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Re: really?
Posted by Alwayzroses
7/23/2006  9:26:00 AM
I too started out with jazz and tap, which I found has really helped with ballroom. So no you are not a loner.
Re: really?
Posted by ballroom_billy
7/23/2006  10:52:00 AM
YAY!!! i feel special!!! which did you like most, if you don't mind my asking?
Re: really?
Posted by Alwayzroses
7/23/2006  8:12:00 PM
I prefer ballroom to jazz and tap but I really enjoyed jazz. How about yourself?
Re: really?
Posted by ballroom_billy
7/24/2006  12:59:00 PM
i too prefer ballroom to jazz, but i like tap and contemporary a lot... i realy miss them because you dont have to have a partnr and that is a problem for me right now.

farewell,
ballroom billy
Re: really?
Posted by Alwayzroses
7/24/2006  6:21:00 PM
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!
Re: really?
Posted by Juice23
7/25/2006  9:17:00 AM
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.
Re: really?
Posted by Anonymous
7/25/2006  5:55:00 PM
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!

farewell for now,
ballroom billy
Re: really?
Posted by East Coast
7/27/2006  1:38:00 PM
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

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