May 21, 2011 ed.
Greetings from the Greater NY Chapter of USA Dance!
In this edition:
- Come Out for the Fifth Annual Dance Parade
- Summer Luau Coming Up on June 11
- DWTS12: The Semi-Final
- Swarovski Elements and USA Dance: Vote for Your Favorite Costumes
- Nationals and MAC on YouTube
- Looking to improve your dancing?
- Looking to social dance?
- Looking for a Partner?
At this writing at least one forecast is calling for sunny skies, and after a week of rain, that sounds pretty good to me, so I’m going to side with optimism and hope that this week's headline will be prescient as our chapter steps out on Broadway for the Fifth Annual Dance Parade. The event is going forward rain or shine, and we’ve danced it when the raindrops started falling so barring torrential downpours and gale force winds (bite your tongue, cross your fingers) we’ll be representing ballroom at the Dance Parade.
According to the Dance Parade website, there are nearly 9000 dancers signed up, from 160 organizations representing 74 unique styles. Wow! If you are among those who registered to dance with NY USA Dance: Thank you! We are glad that you’ll be dancing with us. If you won’t be dancing with us but plan to cheer from the sidelines, thank you, too! A Grandstand will be set up at 8th Street between Third and Fourth Avenues where all the groups will stop and dance for about 90 seconds, so if you want to grab a seat at the Grandstand and shout out to us when we dance by, that would be terrific.
The parade terminates in Tompkins Square Park where it becomes a Dance Fest for the rest of the afternoon. Our group will disperse at that point, but we encourage you to check out the Dance Fest and see all the wonderful dance groups that will be taking part. It should be a fun time so we hope you will come out and enjoy Dance Parade.
The next NY USA Dance Social will be a Summer Luau taking place on Saturday, June 11, at Manhattan Ballroom Dance studio. More details coming soon. In the meantime, mark your calendars, save the date, and make plans to join us in three Saturdays. If you’re on Facebook, check out the event page and let us know if you’re coming.
Looking back over the last nine weeks of season 12, I will remember it as the Season of Catastrophes: Maks Chmerkovskiy falling with Kirstie Alley during the rumba, followed by Kirstie’s shoe coming off the week after; Karina Smirnoff falling during the paso doble and blanking out, saved by Ralph Macchio’s focus and presence of mind, followed by Ralph’s knee giving out the week after; then, just this past week, Hines Ward dropping Kym Johnson on her head and falling over her during rehearsal. It looked pretty horrific, and thankfully, the producers showed it only once, opting not to repeat the footage during the results show. How Kym was able to continue and perform on Monday night was beyond me, but she and Hines performed a strong Argentine tango and earned their perfect scores.
As bad as all those catastrophes were, the worst one was the total travesty called “Americana Week.” May that disaster never, ever be repeated.
On Monday night’s show the producers introduced “Winner Take All Cha-Cha” which pitted the 1st and 4th place finishers against each other and then the 2nd and 3rd place finishers against each other, followed by a dance-off between the winners of those two contests. Whoever came out first got 15 extra points. The outcome, predictably, was Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas versus Hines Ward and Kym Johnson. The winning team was Chelsea and Mark, which gave them a total score for the night of 73, significantly overshadowing the perfect scores (30 and 30) for Hines and Kym.
On Tuesday night’s results show, it came as no surpise that Chelsea and Mark and Hines and Kym were cleared to dance the final. Seeing Ralph and Karina and Kirstie and Maks stand side-by-side at the end awaiting the announcement of which couple would go on to the final, I felt a mix of anxiety and sadness, because I like both Ralph and Kirstie enough that I did not want to see either of them go. I thought that Ralph might edge out Kirstie because my sense was that he might have gotten just a few more votes. But in the end, the low scores that Ralph received appeared to have done him in. Sorry to see you go, Ralph; I would have liked to see you in the final.
Kirstie and Maks are in, and I am glad for them, but I think they are easy choices for third place. My money is on Hines and Kym to take the Mirrorball Trophy.
We will be catching the season finale on both Monday and Tuesday at the Upstairs Pub. If you haven’t yet joined us there, make plans to come on either or both nights. Starting time is 8 pm, and keep in mind that Monday night’s show is for one hour only. Hope to see you there, on the corner of East 41st and Lexington, above the Gourmet Deli!
At the 2011 USA Dance National DanceSport Championships last month, Swarvoski Elements sponsored 10 couples from across the United States, including many from New York and New Jersey, to wear costumes designed by four designers which featured the new Swarovski stones made especially for DanceSport. To see the couples and their magnificent costumes, worn during the Championships events from Junior II through Senior I, check out the Facebook page. While there, you can cast your votes for your favorites. The winners will be revealed in a special VIP press event in New York on June 8. Take a look and vote today!
Speaking of Nationals, USA Dance has compiled a playlist of five hours' worth of videos from 2011 Nationals. You can view them at this link.
On the NYUSADanceMAC channel, footage from the Youth Championship Standard final has been posted. View it here or see it embedded below.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Manhattan 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.
- Tonight, 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.
- Tonight,, 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 22, Sunday Tea Party at Manhattan Ballroom Dance, mixed ballroom dancing starting at 3 pm.
- Monday, May 23, 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 24, 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 24: 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!
- Thursday, May 26, 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).
- Friday, May 27, Hot Salsa Friday at the VIP Lounge at the Iguana. Doors open at 6 pm.
- Friday, May 27, 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.
That does it for this week. See you at Dance Parade on Saturday and at Upstairs Pub on Monday and Tuesday.
(NY USA Dance)
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