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Re: anyone ever have fusion of big toe (MTP) joint
Posted by mitzi
2/7/2016  7:38:00 AM
don .t do it, not a fusion your big toe will not bend at all you can never wear heels again, i have been in flip flops for a year the m0st heel will probably be 1 inch to inch 1/2. its sad i love heels all my life and now i cant wear its not true that you can wear 3 inch heels its not true
quickstep hover corte
Posted by fitfunnyguy
2/6/2016  2:07:00 PM
Hi;

The video is for waltz and there is no steps. Could you fix this?

Re: Cutting Heel Sole
Posted by ladydance
2/4/2016  8:30:00 PM
Yes, it is possible. I had a shoe repair guy shorten my shoes. He did a good job and they have never come apart.
Re: What Syllabus?
Posted by Administrator
2/4/2016  12:05:00 PM
Hi Leander,

BallroomDancers.com has its own American style syllabus, which is over 20 years old, and actually predates the website itself, as well as DVIDA and the current revisions of ISTD and Arthur Murray.

Please review these articles to learn more about our syllabus, and feel free to reply if you have any more questions:

Which syllabus does this site follow?
http://www.ballroomdancers.com/Message_Board/view_messages.asp?Action=open_topic&Topic=47586

NDCA Affiliated?
http://www.ballroomdancers.com/Message_Board/view_messages.asp?Action=open_topic&Topic=49800

Regards,
Jonathan Atkinson
BallroomDancers.com
What Syllabus?
Posted by LeanderXS
2/4/2016  6:02:00 AM
Can anyone perhaps tell me which organization's syllabus is followed for the American Style Dances by BallroomDancers.com?
Re: Cutting Heel Sole
Posted by terence2
2/4/2016  5:23:00 AM


A cobbler will rectify the problem, altho it may become open toed..
Re: Patterns
Posted by Liza
2/3/2016  4:49:00 PM
Hello,
It seems that the Lagassa site is down (the under construction page kept coming up), after about a 24 hour search I found a side site that seems to carry some of the original content from the site (never having seen the original site I can't really know for sure, sorry) It has a good explanation on how to make a standard/smooth gown.
The link is: http://mirrors.itsalwayssomethingwithher.com/stepbystep_ballroomdress/
I've also found some interesting threads on sewing.patternreview.com and danceforums.com with some content on patterns, fabric, and stones.
Hope this helps.

Also if anyone has found other useful sites for constructing ballroom costumes I would greatly appreciate it, if you could post them. Although I'm a proficient sew-ist (not a word), having only minimal access to the pretty expensive gowns which makes analyzing garment construction uber difficult, everyone is so secretive Arg.
Cutting Heel Sole
Posted by saracheah
2/2/2016  6:52:00 PM
Hey! I was wondering if it was possible to cut the sole of a latin shoe. I bought mine half a size too big and my feet keep sliding in them when I dance. Can I cut the sole of the shoe? Will it damage it?
latin ballroom dress
Posted by cms Klotz
2/2/2016  5:09:00 PM
Interested in purchasing used dress size 14 and up. Send price and pictures. rschroeder112@wi.rr.com
Re: Stoned latin shoes
Posted by ballroomchick
2/2/2016  4:46:00 PM
Not even the crystals on your costumes all stay on for ever. If you dance correctly of course some stones can rub/pop off. How well most of them stay depends upon the glue you use. Keep your comp shoes looking pretty just like your costumes you need to do repairs from time to time.
Re: Heel Height
Posted by ballroomchick
2/2/2016  4:38:00 PM
Heel height is what the dancer can comfortable control and balance. Nothing worse than a pretty faced dancer who wobbles and bobbles on the floor. If you can make quick, balanced, body changes on a 4" heel so be it, but if you bobble on a 3" heel - stay at a 2.5" or lower heel. In the U.S. there is no hard rule how high a shoe heel must be.

Not all shoe brands fit the same, just like different clothing manufactures you might wear a different size in. Try the shoes on, if you have gaps and your feet slide - move to a smaller shoe.
Re: Music for Dances
Posted by nloftofan1
2/2/2016  11:31:00 AM
This book (PDF): http://www.mrk-inc.com/users/fjacoby/ballrm0.pdf was written by a band leader who also dances. It's a "how to" guide for other musicians on playing music for dancing, and it devotes considerable space to discussing why the correct tempo matters to dancers.
Re: Discipline
Posted by terence2
2/2/2016  10:30:00 AM

Wally Fryer..Small in stature, but always seemed to cover more floor space than his contempories, in comps . Tied for 1st in the "British " 1947, and won outright 1948/9 ( and was THAT the golden age of Pros!! ).
Re: Arthur Murray Stinks
Posted by Anonymous
2/2/2016  12:20:00 AM
Thank you for all the interesting sharing and reviews. Definitely some great takeaways and what to watch out for. We all have experiences ranging from great to horrible. This is just one perspective - mine. Buyer beware. Know the pros and cons of what your getting into and exit when it has no value exchange for you.

1) It worked for a time for me, they're pricey.
2) Customer retention none existent. They were rude at times to certain customers who didn't fit their definition of 'ideal'
3) unfair wages. This really bothers me- they charge a lot per hour($120+) on private lesson and don't pay the staff a fair amount. At $120/hour I'll find a pro. I don't have all the facts but an instructor tells me it's minimum wage. Time to report them to labor law.
Most of us don't mind paying that amount if the instructor is fairly paid. AT $120+ per private lesson, I would have thought the instructor would make at least $25/hour + bonus for having X# of private lessons. I think the $70-80/hour is more reasonable. I shopped around and found other better value deals.
4) Also, not all instructors are made the same way - some are better than others no matter their weight or looks. Some instructors will burn your time with small talk so make sure you keep them on task to your goals, your paying them to teach dance not chit chat. I had to keep a franchise owner and dance instructor on point to what I wanted to achieve for the class. I was very specific on what we needed to work on in an hour (or less)I made sure he worked hard for his money with me. I want to do 4 things - that's 15 min for each goal.
5) I didn't care for the extra fees for themed dance events in their studio, which should have been discounted and have ability to invite friends and family to promote their business. To this point, they didn't really work hard on their business on new membership promos. This would have been one way to achieve this goal.
6)Value deal illusion. There was no way to just do group lessons, it was package deal or nothing. I would have to pay $1000+ for 10 private lessons to get the group classes for free (diminishing return here as you progress in your dancing). If you sign up as a couple you might get better value deal,but not for single and they were not helpful in pairing us up - we pay same amount for single as for couple, so they'd loose money on the deal if they paired the singles. Somewhere else at $75/hour, I'd get 10 lessons for $750 pp or per couple, not $1000+, with a partner thats $350 ea. Even with unlimited group class at AM which has diminishing return.
7) I originally got in since I could go to other AM in different states. I had a travelling job at the time which changed later. Life happens, I had other more pressing financial obligations and I couldn't dish out $1000+ for dancing.

I found plenty other dance events in the area to practice my dancing for a small fee ~$10 per event. Joining 3+ dance clubs was less than $100/year and I get discounts to many local dance events. Like many of you mentioned here in the threads - dance co-ops and your own social can be a better deal. Anyway, local dance events and other dance clubs was good enough for me, the goal was to continue at a more reasonable fee based on my availability and schedule not on AM's package, offer and schedule.

After awhile, I re-thought my dancing strategy and it clearly we were not on same page, so I stopped going and didn't renew.I flattened in their dance classes and it no longer offered the value exchange benefits for me. The variety of group lessons worked for awhile, until I found them too limiting and restricting to their studio. It was not enough for me but they would entice or tease the students just enough and pitching the 'you need to work on your private lessons for more '.

Some dances I am happy with group lessons for social club dancing and that's about it. AM do not offer consistency in weekly group classes which would have offered
Heel Height
Posted by saracheah
2/1/2016  5:51:00 PM
Hey everyone! I am new to this so I'm not sure how to operate this but I have a question. I've been dancing American style ballroom and rhythm and I am thinking about switching to International Latin and Standard. What would be a good heel height for a 14 year old dancing international style? What heel height should I get for Standard and Latin? I previously wore 2.5 inches but i got half a size too big. Also, should I get my dance shoes half a size smaller??
Re: Music for Dances
Posted by Guest
2/1/2016  4:09:00 PM
Unfortunately most of the live bands trying to play strict Tempo haven`t a clue what is the difference between a Modern Waltz and a Viennese Waltz just to mention two. Modern Waltz 28 BPM Viennese 60 BPM. The correct Tempos for all the strict Dances can be found by Google the Dance Sport Site in whatever country you are living. Try Dance Sport U.K. or Australia. Find your way to rules and then Tempos. I find that with live bands they have Vocalists and play to suit the Singer and not the Dancers. That is why we get a fluctuation in the Tempo being played. They don`t seem to understand that the beats being played must be constant from the Four Bar introduction right through to the end of the tune.
Dance Teacher Faces Deportation!!!
Posted by ekka83
1/30/2016  4:01:00 PM
http://fox61.com/2016/01/29/change-in-immigration-rules-jeopardizes-american-dream-for-glastonbury-dancer/
GLASTONBURY--Alex Konovalov, who migrated from Moscow to Glastonbury to teach ballroom dancing, is in danger of being deported back to Russia. Konovalov has been an instructor at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Glastonbury since 2012, in the United States on a visa as an artist.

His visa renewal, however, was denied for the second time on January 15 because ballroom dancers are now seen more as athletes than artists in the eyes of U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services.

"This is my life," said Konovalov. "I don't want to leave it. It was tough when I got the news."

Konovalov said he wants to stay permanently in the United States, and has dreams of eventually opening his own studio. "This is my home," said Konovalov. "This is my family here now. I want to stay, I want to teach. It's very hard. I don't know how I would just stop and leave everybody here. It's very hard."

Konovalov maintains that dancing is much more of a performing art than a sport, and studio owner Evan Wellemeyer wholeheartedly agrees. Wellemeyer said the change in classification is potentially creating a huge problem for the entire industry because most dancers do not fit the visa qualifications for elite athletes.

"If this persists and dancers are only allowed to come into America as O1A athletes, literally we won't have dance instructors in 5 or 10 years," explained Wellemeyer.

Since moving from Moscow, Konovalov has been in several competitions and taught hundreds of students, which is still not enough to classify him for a renewal visa as an athlete. The problem has prompted Sen. Richard Blumenthal to speak up.

"They changed the rules of the game in the middle," said Senator Blumenthal. "And when he reapplied, reclassified the activity he was doing here from artistic to athletic, which is unfair."

If the senator's efforts are not enough, Konovalov could be sent back to Russia within six months, leaving behind the American dream he has worked so hard to build.

"I want to keep doing this," said Konovalov. "I love it. It's my life."

Since Konovalov's visa denial is in appeal, he is not allowed to teach and has no source of income. A GoFundMe page and Change.org petition have both been established to help Konovalov stay in the United States.
Dancers Unite!!! Sign the petition!!
Posted by ekka83
1/30/2016  3:10:00 PM
http://fox61.com/2016/01/29/change-in-immigration-rules-jeopardizes-american-dream-for-glastonbury-dancer/

GLASTONBURY--Alex Konovalov, who migrated from Moscow to Glastonbury to teach ballroom dancing, is in danger of being deported back to Russia. Konovalov has been an instructor at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Glastonbury since 2012, in the United States on a visa as an artist.

His visa renewal, however, was denied for the second time on January 15 because ballroom dancers are now seen more as athletes than artists in the eyes of U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services.

"This is my life," said Konovalov. "I don't want to leave it. It was tough when I got the news."

Konovalov said he wants to stay permanently in the United States, and has dreams of eventually opening his own studio. "This is my home," said Konovalov. "This is my family here now. I want to stay, I want to teach. It's very hard. I don't know how I would just stop and leave everybody here. It's very hard."

Konovalov maintains that dancing is much more of a performing art than a sport, and studio owner Evan Wellemeyer wholeheartedly agrees. Wellemeyer said the change in classification is potentially creating a huge problem for the entire industry because most dancers do not fit the visa qualifications for elite athletes.

"If this persists and dancers are only allowed to come into America as O1A athletes, literally we won't have dance instructors in 5 or 10 years," explained Wellemeyer.

Since moving from Moscow, Konovalov has been in several competitions and taught hundreds of students, which is still not enough to classify him for a renewal visa as an athlete. The problem has prompted Sen. Richard Blumenthal to speak up.

"They changed the rules of the game in the middle," said Senator Blumenthal. "And when he reapplied, reclassified the activity he was doing here from artistic to athletic, which is unfair."

If the senator's efforts are not enough, Konovalov could be sent back to Russia within six months, leaving behind the American dream he has worked so hard to build.

"I want to keep doing this," said Konovalov. "I love it. It's my life."

Since Konovalov's visa denial is in appeal, he is not allowed to teach and has no source of income. A GoFundMe page and Change.org petition have both been established to help Konovalov stay in the United States.
Re: anyone ever have fusion of big toe (MTP) joint
Posted by TundraDancingGal
1/30/2016  10:48:00 AM
I feel just sick reading all these posts. Doctors can do incredible things to help people but sadly a common link, particularly in orthopedic surgeries, is a doctor's view of success and a patient's view. Often the procedures can be successful at preventing greater pain or limitations, but can't get the patient back to where he or she expects. There are procedures commonly done such as hip and knee replacements which have terrific outcomes, but others are more complex, such as the foot or back. That's where you often see the disconnect and frustration post-surgery.

I have a morton's neuroma in my foot so I've been following this thread. Luckily I was familiar with the issue and was able to mitigate the pain and problems by life-style changes which included reducing dance time to allow the foot to heal. Others have had injections or surgery with varying degrees of success. Before any surgery, get multiple opinions, do your research and talk to others so you understand your choices and possible outcomes.
Re: Discipline
Posted by Ann Lee (Armstrong)
1/30/2016  9:44:00 AM

So interesting to read all these messages. I was Graham's partner for a while around that time. Was one of those dancers who used to sit right hand side of Lou's bandstand, and knew Phil Tate well. I often wonder how Graham's parents were, they were so kind to me. I danced with Len Armstrong before Graham. Happy happy times, many hours spent at Hammersmith Palais, and many lessons there also from the great Wally Fryer, lovely man. I met many lovely people in my ballroom dancing years, and have many happy memories. Ann
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