What is Coronavirus – COVID-19?
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.
Source of information: the World Health Organization website
How to stay safe from Coronavirus?
The World Health Organization urges us to follow these rules:
1. Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. This will help kill the viruses that may be on your hands.
2. Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain the virus.
3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth.
4. Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
5. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early. National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.
How can dancers stay safe?
Taking into consideration the pieces of advice from the World Health Organization, we should limit the interaction with other people. But how can we do that? Dancing is based on interaction and it’s our life!
The most responsible thing to do in order to help at the eradication of this virus is to stay at home as much as possible. You can still try and practice in your home if you have enough space. If, you don’t have much space you can focus on micro-movements.
Furthermore, you can shift your attention towards self-education by watching videos of your favorite dancers on YouTube or study from the online courses and camp lectures that we have on Dancesportlife Academy.
The entire community of dancers is taking measures to help prevent and eradicate the coronavirus and you can also read on danceplace.com the importance of social distancing.
How is Coronavirus affecting the dancesport world?
The spread of COVID-19 – Coronavirus – developed into a pandemic, which means that the epidemy has spread all over the world. This has laid a veil of sadness and panic over us all.
Many governments all around the world have banned gatherings of more than 1000, 100 and even 50, which obviously had an impact on the arts and sports fields. For example, in the United States, the NBA canceled all the events and the Champions League is suspended. Furthermore, many presidents have declared a national emergency over the coronavirus pandemic.
Dancesport events are not excluded from the measures and both dance federations – WDSF & WDC – are starting to announce cancelations of important events. Postponing or canceling the events are decisions made by the local organizers, based on recommendations and measures taken by their national governments.
What events are canceled?
The WDSF is already trying to identify potential dates for the 2nd half of the year to postpone the Grand Slam and Title events. Recent changes in the WDSF Competition Calendar are:
- WDSF GrandSlam and WDSF Open in Bucharest (ROM) on March 28-29th
- WDSF European Youth Latin Championship, WDSF International Open, and WDSF Open in Marseilles, (FRA) on April 4th
- WDSF World Open NS and WDSF Open, in Moscow (RUS) on April 4th-5th. (These will be re-scheduled to take place in Sochi on June 24-27, 2020).
Keep on track with the news on https://www.worlddancesport.org/
The WDC is also showing responsible conduct by canceling events and the President of the council – Donnie Burns MBE – shared a visibly emotional message to the dancing world.
Some of the events that are canceled are:
- Prague Dance Championship. The new competition date is set to 24.10.2020
- FIDA ITALIA had to withdraw from the upcoming WDC AL European Formation Championship in Stoke on Trent due to the Coronavirus measures that have been put in place in Italy. Unfortunately, Mr. Mauro D Ambrossi will also be unable to adjudicate the event.
- The Polish Cup scheduled on the 28th of March is also postponed
- Romanian Open Superstars that was on the 29th March
We wish to pass on our love and best wishes to all our dancing family in Italy and Asia at this difficult time! And to all of us dancers all around the world, stay safe and have a positive attitude!
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17 Things Dancers Did During The Coronavirus Lockdown
Because of the Coronavirus, there is still a lockdown in some places around the world, while in other areas, the government adopted more relaxed regulations.
What is certain is that every single one of us had to stay safe in their homes for quite a long time.
All of us missed dancing. We even created a list of what you miss about dancing, a few weeks ago. This time, we asked you how you filled your spare time during the Coronavirus lockdown and how you maintained the love for dancing alive, and here is what we found out:
1. You trained in the garden at least 8 times.
2. Listened to your favorite dance songs. Probably The Empress Orchestra or Tito Puente was for sure on the playlist.
3. You’ve looked through your old dancing photos. Don’t worry, nostalgia hit us all.
4. You read a lot of books. (Book suggestion from one of our followers: Latin – Thinking Sensing and Doing in Latin American Dancing by Ruud Vremeij)
5. Stretching while watching your favorite TV show.
6. You’ve meditated so that you keep a healthy mind and spirit.
7. Practicing your dance routines by yourself. Don’t worry; knowing your steps and timing without your partner’s help is always good!
8. You’ve worked on technique. Going back to basics is always a good idea!
9. You jogged quite a lot. Well, cardio exercises are the best for a dancer’s stamina.
10. Keeping fit by doing home workouts.
11. You’ve watched endless YouTube videos of your favorite dancers.
12. You have at least 5 new ideas for your choreographies.
13. Doing Yoga/ Pilates every morning.
14. You’ve watched online courses on Dancesportlife Academy .
15. Watched the tons of Instagram Live sessions everyone did.
16. You had at least one private lesson online with your teacher.
17. You did nothing! And that is fine too! It’s been a hard time for all of us, and everyone dealt with this period in their way.
To all of the dancers and dance enthusiasts out there:
We know it’s a tough time, maybe some of you are feeling hopeless and even want to quit dancing. Do not ever forget why you love this sport and art form! Just keep your spirits up that this uncertain and sad period will end!
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Balance: Important Not Only For Your Dancing Skills
Balance is a crucial ability in dancesport. Without balance, we cannot maintain the positions and move gracefully. But balance is also essential in your muscular system. Muscle imbalance is one of the leading causes of injuries, and what is worrying is that it is so subtle and yet can do so much harm.
In this article, I am taking away some key principles from Costin Glavan’s online course – How To Get Rid Of Back Pain And Unleash Your Full Potential.
If you want to learn how to test yourself to see if you suffer from certain conditions, the science behind the issues and how to correct them, this course is for you.
Identifying Issues & Restoring Balance
Ballroom dancers wear heels all the time, and besides wearing heels, being on the balls of our feet with the weight forward is one of the first lessons we learn. These two things usually cause tightness and cramps in your front part of your thighs, feet, and lower back.
Now, maybe you don’t think that having cramps is such a bad thing. But this can lead in time to problems with fine motor control of the pelvis and legs.
One muscle imbalance that it’s often met in dancers is that they have overly trained quadriceps and less trained glutes because they stay a lot on their balls of the feet.
Having such issues, you won’t be able to perform as efficiently. Muscle imbalance also leads to increased chronic back and knee pain or joint pain in your ankles. In time, this also leads to an incorrect position of the bones in your joints, which causes joint injuries and lower cross syndrome.
In the course, Costin shows how to perform these tests from the comfort of your house and offers a set of exercises designed to correct and restore the muscle imbalance.
Access Costin Glavan’s course here.
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Madis Abel & His Passion For Mastering Men’s Hairstyle In Ballroom
Madis Abel is a finalist in the WDSF Standard Adults World Championship, WDSF Standard European Championship, and GrandSlam Series. He is from Estonia and started dancing when he was 6 years old. Until the present day, even though he’s quite young, he counts many titles: WDSF Standard Youth European Champion and WDSF Standard U21 World Champion.
Madis, like any other dance champion I’ve come across, is hungry for knowledge. He wants to be the best and is a perfectionist. These traits are helpful not only to develop into a skillful dancer but also in other aspects of a dancer’s life – the looks.
By studying and learning from his mistakes, Madis learned how to master his hairstyle. In this interview-based article, you’ll learn more about the skill he has. Also, if you want to learn how to create a ballroom man’s hairstyle directly from Madis, you can check his lecture on Dancesportlife Academy.
Bianca: Madis, how did you become interested in perfecting your hairstyling skills?
Madis: Growing up, I let my teacher Aleksander Makarov do my hairstyle, and I felt fine, even confident. But the reality hit me when I was alone at a competition and had to figure it out myself. So I started to do my hairstyle by myself and I felt that I was doing a pretty good job. But when I compared myself to others, I realized that I wasn’t good enough.
One day I decided I wanted to get better and create my own perfect hairstyle, so I started studying and practicing. I began to look for different styles, shapes, ideas. I also relied on the tips my teacher, Aleksander Makarov, gave to me. He helped me a lot!
After all the practicing, I guess I got to a level where everything started to come naturally. It became easy to prepare for a competition and feel confident when entering the floor. It became easy to help all my younger students with their hairstyles. I’ve even had the opportunity to help my friends in the World Final of the Adult Standard category.
It felt like a superpower!
There are too many dancers out there who are not doing their own hairstyles because they are led back by their lack of confidence.
Bianca: Why is it essential for dancers to have a perfect hairstyle?
Madis: There’s an important truth in this sport – you have to have a complete look on the dance floor. Starting with your dancing skills and finishing with how you look. We are judged from the moment we step on to the floor until the moment we step off the floor. That includes how you walk, how you smile, and how you look. Your look is what people usually notice first. This is the first impression of you, and you get judged by that, too.
If you don’t look like you’re ready to win, you might lose to folks that don’t deserve beating you. It isn’t always fair, but deep down, we all know that this is how the world works. It’s a crucial aspect of your overall presentation during the competition.
Bianca: Why did you decide to create this course?
Madis: I wanted to help others, as well. I thought about the dancers, friends, or family members who are not sure how to create a hairstyle properly. My wish is to share my tips & tricks with them so that they can master this skill.
We all had those moments when we saw a professional hairstyle and wished you had a similar one. Or maybe as a young teacher, you hesitated to help your students do their hairstyles because you thought you could fail.
Each of us practiced doing a hairstyle for ourselves at home but did not turn up as you wish, and you let it go…You stopped trying…
And for sure, for many of us, only the thought of doing our hair on the competition day gives us a sort of anxiety.
I want people to feel confident, to learn, and perfect their hairstyle skills so they won’t feel like this anymore.
Bianca: What can we find in your course?
Madis: My course “How to Make a Ballroom Dancing Hairstyle for Men” is a step-by-step program designed to give you all the tools needed to take your hairstyle making skills to the next level. 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. You’ll also get my personal tips and explanations about my techniques.
You can go through the course at your own pace and watch the videos as many times as you’d like. Inside the course, you’ll have access to the comments section to discuss the progress and ask for additional help.
Bianca: Awesome! Thank you so much, Madis!
Madis: Thank you!
You can find Madis’ course, “How to Make a Ballroom Dancing Hairstyle for Men” here.
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