dance in the media, many of our ballroom personalities have become big time celebrities. One of the most popular is Mary Murphy from the Fox series, "So You Think You Can Dance". Mary, as a judge, is known for her straightforward comments and, of course, her infectious laugh!
Added to AccessDance National: Fri, December 09, 2011 - 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 partner in season six, became so enamored with dancing that she began hosting her own dance show! But Tony was a dance star long before he partnered Stacy Kiebler, Jane Seymour or Melissa Ryecroft.
Added to AccessDance National: Tue, September 01, 2009 - Christine Zona

Peter Pover... A Man With A Vision
USA Dance has grown tremendously since its inception in 1965. And one person has been a constant fixture through much of its evolution?Peter Pover. He is the current president of the organization, having served previously from 1988 to 1993.
Added to AccessDance National: Wed, July 01, 2009 - 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 are very organized in how they approach their partnership, dancing and practicing, and they both believe there is so much more they can yet accomplish in their dance partnership.
Added to AccessDance National: Sun, March 01, 2009 - 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 gone in slightly different directions, but both still have the same love of their craft and give their students a strong dance foundation.
Added to AccessDance National: Thu, January 01, 2009 - Christine Zona

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: Sat, November 01, 2008 - 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, having committed their whole lives to dancing.
Added to AccessDance National: Mon, September 01, 2008 - Christine Zona

Riccardo and Yulia... Champions And Still Rising
The pairing of Riccardo Cocchi and Yulia Zagoryuchenko has caused much excitement in the United States, and indeed all over the world. They could very well be the United States? first World Professional International Latin champions! And although they were high ranking Latin competitors with former partners, together they create a rare magic.
Added to AccessDance National: Tue, July 01, 2008 - Christine Zona

I'll Take Seconds, Please!
My lifelong goal was to be a U.S. Champion. (OK, 'lifelong' since I was 18 and discovered championship ballroom dancing!) For as many years as I was old (and then add a couple) I've taught and danced competitively. A few years ago I unofficially 'retired'.
Added to AccessDance National: Sat, March 01, 2008 - Lisa Bentley

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 world level is difficult enough for a couple that just concentrates on one style, but they increase the difficulty factor by dancing in three events?Standard, Latin and Showdance.
Added to AccessDance National: Sat, March 01, 2008 - 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 in bringing this pioneering event to Fort Wayne.
Added to AccessDance National: Sat, March 01, 2008 - 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: Sat, September 01, 2007 - 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 in Miami, Florida.
Added to AccessDance National: Sat, September 01, 2007 - Christine Zona

Tennis Anyone?
"Why am I doing this?" you ask over and over. The answer is, "because it is fun." The dancing part is fun, the nervous part isn?t. So how do you overcome this incredible fear? You focus your mind. How do you do THAT?
Added to AccessDance National: Sun, July 01, 2007 - Lisa Bentley

Jonathan Roberts... Ballroom Star To Television Star
Jonathan Roberts has become a national celebrity from his appearances on three seasons of the very popular television series "Dancing With The Stars." Of course, the ballroom dance world has appreciated Jonathan?s dancing for years, but now the media coverage has truly put him into the mainstream. Jonathan?s celebrity partners have all done well on the show and he has remained friends with them.
Added to AccessDance National: Sun, July 01, 2007 - 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 to stay together for the long run. Hans, who is from Germany and now lives in England, travels the world coaching world champions and instilling in them the dance qualities that have inspired him and shaped his career.
Added to AccessDance National: Sun, July 01, 2007 - Christine Zona

A beautiful Mind (set)
I recently had the opportunity to judge a youth competition and was amazed at the wonderful grooming of these children. I saw children ages 4-5 years old through their late teens all looking like beauty queens or Mr. GQ. In an age where dressing up is wearing jeans without holes in them and actually having them sit ON the hips, I experienced a flutter of hope that maybe one day these kids might help make the world a prettier place just by being in it .
Added to AccessDance National: Tue, May 01, 2007 - Lisa Bentley

The Power Of Beauty
"Mirror, mirror on the wall..." We've all asked that question at least once in our lives if not more than once a day! I, myself, have had delusions of grandeur only to be told (at a very tender age ? I must say) 'you are NO beauty queen!' Well! Shock and crocodile tears behind me, my quest for beauty has become a career!
Added to AccessDance National: Thu, March 01, 2007 - Lisa Bentley

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 as it continues to strive for new growth.
Added to AccessDance National: Thu, March 01, 2007 - 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 them under tons of black makeup.
Added to AccessDance National: Fri, September 01, 2006 - 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 directions) they also need to dry for 30 minutes. I hated the hour and a half process it used to take to "tan", but I did look like I had just had a month?s vacation in the tropics and it didn?t run off my body while doing the cha-cha!
Added to AccessDance National: Sat, July 01, 2006 - Lisa Bentley

Before and After
Several years ago, my partner and I were told by our coach that we were not to dress "too casual" at any competition, i.e. no jeans, shorts, anything with holes in it, etc. His point was for us to present ourselves in the best possible light at all times when in front of the judges and that included just walking around the hotel. The judges are watching, and notice many things you probably don?t even think about, or regard as inconsequential. Dress for success both on and off the floor.
Added to AccessDance National: Mon, May 01, 2006 - 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 still has the same love and passion as he did back then.
Added to AccessDance National: Wed, March 01, 2006 - Christine Zona

This is my first competition. What do I need to know?
This is a broad question! Your teachers have done a most excellent job of getting your dancing ready or else you wouldn't be going in the first place! As a competitor of many years, I learned by trial and error. It?s hard to plan when you don?t know what to plan for, so I?d like to pass along a few words of advice and a small check list.
Added to AccessDance National: Sun, January 01, 2006 - Lisa Bentley

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 countless written articles and television clips, which chronicle his journey with the children.
Added to AccessDance National: Sun, January 01, 2006 - 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 of the best male dancers of her generation.
Added to AccessDance National: Tue, November 01, 2005 - Christine Zona

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: Thu, September 01, 2005 - 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 very enthusiastic about the dancing of today and trains many of the world's top ballroom couples.
Added to AccessDance National: Fri, July 01, 2005 - Christine Zona

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 Blackpool, the city where the competition is held. Sandra took over after Gillian MacKenzie retired last year. Dance Notes spoke with Sandra during the festival and she seemed to be taking it all in stride? very cool, calm and collected.
Added to AccessDance National: Fri, July 01, 2005 - Christine Zona

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: Sat, January 01, 2005 - Christine Zona

George Velazquez... Living Life To The Fullest
Before George Velazquez lost his leg in 1994 due to an accident, he was a very busy and successful professional dancer. He attended the world famous Julliard School for performing arts, danced on Broadway and was a sought after teacher of ballroom dancing.
Added to AccessDance National: Wed, November 10, 2004 - 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: Mon, November 01, 2004 - 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: Wed, September 01, 2004 - Christine Zona

Buddy Schwimmer... Swinging Through Life
Swing is truly the American dance and who better to teach it than Buddy Schimmer. Buddy has brought his innovative brand of swing to countries such as Germany and England, and has trained some of the world?s finest dancers, including Donnie Burns and Gaynor Fairweather.
Added to AccessDance National: Thu, July 01, 2004 - 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 living room with his TV appearances, including "Star Search" and as co-host with Juliet Prowse of "Championship Ballroom Dancing" on PBS.
Added to AccessDance National: Sat, May 01, 2004 - Christine Zona

Ron Montez... Creating Rhythmical Dancing Through Clarity
The dance partnership of Ron Montez and Elizabeth Curtis was one of the most successful and consistent in the history of the International Latin Division for the United States. They were undefeated United States champions from 1979-1985 and represented America at many world events during their reign as champions.
Added to AccessDance National: Sat, May 01, 2004 - Christine Zona

Waltzing On Wheels
If you think being disabled means you can't waltz, you better think again. Ray Leight and Melinda Kremer have been performing at many ballroom competitions over the past several years. Ray is in a wheelchair and Melinda is not, and they always receive a rousing standing ovation from the awe-struck audiences.
Added to AccessDance National: Sat, May 01, 2004 - Christine Zona

Jack and Judy Hughes... DJ'ing Through The Years
The year was 1980, popular competitions included venues like the Ohio Star Ball, the 'Breakers' in Palm Beach, FL and The Imperial Star Championship, held at the Cherry Hill Hyatt. After the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancers moved the location, this competition became known simply as the 'Cherry Hill' comp.
Added to AccessDance National: Sat, November 01, 2003 - Christine Zona

Richard Douglass... Simplifying Competitions With CompMngr
Richard Douglass has made an incredible impact on dancesport. He competed with his wife Elizabeth in the amateur standard division for years, but that?s not what he?s most known for. His true claim to fame lies behind the scenes.
Added to AccessDance National: Sat, November 01, 2003 - 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: Sat, November 01, 2003 - Christine Zona

On Deck With Yolanda Vargas
In the long process of preparing for a competition, the On-Deck Captain is the last link in the chain before the dancers step on the floor. Yolanda Vargas fills this most important behind the scenes position, averaging more than 20 competitions a year. She is responsible for making sure everyone is there on time, lining the dancers up for their heats and keeping the on deck area light and cheerful.
Added to AccessDance National: Mon, September 01, 2003 - Christine Zona

Michael and Vicky Barr, Honoring The Past... Developing the Future
Michael and Vicki Barr have had a fascinating, and as they themselves would say, enjoyable career. Having grown up watching many of the great legends in ballroom dancing, Michael and Vicki were certainly influenced by them and rose through the ranks to become a popular British couple themselves.
Added to AccessDance National: Mon, September 01, 2003 - 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: Tue, July 01, 2003 - 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: Tue, July 01, 2003 - 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 couple has always been an audience favorite due to the feeling and fire in their dancing, and they thrive on the reaction from the crowd.
Added to AccessDance National: Thu, May 01, 2003 - Christine Zona

Curious About Your Placement?
A Master Scrutineer sheds some light on the matter. Between the afternoon dance session and dinner, Jackie Rogers walks out of the hotel building to have an interview with us. "This is very nice," she says, deeply inhaling the fresh outdoor air, "I haven't been outside for three days." Rogers has been working as a scrutineer since the beginning of the American Star Ball, held at the New Brunswick Hilton.
Added to AccessDance National: Thu, May 01, 2003 - Christine Zona

Rufus Dustin... Rabid For America's Dancing
The persona of Rufus Dustin has greatly evolved over the years. As a young man Dustin was known as temperamental, angry and aloof. Today we see him as tolerant, compassionate and comfortable just being himself. He has had the privilege of dancing with several beautiful and talented partners during his illustrious competitive career, and...
Added to AccessDance National: Thu, May 01, 2003 - 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: Sat, March 01, 2003 - 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: Sat, March 01, 2003 - Dance Notes Christine Zona

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 the world with different priorities and lifestyles.
Added to AccessDance National: Wed, January 01, 2003 - Christine Zona

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 winners. It's been very close a number of times, sometimes only one mark away.
Added to AccessDance National: Wed, January 01, 2003 - Christine Zona

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 there, and still watches every event and almost all the rounds, and attends the congress.
Added to AccessDance National: Fri, November 01, 2002 - 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 Ballroom Dancing and truly enjoys sharing her wealth of knowledge.
Added to AccessDance National: Fri, November 01, 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 its development.
Added to AccessDance National: Mon, July 01, 2002 - Christine Zona

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 approaches this November, this self-confessed "people person" lets us in on some of what it takes to organize this massive comp, a task he began on day one of last year's Ohio Star Ball.
Added to AccessDance National: Wed, May 01, 2002 - 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: Fri, March 01, 2002 - 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, and they were also finalists in the Closed United States Latin Championship in Miami last September.
Added to AccessDance National: Tue, January 01, 2002 - 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: Sat, September 01, 2001 - 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... and she's still there as one of the leaders in the industry.
Added to AccessDance National: Thu, March 01, 2001 - Christine Zona

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-expression.
Added to AccessDance National: Wed, November 01, 2000 - Christine Zona

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: Sat, July 01, 2000 - 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 in the adult ranks. Dance Notes spoke with them the day after they made the final at The 1999 United States Dance Sport Championships in Miami.
Added to AccessDance National: Mon, November 01, 1999 - Christine Zona

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: Mon, November 01, 1999 - Christine Zona

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: Sun, March 01, 1998 - 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: Sun, February 01, 1998 - 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 experience making the movie.
Added to AccessDance National: Sun, February 01, 1998 - Christine Zona

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: Mon, December 01, 1997 - Christine Zona

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: Sat, November 01, 1997 - 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 the United States Championships held in Miami, last September.
Added to AccessDance National: Sat, November 01, 1997 - 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 and Olive Cullip's studio.
Added to AccessDance National: Wed, October 01, 1997 - Christine Zona