Recent content by Kelly Long

  1. Kelly Long

    How are your practices going?

    Oh yes I don't have an issue with them dancing together, just he doesn't make much time for us to practice and then schedules us back to back. I move my schedule around a lot to accommodate him, and I just wonder if its better for me to bow out since they are dating, or stand my ground and tell...
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    How are your practices going?

    Well i need some partner advice. My partner recently started dancing and wanting to compete with his girlfriend (in addition to me.) I am a much more advanced dancer than both of them, but I live in Virginia Beach where the high level male amateur pool is tiny, if not non-existent. We devoted to...
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    Trends in Competition Dresses??

    I work for a big name dress maker. I design all my own gowns as well as custom designs for clients. I would say some of the big trends right now are as follows: 1. Standard - Ostrich feathers are big, but not the boas like we saw in the 90's. It's a finer, more delicate application of the...
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    Is Pro Am becoming a sport of only the wealthy?

    I posted in this forum around summertime last year when I was laid off from my high paying job and was forced to stop dancing for a while. I felt like my life was over. I haven't posted since summer, but it was at that sad time that the most amazing thing happened. There is a local studio here...
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    Anyone ever taken a break from dance?

    Thanks fascination. I will keep having hope :)
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    Anyone ever taken a break from dance?

    I took a 6 year break while I was in the Army. I ended up spending a total of 4 years deployed to Iraq over 6 years and a tour as a civilian as well. At that time, taking a break was natural because I was concerned with not dying! Haha. But now I have come back to dancing as of this January. I...
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    How to get 'fit' for dancing?

    It might sound simple, but I do plyometrics at the gym, in my garage, or anywhere. Just get yourself a timer and do some Tabata intervals (6 sets of 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest) per exercise. I normally start with close hand pushups, followed by explosive lower body movements, abs...
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    pre-competition disorder

    Coming full circle on this, I got 3rd out of 6 in my open championship (not too bad) and did not make the finals for my open A scholarship. I realized I was competing against the top 6 dancers in the same category at USDC last year so even though I danced well, it wasn't enough to overcome the...
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    pre-competition disorder

    Dncergrl I was thinking the same thing...
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    pre-competition disorder

    My pro is still fairly new in this country so we will see. And I haven't competed in about 5 years
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    pre-competition disorder

    Speaking of pre-comp disorders, is anyone dancing at Millennium this weekend? It's my comeback comp....I am dancing against USDC finalists and champions (International standard open gold "A") I. AM. TERRIFIED. I think I am in over my head...!!!!
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    What Makes Elite Ballroom Dancers Better?

    While I find this article interesting, I disagree with the measurement methods. The speed and trajectory of turns is of course important, but what about when a couple turns really fast and can't control the turn? Sheer trajectory and speed measurement does not show the complete picture. I think...
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    How to get a dancer's body

    It is insane, and it only makes me laugh because it's absurd in the normal world...our dance world is something crazy!
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    How to get a dancer's body

    I have a sprinter's body and have always been told since I began competing at 9 that I needed to lose weight. It forced me into a horrible pattern of diet pills, bulimia and general torture. After highs and lows I have finally leveled off at a good point, though I am still muscular, and worry...