Sep. 6th, 2010 09:21 am
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*pokes comm*

I did quite a bit of ballroom dancing from age 14 to 20 or so. I got my bronze and silver medals in standard and latin and did the courses for gold and gold-plus (have no idea how comparable those are across countries - I got mine in Germany, where I think gold-plus is pretty much entry-level-competition-worthy). That's all at least 6 years in the past now, though.

Anyway, I have been thinking about taking up Tango lessons with my boyfriend. Anyone else here doing that? Did you like it?

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Apr. 14th, 2009 05:42 pm
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Instead of replying to [personal profile] hkellick's post, I decided to make my own to help get the community going.

I started Ballroom Dancing when I was 12 and got roped in to partner a girl in a debutante ball. After those initial lessons, I wanted to do more so I started going lessons for individual medals. A few weeks in I was harangued to dance competitively with the owner of the studio's daughter.

After a couple of months of training, I had my first set of medals (bronze in Standard, Latin and New Vogue) and competed in my first competition in E Grade (now called Level 1) and D Grade for Latin. From then on, I was a ballroom dancer.

We moved interstate after a couple of years and so I changed studios and got a new partner... who also happened to be the daughter of one of the studio proprietors; weird. I improved so much at this particular studio with my then-partner, Kellianne. We even went to nationals a couple of times and got beaten out by New Zealanders. At this stage I was training 4-5 days per week, as well as teaching medal classes when I could for meagre money.

Then came the end of high school and I headed off to university to study. This was when I realised how time-consuming and expensive ballroom was as a hobby. I still loved it but just couldn't find the space in my life for it.

I joined the university's dance club and started teaching ballroom and street latin classes which kept me somewhat satisfied, but not as much as getting back into it would.

At 23, I'm still in university (although my final year now) and have been thinking about starting up once again when I graduate and have some time and money to spare. I really miss it, even if I did protest about fake-tanning up for competitions. And, the ladies love a dancer ;)

I don't know how similar the structure of Ballroom qualifications is in Australia to the rest of the world but there are 4 styles: Modern/Standard, Latin, New Vogue and English Old-TIme each in which you can do Bronze through to Gold medals that differ in intermediate levels between FATD and ADS which are the codes I'm familiar with.
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Well, in an effort to try to get some conversation started in this community, let me introduce myself.

Hi, I'm HK. :) I've been a ballroom dancer for a little over a year now. My wife and I decided to take ballroom dancing lessons a few months before our wedding because we both wanted to be able to actually DANCE a wedding dance. A friend of ours suggested Arthur Murray and we ended up checking them out and taking lessons through them.

What's funny, I guess, is that when I started taking lessons I know that I, personally, really fell for ballroom dancing. It sort of blindsided me that I REALLY enjoyed dancing, a passion that I still feel. :)

The wife and I are both Bronze I students through Arthur Murray, nearly Bronze II students meaning.. I know the basics and a few moves in seven dances: Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Swing, "Club Swing" (it will become the Hustle later), Rumba and Cha-Cha. I also know the very basic steps of Salsa, Samba and Merengue.

I love dancing and I am very excited about moving up the ladder somewhat to learn some new moves and, no doubt, making my basics even stronger than they are now. :)

So.. tell me about yourself. :) How did you get into ballroom dancing and what do you dance? :)
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I see we have some actual people on this community. Welcome an please tell us about yourself. :)

How long have you been dancing? What dances do you know? How did you start dancing? Anything else we'd want to know about you? :)


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