Is There Really Anything New? By Barry Gasson

In today’s modern world of technology, there is a bewildering amount of information available to the dance aficionado. I can sit at my computer and have available to me countless hours of lectures…

Barbara Ambroz workshop the Cuban Experience By Sasha Pust

It took me awhile to decide wether I want to go to Cuba to finally see and get a taste of the “Real Thing”, or not, but once I decided, I just knew…

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How To Get A Dancer’s Body

Dancers are known for their long, lean, and muscular bodies. A lifetime of dancing and proper nutrition might get you there but what can non-dancers do to achieve similar results without years of…


What Makes Elite Ballroom Dancers Better?

Differences in dance quality among elite competitive ballroom dancers can be difficult to identify. At the championship level, what do adjudicators notice that separates top-ranked dancers from lower-ranked dancers? To answer this question,…


Devotion to the motion suggest e-motion By Ruud Vermeij

Devotion to the motion suggest e-motion By Ruud Vermeij One of the pitfalls/problems in Latin American Competitive dancing is the tendency to emphasise the “narrative” element of a couple dancing together. The “male…

Three weeks in Cuba (Pierre)

Who was…Three weeks in Cuba By Monsieur Pierre 1947

This is transcribed verbatim from an article that appeared 1947 in the Star Program (provided by Keith Morris). Video material: courtesy of Paul Harris Three weeks in Cuba By Monsieur Pierre PDF of…


It Takes Two To Tango By Keith Morris

It Takes Two To Tango By Keith Morris When I was competing what now feels like 100 years ago, Tango was at one stage my worst marked dance. So I spent quite some…


What’s in a feather step? By Keith Morris

An easy question to answer one would think. The technique books tell us

  • 1. right foot forward in CBM
  • 2. left foot forward left shoulder leading preparing to step outside partner
  • 3. right foot forward in CBMP OP
  • Pretty straight forward really, until you start to analyse the mechanics of each individual step and what a forward step means.


    Perfect 10: The jive By Rachelle Stretch

    It may be the last but it is by no means the least. One of the fastest and most energetic dances, the jive developed throughout the 20th century and has been influenced by numerous different styles, which are reflected in the choreography danced today.

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    Perfect 10: The quickstep By Claire Saul

    Social trends, fashion, music… just three of the factors that have shaped hold, tempo, style and many other aspects of dance over the years. We have already heard how in 1914, vaudeville performer Harry Fox gave his name to the “Fox’s trot”, adapting his complicated two-step routine to create a more manageable rhythm for his lady partners and simultaneously providing an antidote to the increasingly popular but rather suggestive “animal dances” of the ragtime era.

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