nyusabda logoBasic Ballroom Dance Camp: Dance2Xtreme
Aug. 12, 2011 ed.

Greetings from the Greater NY Chapter of USA Dance!

In this edition:
  1. Third Annual Dance Camp at Basic Ballroom
  2. A Marvelous Night for One More MoonDance
  3. Salsa at the South Street Seaport
  4. Swingin’ Bowlers, Bowlin’ Swingers
  5. Dance with Me Soho Presents: Ballroom on Broadway
  6. Victor Fung and Anastasia Muravyeva to Perform in Queens
  7. Reminders of Upcoming Events
  8. Looking to Improve Your Dancing?
  9. Looking to Social Dance?
  10. Looking for a Partner?

Third Annual Dance Camp at Basic Ballroom


Summertime is time for vacations, beaches, picnics, barbecues … and summer camp. In the dance world, we like summer camp too, and because we’re dancers, we make them summer dance camps. Basic Ballroom keeps its dance camp tradition alive with “Dance2Xtreme,” a week-long intensive program designed for experienced competitive Latin dancers. It runs from Monday, August 22, through Friday, August 26, from 9 am until 3 pm. Classes will include; Body Conditioning, Stretching, Dance Technique, Supervised Practice and Performance Factors. The faculty includes world class dancers and coaches such as Vibeke Toft, Beata, Colin James and Paul and Olga Richardson.

You can sign-up and pay on-line via the NY USA Dance website at this link: http://bit.ly/dance2xtreme_11. For anyone that registers through the NY USA Dance website, Basic Ballroom offers the following additional benefit:

  • pay for one or more seminars through the NY USA Dance website and get one free day of practice at Basic Ballroom
  • pay for one or more days of the dance camp and get one free day of practice at Basic Ballroom plus two free group classes with Paul and Olga

We hope you will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to get some great training from some of the world’s best Latin dancers, and if you do, please do so through the NY USA Dance website. Not only do you get the free extras being offered by Basic Ballroom, a portion of the proceeds go to help us to run the chapter and provide for its various activities. Thanks in advance for your kind support.

A Marvelous Night for One More MoonDance

MoonDance August 7, 2011A little over a month ago, the current season of MoonDance launched at Pier 84, under the auspices of the Hudson River Park Trust and Dance Manhattan. Five short weeks later, it ended as it had begun, with a night of swing, this time brought by the George Gee Swing Orchestra. Pier 84 is the one right next to the pier that houses the USS Intrepid Air, Space and Sea Museum (soon to be home to the space shuttle Enterprise). It was somehow fitting to have a big band swing orchestra playing to a floor filled with dancers, with a World War II battleship in the background. The Intrepid saw active duty in the days of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and all the other Swing Era greats. Now, you see a new generation, of all ages, shapes, sizes, races, and nationalities, keeping both the music and the dancing alive. I got to enjoy it all with some good friends, dancing under the open sky, right by the water. Rain clouds threatened but the rain held off, and everyone got to dance until the band finished its final set. MoonDance … another great reason to be thankful to be a dancer in New York in the summertime. For some of my photos from the night, click here.

Salsa at the South Street Seaport

Even though MoonDance is now done, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy outdoor dancing by the water. Our Social Committee Chair, Rosalyn Hansrisuk, alerts us to Salsa at the South Street Seaport, Pier 16/17 to be exact, in front of Skipper’s Cafe. This event has been going on all summer, on Thursdays and Saturdays, but Rosalyn advises that Thursday night is the better night to go, because it is less crowded. It’s free, and the music is supplied by a DJ, who plays mostly salsa, with some cha cha, bachata and merengue thrown in. On Thursdays, the dancing starts at 7 pm and on Saturdays, it starts at 8:30 pm. If it’s raining, it’s not happening. For more details, check out this page from SalsaNewYork.com.

Swingin’ Bowlers, Bowlin’ Swingers

From my Facebook buddy Stephanie Lynn Shapiro I got an invite to something called “Dance Craze, Anywayz.” The name is certainly catchy and at least makes you want to find out more. So I did, and to my pleasant surprise, I learned that it is a night of bowling …with swing dancing. An odd combination? I suppose not. After all, coming from the ballroom competition world where outrageous and gawdy costumes are commonplace, sporting a pair of rented bowling shoes while swinging your partner around seems tame by comparison. As far as I can tell from the Facebook page, the next and final event for the series is Sunday, August 21. It’s happening at Frames Bowling Lounge on 40th and 9th from 6 pm to 10 pm (lesson from 6 pm to 7 pm). If you like to swing, go; if you don’t dance, you can bowl. If you do both, you’re in heaven! Check it out. Who knows, if enough people show, they may continue this swing/bowling thing in the fall. Dance craze? Anywayz ….

Dance with Me Soho Presents: Ballroom on Broadway

Our friends at Dance with Me Soho alert us to their latest grand production: Ballroom on Broadway, taking place on Sunday, August 21, at the Grand Ballroom of the Manhattan Center. It will be a showcase featuring Broadway-themed dance numbers performed by students, staff and coaches at Dance with Me. After the show, join the cast for the after-party at Inc Lounge near Times Square. For the details, check out the flyer here.

Victor Fung and Anastasia Muravyeva to Perform in Queens

Victor Fung Anastasia Muravyeva

Victor Fung and Anastasia Murvyeva, third in the world in Professional Standard at this year’s Blackpool Dance Festival, will be performing in New York at the Farrington Dance School’s Grand Opening of its new location at Linden Place in Flushing, Queens, on Sunday, August 26. The evening will start at 6:30 pm, with the performace scheduled for 9 pm. Tickets are $88 per person and includes dinner. The President of Farrington Dance School, Paul Ru, has kindly extended a special group rate to members of USA Dance of $80 per person for groups of 8 or more. If you are interested in forming a group, please let us know at info@nyusandance.org. For more information about the event, check the website at this link or contact the studio at rudanceny@gmail.com.

Reminders of Upcoming Events

  • Karina Smirnoff and Jonathan Roberts of DWTS will be coming to Temple B’Nai Torah in Wantagh, Long Island on August 27. To reserve your spot, act now, before the August 20 deadline. This event has sold out in the past; don’t delay if you don’t want to miss out. More details here.
  • 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.
  • The 22nd Annual Manhattan Amateur Classic takes place in five months, from January 13-15, 2012, at the Grand Ballroom of the Manhattan Center. Registration will be open soon. More details to come. Questions? Send them to mac@nyusadance.org. Save the dates! Hope to see you there.
  • Dance Legends” is coming to the Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center next April. It will be a two-day event set to take place on April 13 and 14, 2012, and it will feature past and present champions in ballroom and latin, performing in multiple showcases. Tickets are due to go on sale in a month, on September 1. To learn more, visit the website or follow Dance Legends on Facebook or Twitter.

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. Blackpool Professional Rising Star Ballroom Champions Marat Gimaev and Alina Basyuk have now joined the studio as Directors of the Ballroom Department and they will be 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. 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.
  • Jami Josephson will be teaching a DVIDA professional dance instructor certification course at Basic Ballroom starting on Wednesday, July 20. The dance is hustle and the course will run for six weeks. For more details about the program, click here.

Looking to Social Dance?

Here are some suggestions:
  • Friday, August 12, Hot Salsa Friday at the VIP Lounge at the Iguana. Doors open at 6 pm.
  • August 12, 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, August 13, 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, August 13, 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, August 14, Sunday Tea Party at Manhattan Ballroom Dance, mixed ballroom dancing starting at 3 pm.
  • Monday, August 15, 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, August 16, mixed ballroom dancing at the Saloon, on York Ave., between 83rd and 84th street, from 8 pm (free lesson at 7:30 pm).
  • Wednesday, August 17, Dancing Under the Stars at the Bohemian National Hall on East 73rd Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue. DJ Raphael Pungin spins the tunes, including some latin and swing. NOTE: Not strictly ballroom, outdoor surface is not wood. For just $20 in advance you get to enjoy open bar and refreshments. To learn more about the event, click here for the flyer.
  • Thursday, August 18, Sunset Salsa at the Chelsea Triangle, 14th Street and 9th Avenue. Lessons at 6:30 pm, dancing from 7:30 pm. FREE!
  • Thursday, August 18, 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?

To see some posts of dancers seeking partners, 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. Happy August, everyone!
Yang Chen
Greater NY
USA Dance
(NY USA Dance)

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