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10 Ballroom Videos You Must Watch On YouTube

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We all know that there is nothing like a live performance. When you are sitting around the floor and you not only can see the couple dancing but you can feel their movement and you can hear them breathing, stepping and touching each other. 

But sometimes, dancers can really send such a strong message through their dancing that even when watching a video we can feel their emotions and we can be touched by their passion.

This is the case for me with all the following videos, my all time favourite Ballroom videos. (Not listed in a particular order)

1. Luca Baricchi and Loraine Barry – Slow Foxtrot Demo

About Luca and Loraine we can easily choose any of their video on youtube, no matter if it is from a lecture, a competition or a show. I chose this one because everytime I watch it I find myself speechless, astonished by the quality of their movement, yet being so simple to watch. 

The fact that they are dancing not in a competitive dress and suit let you even more appreciate the pureness of their technique, where every part of the body is doing its own action but completely in harmony with the others. And then the music…Oh my! They are dancing on this beautiful track which is at 21,5 bars per minute!!! Unbelievable how they can look so smooth on such slow music. Enjoy the video!

2. Mirko Gozzoli and Edita Daniute – Tango Show

You know that when dancing a show you have to make the crowd go “Whoa!”. Mirko and Edita made everybody in the Beethovensaal in Stuttgart excited already at the beginning of their show! 

The reason why this video is on my all time favourite list is that it feels so true, so genuine. No hairstyle, open shirt and eyes burning of passion. We said at the beginning that some couples can let you feel their energy even if you are only watching a video, well..this is exactly the case. Look at the power that they express in every action, look at the intensity of their emotions on the floor. Simply great. 

3. William Pino and Alessandra Bucciarelli – Waltz Show

A song that has become a classic, the one that you play when you want to express your best, the one that you don’t choose too often because it needs a certain respect. You can’t just warm-up on a tune like this or simply let it go while you are practicing some parts, no.. you can’t. 

And all this is because of William and Alessandra’s Waltz show. We will always relate this music to them, no matter what, because they danced one of the best performances ever in Ballroom history on it. When it comes to art we all have different tastes and we can prefer something that others don’t. 

But then there are masterpieces, and in front of them, everyone will simply be astonished. This is their masterpiece.

4. Massimo Giorgianni and Alessia Manfredini – Tango Show

If you ever wondered about the line between Argentine Tango and International Style Tango? 

Well…Massimo and Alessia will tell you that this line can be erased and you can implement all the elements from the two different styles inside the same performance. And what a performance! Elegance, passion, style…here you really can appreciate the result of a lifelong dedication to improvement and research in dancing where technique and feelings go together supporting each other. 

5. Marcus and Karen Hilton – Waltz Show

There are not so many words needed when talking about the top of Ballroom dancing, the ones that inspired and gave the basis to the generation of our days, the couple that represents the connection and the continuation between the basic principles of the champions of the past and the modern expression of this style. 

I used to watch their fantastic competition performances, everytime and everywhere they danced at their best, and this is not easy at all, considering how long they have been competing at the highest level, defending their titles. 

But suddenly I started to watch their shows, and this one in particular is the one that catched me the most. It may be the music, it may be the place, I don’t know…I actually don’t want to know why I love it, I just do. Here it is, a wonderful Waltz by Marcus and Karen.

6. Andrea Ghigiarelli and Sara Andracchio – Waltz Honour Dance

Royal Albert Hall, a white dress, only one couple on the floor, the orchestra starts playing a waltz. Isn’t this the dream of every ballroom dancer? 

Well, not many can say to have been there, but certainly Andrea and Sara did. A beautiful, dreamy waltz in such an evocative place, where showing your best dancing, having all eyes on you, isn’t the easiest thing ever. That’s why I really consider this video very important to watch, it shows you how a champion can handle those situations, how he can show his best under pressure, when failure is not an option. 

7. Andrew Sinkinson and Loraine Barry – Slow Foxtrot

I was looking for the video that could show the magnificence of the man that is and will always be recognised as the King of Foxtrot, but I couldn’t decide. 

Every performance had its own flavour. 

Finally I chose this one, an early one back in 1992 when he was already 3 times Amateur Blackpool Champion partnering with Loraine. In my opinion it shows the purest movement possible. Simply the perfection of the technique and mechanic in a beautiful venue. What else do you need? Refer to this video whenever you have some questions or doubts about basic steps. This video is better than the technique book!

8. Domenico Soale and Gioia Cerasoli – Waltz Show

Once again we are in Stuttgart, at the German Open Championships, but this time with a different couple – Domenico Soale and Gioia Cerasoli.

From the very first step they danced together, they were at the top in every category. These results were possible by an absolutely outstanding quality of the movement, showing maybe the best couple connection and footwork. In this video, we can appreciate a “one of a kind” moment, where the music, dancers and crowd are connected together by tangible emotions.

9. Dmitry Zharkov and Olga Kulikova – Waltz Honour Dance

There are moments in the life of a dancer that are like milestones, a moment that will stay in everyone’s memory for a long time. 

This is the last Grand Slam of 2018. Just a few competitions left to complete their path in the Amateur category, and destiny wanted the last Grand Slam to be in Moscow, in their home country. 

Emotions are tangible, being there, around the floor you could feel how thick and dense the emotions were in the air. Everything but the floor has been darkened out, the lights are on Dmitry and Olga and the orchestra starts to play the Waltz “All by myself”. You can feel how they put all what they have felt during these years competing around the world in that dance.  

It’s like if every step would tell you a chapter of their story, the pain of every practice and the joy of every success. They look at each other, an explosion of feelings in their hearts and the Ballroom history has got a new moment to tell.

Blackpool Final 1993, 1997, 1998, 2000

Here I just want to share with you those that in my opinion are some of the best Blackpool editions. Nothing against nowadays finals, but those grainy, low quality videos have such an impact on me. I simply prefer to watch them compared to the new ones. 

You can revive the “battles” between Marcus Hilton and John Wood and the energy of William Pino dancing his first tango in the final in 2000. You can see how Luca Baricchi improves year by year becoming the legend we all know or how the Quickstep routines evolve in what we dance today. 

Here are the link to the other finals:

  • 1993
  • 1997
  • 2000

Make sure you also visit Dancesportlife Academy to check our library of courses and camp lectures with some of the best teachers in the world, including some from the above list!

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5 Lessons 2020 Taught Us

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As horrible as this year must have been, we should be thankful for it has taught us plenty of lessons. The year 2020 forced us to reevaluate our plans and dreams. 

2020 showed us who our real friends are and who is willing to give up on us when we need them the most. This year a lot of partnerships have ended, and others have formed. Some have quit dancing, while others have started new & exciting projects.

I summed up what I think are the most important things that 2020 showed to us. 

1. We Love Competitions

As a competitive dancer, preparing and going to competitions is your main activity and this year showed us that we might take them for granted.

This year I saw how much all dancers, from beginners to dance legends, suffered that they couldn’t attend competitions such as the Blackpool Dance Festival, German Open, and many other competitions that hold a special spot in each dancer’s heart.

This year we missed all the fuss and excitement that surrounds a big event. We missed people that we see maybe just once a year at that certain comp and we certainly missed being on and off the dance floor.

2. How Addicted To Dancing We Really Are

Ok, at first, it was quite nice. Everyone thought, “Oh, I can finally have a well-deserved break now”. 

But we soon realized that we could not live without dancing. We all started dancing around the house, we reorganized our living rooms in mini dance studios, and we used our walls as partners. 

Some of us who gave up dancing a while ago know how difficult it is to stop. But for those who were in full ascension, I imagine this forced pause felt even worse. 

Nevertheless, dancers are not easily broken down. Many of you practiced in your homes and used this time to learn new things about dancing. Some of you listened to interviews or perfected specific dancing skills such as elasticity. 

3. Online Education Is Important

Because we are on this topic, we realized how crucial online teaching resources really are during this pandemic.

Many dancers couldn’t see their teachers, and this is how online classes came into play. Either if you prefer pre-recorded courses as we offer on Dancesportlife Academy, or live classes, you cannot deny that this is what kept dancers growing during 2020. 

4. How Attached To Our Dance Family We Really Are

The connection between partners is something very difficult to put into words. It is that type of fondness that is hard to explain. In 2020 we didn’t only miss dancing. We also missed what goes hand in hand with dancesport – our partners. The connection between the two partners is one of the most beautiful aspects of dancesport.

Besides our partners, we missed our teachers. There is nothing like a good lesson with our favorite teacher. We missed that type of lesson in which you get those “Aha!” moments when everything clicks. 

5. To Be More United

All in all, I think the most important lesson this year taught us that we need to be more united. 

Many dancers came together to create beautiful online projects this year. We’ve watched fascinating discussions between dancers that otherwise might have never seen together. 

I think we should always remember that the most important thing is never to lose our humanity & kindness. 

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11 Online Courses For Soft Skills In Ballroom & Latin

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Technique is crucial if you want to be a good dancer. But what do you need to do in order to achieve that higher level? Well, that’s when soft skills subjects like partnering, communication, musicality and style choice come into play.

I put together a list of 11 courses you can find at Dancesportlife Academy that will help you be a more sophisticated dancer. 

A tip from me: because Santa Claus thinks we’ve been good this year & respected all the rules, we have all our courses on SALE.

1. Partnering Skills in Rumba by Espen Salberg

In his lecture at Dance Amore Roma 2019, Espen Salberg is discussing the sensitivity of lead & follow. Dialog and communication between the two bodies are essential in order to create togetherness.

Espen showcases in his lecture, assisted by Oxana Lebedew and Laura Zmajkovicova, two ways in which you can improve your leading actions:

  1. By knowing the order in which you need to communicate with your partner.
  1. By knowing the amount of energy/physicality you need to put into your leading actions.

Length: 35 minutes

Here is the link to the course

2. Finding Your Dancing Self by Oxana Lebedw

Learning how to express yourself through dancing is one of the most beautiful and challenging aspects of dancesport. It’s something that allows a dancer to touch other’s hearts and souls. That is done by discovering and expressing your own uniqueness.

In this course, you will explore the freedom to show yourself as a performer. You will find out how to relate your own self to your dancing self by learning to be aware and open all your senses.

Length: 45 minutes

Here is the link to the course

3. Mastering Of A Partnership by Oxana Lebedew

In a course that feels like a discussion with a wise psychologist, Oxana shares her pieces of advice on how to develop your partnership into something out of the ordinary.

She touches on subjects like how to communicate with your partner and how to connect. She offers examples on how to divide the duties in a partnership and how to choose a style for you, as a couple.

Length: 25 minutes

Here is the link to the course

4. Samba by Slavik Kryklyvyy

In his lecture from the Gladiators Dance Congress 2019, Slavik is touching many important aspects that create and give samba the characteristic of a “body dance”.

He is pointing out that nowadays, many dancers and teachers forgot what are the core principles of this dance or what are its origins. Thus, the character of samba has been lost.

Length: 31 minutes

Here is the link to the course

5. Movement In Rumba by Slavik Kryklyvyy

In this lecture, Slavik is focusing on body movements in rumba, while tackling subjects like freedom and fluidity.

Being the talent that he is, his lecture is truly inspiring if you want to develop your thinking in a more artistic way.

Length: 30 minutes

Here is the link to the course

6. Creating Your Own Dance Story by Klemen Prasnikar & Sasha Averkieva

Klemen Prasnikar & Sasha Averkieva, WDC World Latin Champions, take you into a self-expression journey by playing with one of the most fundamental principles of dancing: connection.

In the first chapter, they tackle the physical connection. Then they show you how to stay connected even if you are not touching your partner. Lastly, they show you how to play with these types of connections to create your own dance style, your own dance story.

Length: 1 hour 25 minutes

Here is the link to the course

7. Freedom Through Breathing by Paul Moldovan & Cristina Tatar

Paul Moldovan & Cristina Tatar are one of those dance couples that are simply meant for each other. They are currently semi-finalists in all the major events in WDSF Amateur Latin and former World Champions in WDSF Youth and Under 21.

The course is structured in three parts. In the first chapter, Paul & Cristina will show how deficient breathing can influence your mental state and affect your performance. In the second part, they explain how faulty breathing patterns can affect your body, especially your stamina. Lastly, Paul & Cristina shed light on how you can use breathing to play with your steps during your routine by creating a different dynamic.

The course is very unique and could be illuminating for many dancers out there, Latin or Ballroom!

Length: 34 minutes 

Here is the link to the course

8. Qualities Of A Long-Lasting Partnership by Paul Moldovan & Cristina Tatar 

Long-lasting partnerships are something we all strive for. They offer us a sense of security and reliability, which helps us truly focus 100% on the dancing.

But how to maintain a good partnership throughout the years?

Through their 18 years of experience together as a dance couple, Paul & Cristina realized what worked for them. Now, they are willing to share some of their key ingredients of such a beautiful relationship.

This course will leave you with the impression that you just discussed with your most responsible and thoughtful friends.

Tip: This course can be found as a BONUS if you decide to buy Paul & Cristina’s course – “Freedom Through Breathing”

Length: 11 minutes

Here is the link to the course

9. How To Make A Ballroom Dancing Hairstyle For Men by Madis Abel

This course is a step-by-step program designed for Ballroom and 10-dancers to give you all the tools needed to have a champion’s hairstyle.

You will find 20 lectures divided into 5 sections: Preparing your hair, Basic principles, Blow drying, Hair spraying, and Common mistakes. This isn’t fluffy theory stuff either. You’ll get real, ready-to-use tools that you can begin to implement immediately. 

Length: 2 hours

Here is the link to the course

10. The Details Make The Difference In Latin by Frederic Mosa

Frederic Mosa is one of the most sought after teachers and adjudicators in the WDSF Latin world, coaching top Latin couples.

In his lecture from Master Evolution Training Camp 2020, Frederic is showing you with the help of Andrea Silvestri & Marina Varadi the importance of details in our art.

Three of those details are: creating a signature move, musicality, and the connection between partners.

Length: 39 minutes

Here is the link to the course

11. How To Make The Interpretation Interesting, Using The Musical Structure by Pietro Braga

When you say musicality in Standard dances you automatically think of Pietro Braga – one of the best teachers to go to if you want to excel in this area.

In his lecture from Master Evolution Training Camp, Pietro teaches you how to interpret movement by understanding the musical structure.

Length: 28 minutes

Here is the link to the course

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11 Best Online Courses On Ballroom & Latin Technique

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We’ve put together some of Dancesportlife Academy’s best courses and premium camp lectures for Ballroom & Latin technique. 

We also have massive Black Friday & Cyber Monday promotions at the moment, so if you decide to buy some of the courses, now is the time! 

1. Fundamentals Of Ballroom by Mirko & Edita Gozzoli

One of our best-selling courses is, by far, the greatest choice if you want to learn the core principles of Ballroom technique such as posture, hold, centres, footwork & body action. Furthermore, you get the chance to discover four novel choreographies and how to apply the theory to them.

Mirko & Edita Gozzoli barely need any introduction. They are one of the most renowned names in ballroom dancing. They have been both World Champions and European Champions.

Length: 4 hours 20 minutes

Link to the course

2. Fundamentals Of Quickstep by Hazel Newberry

Hazel Newberry MBE is one of the United Kingdom’s leading ballroom ladies and dance teachers. She was three times undefeated World Professional Ballroom champion. 

In her lecture at the Gladiators Dance Congress, she focused her attention on lead & follow by looking at body positioning and core principles such as contra body movement.

Length: 29 minutes

Link to the lecture

3. Paso Doble – Structure And Its 5 Elements by Alan Fletcher

When you say “Alan Fletcher” you automatically say “true legend of the Latin American dancing world”. One of the most sought after teachers, preparing couples to win the highest titles, reveals the five key aspects of Paso Doble.  

Learn from Alan some secrets on music, posture, shaping, framing, and resistance. Also, you will get a cameo from one of the most loved lady dancers. I’ll let you guess who that is!

Length: 26 minutes

Link to the lecture

4. Partnering Skills In Tango By Steve Powell

A true gentleman of the ballroom dancing world, Steve Powell is a multiple-time European Professional Ballroom finalist and a World Professional Ballroom Semi-finalist.

In his lecture from Gladiators Dance Congress, we can learn about partnering applied strictly in Tango, as it is quite different than the other Ballroom dances. Steve is looking mainly at how the body and foot positioning helps in mastering the partnering skills. 

Length: 31 minutes

Link to the lecture

5. Paso Shaping by Graham Oswick

Charming and charismatic, with a great competitive career behind him, Graham Oswick uses his knowledge to teach Ballroom and Latin American competitors valuable principles.

He showcases this charm and love for core principles of Latin-American dancing in his lecture from Gladiators Dance Congress. Graham explains how to create that distinct Paso shaping through mastering feet pressure and leg action.

Length: 29 minutes

Link to the lecture

6. Fundamentals Of Movement In Latin by Andrea Silvestri & Martina Varadi

Andrea Silvestri & Martina Varadi are one of the top WDSF Amateur Latin couples. They are finalists in all the major events such as Grand Slams and WDSF World & European Championships. 

For their Dancesportlife Academy course, they’ve put together five chapters of theory and choreography designed to help you learn the basic principles of bodyweight, movement, and connection. In the choreography part of the course, Andrea & Martina will show you four basic routines and four more advanced routines by applying all the principles discussed in the theoretical section.

Length: 2 hours 40 minutes

Link to the course

7. Use Of Different Timing In Cha-Cha-Cha By Goran Nordin

Goran is a former UK Closed Amateur Latin Champion, British National Professional Latin Champion, and a finalist in major competitions from the WDC world. 

He is known for his inclination towards choreography, timing, and musicality. And that is exactly what he discusses in his lecture from the Gladiators Dance Congress. Goran, with amazing enthusiasm, showcases how we can play with different timing in Cha-Cha-Cha.

Length: 28 minutes

Link to the lecture

8. Specific Positions That Give Character To Your Dance by Mirko Gozzoli

Mirko Gozzoli has a special place on this list as he appears not one time but three times! 

In this lecture from Gladiators Dance Congress, Mirko shows you how to dance a Tango that respects its character by creating different positions. 

Length: 32 minutes

Link to the lecture

9. Viennese Waltz And Its Technical Actions By Mirko Gozzoli

The third lecture held by Mirko is the one from Master Evolution Training Camp. 

As should expect from each of Mirko’s lecture, you will receive great details and discover hidden aspects of a dance. In this lecture, he teaches you the correct foot alignment & placement in Viennese Waltz and the amount of turn in the body position.

Length: 50 minutes

Link to the lecture

10. Bodyweight By Simona Fancello

Simona Fancello is a great ballroom instructor. Her career was filled with great results together with Fabio Selmi. She has been a finalist in all the major competitions, such as World & European Championships.

In this lecture, she focuses on the importance of bodyweight and how to use it in the fundamental basic steps of quickstep.

Length: 27 minutes

Link to the lecture

11. Slow Waltz And The 3 Important Actions: Swing, Sway, Shape By Irina Solomatina

Irina Solomatina is one of the most sought after teachers. Together with Alexander Melnikov, she was 12 times Russian Champions.

In her lecture from Master Evolution Training Camp, Irina explains thoroughly how the swing, sway, and shape in Slow Waltz are crucial for good leading in Slow Waltz

Length: 39 minutes

Link to the lecture

 

Next, we’ll make a list of courses and camp lectures that focus on softer skills such as musicality, artistry, or communication.

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