If you ask yourself one or more of
the following questions...
Getting married soon and wanting to
make the First Dance at your wedding a wonderful and
Tired of going to social functions
but missing out on
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News & Announcements *
FROM MY TEAM...
EVERYONE, WE HAVE MOVED TO VEGAS!!! I would like
to thank all my friends for sticking with me over the
years. We look forward to meeting new ones in
Vegas and beyond!
Congratulations to Dan Song for winning the 2011 Emerald
Ball Pro/Am Silver Latin-B Scholarship after surviving
the quarter final, semi-final and final rounds!
Congratulations to Nicole Pan for winning the 2011 St.
Louis Star Ball Pro/Am Silver Latin-A Scholarship!
Congratulations to Dan Song for winning the 2011 St.
Louis Star Ball Pro/Am Silver Latin-B Scholarship, and
placing all firsts for her open standard single dance
entries! She was also placed second in a field of
four couples in the Open Standard Scholarship.
Congratulations to Dan Song for winning the 2010 Heart of
America Dancesport Pro/Am Silver Latin-B Scholarship and
Silver American Smooth Scholarship and placing first in
all her single dance championship dance entries!
Also, she placed third in the Pro/Am World Series Open
Latin Championships! I am so proud of you, Dan!
Congratulations to Za Zhang for winning the 2010 Heart of
America Dancesport Newcomer Standard Scholarship and
placing second in the Newcomer Latin Scholarship!
I am very very proud of you at your first ever comp, Na!
May you enjoy your prize money!
Congratulations to Nicole Pan for placing third in the
2010 Heart of America Dancesport Pro/Am Bronze-A Latin
Scholarship! The judges Elena Kryuchkova and
Andrei Gavriline, both former U.S. Latin champions and
world Latin finalists, both marked you all firsts and
seconds on all your dances. You've won their
hearts at your first ever comp!
Congratulations to Lindsay Bohonik for placing third in
the 2010 Heart of America Dancesport Pro/Am Silver
Latin-A Scholarship! The judges Kristi Roslender
and Kris Kasperavicz marked your dancing first and
second. Your dancing really captured their eyes!
Congratulations to Dan Song for winning the 2010 St.
Louis Star Ball Pro/Am Silver-B American Smooth and International
Latin scholarships! She also placed second on the
Pro/Am Silver-B International Standard Scholarship. Well
are looking for performers to join our
Ballroom Group Dance Ensemble. The purpose is to find
people with a passion and talent to perform the five
International Latin dances, the Cha Cha Cha, Samba,
Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive, as
a team. We will train you so that you'll be
proficient in these Latin dances in steps, technique and
styling. In return, we ask that you perform with
us in future showcase opportunities, for we intend to
spread the joy and benefits of Latin dances through performances.
THIS IS NOT A CLASS but a commitment to participate with
us as members of SouldancerUSA Ballroom Group Dance
Ensemble. Your Latin dances will surely improve!!!
No need to have a partner. If interested, please contact
Edward @ 913-220-7460 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
thanks to Shiela Dore, Maddy Goehler, Susan Jahelka,
Dave Leeper, Emerald Liu, Dan Song, Yi Wang Song and
Iris Zheng for being a part of Edward's Ballroom Dancing
Team to perform at the Ballroom Fever Showcase on
November 14th at Morton Ballroom in KCMO! The
Showcase was a SUCCESS because of you!
Congratulations to Dan Song for placing firsts for all
her single dance championship entries and winning both
the Closed Silver International Latin Scholarship and
Closed Bronze American Smooth Scholarship at 2009 Heart
of America Dance Championships!
Congratulations to Emerald Liu for placing firsts for all
her single dance championship entries and winning the
Pre-teen Closed Bronze International Latin Championship
at 2009 Heart of America Dance Championships!
Congratulations to Maddy Goehler for placing firsts for
all her single dance championship entries and placing
second for the Junior Closed Bronze International Latin
Championship at 2009 Heart of America Dance
Congratulations to Dan Song for placing first for all
pro-am open silver single dance championship events at
the 2009 Colorado Star Ball!
performance at Pathfinder Banquet on 3/26/09 was so well
received that we got a big thank-you note from our
Congratulations to Team J.E. for winning the 2009 City
Light Pro-Am Open Latin Scholarship of $600 in San Jose!
Congratulations to Dan Song for placing first for
all pro-am single-dance and multi-dance events at the 2009 City
Light Dancesport Championship!
Congratulations to Team J.E.,
for winning the second placing at 2008 UMKC Open Talent
Competitions in November, with their rendition of Rumba!
2008 USDC in Orlando, FL was a tough comp with lots of outstanding
competitors and some of the world's best pro/am couples, but Dan Song made it to the finals of both
United States National Pro/Am International Latin and
Standard 5 Dance Championships, as well as World Pro/Am
International 10 Dance Championship, receiving
encouraging marks (3's and 4's) from the judges.
Congratulations to Dan Song for winning both the 2008
Heart of America Dancesport Pro-am American Smooth
Bronze Championship and Scholarship in kansas City, MO! Also, she won
the Pro-am Latin Bronze Scholarship.
Congratulations to JieYi Xu for winning both the 2008
Heart of America Dancesport Pro-am International
Standard Bronze Championship and Silver Latin
championship! She was also placed second at the
Pro-am Silver Latin Scholarship.
Congratulations to Mei Holsclaw for placing first in Cha
Cha, second in Samba and fourth in Rumba in her
single-dance events at the 2008 Heart of America
Congratulations to David and Mei Holsclaw for placing
first at their amateur single-dance events at the 2008
Heart of America Dancesport Championship!
Congratulations to David Holsclaw and Dan Song for
placing first at all their amateur single-dance events
at the 2008 Heart of America Dancesport Championship!
Congratulations to Dan Song for winning the 2008 Twin
Cities Open Pro-Am International Latin Bronze
Championship, Scholarship, and capturing first places
for all her Latin and Standard single-dance events!
Also, she was placed third and fourth for the Twin
Cities Open Pro-Am International Standard Silver
Championship and Scholarship, respectively.
Congratulations to JieYi Xu for capturing second place at
the 2008 Twin Cities Open Pro-Am International Latin
Silver Championship, Scholarship, and capturing first
and second places for all her Latin single-dance events!
Also, she was placed third for the Twin Cities Open
Pro-Am International Standard Bronze Championship.
She made the final and was placed fourth after surviving
the semi-final at the Twin Cities Open Pro-Am
International Standard Bronze Scholarship!
Congratulations to Mei Holsclaw for placing first for all
her Twin Cities Open Newcomer International Latin
Congratulations to Conrad and Lourdes Nieva for placing
first and second for all their Amateur Latin
Congratulations to Dan Song for placing firsts for Pro/Am
International Latin Silver 3 Dance Championship at the
2008 Atlanta Open!
Congratulations to Dan Song for winning the Pro/Am
International Latin Silver Scholarship at the 2008 St.
Louis Star Ball!
While poor Edward had to
take in lots of energy bars, bananas, water and Gatorade to keep up with the
GREAT DANCE LESSONS AND BEST VALUES!!!
You can book lessons online
contact me at 913-220-7460. I offer
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If you are interested at
or showcases, I offer
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A Brief Talk on
Ballroom Dance Levels and Competitions
What is a ballroom
There really isn't a
simple answer but let's
break the answer into parts. A
ballroom dance or dancesport
comp is an event hosted by a
qualified and accredited entity that
invites dancers from different dance schools
and locations to attend.
Dancers compete at a
variety of skill levels. The
competition itself is done in
a series of events (in one
dance per event, or multi-dance events).
Depending on the number
of couples, there may be multiple rounds per event,
depending on the number of participants.
After each round, a
certain percentage of dancers is called back to the next
round. Rounds progress
until there are (ideally) six or
sometimes seven or even eight couples remaining.
These competitors in the final are ranked in
order by the judges. The judges' marks are tallied and
averaged, and you get the final placings.
Ballroom dance competitions
feature four categories of dance in two styles.
We have American Style,
which, as the name suggests, is only danced
competitively in the United States. American
Style is divided into two
categories. Smooth, which usually consists of Waltz,
Tango, Foxtrot, and Viennese Waltz.
And Rhythm, which makes up of
Rumba, Cha Cha, Swing, Mambo, and Bolero. Then we
have International Style, which is danced in
competitions throughout the world. International Style
also has two categories.
Standard, similar to Smooth, which is
Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, and Viennese Waltz.
Then, analogous to Rhythm,
the International Style Latin,
consists of Cha Cha Cha, Samba,
Paso Doble and Jive.
you may wonder how competitions deal with dancers of
differing experiences and levels. There is a level system in place,
and each level has a defined "syllabus" to go with each
level/category pair. The
syllabus is simply the list of dance patterns that are
allowed in that particular level and category.
The levels are (usually)
Newcomer, Bronze, Silver, and Gold. There is also the
The Newcomer category is usually reserved only for
dancers who are attending their first couple
the rule is that you've been dancing less than half a
year (or a semester). Newcomer
level is a chance for new competitors to get into the
swing of competing without the stress of having to
compete at the Bronze level (often
for dancers who have competed for some time).
As a Newcomer, you may
dance any figure in the Bronze syllabus.
The Bronze level is often termed the beginner level.
Dancers that are
dedicated to constantly improving their dancing by
mastering more advanced technique and patterns usually
spend a year or year and a half in Bronze. If you're not
all that serious about competition, you may hang out in
Bronze for quite some time. It all depends on how much
time you want to commit. As you might guess, the Bronze
level is limited to the Bronze syllabus.
There may further be sub-divisions in Bronze, such as
Pre-Bronze (partial Bronze syllabus), Closed Bronze
(full Bronze syllabus only) and Open Bronze (Bronze
syllabus plus other steps) at certain comps.
The Silver or intermediate level is for competitors who
have a fine grasp of technique, and, in general who have
consistently placed well in Bronze level competitions
(though it isn't required to have placings; choosing to
advance in level is a competitor's choice).
in Silver are limited to the Bronze and Silver syllabi.
Again, sub-divisions may exist, such as Pre-Silver,
Closed Silver and Open Silver.
Gold level, or advanced, is a place for competitors to
show their mastery of both technique and the entire
syllabus for that particular dance/category. Here you
have a wide range of options, as you may do any patterns
in the Bronze, Silver, or Gold syllabi.
These Syllabi must be recognized by the organizer of the
competitions in order to be performed.
I mentioned the Open level, and you might be wondering
what that's all about. The
Open level is separate from the four syllabus levels.
Open means that anything
goes; there is no Open syllabus. The Open level is a
place for dancers who have mastered technique and want
to dance more challenging
choreographed routines. (Routines are often used in
syllabus events as well, but these routines are just
amalgamations of syllabus patterns.) The Open level is
usually a treat to watch at
the end of many competitions. This
is where the most expressive, dynamic dancing takes
place. Technically, the
Open level is divided into three sub-levels: Novice,
Pre-Championship, and Championship
(Rising Star and Open Championship).
These sub-levels reflect
how long a couple has been dancing Open and how
comfortable they are with advanced routines. Often all
these will be collapsed into a
single event under the "Open" umbrella, since there are
only few competitors
to run all these
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