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July 8, 2011 ed.

Greetings from the Greater NY Chapter of USA Dance!

In this edition:
  1. A Dancer in Need …
  2. Last Weekend at the Manhattan DanceSport Championships
  3. Report from the Opening Night of Midsummer Night Swing
  4. Coming Up at Midsummer Night Swing
  5. Moondance at Hudson River Park Kicks Off on July 10
  6. Marat and Alina Join Brooklyn DanceSport Club
  7. Beautiful Standard Gown for Sale
  8. Val and Dasha Teach Groups and Seminars at Dance with Me
  9. Second Annual USA Dance National Dance Cruise in December
  10. Looking to Improve Your Dancing?
  11. Looking to Social Dance?
  12. Looking for a Partner?

A Dancer in Need …

… is a friend indeed.

Julia Ivleva and Igor LitvinovFor anyone in the dance community, especially those of us on Facebook, for the last few weeks, you could not have missed the repeated calls to support the Julia Ivleva Fund. Who is Julia Ivelva? I can rattle off her numerous credits and accomplishments as a Professional Standard finalist in the United States. You may have recalled seeing her and her partner Igor Litvinov on the PBS favorite, America’s Ballroom Challlenge. But let’s put all of that aside. The bottom line is: She is one of us. She is a dancer. She is only 34. She has her whole life ahead of her. She doesn’t have health insurance. She does have stage 4 lung cancer. She needs our help.

Last weekend, at the Manhattan DanceSport Championships, the organizers worked hard to raise funds, collecting donations, running silent auctions. They managed to raise $15,000. But you know and I know that healthcare costs run high, especially when you are without health insurance.

The World Federation of Ballroom Dancers (WFBD), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is collecting donations to help Julia get the care that she needs. Please consider donating on her behalf with the WFBD. Please send a check today for any amount that you can spare - be it $1, $5, $10 or $1000. A dancer in need is a friend indeed. Please help Julia in her time of need.

Donations should be made payable to World Federation of Ballroom Dancers with "The Julia Ivleva Fund" in the memo line and mailed to:

The National Dance Council of America (N.D.C.A.)
Attn: Judi Hatton
PO Box 881298
Port St. Lucie, Florida 34988-1292

Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Last Weekend at the Manhattan DanceSport Championships

Manhattan DanceSport Championships 2011 SaturdayThanks to everyone who sat with us at the NY USA Dance table (number 24) at the Manhattan DanceSport Championships on Friday night and Saturday. The table seated 12, and aside from the Board members (me, Daphna Locker, Amanda Ashcraft and Scott Perlman) who took residence at that table, we were happy to be joined by several other NY USA Dance members and friends who sat with us for both days. We love ballroom and we love it even more when our fellow dancers and friends share the excitement of watching great dancing, exchanging thoughts and reactions to the action unfolding before our eyes, making comments about the dancers and their movements and … of course … their costumes. A common interest and love is best enjoyed together. It was wonderful to share it with you all.

Here are some of my photos from Friday and here are some of my photos from Saturday. It was fantastic to enjoy such great dancing from our top pros and amateurs in both the International and Amercan styles.

This gathering was so enjoyable that we are already thinking about doing it for next year. Maybe we can even get two tables. If that idea strikes you as interesting and intriguing, let us hear from you at info@nyusadance.org. The more the merrier!

Report from the Opening Night of Midsummer Night Swing

Last Monday, June 27, Midsummer Night Swing launched its 2011 season. How was it? Raphael Pungin was there, and he files this report:

On Monday, June 27, I attended the opening night of the 2011 season of Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center. Just as last year, it was held at Damrosch Park. When I arrived at 6:30 the dance floor was packed with people taking the swing dance lesson. To my pleasant surprise, I found out that it was free to get on the dance floor that night.

Once I got in, I was immediately impressed by the brand new kind of dance floor compared to previous seasons. It looked like it was made from wooden tiles and it felt very smooth with just enough friction. I remembered that Bill Bragin, the organizer of Midsummer Night Swing, had invited me to join a group of dancers one day to try out various dance floors that they were considering for use this season. I did not make it to the tryouts, but I am glad with the choice they made.

The classic swing music was performed by a mid-sized band with a vocalist. The stage and the dance floor seemed to be outfitted with better lighting than last year. Bill Cunningham of The New York Times was prancing around the dance floor taking photos and writing down people’s names, occasionally being bumped by the dancers. Expect an article in the paper full of pictures soon!

Several times throughout the night the dance floor ended up having circles of spectators watching the seasoned lindyhoppers exhibiting their moves one couple at a time. After the last song was played people screamed for more.

Thanks for the great report, Raphael! And to see what Raphael is talking about, check out his video (embedded below):

Coming Up at Midsummer Night Swing

Hard to believe that this season of Midsummer Night Swing is already half over. Here’s what’s on tap for the rest of this week and the next:

  • Tonight: Tribute to Ralph Mercado. Salsa.
  • Tomorrow, July 9: Ray Collins’ Hot Club. Jump Blues, swing, rock ‘n roll.
  • Tuesday, July 12: Palmetto Bug Stompers. New Orleans Swing, traditional jazz.
  • Wednesday, July 13: Charlie Harris, Maeve Donnelly, Geraldine Cotter, and Eamonn Cotter. Traditional Irish céilí.
  • Thursday, July 14: The Hot Sardines. Hot Jazz, French chanson. For Bastille Day, naturally.
  • Friday, July 15: Lisandro Meza and Juan José Meza. Cumbia, Vallenato.
  • Saturday, July 16 at 3:00 pm: Kids’ dance, taught by Rodney Lopez of Dancing Classrooms and Mad Hot Ballroom fame. Ballroom, tango, swing. FREE!
  • Saturday, July 16, final night: Tribute to Illinois Jacquet. Big Band Swing.

Each night begins at 6 pm (except as otherwise noted) with a lesson at 6:30, live music starting at 7:30 pm. For full details about the bands (including audio and video clips), tickets and general information, visit the Midsummer Night Swing website.

Moondance at Hudson River Park Kicks Off on July 10

While Midsummer Night Swing ends next Saturday, another perennial outdoor dance event springs back to life on Sunday. It’s Moondance at Hudson River Park, Pier 84 at West 44th Street to be exact, and it kicks off on Sunday, July 10, with the David Berger Jazz Orchestra playing music you can swing to. For the next four Sundays thereafter, live bands will play music for salsa, tango and swing, culminating with the George Gee Swing Orchestra on August 7. For further details, visit the Moondance website.

Marat and Alina Join Brooklyn DanceSport Club

Think that Brooklyn DanceSport Club is only about latin dancing? Think again! Eugene Katsevman sends this update about an important new addition to the Brooklyn DanceSport Club:

Marat Gimaev and Alina Basyuk at BlackpoolWe are thrilled to announce an addition to our team: Marat Gimaev and Alina Basyuk are now living in the United States and will be the new Directors of Ballroom Department at Brooklyn DanceSport Club. Marat and Alina are Blackpool Professonal Rising Star Ballroom Champions, three-time World Amateur 10-Dance Champions, five-time Russian Amateur Standard Champions, two-time World Cup winners and Grand Finalists of all major championships including UK, International, Blackpool and World Championships.

We are very excited to have them and can’t wait for them to start sharing their talent, knowledge and expertise with all of you. They will start teaching the Open Standard Seminar on Wednesdays at 7 PM, starting July 6th. They will also run regular Standard Run-through Practices on Wednesdays at 8:30 PM and on Fridays at 7 PM. Please keep checking our website (www.brooklyndancesportclub.com) for schedule updates.

Thanks for letting us know, Eugene. If you were at the Manhattan DanceSport Championships, you would have seen Marat and Alina dancing in the pro standard, in which they placed third. Can you learn a thing or two from this couple? You betcha! You know where to find them now. Standard dancers, take note!

Beautiful Standard Gown for Sale

Nonie Shiverick, one of our local pre-champ standard competitors, has alerted us to the availability of a gorgeous turquoise ballroom gown for sale or rent. Here are the details:

Nonie Shiverick Turquoise GownI am selling my beautiful turquoise standard gown. The dress is made from high quality Chrisanne fabrics with satin chiffon floats and skirts, and light blue organza underskirts, for a rich and full effect. The dress has over 20 gross Swarovski crystals (Light Sapphire AB and Crystal AB), and large Swarovski Crystal AB sew on stones. I have received many compliments both on the unique design and the vibrant color which really pops on the floor. The dress comes with matching earrings and has just been professionally cleaned. This dress is in new condition.

The dress would best fit a size 0-4, though there is room for the sides to be taken out. My height is 5'8", but the skirts could easily be shortened and the body suit altered to accommodate a shorter dancer. The dress has B cups sewn into it.

I am currently asking $1,400 for this dress, though the price is negotiable. This dress is also available to rent for $200. Please contact me if you have any questions or want to arrange a try on: nonieshiverick@gmail.com.

A photo of the dress appears to the right. Please contact Nonie at the address above for more information.

Val and Dasha Teach Groups and Seminars at Dance with Me

Dance with Me studios have shared with us the news that world bronze medalists and USA Dance National DanceSport Latin Champions Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Daria (“Dasha”) Chesnokova will be available for coachings and group classes at Dance with Me in their New Jersey, Soho and Long Island locations in July and August. For the schedule and rates and contact information for more details, click here.

Second Annual USA Dance National Dance Cruise in December

If you missed the first USA Dance National Dance Cruise last year, now’s your chance to take part in the second annual USA Dance National Dance Cruise, taking place from December 4 through 11, 2011. Here’s more from the National Ballroom Dance Cruise website:

Join USA Dance members, families and friends for the Second Annual USA Dance National Dance Cruise, December 4-11, 2011, aboard Holland America's elegant ms Westerdam for seven days of fun, food and nearly non-stop dance activities.

Departing from Ft. Lauderdale, the cruise-sponsored by USA Dance and Holland America—brings social dancers together from around the country and supports the organization's national programs. With exciting visits to Grand Turk (Turks and Caicos), San Juan (Puerto Rico), Philipsburg (St. Maarten) and Half Moon Cay (Bahamas), the cruise includes a full program of ballroom, latin and club-style dance classes taught by the country's top professional instructors (to be announced shortly).

The cruise sold out last year so if you don’t want to miss this one, you may want to make your reservations now. Visit the National Ballroom Dance Cruise today.

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 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.

Looking to Social Dance?

Besides Midsummer Night Swing and Moondance, here are some other suggestions:
  • Tonight, Hot Salsa Friday at the VIP Lounge at the Iguana. Doors open at 6 pm.
  • Tonight, Metropolitan Big Band Dance starting at 7 pm in Glen Cove, Long Island. For just $20 per person you get to dance to the Long Island Sound 19-piece Big Band led by Bill Wilkinson, playing the sounds of Sinatra, Glenn Miller, Ballroom, Swing, Pop, Latin and more.
  • Tonight, 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, July 9, 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, July 9, 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, July 10, Sunday Tea Party at Manhattan Ballroom Dance, mixed ballroom dancing starting at 3 pm.
  • Monday, July 11, 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, July 12, mixed ballroom dancing at the Saloon, on York Ave., between 83rd and 84th street, from 8 pm (free lesson at 7:30 pm).
  • Tuesday, July 12, 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, July 14, Sunset Salsa at the Chelsea Triangle, 14th Street and 9th Avenue. Lessons at 6:30 pm, dancing from 7:30 pm.
  • Thursday, July 14, 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).
For more ideas, check Wayne's Dance Commentary or bailamosdance.com.

Looking for a Partner?

We have a leader and three followers seeking partners. To see these posts or to post your own, take a look here. If your post has expired and you're still looking for a partner, feel free to re-post. It’s free, it’s easy. Do it today!

That does it for this week. Keep on dancing in the Great Outdoors; make the city your ballroom!
Yang Chen
Greater NY
USA Dance
(NY USA Dance)

General disclaimer: Please note that, other than events organized by NY USA Dance, the listing of events in this newsletter is purely for informational purposes and does not carry with it any endorsement, sanction or seal of approval, express or implied. If you have any questions about an event other than one organized by NY USA Dance, you should direct them to the organizer of that event. NY USA Dance has no control over any of the events listed herein, other than those events which NY USA Dance itself organizes. NY USA Dance bears no responsibility for the content, conduct, quality, management or operation of any of the events listed in this newsletter, other than those events organized directly by NY USA Dance.

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