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Posted by jofjonesboro
12/4/2010  7:20:00 PM
You do Theater Arts?

Re: Lifts?
Posted by belleofyourball
12/5/2010  1:56:00 PM
sometimes :~} and sometimes I'm 'strictly ballroom' it depends on the goal for the dancing.
Re: Your best teacher is/was?
Posted by a1coda
12/4/2010  2:44:00 PM
The best advice given to me from my coach was 'always have fun doing what you are doing. It makes learning easier and always wanting more." There was/is no better coach than Sam Sadano. His sessions were always fun, you left learning a lot and having a good laugh along the way.
With that said, I also learned a great deal from Patricia Traymore, one of the most graceful dancers I have ever seen. She was a little stricter in the way she taught but when she was finsihed with you...you could dance.
I also trained with Vicki Venka...now there is one hell of a drill sgt. She was all business but she made sure that you learned the art. On the lighter side, if you fed her (yes, I said it) she would lighten up.
BUT three of the best in the business.
Different teachers for different styles.
Posted by jofjonesboro
12/4/2010  7:23:00 PM
Standard - Bill Raider, a student of Bill Mitchell.

Salsa - Andreas Nunez.

Everything else: Cindy Johnson.

Re: Different teachers for different styles.
Posted by terence2
12/5/2010  3:41:00 AM
I personally know and have worked with many of the people mentioned .. some very interesting choices .
Re: Different teachers for different styles.
Posted by quickstep7
12/8/2010  2:13:00 PM
For me:

Standard: Danielle Dolan

Argentine Tango: Elaine Willis

Charleston and Rock 'n' Roll: Paul and Gaynor Fielding
Re: Different teachers for different styles.
Posted by joelhwood
12/8/2010  5:10:00 PM
Excellent choices for those who know them. What made them great for you?
Re: Different teachers for different styles.
Posted by quickstep7
12/9/2010  1:13:00 AM
They did not just focus on the dancing but on all the little things such as 'your toe was turned out there' or 'you missed the second bounce on that step.'

To me these things turn an excellent dance into a great dance.
Re: Your best teacher is/was?
Posted by S. Baldemor
8/23/2011  9:21:00 PM
I have had two instructors and several coaches over the past four years that I've been taking ballroom, and my best overall instructor has been and still is Mario Ornelas of Gemini Ballroom in Reno. He has me focused on school figures, technique and fun. I'm learning the nuts and bolts in such a way I understand why I'm doing what I'm doing and how it is best done. I'm all for understanding. He is a brilliant instructor and out of this world fabulous leader. Thank you Mario for teaching me. I look forward to every class.
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