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Showcases: Why We Do Them, and Our Top Hacks for Students and Instructors

By brnweb | Oct 6, 2019 | Comments Off on Showcases: Why We Do Them, and Our Top Hacks for Students and Instructors

I remember my very first Student Showcase like it was yesterday: the extra lessons and coaching and hours of rehearsals; the time spent trying on gowns and having fittings at a Ballroom dress rental shop; the spray tanning; and last, but not least, the extreme nervousness. Now, however, with years of competing under my belt…

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Darla Davies Chronicles How She Regained Her National Championship Title After Hip Replacement Surgery

By brnweb | Jun 9, 2019 | Comments Off on Darla Davies Chronicles How She Regained Her National Championship Title After Hip Replacement Surgery

In New Book, Champion Pro/Am American Smooth Dancer, Darla Davies, Chronicles How She Fought to Recover and Regained Her National Title after Undergoing Hip Replacement   Used by Permission   For years, we had fun running into United States Pro/Am American Smooth champion, Darla Davies, along with her professional dance partner, Jim Maranto, both at…

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GQ Ballroom Reviews Our Visit to the Washington Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

By brnweb | Feb 25, 2019 | Comments Off on GQ Ballroom Reviews Our Visit to the Washington Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

  Things got just a bit crazy for us from Thanksgiving to Christmas, between the usual shopping for presents, attending holiday parties and family gatherings, not to mention getting ready for the Yuletide Dancesport Championships. Nevertheless, the holiday season would not have been complete without at least one trip to see The Nutcracker; although, it wasn’t…

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Where There Is a Will to Dance, There Is a Way.

By brnweb | Dec 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Where There Is a Will to Dance, There Is a Way.

When I was six or seven years old, many of my friends were in gymnastics, but putting me into a class was not really on my parents’ radar then; and, besides, we lived in an area where opportunities of that kind were limited anyway. So instead, my friends would show me the things that they…

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So You Want To Be A Theater Arts Dancer: What It Takes

By brnweb | Aug 21, 2018 | Comments Off on So You Want To Be A Theater Arts Dancer: What It Takes

So You Want To Be A Theater Arts Dancer: What It Takes Disclaimer: I am not a professional Theater Arts Dance competitor…yet; however, I have been working on this style for a few years, now, in a Pro-Am partnership, so I wanted to share a few things that I have learned or come to believe…

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If You Could Just Lead Me…

By brnweb | Jul 22, 2018 | Comments Off on If You Could Just Lead Me…

If You Could Just Lead Me… Or the Importance of Really Learning How to Ballroom Dance     Since the start of my Ballroom Dancing journey, I don’t know how many gentlemen I have observed, who expressed amazement over how quickly the ladies (in group classes) or their partners (in private lessons) seemed to pick…

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What Clothing Works Best for Ballroom Dancing?

By brnweb | Apr 26, 2018 | Comments Off on What Clothing Works Best for Ballroom Dancing?

-A Primer on What to Wear in the Studio and out Social Dancing

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Ballroom Dancing, the Eurovision Song Contest, and World Music: Some Thoughts and a Starter Playlist

By brnweb | Feb 24, 2018 | Comments Off on Ballroom Dancing, the Eurovision Song Contest, and World Music: Some Thoughts and a Starter Playlist

A vintage Fisherprice record player, just like the one I used to have, along with a couple of the first albums I owned and Disney and Peanuts read-along storybooks I used to get from the library. Long before Baby Einstein or Little Einsteins were a thing, my parents wanted to instill an appreciation for classical…

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GQ Ballroom’s Blog Makes List of Top Ballroom Blogs

By brnweb | Jan 28, 2018 | Comments Off on GQ Ballroom’s Blog Makes List of Top Ballroom Blogs

To our readers: When we began our blog on GQBallroom.com, we set out with these goals in mind: To identify and cover new topics pertaining to Ballroom Dancing, both competitive and social, as well as Wedding-Dance preparation; To offer new perspectives or expand upon familiar topics, that have already been addressed by others; and To…

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GQ Ballroom Takes in the Suzanne Farrell Ballet

By brnweb | Dec 17, 2017 | Comments Off on GQ Ballroom Takes in the Suzanne Farrell Ballet

Let me tell you, while this outdoor-loving-girl-turned-ballroom- and theater-arts dancer had the good fortune to spend the better part of her childhood only miles from Yellowstone National Park, I am also a huge fan of the arts and am grateful now to be living in the DC metropolitan area, where there is so much easy…

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