No you are not the only one to take contemporary dance. Before I was dancing ballroom I used to dance contemporary, ballet, jazz, tap and pointe.
Did not get interested in ballroom until 28 years of age. It was a good back ground to ballroom. Made it easy to transition. Can't do wellin that type of dancing anymore and ballroom is funner anyway. Only thing I don't like about ballroom is that you need a partner. Used to dance on stage and was a soloist and it was easier then. Why are you asking about contemporary dance?
Re: really? Posted by ballroom_billy 7/21/2006 9:00:00 PM
i was just looking through all of the forums and messages and found it really hard to believe that of all the people on this site i was the only one interested/has ever taken classes in contemporary... now i am happy... i am not a total loner... for once in my life...
How long did you study dance? How did you start in ballroom.? Do you miss dancing alone at times?
Re: really? Posted by ballroom_billy 7/22/2006 9:09:00 AM
i started with tap and jazz when i was 4, and then lost interest in jazz for a while but stayed in tap. when i turned 10 i stared taking lyrical jazz and contemporary. i am 13 now and still love contemporary and tap, but can only take 1 class at a time right now. i got interested in ballroom after watching dancing with the stars, so i took a class and have put aside contemporary and tap for a while. i am trying to find a way to take more than one class since i miss contemporary. what about you? yes i do miss dancing alone, especially because it has been really hard for me to find a partner my age. i am sort of... "just one of the guys", so i have plenty of guy friends... the problem is that they are "too cool" for ballroom. a few of them said it was too dorky, and another had already taken a class but he didn't like it. i am taking a community learning ballroom class, so there are people for me to dance with but would sometimes like a more permanent partner. it would be nice to dance with someone i actually know for once too!
ps, you dont hve to answer this, but how old would you have thought i was... people often thik i am a lot older than i really am. i find it interesting to see what people say.
Re: really? Posted by insideout_55 7/22/2006 9:36:00 AM
I could tell you are a teenager because I am a teenager :) I'm 16 though. I know that young people who dance and take initiative like you do are more mature than their age shows. People have mistaken me for being 18 since I was 14. It's so great to hear of more young people who are taking up interest in ballroom. I started with tap, jazz, ballet, etc from the time I was about 4 years old. My strengths were modern and jazz- but the center at which I was dancing wasn't providing the challenge I wanted anymore. I became an asst. teacher to the classes I was attending, but couldn't afford to go to the studio that had a company since their only scholarship was for ballet/pointe. I wasn't satisfied with the plateau I had hit, and when I saw the movie Strictly Ballroom, I knew that's what I wanted to do and have been dancing ballroom ever since. I assure you that you will find a partner since guys your age are often in short supply! I didn't find a competitive partner until my current one moved here from Ukraine.
Re: really? Posted by ballroom_billy 7/22/2006 10:30:00 AM
ahhhh, insideout_55 you made me smile!!! especially with the fact that you actually could tell i was a teenager. i feel so special now!
anyhow, its good to hear that i am not alone! ukraine, huh? pretty cool. how do you guys do in competition? what style of ballroom do you usually compete in? i have just started but have had an interest for a while. how do you take classes? i mean, are you at a studio or do you take community classes? and i am having troubles following well. do you think finding a more permanent partner would help? thanks
Re: really? Posted by insideout_55 7/22/2006 6:03:00 PM
=) Well, we're preparing to compete. His standard isn't nearly as good as his latin, so we're still working things out and getting new choreography. Still in the beginning stages ;) I'm focusing on international style. I take classes at a studio where the private lessons are half off for under 18 (a great find w/a great teacher!). Also, my teacher is going to open his own studio w/a focus on kids. How long have you been dancing ballroom for? Don't worry so much about needing a permanent partner. You need to learn as much and practice as much as possible, and if that means getting a partner- go for it! It's never too early to start looking and having try-outs even just to practice with someone.
Re: really? Posted by ballroom_billy 7/23/2006 6:45:00 AM
i have only been dancing for a little over a month ;( and the classes i took were with a community college so it was 2 hrs. every mon. night, but only for 5 mondays... and i havent gotten a book in the mail again yet saying when the next session of classes is. so for now, i am going to a local ballroom club- they have classes on fridays and sundays, along with open dancing and once a month they have socials.
that is pretty marvelous with the deal your getting on lessons! lucky duck. i want to practice more often but i don't have a partner... so it makes it just a little difficult. ;( thanks for your advice... it is neeto to hear from someone closer to my age who likes ballroom too!
Yeah, I definately agree with you on the partner issue with ballroom that you don't have with jazz.
Re: really? Posted by ballroom_billy 7/24/2006 9:09:00 PM
of course! i am having difficultiies finding even a girlfriend to take ballroom dance with me because the one who was is moving to texas... and my other friend is a loser and wont even just come and see what its like. so i cant find a partner and have no one to come and have fun with me... (yes she is sitting right here and i am doing this to make her feel guilty) and she just said she doesnt feel guilty... darn!
Wait, your friends who are girls don't even want to try ballroom???? Tell them they should feel guilty ;) If you want to show them some amazing ballroom (maybe persuade them) go to www.youtube.com and search for dancesport. Look through the videos and find something awesome to show them.
Everyone in the ballroom world has partner problems. One is so dependent on a partner--especially at a higher level when it is very limiting unless they have had equal training. Partner problems go with the territory.
We have one guy about 14 that attends all of our dances. All the older ladies love him. He comes with his mother and loves it. He dances every dance and is a real inspiration for others. He could be very good if he had a regular partner and spent lots of money on private lessons. Another downside to ballroom dancing--it's expensive--unless you can get some type of scholarship or discount. Get an adult to take you to social dances and have fun. Try and get a parent involved. Most of the guys will enjoy dancing with you--swing should be easy for you. However, don't expect to see many kids your age. In Utah, they have High School ballroom teams with very good coaches. Just go and have fun. It's hard to drag non ballroom people into dancing. Be ready to dance with much older guys. Keep taking your classes and maybe eventually you could find a partner with the same interest--until then just try to enjoy dancing and don't wait for your friends to go with you.
I've had about 10 years of ballet. It helps some, but I don't go to class anymore. Ballet helps you learn technique and patterns quickly, find your center, spins and so on. It helps you adapt to ballroom, but it is a entirely different discipline.
Re: really? Posted by ballroom_billy 7/25/2006 8:26:00 PM
my mom is involved in ballroom with me. and we are (hopefully) goint to go to some socials. i am pretty sure that none of the highschools in my area (east county san diego) have ballroom dance teams... and if they did i would still have one more year until i am there. yeah- at the class i went to there were only guys around 30+... i didnt mind because i was actually ballroom dancing with someone other than my mother, but it would be nice to dance with a partner my age sometimes. thanks for replying- everyone... it is super reassuring!
billy--I thought you might have been in your 20's because you speak in a mature fashion. Contemporary dance is wonderful if you know you are goingto dance on stage the rest of your life. You are actually preparing yourself with ballroom dance..for the rest of your life. Lets say that you are 30 or 40 and you are not dancing professionally and you still love to dance, you can find partners for the rest of your life 40, 50 , 60 and 70. Hard to imagine now but you are actually making a great investment for your future. Weird isn't it. But while you are young do all the stage and performance dancing you can. If you don't like that, go with the ballroom side and you'll just have to continue to go to shows and meets to see who you can meet that is your own age. let me know when you meet that person. should be interesting
Re: really? Posted by ballroom_billy 7/28/2006 10:36:00 AM
well, i am trying to convince my mom to take me to a social tonight but i am not positive she will. we just got a puppy so... yeah. anyhow, how do i find out about meets and shows? i dont take classes from a studio so i dont hear about them from my class but is there another way? and do you have any other advice on how to meet people my age who actually want to do ballroom?