If you are interested in ballroom dance competition,
we can prepare you for your event. If you are a male dancer, you
will be dancing in the Pro/Am division with Patty.
If you are a female dancer,
Al is available to dance with you in the Pro/Am division.
you are a couple, then Amateur Couple is available to
We focus on allowable American Style dance
patterns for the various entry levels as defined by the
lesson plan will revolve around technique such as balance, foot placement,
head placement and body position. After you select the types of
dances with your instructor, your focus will
be on those dances in
preparation for the competition. We will go over all
competing including what to wear, what to expect, entering and
competition dance floor, and when to be at the competition. Go to the
Links page for local and near by
What factors does a judge
weigh in assessing a couple's performance?
Judging, whether in figure
skating, dancing, or in any other sport, must have a
basis on which to
judge competitors within a limited amount of time.
Figure skating to some
degree would seem to be a lot easier as you are only
looking at one
competitor or one competing couple at a time. Dancing however
different story. There can be numerous couples on the dance floor at
one time. So, what are the adjudicators looking for?
Excerpts by Dan Radler (World
An experienced judge can quickly
assess these factors collectively:
Posture - One of the most important aspects. Good
posture makes you look
elegant and exude confidence. It improves balance and control.
Timing - If a couple is not dancing on time with the music, no
proficiency in any other aspect can overcome this. The music is
Line - The length and stretch of the body from head to toe.
Hold - The correct and unaffected positioning of the body parts
in closed dancing position.
Poise - In smooth dancing, the stretch of the woman’s body
upwards and outwards and leftwards into the man’s
right arm to achieve
balance and connection with his frame, as well as to project outwards to
Togetherness - The melding of two peoples’ body weights into
one, so that leading and following appear effortless
and the dancers are
totally in synchronization with each other.
Musicality and Expression - The basic characterization of the
dance to the particular music being played and the
to the musical phrasing and accents.
Presentation - Does the couple sell their dancing to the
audience? Do they dance outwardly, with enthusiasm,
exuding their joy of
dancing and confidence in their performance? Or do they show strain or
Power - Energy is exciting to watch, but it must be controlled,
Foot and Leg Action - The stroking of the feet across the floor
in Foxtrot to achieve smoothness and softness;
the deliberate lifting and
placing of the feet in tango to achieve a staccato action; the correct
straightening of the knees in rumba to create hip motion; the
extension of the ankles and the point of the toes
of the non-supporting
foot to enhance the line of a figure; the sequential use of the four
joints (hip, knee, ankle
and toes) to achieve fullness of action and
optimal power; the bending and straightening of knees and ankles in
to create rise and fall; the use of inside and outside edges of feet to
create style and line.
Shape - The combination of turn and sway to create a look or
Lead and Follow - Does the man lead with his whole body instead
of just his arms? Does the lady follow
effortlessly or does the man have
to assist her?
Floor Craft - Refers to avoiding bumping into other couples as
well as the ability to continue dancing without
pause when boxed in.
Intangibles - How a couple "look" together, whether they "fit"
emotionally, their neatness of appearance,
costuming, the flow of their
choreography and basically whether they look like "dancers".
Adjudicators are individuals and
each person has a different view in what they want to see and how they
these factors. One adjudicator may be especially interested in
technique while another may be interested in poise
or musicality and
expression. No qualified adjudicator will mark a competitor for any reason
other than his or her
honest evaluation of your performance.
Be good to your
mind and body!
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