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After being gone for a few months due to shoulder surgery, Kathy is back at Michiana Dance teaching ballroom dance lessons. This past week, she taught several private lessons and is starting her Trinity School students 2015 Spring session. She is also continuing to coach the Notre Dame ballroom dance team.
Indiana Challenge was a huge success for all the competitors from Michiana Dance! In alphabetical order, we had five students competing: Andreana, Elizabeth, Rachel, Theresa, and Weichuan.
Andreana was amazing! She danced in the Open Gold category which included five dances: Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, and Jive. She took first in five freestyles and second in the Scholarship. Andreana won two dances out of five and the winner took three. So, as you can see, it was pretty close.
Elizabeth was fantastic! She won the Bronze Scholarship which had three other competitors. The dances included Cha Cha, Samba, and Rumba. This was by far her best accomplishment. It is amazing to think that only six months ago, Elizabeth competed at Windy City DanceSport dancing the same event and she only took third. Now, after improving her technique and balance, she won the entire event.
This girl was on fire! Just look at her face. She is having so much fun that she literally lit up the room. People in the audience went crazy the moment she started dancing. Of course, she took first place in all the dances even though this was her first ballroom competition. Because we only had a couple of months to prepare, Rachel only danced Cha Cha and Rumba. By the next competition, she will learn Samba and Jive which means she will be able to dance scholarship or championship events.
When you combine skills with charisma, you get Theresa. She is Rachel’s younger sister. This was also her first ballroom competition, but no one could tell. Before Theresa entered the floor, she was a bit nervous. Before the music started, I whispered to her, “Don’t worry. You are the best and everybody is going to watch you.” Then, when the music started, everything changed. Right after we took our first steps, the crowd went wild. The energy in the room changed. This, of course, gave Theresa more fire which made her dance even better. Even the judges couldn’t stop watching her!
Weichuan also was fantastic. She won all the freestyles and took second in the scholarship. Watching her improve from one competition to the next is a pleasure. The interesting thing about Weichuan is that when she started dancing, she literally had zero dance experience. This means no ballet, jazz, or any other type of dance experience. So, going from nothing to competing so well is a great accomplishment.
Besides dancing well, Weichuan had a great look on the floor. Her makeup and hair were great thanks to Wai Mun Spilger. Also, her dress made her look like a seasoned Latin dancer. It is a new dress and Indiana Challenge is the first competition that she danced in it.
Overall, we are proud of all of our competitors. They all did amazing. We could not ask for anything more.
Every year, Kathy Nate teaches ballroom dancing at Trinity School in South Bend. The following is a salsa routine that the students performed in front of a crowd. This video is about five years old and all of the dancers are finished with college.
We had the team do a drill to work on being expressive when hitting picture lines. They had fun working off of each other’s energy each time they faced each other.
We are pleased to announce that we are releasing a new set of DVDs about how to make Men’s Ballroom Dance Pants. This collection has four DVDs.
In the first DVD, you will learn how to make a pattern after taking detailed measurements. In the second DVD, you will learn how to make a muslin mock-up as a trial before using the final fabric. In the third and fourth DVDs, you will learn how to make the pants using the pattern that was tested by the muslin mock-up.
Making your own pants allows you to create the perfect fit and to be creative with different types of fabric and different styles!
Preview of DVD 1
Preview of DVD 3 and 4
On Friday, February 13, we will be attending an International Dance Show. Come and join us. Get the tickets from Dancehipology. The event starts at 8 pm and goes until 10:30 pm. There will be open dancing and performance by Michele Prioletti and Julia Polai from Austria. Here is the couple in action.
On February 8, 2015, our Notre Dame Ballroom Team attended ValpoComp 2015. Here are some few highlights.
Scott and Jessica made the finals in the newcomer International Cha Cha and Jive.
Taksit and Arielle made finals in every dance. What amazed us the most is their Jive. Arielle had unbelievable energy.
Dillon and Savannah made it to the semi finals.
Every February, the Notre Dame Ballroom Team attends ValpoComp at Valparaiso University. It is a great comp to begin the Winter season with. This is a video from the club’s practice session right before the event.