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What Style of Dress Should You Wear for Each Latin Dance?



Everyone knows that dancesport is glamorous, and that’s mainly due to the beautiful dresses we get to wear for competitions and shows. In my other article, I had put together different types of dresses and what they say about your personality. In this article, I am going to discuss what style of dress you should wear for each of the five Latin dances

Before I start, I want to mention that during a competition, it would be impossible to change the dress style for each dance, so stick with one. Nevertheless, for shows, you can feature all five dress styles. 


Cha-cha is all about being flirty and having fun. It’s quite a sexy dance, and at times, is even provocative. For that reason, when you say “a cha-cha dress”, you automatically think of fringes. Because of the fast and dynamic hip actions that this dance has, it’s best to highlight your hips even more by adding fringes to your dress. 

Of course, there are different types of fringes. You can have elastic, colorful fringes, or for extra spark, beaded or stoned fringes. 

As cha-cha is a flirty dance, it’s only suitable to have a short dress, or even a separate skirt and top. 

What Style of Dress Should You Wear for Each Latin Dance?
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Samba is all about show and spectacle! It’s about voluptuous movement, and most importantly: BOUNCE! And how do we emphasize that bouncing movement we work so hard on? By wearing the correct style of dress with the right materials, of course.

Boa feathers and individual feathers will synchronize their motion with yours. They bring extra volume to your bounce and hip action. 

What Style of Dress Should You Wear for Each Latin Dance?
– VESA –

If you simply don’t like feathers but still want volume, opt for a dress with horsehair braid hem. It’s a special type of stiff tulle added to the skirt’s hemline to give structure and fullness.

What Style of Dress Should You Wear for Each Latin Dance?
– Vakhner design –

Furthermore, if you want to create the full samba look, mix brightly colored feathers with the horsehair braid hem to your skirt; finish it off with a headband. There you go – all set to light up the atmosphere!


Rumba is about romanticism and daydreaming, but it’s also about sensuality. For that reason, your rumba dress needs to be a bit revealing, but in a  delicate way. Rumba movements are fluid – the hips move in a figure 8. Consequently, the dress’s material needs to either be skin-tight or to wrap around your body (like silk, for example).

What Style of Dress Should You Wear for Each Latin Dance?
– M-Design by Michael Chen –

Extra tip: If you really want to accentuate your body actions, use AB Swarovski stones. They catch the light in a spectacular way and add dimension to your rumba movements.

Paso Doble

Paso Doble is a dance of pure Spanish passion. It’s the dance of the matador, the cape and the flamenco. In order to bring the audience into that mindset, you’ll need to incorporate a few elements of Spanish culture

How can you make your dress look Spanish? Add some of the following:

  • Polka dots
  • Flowers
  • Longer skirt
  • Red color
  • Epaulets
  • Heavy ornaments

What Style of Dress Should You Wear for Each Latin Dance?
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This is a tricky one! Why? Because jive, as a dance, derives from the jitterbug, a swing dance that originated in the 1930s. But usually, when you hear jive music, you think about the 1940s or 1950s; the fashion of those later decades was very different from the fashion of the 1930s. 

Therefore, I would say that the most accurate way to dress for jive is in the “cabaret/burlesque” style: beads, fringes, short skirts, and gloves. 

What Style of Dress Should You Wear for Each Latin Dance?
– FATI Couture –

Now, how you choose your competition dress it’s a whole different story. It depends on many things such as age, level, body-type and so on, but here are some pieces of advice from Jordy.

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All You Need To Know About Dancesportlife Academy Platform



Why we started Dancesportlife Academy platform

Dancesportlife team is composed of former dancers, thus we truly understand the hardships of this beautiful career. The two principal issues are time management and budgets. 

We need to practice, go to competitions, lessons, and camps. More than often your teachers are based in another town or country. The same goes for competitions and camps. This takes a lot of time and you need a lot of money to be able to go to the most famous teachers, competitions and camps.

With the Dancesportlife Academy platform, we wanted to bring all this closer to you, make everything easier so that you can learn much more easily. On Dancesportlife Academy you have access to lectures from great teachers, online courses and camp recordings at one click away! Ok, maybe two clicks…but still better than thousands of kilometers away. 

What can you find on Dancesportlife Academy platform

In our library you can find three types of products so far:

  • High-quality recordings of camp lectures
  • Online course with Mirko Gozzoli & Edita Daniute
  • Q&A sessions with Mirko Gozzoli & Edita Daniute

All the types of videos mentioned above are available for you to buy separately or you can see that they are divided into packages:

  • Gladiators Dance Congress 2019
  • Master Evolution Camp 2020
  • Fundamentals of Ballroom 

Here is a link to our full library.

How it works

Dancesportlife Academy functions as a monthly membership and I will explain this below. However, if you are not interested in a membership, you can buy the videos or packages at a full-price and have access for life.

Nevertheless, it would be more advantageous to opt for the monthly membership:

  • How much does it cost?
    • You get a one-month trial membership for $1. After the first month has ended, you will be charged $9 per month. 
  • What do I get?
    • You get one video of your choosing and a 30% discount on any other videos (including a package such as Gladiators Dance Congress). 
  • For how long do I have access?
    • You have life-time access. Cancel anytime.

If there are any issues or little bumps in the process of acquisition, please let us know on the website chat or by email at

Future plans

We want to continue to bring on Dancesportlife Academy the best names from the industry. So far our list includes legends from both federations such as Mirko Gozzoli, Slavik Kryklyvyy, Hazel Newberry, Lasse Ødegaard or Alan Fletcher. But we are planning to go to some of the most popular events and film insightful lectures. 

We are also trying to improve our membership by including some cool benefits. You can also help us by sending us a message at with your ideas and your needs.


Whenever we receive kind words from our students, our hearts are filling up with immense joy. It gives us the power to move forward and become better and better for you! Here are some testimonials we received from some of our users:

“Excellent idea of this membership: Very good lectures!”

“Love you guys. This will be a game-changer for my students and my competitive partner. Thank you!”

Wow. My wife (and dance partner) are excited to have such exact and helpful information for both our professional career and towards helping our students. Great job!”

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21 Things You Should Never Say To Your Dance Teacher In A Lesson



We all love our dance teacher. They offer us their knowledge and wisdom so that we have a successful career. Their guidance is precious for all of us and we cherish them as they are one of the most important parts of our lives. Therefore, we always have to show them the respect they deserve and there are certain things that you should never say to them.

Even though you might think some of them 😜

You’ve helped us put together a list of 21 things you should never say to your dance teacher: 


1. “My other teacher told me this is not correct.”

2. “I wasn’t paying attention to your explanation.”

3. “We did not have the time to practice what you taught us in the previous lesson.”

4. “I forgot the steps.”

5. “I am tired of doing that step.”

6. “I can’t do that move.”

7. “You are wrong.”

8. “I spent all my dance budget on a new laptop.”

9. “I know that already.”

10. “No, everything is perfect! I don’t have any questions.”

11. “Can we go to McDonald’s after this lesson?”

12. “But I am doing everything correctly!”

13. “We’ve done this step over and over again! Let’s stop.”

14. “I don’t want to learn that step!”

15. “That is not how you showed this move before!”

16. “The other teacher explains better.”

17. “I can’t dance to this song!”

18. “Why didn’t I get into the final, if I’ve done everything you told me to do?”

19. “Can you turn down the volume? I am hungover.” 

20. “This step is too old-school for me.”

21. “Technique isn’t that important!”


If you have any onther ideas of what you shouldn’t say to your teacher, you can put them in the comment section below. And always remeber to respect your teachers!

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Top 12 Training Camps to Go To in 2020



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.

Top 12 Training Camps to Go To in 2020

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


☎ +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! 


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 😜


  • 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:

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:



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:


☎ +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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