Going to training camps is a very important part of the life of a dancer. First of all, you get the chance to have access to certain teachers that otherwise might be a bit hard to get to. Secondly, it’s a very good opportunity to increase your network.
Dancesportlife X Training Camps
Us, at Dancesportlife, understand that the information you receive at training camps is very valuable, but sadly, you cannot physically go to every camp. Therefore, we’ve created the platform Dancesportlife Academy on which you can find the lectures from some of the best training camps in our dancing world.
In this article, you’ll find a list of 2020 training camps that we consider are some of the best. If you don’t have the chance to go to them, don’t worry, we’ll be present at some of the camps from this list to record the lectures and put them up on Dancesportlife Academy.
1. Master Evolution Camp
We started our year in a very exciting way! Between 8-10 January Dancesportlife team was Benidorm, Spain at the Master Evolution Camp to film the lectures from the camp. You can already check them on our website.
It was a beautiful event organized by Valeri Ivanov Zahariev, Pietro Braga, and Frederic Mosa. Some of the most renowned teachers from the WDSF world (and not only) covered a wide range of subjects from tips & tricks, character of a dance, musicality, and technique.
Here are some of the names that were present there: Lasse Ødegaard, Anna de Grande, Domenico Soale, Emanuel Valeri, Karina Rubio, Mirko Gozzoli and others.
Oh, and let’s not forget about the stunning location: MELIÁ VILLAITANA!
We’ll keep you posted when the 2021 event will take place
2. Body Expression International Training Camp
On 18 & 19 April, in Mariotto, South Italy you can experience two days of group lessons and private lessons with some of the biggest Italian legends. Some of the highlights of the camp are the Special Night of Stars Gala and the guided practice with live music of the Grand Orchestra Italiana conducted by Mr. Simone Mezzapesa.
You can find extra info or make a reservation on their Facebook Official Page or:
+39 391 4102206
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Oh and by the way, Mariotto is near Bari, so maybe after the camp is over, you can spend one day extra in one of the most popular locations in Italy!
3. THE CAMP
Already popular amongst many top dancers, THE CAMP in Wuppertal, Germany will be this year between 27-29 April in The Historical Town Hall.
The organizers Asis Khadjeh-Nouri & Henner Thurau announced the list of teachers:
You can find more details on their website.
4. The Dance Camp
Between 30th of April and 3rd of May prepare yourself for an amazing 4 days of lectures with some of the best names in the industry at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Saint-Petersburg Russia.
Check out the presentation video from Marius Mutin. If this doesn’t make you curious, I don’t know what could
- Arena Dance Club
- Starlight Dance Club
5. Dancing Superstars Festival
Bremen, Germany hosts on the 7th & 8th of June one of the most popular camps – the 7th edition of the Dancing Superstars Festival.
This year, some of the teachers present are Catia & Giordano Vanone, Emanuel Valeri, Claudia Köhler, Peter Stokkebroe, Martino Zanibellato, and Karina Rubio. Make sure to go on Facebook and see the full list.
The price per day is 90 euros, but if you register for the full two days you can pay 150 euros. The email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Dance Camps DK
Last year in July, the Dancesportlife team was present at the Summer Dance Camp in Denmark, an event organized by Kristina & Peter Stokkebroe and Frank Høgh. We truly felt welcomed. The entire team is very well organized and are there to help you with any issue that you might have. You can even see this in their motto:
This year the camp will take place between 5-10 July in Horsens, Denmark. On their website, you can see more details.
Also, if you want to see how the energy is there, have a look at our aftermovie from day 2 of the camp:
7. INTERNATIONAL TRAINING CAMP 2020
Between 17th and 19th July, Alessio Tattoli & Team Vivo Latino are organizing the 8th edition of the INTERNATIONAL TRAINING CAMP. The list of teachers that will be there is absolutely jaw-dropping:
Oh, and the cherry on the cake is that on the 18th of July they are organizing a special Welcome Pool Party!
Info and reservation on their Facebook Official Page or:
+39 392 9462826
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8. London Open Training Camp
By “top camps” we do not necessarily mean only camps that are super popular or camps that have been going on for years and years. We keep an eye out for new events as well, that have a promising start.
One of them is the London Open Training camp, a WDSF event in London. The event is organized by Marius Iepure, a well-known name in the dancing world, but also in the TV entertainment industry. The camp will take place between 20-21 July and some of the names present are Peter Maxwell, Jürgen Neudeck, Karina Rubio, and Pietro Braga.
Let’s stay tuned for more info!
9. Edita Daniute International Training Camp
Between 16-22 July 2020 in Vilnius, Lithuania, Edita Daniute & Mirko Gozzoli are organizing the Edita Daniute International Training Camp at the Vilnius Grand Resort.
Here you can find all the information you need to know about this great event of the ballroom dancing world:
10. International Preparation Quality Camp
The International Preparation Quality Camp is an event that takes place between 11-14 September in Warsaw, Poland. It is an event organized by Lukasz Tomczak. If you cannot make it in September, there is also a similar event organized by Lukasz between 17-20 April.
The full list of teachers will be announced soon, but for now here are some of the names: Christopher Hawkins, 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.
11. Dance Amore Roma
One of the most beautiful events that we’ve been to in 2019 was in Rome at Dance Amore, a camp organized by Stefano di Filippo, Dasha Chesnokova, Annalisa Di Filippo, Alessio Potenziani, and Veronika Vlasova.
Besides the luxurious venue, in the heart of Rome, Parco Dei Principi Grand Hotel & SPA, you get the chance to learn from the very best teachers from the dancing world.
Here is our aftermovie from last year:
This year’s event will take place between 17-18 September, followed also by two days of competition. You can go to their website to find more details and register.
12. Gladiators Dance Congress
In 2019 we had the honor to go to the Gladiators Dance Congress in Rome, an event organized by Simona Fancello & Wiktor Kiszka. There, we filmed the majority of the lectures with some of the greatest legends in our dancing world. You can visit Dancesportlife Academy and join the membership to check them out.
Here is our aftermovie from the 2019 event:
This year, the Gladiators Dance Congress 4th & 5th December at the Sheraton Golf Hotel, Rome.
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What’s New On Dancesportlife Academy In March?
If you are part of our Dancesportlife community you might already now that we have launched Dancesportlife Academy, an online platform of courses, where people around the world can access videos from 25+ dance teachers.
There, you can find camp lectures from Master Evolution Training Camp and Gladiators Dance Congress. Furthermore, you can find our online course with Mirko & Edita Gozzoli, Fundamentals of Ballroom.
You get a one-month trial membership for $1. After the first month has ended, you will be charged $9 per month. Don’t worry, you’ll get notified before your trial ends.
In the membership you get one video of your choosing and a 30% discount on any other videos (including all the packages). You have life-time access and can cancel anytime.
The importance of online education
The entire dance world is suffering right now because of the pandemic of COVID-19. Many countries are in lockdown and teachers and dancers cannot get together.
During these difficult times online education comes to the rescue. Being stuck in your home doesn’t necessarily mean that you aren’t be able to access information, learn something new or practice.
Now, more than ever, you have enough time to research more information. Maybe you’re interested in a special topic from dancesport, something you’ve always wanted to find out more about or watch a lecture from a teacher who you’ve never met before.
Soon: New videos
We want to answer all of your needs by expanding our library of videos. That is why, we are currently in discussions with some talented dancers and teachers to help them create special content for you.
We are planning to create several series of online courses on different topics, from meditation to technique or tips and tricks on hairstyle.
Have your curiosities answered! What would you like to learn and from who? Send me you answers at email@example.com
Q&A Giveaway and Discounts
We want to lift your spirits up and that is why we’ve decided to:
Share for FREE the three Q&A sessions with Mirko & Edita, part of the Fundamentals of Ballroom package.
Offer a discount of 20% on all three packages for 7 days. It applies also if you are a member already.
On this page you can find out how to get the Q&As.
One important thing: this giveaway and the discount are available only until the 2nd of April!
We are also working on trying to improve the way we are communicating our information to you. In this case, website design and copy are crucial in order to make the information more clear.
We have changed our homepage design and also tried to play a little more with our wording.
Let me know on my email address firstname.lastname@example.org if there are any changes you would like us to make or if there are certain things that aren’t clear.
Stay safe! Stay home!
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How To Recover From An Injury?
In our podcast with Dr. Jerry Lynch, we have touched a quite sensitive subject for an athlete: injuries and how to recover from them.
Dr. Jerry Lynch is a coach, mentor, and teacher who guides and coaches athletes and parents to explore the meaning and purpose of sport. He has been recognized as one of the top five in his profession nationwide. He is the author of 13 books and amongst them is “Thinking Body, Dancing Mind”. Here is his website: https://www.wayofchampions.com/
In this article, you will discover some of the wisdom of Dr. Jerry Lynch shared with us in our podcast regarding how to recover from an injury.
Situation no 1: You just got injured
At some point in their career, dancers do get injured and some injuries are more serious than the others.
Injury equals an inability to execute the movements in a correct manner or even at all (depending on how serious the injury is). When we cannot dance we get frustrated and disappointed, even angry or depressed. You get worried that maybe you will never recover or it will take too much time.
Dr. Jerry Lynch’s first advice is to quiet your mind of the negative thoughts. When you fill your mind with worries, your body becomes tense and it blocks the arterial pathway, thus the blood cannot get to the area that needs to be healed.
He also tells us that in order to achieve muscular relaxation, he puts the athlete on a program: meditation, visualization, and affirmation.
Meditation allows you to clear your mind of all the negative thoughts.
Visualization happens during the process of meditation. During this stage, you can start to visualize the healing process. Feel how your muscle, now deep red becomes step by step pink – its normal color. From here, imagine how the muscle feels how it supposed to feel and that you are up and running again.
Affirmation is the last stage. You fill your mind with positive thoughts and encouragement. Those affirmations create chemical reactions in your brain allow that part of the body to recuperate.
Situation no 2: You are scared not to get injured
After you get recovered, there is another problem that you have to deal with: you keep thinking that this could happen again. This makes you nervous, tight and tense, which will set you up for injury again. The very process of holding back is setting your body up for another injury.
In this case, Dr. Jerry Lynch advises you to visualize all your favorite performances. Think of your favorite show, competition or even practice and feel that performance. Then, when you go out on the dance floor, have an affirmation. For example, say to yourself: “I am going all out” or “I am stronger than I have ever been”.
Why are affirmations so important you might ask yourself? Well, there is a simple equation for that:
Using positive words to describe yourself and your dancing will create positive thoughts. These positive thoughts will give you good energy, a great feeling. It is from this good energy that your performance will come.
If you are interested to read about another topic discussed in the podcast, you can check our other article: “How To Measure and Control Perfectionism?”
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!
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How Is Coronavirus Affecting The Dancesport World?
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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