Recent content by chachacharming

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    Good Cues for Identifying Music?

    Hi All - I have been taking ballroom for a while, and my husband has recently agree to join me for beginner group lessons. He is having some trouble identifying which dance to do to which songs - do you have any good ideas or cues for how I could teach him the difference between songs for...
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    Jazz Shoes for Sale! Used once, selling for $30.

    I am selling a pair of Jazz Shoes - I know this is a ballroom site, but I also know that many ballroom dancers (including myself) cross train in other styles - hope somebody can use these! I am selling them on E-bay - click in to see a photo...
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    question about male's costume. . .sort of

    I love male undergarment threads :) They're just as lively as the "what bra should I wear with my costume?" discussions, and a lot more rare!
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    New at!

    Hi DFers! I just launched a forum for all-styles dance discussion at my dance web site, So, come on over and start talking! It takes a lot to start a forum, so I would really appreciate your help in creating momentum! ChaChaCharming
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    Knee pain -- what to do

    Something that hasn't been mentioned yet is balancing the quads and the hamstrings. The quads and hamstrings are the two major muscles responsible for knee health and support. I believe your quads generally do 2/3 of the work, while your hamstrings do 1/3 of the work. Especially if you do...
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    Bodysuit "Pantyline" in uber tight costumes

    How exactly is it that they detach?
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    Bodysuit "Pantyline" in uber tight costumes

    I'm wondering - how do professional dress makers avoid panty line from the body suit in tight fitting costumes? What's the trick?!!! Also, I've seen costumes advertised with "Built in removable bra cups" (ie rainbowshiu). What exactly are these removable bra cups? Do they work??
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    Empire State Dancesport

    What's the difference between "rising star" and "future champion"?
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    Chest question for female competitors

    Yeah - so all those dance shopper things look great for making your breasts look perky, but I just want my ladies to be still when I dance... as still as possible. I'm talking calm like Lake Placid. I do usually build bras into my costumes and that seems to be the only thing that works, but...
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    So You Think You Can Dance - Ballroom Portion

    That's actually a common misconception about traditional, non-ballroom dance. There is a lot of money to be made. Dancers who aren't very famous that go to teach a convention - three classes for once morning - get payed upwards of $1500 for about 4 hours work. Kids need to learn to dance...
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    So you think you can dance, faves..

    I think that Natalie is just a genuinely emotional person - after living with a group of people for nearly 3 months, seeing them every day, it has to be very difficult to see your friends go home. She didn't cry when you got voted off - it seems like the loss of others makes her more sad than...
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    So You Think You Can Dance - Ballroom Portion

    See my post above about who I'm pretty sure does the hiring (Brian Burke, the assistant choreographer, and the director of the show). Also, Travis is already a member of Mia's Dance company - Evolution.
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    So You Think You Can Dance - Ballroom Portion

    I don't believe that Mia would have an official say in who gets hired for A New Day. Usually the way it works in the dance world is that a choreographer creates the choreography on a group of dancers / a company /a show group. Once the choreographer has finished the choreography, they are no...
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    So You Think You Can Dance - Ballroom Portion

    As a side note, something that you guys might find interesting: Travis is a member of Mia's contemporary dance company, Evolution, that she runs in LA. Therefore, I'm sure that Travis is her "pick" to win. So while I think many of her comments are honest assesments of dance, I don't deny...
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    So You Think You Can Dance - Ballroom Portion

    It drives me nuts that they keep saying Ivan is untrained - he has training in jazz, tap, and a little bit of swing and ballroom prior to the competition. Like I said, I hope Heidi wins! I hope you don't think I'm trying to put down ballroom - I'm just trying to help Mia's point of view be...