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Top 12 Training Camps to Go To in 2020

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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.

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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.

Top 12 Training Camps to Go To in 2020

You can find extra info or make a reservation on their Facebook Official Page or:

📩 bodysexpression@live.it

☎ +39 391 4102206 

📲 Whatsapp: +39 391 4102206

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:

Top 12 Training Camps to Go To in 2020

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 😜

Organizers:

  • 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: trainingscamp@dancing-superstars.de

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:

“A training camp for all dancers from children to seniors, from beginners to world champions, with age and level, differentiated classes, and the highest level of teachers the dance world have to offer.”
– The Organizers –

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:

Top 12 Training Camps to Go To in 2020

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:

📩 teamvivolatino@gmail.com

☎ +39 392 9462826

📲 Whatsapp: +39 392 9462826

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:

Top 12 Training Camps to Go To in 2020

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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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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