Being a dancer is not a very easy occupation. You are away most of the time at lessons or competitions and there are moments when you’re under a lot of stress. The essential element for you to succeed (besides your willpower) is your dance family.
Each and every one of them has a different role in helping you grow into the dancer that you dream of becoming.
Nothing would’ve been possible without the support from your mom and dad!
We all know this is a sport that is quite expensive and those private lessons, competitions, and costumes don’t pay themselves. But your parents really stepped in and made an effort for you to do what you love the most.
Besides the financial support, just remember all those times they were there for you: cheering for you at competitions or comforting you when you didn’t get the result you wanted. They were there with you on the road, driving you to all those competitions (even to different countries) or in backstage, helping you with hair and make-up.
Your brother or sister
Who can be there next to you when you have doubts better than a sister or a brother?
They are the people you go to when no one else understands you. A sister will be there to tell you what looks good on you and what doesn’t. A brother will always encourage you and be by your side. This also includes all your brothers and sisters from another mother.
They are there to offer you the most sincere advice!
They are definitely the ones that will cheer their hearts out for you at the competition.
Your dance colleagues are the people with whom you go through ups and downs. From really tough training camps to fun memories from the road to comps, you learn how to be responsible together.
They will be the ones who will come to the rescue when you forget your hairspray or fake tan at home and the ones with whom you create some of the most cherished memories.
Your significant other
Dancing is such a beautiful art form because it recreates through body actions the feelings love and passion that two people have for each other.
More than often, your partner is just your dance partner and not your lover. That might be an issue sometimes if you do have a significant other (yes, I am talking about jealousy). We know it is very difficult to see your loved one holding hands and dancing romantically with someone else – it’s a natural feeling. But a genuinely supportive boyfriend or girlfriend will understand that your relationship with your dance partner is purely professional and artistic.
If you get that sort of unconditional understanding from them, then their support will matter the most in your career!
Your dance teacher
Your teacher is the figure that guides you in your career and that you look up to.
Besides the valuable information that they share with you, they will tell you what competitions to go to and what dresses to wear. They will give you advice on life in general and will be there to help you solve any problems you might have.
A teacher will scold you and will encourage you. They will know what buttons to push to help you move forward.
They are basically your dance parents – they teach you how to walk, don’t they ?!
The bond you have with your dance partner is truly a special one. The meaning of the word “partner” itself represents a link with another person with whom you share experiences.
Your dance partner understands and knows every little gesture of yours. They know how you react in so many situations: happiness, stress, sadness, fury, and so on. Dancing is all about communication and for that, you both need to learn how to discuss and make compromises.
They are the people with whom you share the love for dancing and with whom you go through good and bad. They make us feel grateful to have them in our lives.
To all of YOU – our dance family – a BIG THANK YOU!
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The Blackpool Dance Festival Fever
Blackpool Dance Festival – a historical event
If you are a dancer, for sure you’ve heard about the Blackpool Dance Festival as the most important competition of the year. It’s the goal of every couple to compete there. What makes Blackpool Dance Festival special and why dancers treat it different than other competitions? Because it’s the event that can change your career.
However, if you don’t know much about this historical event, the Blackpool Dance Festival is hosted in the historical Empress Ballroom in the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, England. The very first edition was in 1920. If you want to hear more about the history and what is happening around the Winter Gardens we wrote another article about our experience from last year here.
For many, Blackpool Dance Festival is the main event of the year and all the efforts go into preparing for this comp. The hard training sessions that you go through even up until a few days before the Festival starts are the recurrent dream and nightmare of the last days before the first round.
The first sign of the Blackpool fever starts from February when the dancers will start to practice only on songs from the Empress Orchestra. It seems like they almost lost their other songs from their practice playlist and they dance only to Samba de la Torre, Kiss of fire, Scheherazade, or for the ballroom ones: Waltz for Lily and Dokman Tango.
In truth, practicing on these songs actually helps to create the right mindset and visualize yourselves on the Empress Ballroom dance floor. You can checks some of our other article on “How to Practice with a Vision” and “Mental Training”.
The second stage is all about the looks. The ladies getting into their form and the men working hard to get their best body. And new hairstyles are always a good idea.
The dress designers are having meetings after meetings with the dancers in order to create new costumes. Each year thousands of dresses fly on that floor, but you can’t find two identical. But no matter how early you start planning to make the new design and to create it, you will always get the costume in the last moment possible. Keeping the stress-level high enough is a tradition for this event.
Nevertheless, the highest pick of stress, anyway, will be on the last day before your first round. No matter how experienced you are or how well you organized all in the details of the trip. The day before is always giving you tension.
Everyone will experience this pressure differently, but the emotions will be there nonetheless. However, this is not necessarily a bad thing. Tension makes you focused and it prepares your mind to perform at your best. Before going on the floor be confident on the work you’ve done, on the hours spent on the dance floor, on yourself and your partner. Only positive vibes. It’s all you need to enjoy this comp and to express your best.
A historical moment in your career
This event will put a mark on your career and on how you perceive competitions. It might be the Empress Ballroom with its magnificence, or it might be the fact that the Blackpool Dance Festival is the most historical ballroom event counting its 94th edition this year. Certainly can be because you have watched so many videos from the past champions dancing on that same floor where you are about to dance.
Each and every one of us has a different reason why the Blackpool Festival is wrapped in this surreal aura. But what we surely can say is that all over the world, in May, dancers and teachers have the Blackpool fever.
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Is Dancesport An Individual Sport Or A Team Sport?
Dancesport, besides being a form of art, is also very athletic and it is also considered a sport. Generally, sports have been divided into two main categories:
- Team sports
- Individual sports
Because they are two different categories, they also shape you in different ways and teaches you different things in relation to yourself and with others.
They place you face to face with the reality of the competition. Only you can affect your performance and your result in a positive or in a negative way. Then, when you compete, you cannot count on the help or support of anybody else. There’s only you on the field, with your strength and your fears. What they teach you is that you have to rely only on yourself and be confident.
The peak of individual sports is that you don’t have to split the victory with anybody else. It’s you that wins and only you that loses.
They are all about learning how to work as a team – several people discovering how to work together. They teach you how to position yourself with the other members of the team. You have to determine how to work with the others in any circumstances.
Most importantly, you have to learn to accept others’ mistakes – how to lose even if you played good. But one of the best parts is that you can count on the help of your mates and sometimes you win even if you didn’t perform at your 100%.
Dancesport – individual & team sport
Then in which category do we put dancesport? The competition is between couples, so we have to consider them as individual players competing against each other, but a couple is made of two athletes. So would you define dancesport as an individual or a team sport? What if it is both at the same time?
Why a team sport?
Definitely, you can say that dancesport is a team sport. First of all, there are two people trying work as one and the connection between the two partners is crucial in dancing. Everything needs to be in harmony and whatever one partner does, will affect more or less the other. If you make a mistake or do not perform at your best, the other half of the “team” can’t show their best.
Nevertheless, same as in any other team sport, you learn to accept and work with your partner as they are. Along with your coach, you decide what are your strengths and weaknesses and use them strategically. Furthermore, at the base of the partnership should be faith and support. You should believe in each other.
Why an individual sport?
At the same time though, dancing is so much individual. It is you on the floor. As dancing is a sport, you need to have the right technique, you need to be in shape, and take care of your diet. Nobody is going to do it for you – not your partner and certainly not your trainers.
Furthermore, being also a form of art, in dancing, you need to perform for the audience and engage with them. You need to translate the emotions you get from the music and your partner into your own movement. This is what will differentiate you among the other couples. You must be unique and together with your partner, your couple will be recognizable.
Dancesport shapes you as an athlete and as a person like no other sport. It is such a particular situation where two people become one unit, still being individuals inside it.
Also, make sure you check 4 Aspects of Dancesport Which You Won’t Find In Other Sports
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What Dancesport Training Camps Should You Go To?
One of the most important parts of the life of dancers is the preparation before a competition. Usually, before a busy season of competitions, there are several camps organized by great dancers or clubs. The role of camps is to help you develop into a better dancer through mastering the technique and learn key principles of dancing from the best teachers.
We have already discussed the topic of training camps in another article here, but this time we simply want to point out some of the best camps from the WDC and WDSF worlds.
1. THE CAMP – Wuppertal, Germany
Most of us dancers search for lectures online. In your searches is impossible not to stumble upon some lectures from THE CAMP – Wuppertal. But, what makes this camp so great?
First of all, it has some of the great teachers from the industry and the location – The Historical Town Hall – is absolutely stunning. Everything is so well thought and the purpose is to leave Wuppertal inspired and focused.
Here is the teachers’ list of the 2019 edition that has just ended:
To keep a close eye on the next year’s event make sure you visit their website or Facebook Page
2. Dancing Superstars Festival – Bremen
In 2019 the Dancing Superstars Festival will be at its 6th edition and it is announced better than ever. The coaches that will hold the workshops are some of the biggest legends: Slavik Kryklyvyy, Catia Vanone, Fabio Selmi, or Julie Fryer just to name a few.
Here you can see the full list of coaches and apply for the Congress that will happen between 31st of May and 2nd of June. And a small hint from us, don’t miss out on the Galaball on June 1st. You’ll witness some outstanding shows from great dancers in a glamorous ambiance with a live orchestra.
3. Summer Dancecamp – Denmark
What’s a summer without a dance camp? Well, the perfect one would be the Summer Dancecamp. Why is it perfect? They are, as they state on their website a “dance camp independent of federations, dance schools, clubs and organisations – everyone is welcome regardless of affiliation”.
World Champions Kristina and Peter Stokkebroe and Frank Høgh are on their 8th year of organizing this camp for every dancer of any level to come and learn from the best. For us, it sounds like the perfect environment where every dancer will feel welcomed.
This year the camp is going to take place between 7th – 12th July, so make sure you sign up here.
4. Edita Daniute International Training Camp – Trakai
Happening in Lithuania between 14th and 21st of July, this camp organized by Edita Daniute – one of the best names from the ballroom world – is meant to develop all the aspects of a ballroom dancer. You will have morning jogging, aerobics & stretching, lectures and stamina practice.
Coaches: Edita Daniute, Mirko Gozzoli, Fabio Selmi, Pietro Braga, Salvatore Todaro, Catia Vanone, Alexey Silde, Alessandro Firmo, Marek Chojnacki, Michele Bonsignori, Anastasia Titkova.
5. Team Vivo Latino with la Grande Orchestra Italiana – Italy
Between 19-21 July, in Italy, Team Vivo Latino is organizing the biggest International Training camp and competition in Southern Italy. The camp and the competition will be in Mariotto which is 30-40 minutes by car or transfer from the Bari-Palese airport.
Team Vivo Latino camp has one of the best line-ups of coaches. Are these ringing a bell?
- Hans Galke
- Sergey & Melia
- Paul Killick
- Andrej & Melinda
- Viktor Nikovskiy
- David Yin
- Goran Nordin
- Jukka & Sirpa
- Maurizio Vescovo
- Joanna Leunis.
And this is not all! The highlight of the event is going to be the “Jungle Pool Party” on the 20th July and the wonderful Grande Orchestra Italiana.
For updates make sure you follow Team Vivo Facebook or the organizer’s Instagram.
6. S&F Camp – Moscow
S&F Camp is organized by Alexey Silde and Anna Firstova dedicated mostly to latin. It is held in the Crocus Expo usually at the beginning of January and the second time it’s at the end of August and lasts for 5-6 days. During these days, the schedule looks like this: in the morning you have stretching sessions, around 4 PM you’ll have general physical preparation and in the evening there are practice sessions.
7. ZK Camp – Moscow
The ZK Camp is organized by Dmitry Zharkov and Olga Kulikova and is dedicated only to standard dancers. Same as the S&F Camp, it is held in Moscow in the Crocus Expo. The first ZK Camp is at the beginning of January and the second time is in September and usually, it lasts 3-4 days.
The schedule of the day is divided into two parts: physical preparation and practice sessions in the evening. Also, there are separate groups for children up to Junior II and separate groups for Youth. In charge of these groups are the teachers’ assistants: Matteo del Gaone, Evgeny Nikitin and Anton Besedin.
8. International Championships Preparation Quality Camp – Warsaw
Is organized by Lukasz & Aleksandra Tomczak from 13th to the 16th September in Warsaw, Poland. As the name suggests this camp is dedicated for those who are preparing to give their best at the International Championship that will take place on the 8th of October 2019.
The full list of teachers will be announced soon, but for now here are some of the names: Lyn Marriner, Massimo Giorgianni, Greg Smith and of course Lukasz & Aleksandra Tomczak. If you want to book your place, you can write to Lukasz on his Facebook or Instagram.
9. Mabo Training Camp – Italy
During 19-22 September you can participate at the Mabo training camp and receive valuable insights from some of the biggest legends of the industry.
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10. Transylvanian Grand Prix
Transylvanian Grand Prix is one of the most important dancesport events in Romania. Top WDSF couples from around the come and fight for a place in the finals. The best thing about this event is the Transylvanian Training Camp which brings teachers such as William Pino, Pietro Braga, Barbara Ambroz, Giordano Vanone, Colin James and many others.
For now, there are not many details about the 2019 schedule, but we are excited to see what the Transylvanian Grand Prix has installed for us. In the meantime, you can read more about the 2017 event, as we were happy to participate at it.
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