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2019 Dancing Classrooms “Mad Hot Ball” Gala – Celebrating 25 Years of Making the World a Better Place

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The “Mad Hot Ball” Gala 2019 will be a special year. It’s the 25th. Anniversary and will be held at The Pierre Hotel in New York City on April 10th…another unforgettable heart-warming event.

The Start of the Dancing Classrooms Benefit Gala

Pierre Dulaine, along with the team behind Dancing Classrooms, have been holding galas and bringing together people from all over the world. Those who believe in his vision come to celebrate and raise funds to ensure that all the children can participate in their Dancing Classrooms program.

In the past years, Dr. David Osher, Vice President of American Institutes for Research, held a speech at The Gala, emphasizing the importance of giving everyone a chance, independent of their social status.

Why should it be for people who can afford to come to The Pierre? It ought to be for everybody.”
Dr. David Osher, Vice President of American Institutes for Research

The “Mad Hot Ball” Gala has been around for a quarter of a century already and it has been held in places like The University Club, The Roosevelt Hotel, and The Plaza Hotel. In the last few years, the location moved to The Pierre Hotel, a high end and one of the top ten hotels in New York City

The “Mad Hot Ball” Gala is an annual fundraiser dance party. What differs from the other galas is that the people attending love to dance and actually dance to a live orchestra.

They celebrate the young people and the love of dancing while ensuring that their mission continues to thrive.

Find more about Pierre Dulaine here.

The founding of Dancing Classrooms by Pierre Dulaine

We all know that from time to time, our world gets to be called home by some of the most lovely people. They are the people that actively engage in making it better than it was before they arrived and that is why their story needs to be told out loud.

Peter Gordon Heney, also known as Pierre Dulaine, is no different. He was born in Jaffa and started dancing in Birmingham when he was 14 years old. In 1994 he founded Dancing Classrooms, the Social and Emotional Development Arts in Education Program, designed to cultivate essential life skills. Dancing Classrooms is a non-profit organization that teaches ballroom dancing to the upper elementary and middle school students.

Pierre Dulaine found a way to unfold his vision about a world that is more open and connected through what he calls a celebration where all the children have the opportunity to experience the gift of ballroom dance and the social confidence that results from it”.

How can we improve the society that we live in, if not by educating our children so they can grow into confident and respectful adults that have the power to create and sustain healthy communities?

Social dancing is a form of art where two people come together to form a connection and act as one. This is what Dancing Classrooms believes and why it encourages people to bring their children to take part in their ten-week program.

“The music was so good, I forgot I was dancing with a girl”

Henry, 5th grader New York City Public School

In 25 years of activity, they’ve trained around 600,000 children.
Can you begin to imagine the social impact they’ve had so far? Those kids develop incredible skills that, Pierre believes, will help them take risks that are necessary to learn and grow in other areas also, not just dancing.

Get familiar with Pierre Dulaine by listening to his TEDxHollywood talk.

The Dulaine Method

Now that we’ve come close to who they are and their vision, we want to introduce you to what they call The Dulaine Method. It’s their own unique way of approaching the process of teaching.

The dancing artists that teach, are trained to understand how to use the group to help the individual. Creating a safe space where everyone’s feelings are respected is very important. They are advocates of equality in order to foster the same qualities in their students.

If you want to see how a reunion of some of the alumni ambassadors feels like and hear some words from Pierre Dulaine himself, there is a short video here. It seems like many of their students went to performing arts schools. Because the Dulaine Method focuses a lot on creativity and freedom of expression, it’s easy to see why people went on to nourish creative lives.

You can discover more about Pierre Dulaine beautiful past and future projects here.  

Making the world a better place one dance step at a time

After getting to know more about these extraordinary people, we found out that Sir Ken Robinson wrote an article on Why dance is just as important as math in school. He is documenting, step by step, the power of dancing to change the behavior of a human being and how Dancing Classrooms is improving the way we teach.

”Dance can help restore joy and stability in troubled lives and ease the tensions in schools that are disrupted by violence and bullying.”

Sir Ken Robinson

Children that go to social dancing from a young age are much more likely to develop a strong sense of empathy, thus having a capacity for creating strong bonds with others. This leads to healthy and self-sufficient communities.

What have you missed from “Mad Hot Ball” Gala 2018?

If you have never attended The Gala before, get ready to dance!

Rodney Lopez, the executive director of Dancing Classrooms, told us that, unlike other similar events, they try to keep speeches to a minimum so they can leave as much time as possible for socializing and dancing. Besides this, the guests get to enjoy the performances of the current year’s class of fifth-graders and the amazing Youth Dance Company.

Fundraising being one of the key moments, you get to participate in a Live Auction and Paddle Raise where you can bid for some interesting prizes and contribute to their program. There is also a portion of the ticket and table sales that go directly to Dancing Classrooms.

In other words, you make sure that those kids will have a place to nurture human qualities that will continue to positively leave their mark on this world.

If you’re curious to find out more about the “Mad Hot Ball” Gala 2018, read our previous article.

If you have never attended The Gala before, get ready to dance!

2019 Dancing Classrooms “Mad Hot Ball” Gala

The next “Mad Hot Ball” Gala is set to take place on 10th April 2019 at the historical Pierre Hotel, Manhattan, New York.

It is going to be an amazing event because they will celebrate their 25th anniversary! This a good opportunity to honor all the amazing people who changed so many lives through their love for dancing and humankind.

Amongst all the former students and friends who supported the project along so many years, you will be able to raise a glass of champagne to Founders of DANCING CLASSROOMS who are being honored at the event: Pierre Dulaine himself, his talented dance partner Yvonne Marceau, along with the former Executive Director Otto Cappel and the longest serving Board Member Sheila A. Hoerle.

You will be enchanted by the Youth Dance Company, 24 ladies and gentlemen between the ages of 14 to 16. They are former students of the program and are currently part of the Weekend Dance Academy. They will perform a beautiful Ballroom & Latin medley choreographed by their Artistic Director, Ms. Alee Reed.  

If you’re not able to make it to the event, not to worry, you can still support their mission and donate. You will receive special recognition at the Gala and on the Dancing Classrooms website.

“Mad Hot Ball” Gala, 10th April 2019, The Pierre Hotel, New York.

 Be there to share with them your love and appreciation for dance!

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German Open Championships 2019

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The biggest and most awaited World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) event of the year has now been archived with more than 4,000 registrations, 58 present nations, and 45 different competitions. Once again, the 33rd edition of the German Open Championships 2019 gave people unique sentiments to remember for a long time.

The Professional Division

The competition week started with the WDSF PD Super Grand Prix Latin. Gabriele Goffredo and Anna Matus confirmed to the world that they are, without a doubt, number one in their category, boasting a near ten-point gap between them and Marts Smolko and Tina Bazykina, the runners up.

German Open Championships 2019

Not only was a night full of energy and sparkles, but of strong emotions too, as Alexandr Shmonin and Maria Shmonina announced their retirement from their competitive careers.

Day after day, the feelings grew to their highest peak, when Dmitry Zharkov and Olga Kulikova performed outstandingly on the floor of the Beethoven Saal – the same floor that saw them win the Amateur title twice, in both 2017 and 2018. 

German Open Championships 2019

“Today we felt really free mentally, and it made us fly. The main importance to us was to dance: to dance really from the bottom of our hearts, and we loved it!”
Dmitry Zharkov & Olga Kulikova
-after winning their first PD Super Grand Prix Standard

The Amateur Competitions

Standard

The amazing performances of the pros fired up the Amateurs’ atmosphere in the last two days of the German Open Championships 2019. It’s tough to surprise the public with marvelous dancing after a lineup of professionals. Nevertheless, the top amateur couples weren’t worried at all.

On Friday, the title of the Grand Slam Standard Champions went to Evaldas Sodeika and Ieva Zukauskaite, who earned a standing ovation after their spectacular Quickstep. Therefore, the adjudicators noted it more than a full point higher than that of the runners-up, Francesco Galuppo & Debora Pacini

German Open Championships 2019

The real fight, though, was between Moshenin-Spitsyna and Glukhov-Glazunova for the bronze medal. In the end, Evgeny Moshenin and Dana Spitsyna got the third place by only 0.169 points!

Latin

At the German Open Championships, Saturday night rhymes with latin night! 

This time was a special edition for the home public; two German couples claimed the highest podium steps. Nonetheless, Marius-Andrei Balan and Khrystyna Moshenska confirmed their title with their unique and passionate dancing. Still, Timur Imametdinov and Nina Bezzubova – the silver medalists – put on a stunning show as well. 

German Open Championships 2019

Why are the German Open Championships so special?

The German Open Championships holds a very special place in dancers’ hearts. It might be because of the beautiful venue, the orchestra, or the importance that this event has gained over the course of its rich history. 

Whatever the reason, what really matters to those who love dancesport is being part of it and experiencing the feelings that can only be given to you by the German Open Championships.

The Medal Table

 

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1. Russian Federation

      17

       9

       9

2. Germany

        5

       6

       3

3. Moldova

        5

       4

       2

4. Italy 

        3

       4

       6

5. P. R. China

        3

       5

       0

6. Romania

        1

       4

       4

7. Latvia 

        2 

       2

       2

8. France

        1 

       2

       2

9. Lithuania

        1

       1

       3

10. Slovakia

        2

       1

       0

11. Japan

        0

       2

       2

12. Norway

        2

       0

       0

13. Spain

        1 

       0

       2

14. Canada

        0

       1 

       2

15. Finland

        0

       2

       0

16. USA

        1   

       0

       0

17. Netherlands  

        0

       0

       2

17. Spain

        0

       0

       2

19. Austria

        0

       0 

       1

19. Bulgaria

        0

       0

       1

19. Thailand

        0

       0

       1

Useful Links

  • Official GOC website
  • German Open Championships 2019 Results
  • WDSF Official Results
 
If you are really curious to find out more about some of the names mentioned in this article, make sure to check Dancesportlife’s interviews at the Bucharest Grand Slam.

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Mirko Gozzoli & Edita Daniute: Our Vision For The Presentation Before The Dance

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In our online course with Dancesportlife Academy, we have touched a lot of important subjects in the ballroom dancing world. We shared our vision starting from personal posture to couple’s hold and going to key principles and choreography. But we also discussed one topic that is not often explained by teachers: the presentation before the dance. 

How important is the presentation before the dance?

The answer is: very important!

At the competition, before we start the dance we need to introduce ourselves. It’s very important even how we walk onto the dance floor, let alone how we present our partner in the correct place!

So here are a few things that you need to check if you want to have a good presentation on the dance floor.

The walk

First of all, you need to decide on which side, corner or space of the floor you need to start. But be careful: you also need to be flexible to change your spot if there are too many couples in your spot. 

How you walk on the floor is one of the most important aspects. You need to take your time so that it doesn’t look like a race for the most wanted space of the floor.

Walk with confidence and show yourself to everyone! Then you select your corner and wait patiently while the MC/Chairman counts the couples.

The invitation

We are ballroom dancers, thus an elegant attitude is a must! The man is wearing a tail suit and the lady is wearing an exquisite dress: we need to invite her in an appropriate way. 

The man’s invitation should be in relation to the music. So, if I have a waltz, the invitation will be on the first bar of music. Once the partner arrives, we take our hand position. We should take the hand position in relation to the preparation step, like this will all look very natural and not mechanical. 

Everything should blend and be in harmony! 

The connection

Be also careful with the space between the man and the lady! If you stand too close, you may end up looking a bit panicked as if you would need each other’s protection. 

The connection is very important, as there are many couples that too far away from each other and they look like they don’t even dance together. Furthermore, it will be unclear for the lady how exactly she should be positioned.

The bow at the end of the dance

This is also a very important part, as it the last impression that you leave to the audience and the adjudicators. 

We suggest that you bow in the same direction and, if possible, have an underarm turn and then a bow. Never leave your partner alone! 

Mirko Gozolli & Edita Daniute: Our Vision For The Presentation Before The Dance

 

The small details are the ones that make a difference and always remember to take the appreciation of the public and not ask for it!

If you want to have access to all the episodes from our online courses make sure you go to Dancesportlife Academy and check the available packages.  

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Mirko Gozolli & Edita Daniute: Our Vision For The Presentation Before The Dance

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In our online course with Dancesportlife Academy, we have touched a lot of important subjects in the ballroom dancing world. We shared our vision starting from personal posture to couple’s hold and going to key principles and choreography. But we also discussed one topic that is not often explained by teachers: the presentation before the dance. 

How important is the presentation before the dance?

The answer is: very important!

At the competition, before we start the dance we need to introduce ourselves. It’s very important even how we walk onto the dance floor, let alone how we present our partner in the correct place!

So here are a few things that you need to check if you want to have a good presentation on the dance floor.

The walk

First of all, you need to decide on which side, corner or space of the floor you need to start. But be careful: you also need to be flexible to change your spot if there are too many couples in your spot. 

How you walk on the floor is one of the most important aspects. You need to take your time so that it doesn’t look like a race for the most wanted space of the floor.

Walk with confidence and show yourself to everyone! Then you select your corner and wait patiently while the MC/Chairman counts the couples.

The invitation

We are ballroom dancers, thus an elegant attitude is a must! The man is wearing a tail suit and the lady is wearing an exquisite dress: we need to invite her in an appropriate way. 

The man’s invitation should be in relation to the music. So, if I have a waltz, the invitation will be on the first bar of music. Once the partner arrives, we take our hand position. We should take the hand position in relation to the preparation step, like this will all look very natural and not mechanical. 

Everything should blend and be in harmony! 

The connection

Be also careful with the space between the man and the lady! If you stand too close, you may end up looking a bit panicked as if you would need each other’s protection. 

The connection is very important, as there are many couples that too far away from each other and they look like they don’t even dance together. Furthermore, it will be unclear for the lady how exactly she should be positioned.

The bow at the end of the dance

This is also a very important part, as it the last impression that you leave to the audience and the adjudicators. 

We suggest that you bow in the same direction and, if possible, have an underarm turn and then a bow. Never leave your partner alone! 

Mirko Gozolli & Edita Daniute: Our Vision For The Presentation Before The Dance

 

The small details are the ones that make a difference and always remember to take the appreciation of the public and not ask for it!

If you want to have access to all the episodes from our online courses make sure you go to Dancesportlife Academy and check the available packages.  

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