nyusabda logoDance Parade in Nine Days!
May 12, 2011 ed.

Greetings from the Greater NY Chapter of USA Dance!

In this edition:
  1. Dance with Us at Dance Parade on May 21
  2. Thanks to All Who Attended the Dance Parade Social
  3. DWTS12 Week 8: Karate Kid Comeback?
  4. NY USA Dance on YouTube
  5. Looking to improve your dancing?
  6. Looking to social dance?
  7. Looking for a Partner?

Dance with Us at Dance Parade on May 21

The Fifth Annual Dance Parade is just around the corner! At this writing, more than 7800 dancers, from more than 170 organizations representing over 70 unique dance styles will be taking part. And we at NY USA Dance are proud to say that we have danced in each and everyone since the first Dance Parade kicked off in 2007.

Dance Parade logoDance Parade began at that time as a protest against New York City’s Cabaret Laws which prohibits dancing in any public establishment that does not have a cabaret license -- which applies to just about every bar, lounge and restaurant in New York City. While the Dance Parade did not ultimately lead to the law being repealed or changed -- you can still be arrested today if you dance at a bar, restaurant or lounge that does not have a cabaret license -- Dance Parade has grown into a massive celebration of all forms of dance and the joy that dancing brings to a diverse populace.

At this writing more than 30 people have signed on to dance with NY USA Dance. Thank you all for joining us in this annual dance celebration and for helping us to show all of New York how vibrant, energetic and fun ballroom dance is. It’s not too late to join us, and if you’re interested send an e-mail to info@nyusadance.org. We can’t promise, though, that we will have t-shirts for everybody, because that order was placed last week and the t-shirts are already on their way. We can only accommodate those who responded to our calls from the last few weeks to send us their names and shirt sizes.

For those who won’t be able to dance down Broadway to Tompkins Square Park with us, perhaps you’d like to watch from the Grandstand at St. Mark’s Place. If you are interested in that option, tell us by e-mailing us at info@nyusadance.org.

We hope to see you at Dance Parade on Saturday, May 21!

Thanks to All Who Attended the Dance Parade Social

Dance Parade Social Showcase of ChampionsLast Saturday, May 7, we held our Dance Parade Social to help raise funds to cover our chapter’s participation in the Fifth Annual Dance Parade. Thanks to all those who came. As great as it was to have all of you join us, it would have been much better if even more of you came. Those in attendance got to see a wonderful Showcase of Champions, featuring Patryk Ploszaj and Anna Kaczmarski, our Junior II Standard, Latin and 10-Dance National Champions, Pasha Pashkov and Daniella Karagach, our Adult 10-Dance National Champions and Adult Standard National runners-up, and Tom Chu and Olga Rogachevskaya, our Senior I Latin National runners-up. All these couples will be representing the United States in world competition. In fact, Patryk and Anna just came back from Spain, where they represented the United States at the IDSF Junior II 10-Dance Championships and placed 14th in the World. Congratulations to Anna and Patryk!

For those who missed the Dance Parade Social (and that would be most of you), here are some photos from me and some fantastic shots taken by Rosalyn Hansrisuk, our Social Chair. Thanks for the great photos, Rosalyn. (Facebook account required to see Rosalyn's photos. Photo above courtesy of Rosalyn Hansrisuk.)

Also, we have video from the Showcase of Champions. For the links, see below under NY USA Dance on YouTube.

Our next social is scheduled for Saturday, June 11. It will be a Summer Luau at Manhattan Ballroom Dance studio. Mark your calendars, save the date -- hope to see you there.

DWTS12 Week 8: Karate Kid Comeback?

DWTS12 Romeo ChelsieWe are down to the Final Five on week 8 of season 12. The story this week was Ralph Macchio’s knee injury. Despite his boyish features, the former Karate Kid is pushing 50 and his body is feeling it after more than two months of ballroom training. Up until Monday morning, there was a serious question as to whether Ralph and Karina Smirnoff would even be dancing in the performance show. The injury sidelined Ralph from rehearsals, and this was the week when each of the contestants had to do two dances, the second being the dreaded “Insta-Dance,” where the couples do not find out until the performance show what music they will be dancing to. (For true ballroom competitors, who never know what particular song or piece of music they will be dancing to until the moment of their event, the panic and anxiety of the DWTS contestants was laughable.)

Ralph and Karina danced a Viennese Waltz, and considering the injury, we (meaning our Monday night viewing group at the Upstairs Pub) thought he did pretty well. For their Insta-Dance, Ralph and Karina drew a cha cha, a dance that was unfamiliar to them, having danced it only as part of the team competition last week. With Ralph’s injury, I thought maybe Ralph would pull a Tucker Carlson routine where he sat in a chair while his pro partner danced around him. But to Ralph’s credit, he got up and danced. However, his dancing was visibly restrained, and the judges noticed. Ralph and Karina got three 7s for the cha cha, landing them at the bottom of the leaderboard.

Going into the results show, I thought that Ralph and Karina were in danger of elimination because I wasn’t sure that Ralph had the popular votes to compensate for his low scores. Chelsea Kane, who might have the lowest recognition among the Final Five, got two 10s in waltz and a 10 in her Insta-Dance salsa, and those high scores must have buoyed her because she and Mark were declared safe.

Ralph and Karina found themselves sharing the final minutes of Tuesday night with Romeo and Chelsie Hightower. After a suspenseful several seconds, Tom Bergeron announced that Romeo and Chelsie were the ones to go, putting Ralph and Karina into the semi-final next week.

Will Ralph recover sufficiently by next Monday to get himself into the final? I feel like we’re living the last minutes of “The Karate Kid” when Daniel-san, after being unfairly kicked by his opponent heading into the final of a karate tournament, enters the final round on one leg and still manages to vanquish his foe to win the trophy. Will a similar fairy tale ending occur in DWTS12?

Join us on Monday night, May 16, at the Upstairs Pub above the Gourmet Deli on East 41st and Lexington for the semi-final, and let’s find out together how it all shakes out.

NY USA Dance on YouTube

This week, we’ve added to the nyusadance YouTube channel videos taken of the Showcase of Champions. This link takes you to my playlist of all the performances.

Raphael Pungin kindly shared his video playlist of the Showcase at this link. It’s taken from a different angle than mine and you can also view it up to 720 HD. Thanks for sharing, Raphael!

Looking to Improve Your Dancing

Here are some ideas for classes and practice spaces:
  • At Brooklyn DanceSport Club, Maria and Eugene will be teaching Open Junior/Youth Seminars on Mondays from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, and Open Adult Seminars on Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. They will also hold regular run-through Latin rounds on Tuesdays from 8:30 to 10:00 pm and Thursdays from 8:00 to 9:30 pm. There will also be Standard run-throughs on Fridays from 8:30 to 10:00 pm. The studio is easily accessible by subway, via the N train, 18 Avenue stop. From there, it’s a short walk to the studio.
  • Stepping Out holds an International Standard and American Smooth Practice session on Tuesdays from 9:30 to 10:30 pm, and the cost is just $3 per person or $5 per couple. On Saturdays, they hold a Standard pratice session from 5 pm to 6 pm, at the same cost. Just show the front desk your USA Dance membership card to take advantage of these great rates, and ask them what other USA Dance discounts are available for their other programs and events.
  • Become the best ballroom dancer you can be for your partner by working on yourself first. ISTD Fellow Michael Choi shows you how with his Ballroom Barre, at Chelsea Studios, every Wednesday, starting at 8:30 pm. Just $25 per person for USA Dance members. The classes are non-sequential so drop in any time; no partner required, all levels welcome. For more information, contact Michael at michael@dancemchoi.com.
  • Manhattan Ballroom Dance Standard RoundsManhattan Ballroom Dance studio runs Standard rounds on Thursday , from 9:30 to 10:30 pm and Latin Rounds on Friday nights from 8:30 to 9:30 pm.
  • Basic Ballroom holds a Competition Run-through Class supervised by former World Professional Latin finalists Paul and Olga Richardson on Friday nights from 8 pm to 9:30 pm. Just $20 for USA Dance members.
  • Check out the special rates for USA Dance members at Basic Ballroom: just $79 for a 10 session card and $90 for their unlimited monthly card.
  • DanceSport offers a $100 monthly floor fee card for amateur dancers: Unlimited practice space Monday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm, Saturdays 10 am to 2 pm, and Sundays 11 am to 7 pm for 30 days.
  • Dance with Me Soho can no longer host practice sessions on weekdays due to space constraints. Dancers are welcome to practice on weekends for $15 per hour per couple. Also, you may want to try their practice parties on Wednesdays at 9:20 to 10:10 pm (salsa theme) and Thursdays same time that covers all styles.
  • WayGee Ho teaches a weekly beginner salsa lesson on Saturday evenings starting at 6:30 pm at the New York Chinese Cultural Center, 390 Broadway, just one block from the N/R Canal Street Station. It’s just $10 per person to take WayGee’s classes. If you’re interested to find out more, visit chinatownsalsa.com.

Looking to Social Dance?

Here are some suggestions:
  • Tonight, May 12, Thursday Night Dance Club at Mirelle's, in Westbury, featuring Latin, Hustle and West Coast Swing. Lesson at 7:30 pm, dancing starts at 8:15 pm. Admission just $10 per person for USA Dance members (present your card at the entrance to get the discount).
  • The next preliminary round of the Edison Ballroom Dance Contest will be held on Friday, May 13. The dances will be cha cha and rumba, with Argentine tango thrown in as the wild card event. If you’re not competing, come out and enjoy some dancing to a live big band. More details available here at this link.
  • Friday, May 13, Hot Salsa Friday at the VIP Lounge at the Iguana. Doors open at 6 pm.
  • Friday, May 13, Friday Fiesta Ballroom Social at American Ballroom Theater Studio, starting at 7 pm. Admission $15 per person or take the May Special of 2 for $20.
  • Friday, May 13, Friday Night with Abakuá at YSBD/Club 412, hosted by Frankie Martinez and Manny Blackett, featuring salsa/mambo and cha cha, starting at 9:00 pm.
  • Saturday, May 14, Millennium Dance Party at Club 412/YSBD, three DJs in three rooms, spinning hustle, salsa and ballroom. Lesson at 8 pm, dancing starts at 9 pm.
  • Saturday, May 14, mixed ballroom dancing at Manhattan Ballroom Dance studio, starting at 7:30 pm with a free lesson, dancing from 8:00 pm to midnight.
  • Sunday, May 15, Sunday Tea Party at Manhattan Ballroom Dance, mixed ballroom dancing starting at 3 pm.
  • Monday, May 16, Salsa at Taj, with live band and special performances. Arrive before 7 pm and get in for $6 (admission price doubles after 7 pm).
  • Tuesday, May 17, mixed ballroom dancing at the Saloon, on York Ave., between 83rd and 84th street, from 8 pm (free lesson at 7:30 pm).
  • Tuesday, May 17: Hot Salsa, West Coast Swing and Hustle Tuesdays at Club 56, in Farmingdale, LI. Wonderful buffet, friendly dancers, reasonably-priced cash bar, dance lesson. Best of all: just $10 for USA Dance members!
  • Wednesday, May 18: Dance under the stars on the rooftop of the Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, to the sounds of DJ Raphinator (a/k/a Raphael Pungin) playing a mix of Ballroom, Latin, Swing and contemporary club music. Enjoy great views and elegant atmosphere. Doors open at 7 pm, salsa lesson at 7:30 pm. Open bar, dance performance. No jean or sneakers. RSVP required at bstichova@gmail.com. More details available here.
For more ideas, check Wayne's Dance Commentary or bailamosdance.com.

Looking for a Partner?

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That's it for this week. Join us for Dance Parade in nine days!

Yang Chen
Greater NY
USA Dance
(NY USA Dance)

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