Inspiration

Another Birthday To Be Thankful For

2018 BC Legends of Dance Award goes to Joel & Clara Marasigan This past weekend, another birthday has gone by.  After 40-something years, I am pretty used to the fact that my birthday often coincides with Thanksgiving weekend.  For the last 2 years though, not only has it coincided with Thanksgiving, but also the Delta…

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An Interview with Amber Blair

Meet Amber Blair… Chemist during the day, outdoors aficionado on weekends and ballroom dancer at night.   Name: Amber Blair Nickname: “Bambi” Age:  27 years old Education:  Master of Science in Chemistry Current Occupation:  Scientific Communications and Publishing Coordinator at STEMCELL Technologies.  Amber’s main role is to write weekly science newsletters covering a variety of immunology…

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Top 5 Simple Yet Awesome Gifts for Ballroom Dancers

Top 5 Simple Yet Awesome Gifts for Ballroom Dancers Do you have a special someone on your shopping list that ballroom dances?  Don’t know the difference between Supadance and Chrisanne Clover?  Quickstep those worries away, and check out our list for the top 5 simple yet awesome gift ideas for ballroom dancers.   1. Tennis balls These…

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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 Dance (Baby) Whisperer – Introduction

As I am reading and re-reading the Baby Whisperer, I discover so many parallels that could be very useful for Ballroom dancers. Just like for the Baby Whisperer, there is no singular almighty solution that is perfect for everyone; each baby and each family (or each dancer and dance partnership) needs to look within themselves and find the strategy that best suits their individual situations.

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Interview with Emanuel & Tania – Part I

At the Snowball Classic earlier this year, Joel and I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with the winners of the IDSF Standard event, Emanuel Valeri & Tania Kehlet. Although Emanuel is Italian, the couple represents Denmark and are currently ranked 2nd in the IDSF Standard World Ranking List. Having traveled to Denmark and having trained with their Danish coach, Hans Laxholm, ourselves, Joel and I had a lot to talk to them about.

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Interview with Simone & Annette – Part 2

As you can see from this hard working and dedicated couple, success does not come easily. You have to be patient and focused; you have to work hard and be committed; and you have to have faith and believe strongly in what you are doing… All vital ingredients to get you to the top!

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Interview with Simone & Annette – Part 1

At the Snowball Classic in Vancouver this past weekend, Joel and I had the opportunity to have a chat with two of the couples who were competing in the IDSF Open Standard event. Currently ranked 4th in the IDSF Standard World Ranking List, Simone Segatori & Annette Sudol, representing Germany, were gracious enough to let us publish our conversation together. They were willing to divulge all their ‘secrets’ (well, almost all!) to help inspire up and coming dancers like yourselves. Joel and I used to train and compete with them in England when they were just coming up the ranks, so it was nice to be able to sit down and catch up with them.

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