Dancing offers a huge number of benefits to mental and physical health. Dancers can learn lessons from any other physical activity. Here are a few lessons about dancing learned from cycling.
A closer look at how different personality types affect ballroom dancers, and what that might mean to you as a competitive or social dancer.
We’re making some changes to the Level 2 and 3 Ballroom Dance group classes at Delta Dance to ultimately provide a more enjoyable learning experience for our students.
Lots of practice in ballroom dancing is great, but even constant practice is no guarantee that you will improve your skills. Here’s how to push past mental complacency.
Ballroom dancing is elegant, sexy and fun but for some people it leads to a variety of fears and anxieties. Here’s a look at the most common of these.
Ever wondered what a dance instructor thinks while watching a competition? Here’s a look into my own thought process from notes at two recent events.
It’s time we promote ballroom dancing as one of the “essential man skills,” something every man needs to know just as he should know how to drive a 5-speed, how to fish or how to change a tire.
Bob Jones was shocked to discover a missing right foot after dance class that had been lost as far back as he can recall.
Which movie scenes touched the world of ballroom dancing in particularly powerful ways? Here’s a look at some of the most influential dance scenes from motion pictures.
No dance community ever started on a momentary whim. They are the result of people passionate about dance who are committed to a vision for the future. We thought you might want to meet some of the people who made Delta Dance possible.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University discovered that how you practice dance can double the speed of your learning process compared to traditional approaches for practicing motor skills.
During storm season, dancers can find themselves with no electricity when there’s a power outage. Here are five things you can do when there’s little space, no video, no music and less than ideal lighting.
This week, as the IOC voted on 26 sports vying to be considered as new Olympic medal sports, ballroom dancing was the first one eliminated from consideration. It’s time we put an end to this nonsense and get back to the art of dance.
Tonight is the final for the tenth anniversary of Dancing with the Stars, and it’s anyone’s guess who will win the coveted mirror ball trophy. Here’s our view.
Most competitors wonder what it is that judges see or don’t see. This is especially an issue when they see themselves marked lower than couples who might have worse technique or less experience. Here is some insight to what a few top judges look for.
With the Delta dance community growing steadily, George and Wendy are adding two unexpected new dance styles to the excellent dance program covered at Delta’s two locations.
Multi-time professional Latin World Champions Michael Malinowski and Joanna Leunis demonstrate just how effective the element of surprise can be in this performance from Britain’s version of Dancing With the Stars, “Strictly Come Dancing.”
Instructor George Pytlik examines why ballrooms have not seen huge surges in dance students despite the popularity of television shows like Dancing With the Stars.
Wendy and I just completed an exhausting 3-day workshop upgrading our knowledge of the technique of the ballroom dances. These 18 hours of instruction were designed to make us better and more accurate teachers.
Dance For Me is a wonderful documentary film about two young and deeply passionate dancers where the ambition of success overshadows everything else. Well worth watching.
Liminal space, or liminality, is a three-part process we all go through as we transition from one phase of life or knowledge to another. This article explains how dancers can make the most of it as they grow in their skills.
Mirko Gozzoli and Edita Daniute, 3-time professional world champions under the WDSF umbrella, demonstrate how beautiful Bronze-level steps can look in this honor dance.
Season 19 of Dancing With the Stars is underway, and it’s a show we can connect with because the experiences of the stars are so real. Especially this season.
Self confidence is a powerful tool for athletes and dancers alike. Here’s some powerful empirical research proving the value of confidence in achieving goals in any activity, whether a sport or learning new ballroom dance steps.
Even with two decades of Latin development since their sensational run as world champions, the dancing of Donnie Burns and Gaynor Fairweather still stands tall as an excellent example of what Latin dancing should look like: two people moving together as one to tell a story to music.
If you’re like most people, you’ve at least started thinking about your exercise and eating program for the new year. But what about your brain? What are you doing to make your mind more fit? Did you know that dancing is one of the best ways to get smarter?
Hollywood is at its best when it makes fun of itself, and this movie is no exception. It’s a satire on show business in general and of Hollywood; an exposé of the ruthless ambition of idolized stars, showing the comic possibilities of the problems faced by actors and studios making the challenging transition from silent films to talkies. It’s a great premise for a musical, and Singin’ in the Rain makes the most of the possibilities.
As I mentioned in my last Art vs. Sport posting, Wendy and I were interviewed by a student, Renata, who was preparing a thesis on the complex issue of art vs. sport in ballroom dancing. You might be interested in reading the full interview, so it is provided here with Renata’s permission.
Dancing With the Richmond Stars didn’t turn out exactly as planned, but it was a great experience and one worth doing again.
A recent interview with a student preparing an essay on whether ballroom dancing is an art or a sport allowed George and Wendy to better define their own views on this issue.