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…

dance bodies

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,…


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.

    Quickstep 1

    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.

    Man 3-1

    Written by Barry Gasson: Understanding Heel Turns

    Understanding Heel Turns  At all levels of Ballroom Dancing I am constantly dismayed by the standard of Heel Turns that I see.  I do appreciate that the man must know how to lead…


    The production of quality tango, by Barry Gasson

      The tango stance   To create a broad idea as to an idealistic stance one must consider the feet being offset approximately 45 degrees to left of body alignment, as distinct from…

    John Wells and Renee Sissons

    World Amateur Ballroom Championship 1939 in Munich, a short video clip

    Winners were John Wells (Elsa Wells’ brother) with Renee Sissons. They won it for the sixth time in a row (they also won Blackpool five times and were second once …1932-1937). Next were…


    Viennese Waltz – PLEASE use the right music! From Michael Herdlitzka

    In all (good) dancing, the character of the music will influence the performance of the dancers significantly. The “true” character of each of the ten dances is given by definition of our technique books and the tradition of teaching and performing. Therefore the use of music displaying the characteristic values of the dance concerned is essential.

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