Confidence is Key

Recently a friend got me thinking about confidence in ballroom dancing.  Confidence is critical to doing well on the competition floor and giving your best performance in a showcase. So where does confidence come from? How can you build more if you are doubting yourself? Know the steps – This is the baseline, you know…

10 weird things about ballroom dance

Disclaimer: I’ve been dancing ballroom for 8 years, so I say these things with love! Definitely not hating on ballroom, just pointing out some things about it that are kinda odd You usually don’t know who you are competing against, or even if you have ANY competitors in your division until the day you compete….

Dancing as an Adult

Oh, how I wish I started ballroom dancing when I was a kid!  Who knows what heights I could have reached, maybe I would be a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars right now. Maybe I would have travelled the world winning trophies to fill my bedroom.  I am constantly amazed by the talent…

Setting Intentions for the New Year

Just like you set work goals for the new year, you can do the same for your dancing. Setting and achieving dance goals makes you feel happy and can provide validation beyond just winning medals.

Holiday Gift Guide for Ballroom Dancers

Yes, I know it’s not Thanksgiving yet, but it’s time to start thinking about holiday gifts. If you are stumped on what to get your dance teacher or dance friends then look no further! Or you can subtlety forward this link to your family as a hint to what they should get you for the…

Affordable Ballroom Costumes – a myth?

Do you remember signing up for your first ballroom competition and finding out how much costumes cost? Holy cow, talk about sticker shock! The quality of the fabric, type of rhinestones used, quantity of rhinestones, and the country the dress is made in all factor into the price, with some designer gowns getting upwards of…

8 Reasons Why Collegiate Ballroom is Awesome!

Some of you may know I started my ballroom dance journey in college.  I was a fan of Dancing with the Stars, and so when my university hosted their club fair the first week of freshman year I bee-lined to the ballroom dance club table.  They didn’t even need to sell me on it, I…

Smooth vs. Standard

Let’s start with a brief history lesson. Ballroom dancing falls under two main styles – American and International. International style came first and was developed in England. Under the “International style” umbrella falls standard and latin. As partner dancing became more popular in the United States the country put their own spin on the more…

Why You Should Go Out Social Dancing

I’m surprised by the number of people I know who have been taking dance lessons for over a year but have never been out social dancing.  Social dancing is great!  By “social dancing” I mean partner dancing that is informal and relaxed, there is no instructor critiquing your technique, and you aren’t being judged like…