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  Melva Smith (Freelance Writer)

Louisville, KY


Melva Gail Smith is a disabled dance enthusiast from Louisville, KY who enjoys promoting the health and social benefits of both dancesport and linedancesport through her writings. Melva has written for USA Dance, as well as various online magazines; and is the inspiration of dance choreographer Ira Weisburd's Breathe Freely Campaign for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness.


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Taking Salsa Dancing to the Next Level
The benefits of Salsa dancing are endless, and include such things as freedom of expression, a stress free environment, and meeting new people.
Added to AccessDance National: Fri, April 05, 2013 - Melva Gail Smith

Knights of Columbus Tea Dance Offers a Relaxing Afternoon to The Sounds of a Big Band
The tea dance got its name from an afternoon social gathering where tea and snacks where served. First held as a form of entertainment where single women and men gathered to meet to engage in conversation and dance, dances where often held on a waxed stiff canvas that had been spread over a carpet or unwaxed floor. While this was once considered an acceptable practice, the tea dance has experienced many changes such as dance friendly flooring; making it a more pleasurable experience today.
Added to AccessDance National: Fri, April 05, 2013 - Melva Gail Smith

Teaching Respect and Confidence Through Ballroom Dance
The dance is the tool for getting children to break down social barriers, learn about honor and respect, treat others carefully, improve self-confidence, communicate and cooperate and accept others even if they are different.
Added to AccessDance National: Wed, April 03, 2013 - Melva Gail Smith

New Competition Gives Serious Dancers The Opportunity to Dance Upon A Dream
Do you have a hot dance routine that deserves to be seen by some of the top talent scouts in the world? Dance Upon A Dream seeks to find the best of the best dancers by collecting videos from around the world of solo dancers, performing couples and groups.
Added to AccessDance National: Tue, October 23, 2012 - Melva Gail Smith

Reflections On a Lifetime: Giving Back to the Community Through the Gift of Dance
From her enthusiastic style to her smile and charming wit, Mary knows how to draw in a crowd; and has entertained groups of all ages to the song "Rocky Top," which is an all time clogging favorite. Now batteling Cancer, Mary's still proudly displays in her home; a lifetime of colorful ribbons and trophies she has received over the years.
Added to AccessDance National: Fri, September 14, 2012 - Melva Gail Smith

USA Dance Chapters Participate in Olympic Day 2012
On June 23, 2012, the residents of Orlando, Florida were invited to enjoy a special Olympic Day Celebration by USA Dance Chapter #6002. Starting with an introduction by Chase Smith who represented Orange County Mayor Theresa Jacobs; it was an evening that will long be remembered by participants and viewers alike. DanceSport Athletes awed spectators as they performed in model DanceSport Competition Heats, alternating with spectacular showcase performances.
Added to AccessDance National: Tue, July 10, 2012 - Melva Gail Smith

Dancing While Pregnant
Starting a family can often put a temporary halt to a person's career and entertainment. While the dancer is no exception, some mother's to be have actually continued to not only dance, but to teach well into their pregnancy.
Added to AccessDance National: Wed, June 27, 2012 - Melva Gail Smith

Dyscalculia
If you have difficulty remembering the sequence of dance steps and counting, you may suffer from a condition known as Dyscalculia.
Added to AccessDance National: Wed, June 27, 2012 - Melva Gail Smith

Follow Your Dreams And Dance
Meet Ira Weisburd, a 58 year old dance choreographer, DJ, entrepreneur from Boca Raton, Florida who has no intention of slowing down. In fact, this world renowned master of dance continues to choreograph steps that rock the linedance industry and top the charts! . Since it's debut in the fall of 2010, Weisburd's "The Flash Mob Project" has snowballed into a modern dance craze; filling dance halls and classrooms everywhere
Added to AccessDance National: Mon, February 13, 2012 - Melva Gail Smith

LineDanceSport. Taking A Step Beyond Social Dance.
Until recently, linedancing has been thought of as mostly a social activity taught in churches, clubs and a few dance schools. But for some students, it's steps and patterns have led to an interest in Ballroom dancing; making it much easier for them to learn new skills.
Added to AccessDance National: Fri, January 27, 2012 - Melva Gail Smith

Dance Floors And Proper Traction
As ballroom dancers, we dance on many different types of surfaces, including some that are not quite as ideal as they should be. From floating dance floors to those splattered with beer, obtaining the proper traction can really keep you on your toes.
Added to AccessDance National: Thu, December 22, 2011 - Melva Smith

Addressing Costume Design Myths
The bright colorful costumes of Ballroom dancers have captivated the attention of dancing fans for decades. However, despite popular belief, too much color can be distracting. In fact, there are many myths as to what looks good on the dance floor. Ac
Added to AccessDance National: Thu, December 22, 2011 - Melva Smith

Cheryl Burke: The Basics of Dance
With the 2011 Ballroom Dance Championships just ahead, it is never too late to think about how to polish up our steps and overall appearance. While nothing takes the place of mastering proper dance skills, you may be amazed at how a few simple tips c
Added to AccessDance National: Thu, December 22, 2011 - Melva Smith

Cheryl Burke: Entering First Competitions
Nationals are quickly approaching once again, and the thoughts of those new to Ballroom Dancing may be focused on questions concerning when they will know they are ready to compete. New dancers may be ready to enter their first competition quicker th
Added to AccessDance National: Thu, December 22, 2011 - Melva Smith

Dancers Share Tips Of The Trade On Keeping Dancing Feet Happy
Have you ever wondered what some of your fellow dancers do to keep their dancing feet in shape? Below is a list of tips from fellow dancers and experts on keeping dancing feet healthy and happy.
Added to AccessDance National: Thu, December 22, 2011 - Melva Smith

AccessDance Network Draws Attention To Ballroom Dance
At 85,000 Visitors A Month, AccessDance Network Draws Attention To Ballroom Dance. Once in a while I run into a dance site that is so impressive and beneficial that it must be shared with our readers. Providing the latest in technology to the dance i
Added to AccessDance National: Thu, December 22, 2011 - Melva Smith

Promoting Dance Through Flash Mobs...
Recently you may have heard a lot about Flash Mobs, as they seem to be gaining popularity with both ballroom and line dancers alike. So what is it that attracts so many to these gatherings of dancers that seem to appear out of no where and dance? Aud
Added to AccessDance National: Thu, December 22, 2011 - Melva Smith

Dancing Bliss - What Causes It???
Most of us have experienced the unmistakable feeling of total bliss when we dance. Ask almost any dancer, and they will likely tell you, there isn't any other feeling quite like it. Jorge Quiroa, of Louisville, who has been dancing for over 10 years,
Added to AccessDance National: Wed, December 21, 2011 - Melva Smith

History of the Polka
When dancers think of Polka, they usually visualize a lively, fast paced dance, that normally travels around the perimeter of a large dance floor. Originally a Czech peasant dance, Polka first became popular in the mid 1800's, and is the official sta
Added to AccessDance National: Wed, December 21, 2011 - Melva Smith

A Few Words On Foot Care
Ask almost any dancer, and they will tell you they have experienced some form of foot pain while on the floor. The intensity of pain varies from dancer to dancer. While one person may only experience minor pain, another may experience a major setback
Added to AccessDance National: Wed, December 21, 2011 - Melva Smith

Starting Out The Year On The Right Foot.
Trying to decide upon which type of dance shoes you would like for 2009? With all the different styles and manufacturer's to choose from, it is smart to have a few basic guidelines. Here are some helpful tips that might help you make that decision
Added to AccessDance National: Wed, December 21, 2011 - Melva Smith

At The Core
For the Ballroom dancer, long hours of practice is a part of life, and along with it can come various aches and pains. All too often, people blame their pain on a bad back. However, the problem may actually be caused by a weak core. This is something
Added to AccessDance National: Wed, December 21, 2011 - Melva Smith

Building Lasting Relationships Through Dance
If you know a couple looking for something to help spark up their relationship, you might want to suggest they take dance classes. Most of us have heard the saying "those who play together, stay together." There is something about interacting with yo
Added to AccessDance National: Wed, December 21, 2011 - Melva Smith

Managing Your Steps On The Dance Floor
Most of us have seen it happen. While dancing with your partner, a couple suddenly appears, and blocks the line of dance. Dancing on a crowded floor can be quite a challenge, and it takes a skilled dancer to be able to maneuver away from other dancer
Added to AccessDance National: Wed, December 21, 2011 - Melva Smith

The Making of National Champions
For many new dancers, competing in the Nationals is a goal, but when Nancy Davis began taking dance classes at Ballroom East, she had never heard of Ballroom dance competition. She had no idea that one day she too would be dancing at the Nationals.
Added to AccessDance National: Wed, December 21, 2011 - Melva Smith

Accessorizing Your Costume
If you attended the 2009 Derby City Dancesport Championships, you couldn't help but notice the many vendors that assist competitors in completing the look of their costumes.
Added to AccessDance National: Wed, December 21, 2011 - Melva Smith

Helpful Advice from Two Judges in Dancesport
At the time of this writing the 2009 Derby City Dancesport Championships was about a week away, and many of our dancers were preparing for the event by perfecting their steps and styling. So, what exactly are some of the important things the judges w
Added to AccessDance National: Wed, December 21, 2011 - Melva Smith

Tips To Improve Your Dancing
Once in a while you come across an instruction video that demands to be shared. "Ten Tips in Ten Minutes That Result in Ten Times Better Dancing," from the website thedancestoreonline.com is such a video. Producer of the video, and owner of The Dance
Added to AccessDance National: Wed, December 21, 2011 - Melva Smith

Foxtrot Basics
The foxtrot is a smooth dance that is usually danced to a music tempo of 120-136 beats per minute. Most of us grew up watching the dance performed in many movies and musicals, with dancers dressed in flowing ball gowns, top hat, coat and tails.
Added to AccessDance National: Wed, December 21, 2011 - Melva Smith

Polishing Your Look With Good Posture
It doesn’t matter how expensive the dress, or how polished the look, bad posture can ruin the appearance of your dance.
Added to AccessDance National: Wed, December 21, 2011 - Melva Smith

The Man Who Changed The Face of Linedancing
Meet Ira Weisburd, a world renowned dance choreographer, DJ and N.A.M.E. member; who continues to rock the linedance industry with his talent. Since it's debut in the fall of 2010, Weisburd's "The Flash Mob Project" has continued to snowball into a modern dance craze; filling dance halls and classrooms everywhere.
Added to AccessDance Local: Fri, December 09, 2011 - Melva Gail Smith

Professional Skin Care For Both Men And Women
What would ballroom dancing be like without that radiant glow that comes with a clean flawless complexion? As dancers many of us are concerned with our appearance, and it all starts with healthy skin.
Added to AccessDance National: Fri, December 09, 2011 - Melva Gail Smith

Dancers Health. Knowing Your Numbers.
As Athletes, it's important for dancers to stay on top of health issues. This includes keeping the body physically in shape as well as getting regular check ups, and screenings.  Screenings are especially important as they can catch disease before it has the chance to destroy our life, as was the case of the following two dancers.
Added to AccessDance National: Thu, December 01, 2011 - Melva Smith

Dance. The Venue of Health Living
As we head into our senior years, many look forward to having the extra time that is usually associated with retirement. In fact retirement years are often some of the best for exploring new and exciting horizons, that were unreachable while raising a family and balancing a hectic work schedule. One venue well worth exploring, especially for the health conscious individual; is dance.
Added to AccessDance National: Thu, December 01, 2011 - Melva Gail Smith

The Louisville Rat Racers will be at our Chapter Dance
Get ready to Rat Race. That's right. On July 23 The Louisville Rat Racers will be at our chapter dance to show us how this native to Louisville dance is done. Those of you who have been following the story already know that our group stepped up to me
Added to AccessDance Local: Mon, August 01, 2011 - Melva Smith

Rat Racing - Preserving A Louisville Dance Tradition
When Greater Louisville USA Dance Chapter 2021 took to the floor at various senior homes during Ballroom Dance week, we were met with a challenge that no one had anticipated. One of the largest requests by the seniors was for that of the
Added to AccessDance Local: Mon, November 01, 2010 - Melva Smith

National USA Dance Cruise, Nearly Sold Out
Will you be on board the cruise ship Atlantica when it sets sail from Ft. Lauderdale on November 28, 2010 for the first USA Dance National Dance Cruise?
Added to AccessDance National: Fri, October 01, 2010 - Melva Smith