American Rhythm Dance Style Explained

Engaging, effervescent, and communal—these words describe what the American Rhythm dance style is all about, consisting of the five dances Cha Cha, Rumba, East Coast Swing, Bolero, and Mambo.

  • Jan 20, 2022 1:33:08 PM |
  • Alise Borne

Dance Vision: A Full Member of the ...

Dance Vision is a long-standing member of the NDCA for over 20 years. What does this mean?

 

  • Jan 20, 2022 12:49:45 PM |
  • Alise Borne

International Latin Dance Style ...

Fast-paced, explosive energy, and special attention to detail, are words to describe the International Latin dance style and it’s five dances: Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, and Jive.

  • Jan 19, 2022 5:35:41 PM |
  • Alise Borne

How Marzena Stachura Discovered ...

Some may say that I started to dance before I was born; my mom’s last competition happened when she was five months pregnant with me. I truly was born into a dancing family—all of my relatives, including aunts, uncles, cousins, were competitive ballroom dancers at some point in their lives. Being a very shy kid, ballroom dancing and performing in front of others was the last thing on my mind. I never thought this would be my life, my passion, my everything. 

  • Jan 13, 2022 12:18:33 PM |
  • Marzena Stachura

The 19 Different Types of Ballroom Dance

One of the greatest things about ballroom dance is the variety it offers. Whether you are a seasoned expert, or a new dancer, you might catch yourself wondering, “are there  19 different types?!" The answer is yes, there are, and we’ve broken them down to help you understand what makes each of them unique.

  • Jan 9, 2022 5:45:54 PM |
  • Alise Borne

8 Tips for Setting Dance Goals in the ...

The beginning of the year is often a season of intention, resolution, and goal setting. We hope to empower you to take control over ballroom dancing dreams.

1. Stay True to YOU

Take time to identify what you love about dance, and set goals that align with your passion. Is everyone around you competing, but it’s simply not your jam? No problem at all! Consider other options, such as a showcase performance or a student medals test. There are a multitude of ways to set goals for your dance journey that are unique and true to your personality and lifestyle.

  • Jan 6, 2022 12:56:37 PM |
  • Alise Borne

Dance Vision 2021 Year-End Roundup!

In honor of a year full of dancing, we're rounding up your most liked, most viewed, and most "favorited" across our website and social platforms. Ring in the New Year by reminiscing with some past favorites and maybe discovering a new blog or video to inspire you in the months to come. Happy 2022!

  • Dec 30, 2021 2:35:25 PM |
  • Alise Borne

Dance Vision's Favorite Things

From physical items, to activities to mindset and intentions, we've gathered a few of our favorite 2021 things!

  • Dec 28, 2021 3:08:35 PM |
  • Alise Borne

Benefits of Dance Vision Membership

What is the Dance Vision Membership?

Welcome to Dance Vision! We are excited to help you discover the power of ballroom dance

  • Dec 21, 2021 1:01:12 PM |
  • Alise Borne

The Ultimate Guide to Dance Vision

Who We Are


 

  • Dec 13, 2021 12:16:46 PM |
  • Alise Borne

Saturday Recap at the Dance Vision ...

“Let's go, Julie!,” cheered Ellen Sappington and Sandy Berg. Ellen turned back to make sure we knew, “It’s Julie’s birthday today.” Ellen and Sandy are from Atlanta, GA and part of Jones Dancesport Ballroom. “Look at her extensions, Ellen!” exclaimed Sandy. “Julie dances in the silver category, and we are in Bronze. We want to be her when we grow up!”

  • Nov 14, 2021 6:36:33 PM |
  • Alise Borne

Friday Recap at the Dance Vision ...

Welcome to Tampa, Florida!

  • Nov 14, 2021 8:17:34 AM |
  • Alise Borne

Top Tips for Ballroom Dance Competitions

In competitive ballroom dance, there are nuances to navigate at events, as there are in other sports and activities. Here are some of the unsung “rules” surrounding dance competitions that you may never have been told outright.

  • Nov 8, 2021 4:03:00 PM |
  • Alise Borne

Ballroom Beauty Must-Haves

One of our favorite beauty gurus is back and better than ever—on November 4, 2021, we welcome Hope Jackson for a ballroom makeup workshop, open to Dance Vision members. Whether you're planning for a studio showcase, competition, or just hoping to glam up for those weekend social dance parties, sharpen your skills in this 60 min Zoom class.

Psst...if you missed the live class, don't worry it will be available to watch in our library (or to refer back to in the future!).

  • Nov 3, 2021 11:53:59 AM |
  • Alise Borne

A Ballroom Warm Up from Head to Toe

Are you ready for the best dance practice ever? A deliberate warmup is the best thing you can do for yourself before practice to get your mind cleared, soul ignited, and body physically ready for movement. 

  • Oct 22, 2021 10:06:12 AM |
  • Alise Borne

Our Favorite Ballroom Dance Movies

As summer ends and the crisp air, warm blankets, and scented candles of fall appear, we can’t help but daydream about cozy times on the couch...relaxing after dance practice, curled up with a mug of our favorite hot beverage and ballroom dance movie. 

  • Oct 14, 2021 10:57:30 AM |
  • Alise Borne

Why Ballroom Dancers Should Cross-Train

As TV shows like So You Think You Can Dance depict, dancers can excel when they are able to quickly transition between multiple styles. These dancers challenge the expectations for what an audience perceives a certain type of dance to be, shattering the bounds of what is possible. We chatted with four ballroom dancers who share extensive knowledge and experience cross-training across a multitude of styles. Eric, Holly, Rick, and Lacey explain why stepping outside of your your normal dance style can help you become a stronger dancer.

  • Aug 30, 2021 1:12:16 PM |
  • Alise Borne

Dance Vision Floor Installed at World ...

Dance Vision is thrilled to announce our newest dance floor installation: Starlight Dance Centre

  • Aug 17, 2021 12:15:33 PM |
  • Morgan Wissel

In-Person vs. Online Dance Classes: ...

Ballroom dance is a welcoming art form that is open to you at any age, level, and with or without a partner. We’ve chatted about social and competitive ballroom dance, but did you know that your options for learning ballroom are just as vast? In this post, we’ll break down the differences between group classes, private lessons, and online learning.

  • Aug 13, 2021 9:59:49 AM |
  • Alise Borne

Dance is Ageless

You can dance at any age. It not discriminate based on who you are, your age, or what your goals are...it welcomes you with open arms into its artistry, beauty of movement, and soulful expression.

Don't just take our word for it: we profiled six dancers across the country to show you that no matter when you and dance find each other, it can change your life as soon as you step on the floor.

  • Aug 13, 2021 9:32:26 AM |
  • Alise Borne

Dancers Giving Back: the HeartSoles ...

Stefan Badea and Deborah (Deb) Millington Holmes met two and a half years ago the way many dance friendships begin: at a local dance studio. Their Pro-Am partnership (when a Professional dances at ballroom competitions with their student) grew into a strong friendship, and now, into a collaborative effort to make ballroom dance more accessible across the globe.

Deb is enthusiastic about both dance and life,“I’m always up for a challenge!” she chuckled, “which is good because Stefan kicks my butt on a regular basis!” This made Stefan laugh, too. Their partnership is visibly symbiotic, on and off the dance floor, making the success of their newest venture irrefutable.  

  • Aug 9, 2021 11:16:44 AM |
  • Alise Borne

A Day in the Life of a Professional ...

Hello, my Dance Vision family! I am Alise Borne and I'd like to think I have the best job(s) in the world. I work for Dance Vision (you might recognize my name as a blog author!), I am a Professional ballroom dancer, and am on my way to becoming a Nurse Practitioner. Here is a glimpse into my day competing as a professional ballroom dancer. 

9:00am 

  • Jul 30, 2021 9:12:00 AM |
  • Alise Borne

A Comprehensive Guide to Competitive ...

Not all ballroom dancers compete, though for some, competitions and their environments bring a sense of accomplishment, gratification and excitement like none other.

  • Jul 28, 2021 12:45:11 PM |
  • Alise Borne

Essential Items to Pack for Ballroom ...

Compared to your practice dance bag, there is more strategy at play when you’re packing for a ballroom dance competition. We love this tip from Center Stage Dance: go from head to toe to ensure you've remembered everything for your special day.

  • Jul 19, 2021 3:56:44 PM |
  • Alise Borne

Member Stories: Doctor of Physical ...

Ruth Trimble’s home office suits her perfectly—tidy, organized, a bookshelf featuring dance anatomy books and physical therapy texts. Flowers add a whimsical touch along with multiple cups of colorful pens and highlighters to the side. A cork board hangs, full of sticky notes depicting the day’s tasks, both work and dance related. It is evident that Ruth cares deeply about all the finite details in her life from her office and profession, all the way to her dancing. 

  • Jul 2, 2021 9:58:17 AM |
  • Alise Borne

8 Tips for Maximizing Summertime Dancing

Is the summer heat putting a cramp in your dancing? We’ve outlined eight tips for maximizing summertime lessons, classes or dance parties for ballroom dancers. Here’s what you can do to beat the heat and stay present during dance time.

  • Jun 29, 2021 8:05:40 AM |
  • Alise Borne

Ballroom Dance Music

Music and dance have been intertwined since the beginning of time—in fact, from the onset of partner dancing in particular, music has inspired new movement and dance styles, and dance has inspired musicians to play and arrange their music in new ways.

As dancers, we attempt to move with impressive musicality...and this is not always an easy feat! We sat down with Musical Director (he plays music for ballroom competitions around the world), Brent Thomas Mills, from MusicMills to provide you with insight that can enhance your musical experience during practice time, at a social or party, or on the competition floor.

  • Jun 24, 2021 2:15:38 PM |
  • Alise Borne

Benefits of the Dance Vision Instructor ...

We’re back and better than ever! Well, we never left, but we did revamp our Instructor Membership and made the decision to go by Dance Vision, and not DVIDA. Within our period of massive expansion, we are refreshing our American Style Syllabi (it’s similar, but more succinct), improving certification processes (navigate the journey with ease), and creating increased value for our instructors in the ballroom dance industry.

  • Jun 17, 2021 7:23:36 AM |
  • Alise Borne

Awkward Ballroom Dance Topics

Let’s face it...we’ve all encountered awkward situations and odd questions within the ballroom dance setting. It can be difficult to determine where to ask, what to ask, and who to ask—that’s why we’re putting everything on the table and talking topics people commonly wonder about, but rarely talk about. Afterall, we’re all human, aren’t we? 😀

  • Jun 15, 2021 2:52:02 PM |
  • Alise Borne

Tips for Coping With Dance Performance ...

Butterflies in your stomach...they can be uncomfortable, but they’re simply a reminder that you care about what you are doing. Next time you have the nervous jitters before a ballroom dance lesson, practice, or dance competition, try these five tips from our mindfulness expert and Dance Vision Instructor, Natalie Crandall.

  • Jun 14, 2021 12:01:16 PM |
  • Natalie Crandall

How Do I Become a Certified Dance ...

So you're considering a certification in ballroom..we're so excited for you! Whether you are just now considering an occupation in dance, or years into your teaching career, becoming certified can set you apart in a competitive industry and contribute to a fulfilling career of exploration and accomplishment. Here is everything you need to know about how the process of certification.

  • Jun 8, 2021 11:51:59 AM |
  • Alise Borne
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