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Clara Shih

Competition Checklist

Island Fantasy Ball is this weekend in Nanaimo! Since it’s an out-of-town competition, I thought it would be a good time to bring out my old Competition Checklist again. I’ve posted it quite a few times, but I think it’s a good reminder so that you don’t forget anything for your trip!

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Ballet versus Ballroom Training Approach

Everyone knows that ballet is a very technically demanding form of dance. The strength, balance, flexibility and precision required to dance ballet is quintessential. No one would argue that fact. However, in ballroom dancing, for whatever reason, the strength, balance and flexibility that all dancers admire and respect, seem to fall by the wayside and the focus is more on learning steps and routines.

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Re-igniting the Passion to Dance

What better way to re-ignite the passion inside of you than to spend a couple days with your lovely coach and mentor? After having 2 full days packed with lessons, lectures and workshops, we are re-inspired again to dance from within, to search for the truth and to pass it on to our beloved students!

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The Unbridled Spirit of the UBC Dance Club

It was yet another fun-tastic event at the UBC Gala Ball this past weekend!!! You never really know what to expect, as the executives are always a brand-new group of kids every year, presented with this massive undertaking of putting on a full-on competition for the local DanceSport community. This year, the execs showed everyone their unbridled spirit and enthusiasm towards dancing, that (as I know from experience) can only come out of being at the UBC Dance Club!

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Performance Team… What’s that?

I’ve gotten a lot of inquiries about our Performance Teams lately, so I thought I’d answer a few common questions. Hopefully I will be able to address what the difference is between a Performance Team and Formation Team, and the benefits of joining a team of dancers, as opposed to social dancing or being involved in competitive DanceSport.

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Our UBC Dance Club Memories…

With the 50th Anniversary of the UBC Gala Ball coming up next weekend, Joel and I are reminiscent of our earlier UBC days. There is so much history involved between us and the UBC Dance Club that we just can’t help getting sentimental over it all. We had our video interview with Olivia Yung (UBC Dance Club Bookings Rep) the other day, and we had a lot of fun recounting old stories. Here are some of the top 5 highlights…

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Choosing a Song for your First Dance

Venue, dress, catering… check, check, check. Invitations sent out… check. Now what’s left for your wedding preparations? Plan your First Dance at your Wedding! It’s really the only part in your whole wedding day where you and your fiance are up to your own. No minister or official telling you what to say, no photographer telling you where to stand, no wedding planner telling what’s next.

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Lifts & Tricks!!!

The JC Performance Team is going to be doing several shows at Robson Square this Friday. Some of the shows you may have seen before, and some may be new. Regardless, we have tried to incorporate a few new lifts and tricks that will be done this Friday for the very first time!

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Dancing: Natural or Learned?

In order to really master any form of dance, the sequence of understanding has to be there. As my Danish teacher, Hans Laxholm, always says… You must go ‘from knowing nothing – to knowing everything – to knowing nothing’.

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