by EveryDanceSchool.com on 02/13/2013 - 04:51 pm |
Dancing is a norm throughout society from celebrities to “Flash Mobs” breaking out into random synchronized dances in Malls, to music videos. Dancing is embedded in our souls. We dance a lot more than we think…from celebrating our friend’s weddings, our favorite football team catching a touchdown pass and other happy occasions. We find excuses to let our bodies move and have a good time.
They made us dance with the opposite sex in middle school and even taught us ballroom dances during P.E. Looking back it was good for those college and adult days while dating. You get to know someone more intimately being physically close while dancing. Many Therapists who work with marriage counselors actually tell couples to dance together or take a class to help create the bond that they once had. Amazing what dance can do for a relationship..
Dancing has become mainstream in media throughout the years. The movies are a classic example of dancing in popular culture. The likes of Ginger Roberts and Gene Kelly lit up the big screen with a amazing dance and song numbers. Even more recent movies like Dirty Dancing, The Black Swan and even Stomp The Yard are among the hundreds of movies that people flocked to and adore. Famous celebrities like Hugh Jackman take roles on Broadway and will dance around a stage for 90 minutes and we will love it.
Fitness based dance classes like Zumba have become very popular and offered at almost all gyms. They say it’s a fun way to shed a few punds or get a cardio routine in. More and more people are enjoying these dance styled classes and not thinking that they are working out but dancing.
We all dance. We dance at those happy occasions, we dance when we get a new job and sometimes we dance for a workout. We dance because we want to, not because we are told to.
by EveryDanceSchool.com on 11/15/2011 - 11:48 am |
Tag: For Dancers
by Lloyd Schwartz
A Damsel in Distress was the third of only four films on which George Gershwin and his brother Ira collaborated. The star is Fred Astaire, but without Ginger Rogers. Their previous film together, Shall We Dance?, also with an unforgettable Gershwin score, hadn't lived up to studio expectations, and the now-famous stars were taking a break from each other.
This film — out now on a new DVD from Warner Classics — has two substitutes for Rogers, one of the best and maybe the worst. Two songs from it became standards, and Astaire's longtime assistant, choreographer Hermes Pan, won an Oscar for dance direction for one of the most delightful production numbers in a Hollywood musical.
The story is based on a novel by P.G. Wodehouse, who also co-authored the screenplay. It's a mild satire on the snobbery of the British aristocracy. The heroine, the rebellious Lady Alyce Marshmorton, is played by 18-year-old Joan Fontaine (three years before she won an Oscar in Suspicion — the only actor ever to win an Oscar in an Alfred Hitchcock film).
Her family thinks she has fallen in love with Astaire, who plays an American dancer visiting London with his publicist and his dizzy secretary — played by George Burns and Gracie Allen. It's directed by George Stevens, who's better known for such high dramas as A Place in the Sun, Shane and Giant, but who had previously directed Astaire and Rogers in what many people consider their very best film, Swingtime.
The British setting gives the Gershwins a chance to experiment; the score actually includes two madrigals. But the great number is an 8-minute sequence in a fun house, in which Astaire and Burns and Allen slide down a chute, and dance on a double turntable turning in opposite directions — and in front of a series of fun-house mirrors that stretch them and shorten them and make them all legs with no bodies (a marvelously ironic image of Astaire).
Burns and Allen are veteran vaudevillians, and their dancing is light as a feather, especially Allen's hilarious nonstop trotting around that turntable, like some wonderful wind-up toy.
The main problem with the film is that Fontaine was no dancer. So the only romantic dance number in the film takes place in a woodland setting, and whenever possible, Fontaine is hidden by trees. It may be the only Astaire musical that doesn't end with a duet. The other great song in the film is "Nice Work If You Can Get It," with Astaire simultaneously dancing and playing drums with his feet.
Imagine a time in Hollywood when there were so many good movie songs that neither "A Foggy Day" nor "Nice Work If You Can Get It" was nominated for a best song Oscar. In fact, George Gershwin's only Oscar nomination was from the same year, for another song introduced by Fred Astaire — "They Can't Take That Away from Me," from Shall We Dance?
But it lost to a Hawaiian number called "Sweet Leilani" that Bing Crosby made popular. It would be my ...
by EveryDanceSchool.com on 11/04/2011 - 03:01 pm |
Tag: For Dancers
by Shern-Min Chow / KHOU 11 News
Posted on November 3, 2011 at 6:04 PM
Updated yesterday at 6:21 PM
HOUSTON -- Each year, teenage girls everywhere agonize over prom dresses; What to wear? How much to spend? For one Humble student, though, her dream dress has already earned her $50,000 -- and that may just be the beginning.
Taya Swensen, 18, modeled her emerald green ball gown for KHOU 11 News, pointing to "the bunching, the bustles, the hidden roses down there." It is a labor of love.
"I didn’t use a pattern -- trial and error," the Atascocita High School graduate explained.
She entered the runway-ready product in JoAnne’s "Own Your Look" sewing contest. Regional Vice President Michelle Christensen showed up at the Humble store to award Taya her prize. Before a small crowd, Christensen stood on a makeshift stage announcing, "I’d like to bring out this year’s first place winner -- your own Taya Swensen!"
The prize was a jaw-dropping $50,000. Like nearly everything worthwhile, Taya’s success was not ready-made. Last year, she entered a short flouncy white dress with rainbow accents in the same contest and finished in the top 10.
"I got $1,000 for that dress. I was ecstatic! I was so happy that I placed out of 3,000 people and that was first thing I sewed on a 6-year-old machine," Taya recalled.
Good, but not good enough.
She that first taste of success, she promised herself she’d do it again this year – and this time, she would win.
So the art student refashioned her talents and went to work.
"It’s a huge process. It goes on for six months and the whole house is a disaster," Her father, Kyle Swensen said.
She spent some 200 hours, cutting, sewing, ripping and redesigning. She also took a theatre costuming class -- and her parents -- by surprise.
"She was confident, we weren’t!" her dad quipped.
Her confidence is contagious. Taya has a little business now, run from her Facebook page.
"I’m making little casual dresses, they’re 60 bucks and I’ve sold about 4 of them," she said.
Her designs are fun and filled with surprise. On this day, she starts pulling at her green grown just below the waist.
"What you do is unsnap and it unsnaps all the way around and I can step right out," Taya explained.
Her winning design is a convertible. It goes from floor length to dance length in less than 60 seconds.
She designed all the accessories, shoes, headpiece, jewelry and a matching vest and tie for her boyfriend.
by EveryDanceSchool.com on 11/03/2011 - 02:27 pm |
'Dancing with the Stars' Judge Reveals Online Dating Past
By LUCHINA FISHER (@luchina)
John Sciulli/Getty Images
Dancer Carrie Ann Inaba attends The First Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Hosts "Lexus LIVE On The Plaza" with Train at LA Live on October 15, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
The professional dancers paired with the celebrities on ""Dancing With the Stars" may be helping the stars to shine on the dance floor, but it's the people they go home to who keep them motivated.
Many of this season's contestants have opened up about their real-life better halves, and now, one of the judges has too. Carrie Ann Inaba recently revealed to "Access Hollywood" that she met her fiance, Jesse Sloan, online.
"I met him on eHarmony," she said. "I was dating all these younger guys. I was like, 'Maybe I need to change it up a little.'"
Inaba, 43, explained that she didn't post a picture or offer any clues to her profession to make sure Sloan really was interested in her, not her fame.
"In his picture, I felt like I already knew him," she told "Access." "He took a risk because he didn't know what I looked like or anything."
Sloan finally figured out what his future bride looked like when Inaba sent him a photo of her without makeup. Soon after, they went on a date, and in March, Sloan proposed on "Live! With Regis and Kelly."
But Inaba's in no rush to walk down the aisle. She's thinking about a family first.
"My age, at 43, I have to get moving on the baby," she said. "The wedding can come later."
Click through to check out the real-life partners of the "DWTS" gang.