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Re: my husband doesn
Posted by allybabba
10/20/2014  3:48:00 PM
I'm in a little different situation ... I'm a guy who has danced for 15 years, intermediate skills. It's been a one-a-week hobby for many years. I just married my partner of 5 years. She hasn't danced much before, but we're taking lessons, she's turning out to be a much quicker study than I ever was ... she's learning fast.

So, it seems like a good deal. This is the situation: she's fine with the dance part, she just doesn't like the social part - for herself. She also doesn't like crowded dance floors.

She's fine with me going dancing by myself - as I have for a few years. However, I'm feeling less comfortable going by myself, largely due to the less favorable reactions of some women dancers. During a mixer, a couple women that didn't know me refused to dance with me more than once (the numbers were fairly even, we were paired up again), even though I kept a respectful distance, and let them have their space. This generally did not happen before, and it was somewhat embarrassing; I assume it was because they saw my ring.

Any thoughts on what is the best way to work this situation? It seems that married women who go dancing without their spouse are not seen with the same suspicion as a guy who does.

Re: Contemporary Waltz Songs
Posted by tREVOR
10/20/2014  3:39:00 AM
Pretty Paper Roy Orbison
How do you start over Roy Orbison
To soon to Know Roy Orbison
Re: Contemporary Waltz Songs
Posted by Trevor
10/20/2014  3:37:00 AM
Mull of kintyre paul mccartney Has a very strong 3/4 time easy to dance to
Swing Jive Out
Posted by O.Z.
10/19/2014  9:58:00 PM
Why in the International Style Latin is the Swing Jive Out.
Swing Jive meaning. Swing side together side to the left. Swing side together side to the right. Ladies the natural opposite
Re: Reverse Corte
Posted by O.K.
10/17/2014  6:22:00 PM
Should mention that there is a Hesitation, or if you like rise and lower on beat three. Ladies step are not the natural opposite.
Re: Another Newbie With Questions
Posted by O.K..
10/17/2014  6:00:00 PM
Nioftofan. Never was a truer word spoken when you mentioned listen to the music. Its amazing how many people who have had lessons have not been told that the Samba has a timing of 3/4. 1/4. 1. We must show the 1. Or that the Chasse in the Cha Cha is 1/2. 1/2. 1. Again we must show a clear 1. Or the Jive is 3/4 . 1/4. 1. Maybe some of the teachers are are still with the original I.S.T.D. Technique Book which failed to draw attention to the beat values. Which is a pity that they instead of getting Walter Laird`s book, which does in no uncertain manner instruct us to the correct step values. They didn`t. Hers is a test. Put a Disk on. It doesn`t matter if its a Cha Cha or a Waltz. Have a pencil and paper ready. After the Four Bar introduction put a tick for every bar of music counted right to the end of the disk. Record it. Then count again. If you come up with the same number you`ve done very well.
DMAES Summer BootCamp
Posted by Maria Ins
10/16/2014  4:07:00 AM
Get yourselves ready for DMAES Summer BootCamp in 2015.
Salsa, Tango, Bachata and many many more.

See the promotional video here:

Re: Irene Castle
Posted by Sharon Burns
10/15/2014  1:02:00 PM
I know of someone who is looking for this painting. Do you have any idea who the current owner is?
Re: Question for studio owners and/or manager???
Posted by Jeff
10/15/2014  12:29:00 PM
We use MindBody Online. It's very comprehensive and has all the things we need to use. Take the time to set it up correctly and create processes for using it the right way and it will serve you well.
Re: Hair Jewelry
Posted by waltzquilt
10/14/2014  9:54:00 PM
Here's a link to a tutorial on how to make the jewelry that was very helpful. http://ballroomchick.com/2013/04/01/make-your-own-ballroom-dancing-jewelry/
Re: Another Newbie With Questions
Posted by davecarty
10/13/2014  7:58:00 PM
I've been a dancer for many years, first with West Coast Swing, which I continue to love to this day, and now with international ballroom. But I remember well how it felt to be a newcomer in a room full of social dancers that I thought were "experts." I was terrified to get on the floor with them.

It helped me a lot when I realized that people were only watching the good dancers, not the bad dancers like me. And second, after I became a good dancer myself (not great, perhaps, but good), I began to realize that most of the people I had considered "experts" were really only a figure or two and a couple lessons ahead of me.

My final realization, however, was the most important, and that was this: dancing is supposed to be fun, but it's NOT supposed to be easy. And it simply is not. It is hard to learn because it IS hard to learn -- or at least it is if you want to progress beyond a very basic level. You learn incrementally, and over time, you improve. That's the way it works for everyone, no exceptions -- even those guys on the youtube videos that we all watch.

Competition dancing is a whole different animal. But If you have a good instructor and you can find the time to practice once or twice a week, you'll be much better than 90% of the people on a social dance floor in just a year or two.

And you can take that to the bank.
You`ve Been Spammed
Posted by nloftofan1
10/10/2014  8:04:00 AM
"BUY FAKE PASSPORT" messages show up in all (or at least many) forums.
Basic Movements
Posted by tanamarie213
10/7/2014  6:19:00 AM
Hello, I am a very, very new dancer....only 8 weeks now. I live in Fayetteville Arkansas and have found an instructor. I am looking for something like a dance camp for beginners. Does such exist? If so, I would greatly appreciate any information regarding dance camp options for Pre-Bronze beginners.

Thank you
Re: Dance Studio Owner asking for $$$
Posted by MichaelPreston
10/7/2014  12:57:00 AM
Instead of finding all these manual, I think you should use smart app
that will help you find the available options to you.
Re: Membership
Posted by Administrator
10/4/2014  10:29:00 AM
There is a comparison of the various levels of membership here:

There are only two levels of membership: A free Basic membership, and Premium membership -- the latter of which is $99 to join and $79 per year thereafter. Discounts are available if you purchase two or three years at once. Non-members can view the entire written syllabus, plus narrated video demos of the beginning bronze syllabus. Basic members can view beginning and intermediate bronze video demos, and Premium members can view everything, including full bronze, silver and gold syllabus video demos, all previous variations of the week with full instructional videos, and, as of recently, a collection of full instruction videos for some of the bronze syllabus patterns -- about 30 as of the writing of this message, and with more being added every week.

You can also see the most recently added instructional videos here:

Check back frequently, because many of the premium instructional videos are initially released free to the public for a limited time (usually 1-2 weeks). After that, they become available only to premium members.

Also, coming very soon: A complete website overhaul, with an updated look, *much* greater detail in the man's and lady's technical charts (footwork, rise & fall, alignments, amounts of turn, etc), pop-up hints, an upgrade to the printable charts, and more. To take a sneak peek, visit:

Jonathan Atkinson
Re: Membership
Posted by Telemark
10/4/2014  10:10:00 AM

There's a link on every page.
Re: My husband don't want to learn to dance
Posted by dhukriede
10/3/2014  8:56:00 PM
Maybe start with some Country dancing. You don't have to love Country music to have fun with Country 2 Step. Country dancing is more relaxed than Ballroom dancing. Also, don't call it Ballroom Dancing, call it Partner dancing!!
D Hukriede
Dance instructor
Edina, MN
Posted by dhukriede
10/3/2014  8:51:00 PM
Regarding membership;
I have used your free membership.
I see the offer to up grade to Premium membership for $99.00
I don't see anything about Standard membership. What is the cost?

It's not very clear where to send an email.Don't you want people to reach you?

D Hukriede
Re: contemporary waltz songs
Posted by Doug M
10/2/2014  2:16:00 PM
Great suggestion! I'm going to teach a waltz line dance to this one!
Re: Hair Jewelry
Posted by Meesha
10/1/2014  10:34:00 AM
Could you please tell me the name of your ebay store. Thanks.
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