What kind of ballroom is taught at BYU? (Like, besides Standard and Latin, do they go over American Smooth/American Rhythm too?)
Oh HECK yes!! Marci, my team coach, is actually head of the social dance department. We teach TONS of social dance classes (American cha cha, foxtrot, triple swing, and waltz mainly), with bronze, silver and gold levels. And then every Fall semester there’s an extra American Smooth class, and every Winter semester, there’s an extra American Rhythm class. It’s fun stuff! I took a basic social dance class here, and that’s how I was introduced to ballroom and how I got hooked!
Is herbal tea allowed on the BYU campus?
Haha yes! I doubt they sell it, just to be on the safe side like they do about caffeinated beverages, but you can totally bring it on campus. I personally have a vast herbal tea collection from Teavana. My favorites are Peach Tranquility, Rooibos Tropica, and Tulsi Dosha Chai.
what exactly is the difference between standard and smooth shoes? Discount Dance uses them like, interchangeably so it's a little confusing.
Ballroom Shoe (Standard)
Smooth Ballroom Shoe
At least that’s what my instructors/coaches have told me :)
is there a certain style of shoe required for BYU ballroom dancers? I want to audition for a beginning team/minor in ballroom, but I'm not exactly sure if there's a required style (cross-strap, t-strap, etc.) or heel height for latin shoes. And I'm not sure if I'll need Standard shoes either, or even as to what kind to get haha. Any ideas?
If you plan on sticking around for a while, it would do you good to invest in a couple pairs of really good shoes, one latin one standard.
For Latin shoes, you’re looking for a tan/dark tan color (we use it to blend in with our fishnets), cross-strap gives you the best support (and seems to be the most popular), heel height is usually 2.5 inches. Brand really depends on what fits you best! Some good ones are Ray Rose and Supadance. Heel guards come in handy too.
For Standard shoes, you’re looking for flesh or tan tone, and most prefer them with no strap, but it depends on the person. Some like the scrunchy type. Usually a 2 inch heel. Don’t get the kind that are split, those are for smooth.
Hope that helps! :)
(Also, message me off anon your shoe size, I need to sell a pair of shoes that were too small for me!)
What makes a ballroom dancer a professional dancer? I know that the term "professional" is a little bit different in ballroom but that's all I know lol
To my knowledge, to become either a ballroom or latin ballroom dance professional, you need to have competed frequently at the championship level for long enough to have placed. Also, many individuals make sure to have been trained and certified in the technique of each dance. It’s much much more complicated, but if you’re interested I can tell you more :)
Would you ever want to be a professional on Dancing With the Stars?
Haha oh dear, no. I can’t even watch the show. I’m glad people are learning (really quickly) how to do some ballroom and perform it, but it burns my eyes. I’d really rather watch So You Think You Can Dance. Top-quality dancers and choreographers. Mmmmm. I know several professional couples who have turned down DWtS because they don’t want to look like sellouts (or something?). It’s a cool idea for a show though! It just doesn’t appeal to me. Or Kent.
do you have a partner? (like a dance partner you dance with regularly) If so, was it hard for you to get one?
I do! His name is Chrisser and he just got married. And I’m engaged. But it’s cool. :D It’s on hold right now, due to finances and saving for wedding and such.
Difficulty of finding a partner can sometimes depend on how good you are. If you’re super amazing, then you’ll have no trouble. But for the rest of us it can be difficult. You need to advertise yourself with what level you’ve taken, what your seriousness is, and what your availability is, on Facebook groups and your profile and such. The best time (if you’re in school) is just before and the two weeks after school starts. The sooner the better. Then when you have a handful of people interested, have auditions with them and then narrow it down from there based on chemistry, height and lead/follow ability. :)
Do you compete with your partner, besides the stuff you do with your ballroom dance team? (if that makes sense? haha)
In theory, yes I do! But with saving money for my wedding in April, it’s kindof on hold at the moment. Being on the ballroom team, we are expected to compete outside of team, with someone who is on a team. It’s so that we have scheduled, one-on-one practice time to keep up our dance skills, and also to get out into the world and represent BYU.
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