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Edward's Ballroom Dancing

Ballroom Dancing 1-2-3!!!
for Ballroom Dancing in Las Vegas, NV USA
Phone: 913-220-7460 & Email: edlam@yahoo.com or ballroomdancing123@hotmail.com or ballroomdancing123@gmail.com


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 lasting memory?

Tired of going to social functions but missing out on the fun?

Want to introduce your child to ballroom dancing or dancesport?

Does your sweetheart want you to learn to dance to spice up the romance?  Want to surprise her or him?

Looking for a new way to exercise, or a great pastime to meet other fun people?

Want to get your money's and time's worth in shopping for best-value dance lessons in Kansas?

Looking to further your dancing and possibly compete in dancesport?

Enjoy dressing up for a night out and treating yourself with Style?

Enjoy the looks of envy or admiration from others when you execute a new move on the dance floor?

Looking for new places to have a fun nightlife, such as where to dance, wine and dine around Kansas City?

Looking for an ideal dance host/dance companion for that special event as your dance partner for the evening to wow your friends, for a few hours of skilled practice time, or simply for an evening of wonderfully fun social dancing?

 

Look no further!!!  This website should serve your needs especially if you live in Las Vegas!!!

 

You don't quit dancing when you get old; you really get old when you quit dancing!


* News & Announcements *

(Last update: 10/8/2011)

FROM MY TEAM...

HI 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!  Well done!

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.  Great achievement!

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 done, Dan!

We are looking for performers to join our SouldancerUSA 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 edlam@yahoo.com.

Big 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 Championships!

Congratulations to Dan Song for placing first for all pro-am open silver single dance championship events at the 2009 Colorado Star Ball!

Our performance at Pathfinder Banquet on 3/26/09 was so well received that we got a big thank-you note from our client afterward!

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 Dancesport Championship!

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 single-dance events!

Congratulations to Conrad and Lourdes Nieva for placing first and second for all their Amateur Latin single-dance events!

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 ladies...




I OFFER GREAT DANCE LESSONS AND BEST VALUES!!!

You can book lessons online or contact me at 913-220-7460.  I offer best values - the best pricing and great quality for the lessons - period!  Many many positive references!

Like to perform?  If you are interested at dance competitions or showcases, I offer coaching and assistance for all ages.


A Brief Talk on Ballroom Dance Levels and Competitions

What is a ballroom dance competition?  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, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive.

Next 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 Open level.

The Newcomer category is usually reserved only for dancers who are attending their first couple competitions.  Usually 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).  Competitors 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.

Earlier 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 at present to run all these sub-levels.


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