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Sept. 9, 2011 ed.

Greetings from the Greater NY Chapter of USA Dance!

In this edition:
  1. Register Now for MAC 2012
  2. DWTS13: Who's Dancing with Whom
  3. Read the July/August Issue of American Dancer
  4. Dance Legends: Tickets Now on Sale
  5. Back to Dance Camp: Sept. 16-18
  6. Swing'n September at Bohemian National Hall
  7. Keep Roberto Pagan in Your Thoughts and Prayers
  8. Sad News: Lena Koukareko
  9. Reminders of Upcoming Events
  10. Looking to Improve Your Dancing?
  11. Looking to Social Dance?
  12. Looking for a Partner?

Register Now for MAC 2012

MAC 2011 photo by J. PasaoaWe are pleased to announce the opening of registration for the 22nd annual Manhattan Amateur Classic, taking place from January 13 through 15, 2012, at the Grand Ballroom of the Manhattan Center.

Visit the MAC homepage here. Some important new changes for MAC 2012:

  • To ease our tight schedule, we have added a Friday matinee session that begins at 11 am on January 13. See the Tentative Schedule here.
  • MAC is proud to be a National Qualifying Event once again. Note the important new rules changes to qualify for 2012 Nationals here.
  • Coaches: Note our policy for passes here.
  • Photographers: Note the new photo policy at the bottom of the spectators' page here.

Some important deadlines to keep in mind:

  • We have secured a block of rooms at the New Yorker, right around the corner from the venue, at the excellent rate of $149 per night. To get this rate you must book your reservation by no later than December 28, 2011, using the code given here on the Location/Hotel page.
  • Competitors: Registration deadline is December 31 -- yes, New Year's Eve. If you are mailing your registration, we must receive it by that date, so mail it early, keeping in mind the holiday rush. Also, payments must be received with all registration by December 31. Any registrations received without payment may be rejected.
  • Late registrations will only be accepted if the schedule permits and if accepted will incur a late fee of $15 per person.
  • Spectators: Advanced purchase, especially for the Friday and Saturday Night Championship Sessions, is highly recommended. Deadline for on-line payment is January 10. If submitting by mail, we must receive the form by January 6. All tickets will be held at will-call in the lobby of the Manhattan Center.

We are looking forward to another great MAC. Please save the dates and make plans to join us there. Questions? Comments? Send them to mac@nyusadance.org. (Thanks to Joey Pasaoa for the photos in collage above.)

DWTS13: Who's Dancing with Whom

Last week on August 31, on Good Morning America, the pro pairings for DWTS 13 were announced. They are, in no particular order:

  • Carson Kressley dancing with Anna Trebunskaya
  • Chaz Bono dancing with Lacey Schwimmer
  • Chynna Phillips dancing with Tony Dovolani
  • David Arquette dancing with Kym Johnson
  • Elisabetta Canalis dancing with Val Chmerkovskiy
  • Hope Solo dancing with Maks Chmerkovskiy
  • J. R. Martinez dancing with Karina Smirnoff
  • Kristin Cavallari dancing with Mark Ballas
  • Nancy Grace dancing with Tristan MacManus
  • Ricki Lake dancing with Derek Hough
  • Rob Kardashian dancing with Cheryl Burke
  • Ron Artest dancing with Peta Murgatroyd

Not dancing this season are Louis van Amstel, Jonathan Roberts and Chelsie Hightower. Back on this season is Derek Hough. A few new faces: Tristan MacManus, Peta Murgatroyd and ... Val Chmerkovskiy, who recently announced his retirement from competition. Val, what are you saying? DWTS is NOT a competition?

Tristan and Peta are graduates of the DWTS Troupe, which you might recall was featured on the show last season performing throughout. I guess the Troupe was sort of a "farm team" for the regular pro cast.

Looking just at the names and not having seen any of these "stars" dance, it's hard to say who the front runners might be. Somehow I don't see Nancy Grace or Chaz Bono going very far, but I could be wrong. We'll soon find out on September 19 when the season premieres and we get to see the teams in action.

Read the July/August Issue of American Dancer

July/August 2011 American DancerThe current issue of the USA Dance national publication American Dancer (July/August) is now out, and if you haven't received it in your mailbox, you can read it on-line (click on the image of the cover, featuring David and Liva Wright of Connecticut caught at the Gumbo of Ballroom this past June). The cover stories spotlight the Las Vegas chapter on their record membership increase, the Gumbo of Ballroom in Baton Rouge for raising the DanceSport bar, and Marvin Bechtel on his retirement as the NCC (National Collegiate Challenge) treasurer.

On pages 20-21, National Publicity Director Angela Prince's "The Public Eye" column excerpted our chapter's story back in June about the Swarovski Gala in Manhattan announcing the winners of the People's Choice on-line contest. Then, on page 23, under the heading "Staying Connected," our chapter e-news was recognized for providing "exemplary model for Dance Scene Coverage." Thanks for the acknowledgment!

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Dance Legends: Tickets Now on Sale

Dance LegendsTicket sales for Dance Legends opened on September 1. Buy your tickets now for what promises to be an incredible show featuring the top names in DanceSport in the world. Former World Amateur Latin Champions and Professional Finalists Beata and Michael Wentink are the latest legends to join the roster. The dates are April 13 and 14, 2012. Be among the first to take part in this first-time event at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

Back to Dance Camp: Sept. 16-18

Brooklyn DanceSport Club: More Than a Dance StudioFrom our friends at Brooklyn DanceSport Club, we receive news about their first annual Back to Dance Camp, featuring a distinguished faculty that includes:

  • Eugene Katsevman and Maria Manusova
  • Marat Gimaev and Alina Basyuk
  • Rufus Dustin
  • Denys Drozdyuk

Reasons to attend:

Expand your horizons, get back into shape, and prepare for the new season with the countryís best coaches in one of the countryís best studios and dance environments.

For further details click here.

Swing'n September at Bohemian National Hall

If you're looking to dance midweek to a live big band that plays jazz and swing, then put Swing'n September at the Bohemian National Hall on your dance calendar. Taking place on Wednesday, September 21, from 7 pm to 10 pm, the evening features the Bensen-Scott Big Band, a 20-piece ensemble with two vocalists. Between sets, DJ Raphael will be spinning the tunes to keep you dancing. It will take place in the Ballroom at the Bohemian National Hall, one of the grandest spaces you will find in New York. Just $20 a person gets you a dance lesson, show, continuous music for dancing, refreshments and a cash bar. Click here to see the flyer with further details.

Keep Roberto Pagan in Your Thoughts and Prayers

Roberto PaganRecently, we received word of the sad news that Roberto Pagan, a professional instructor and competitor well known in hustle, theater arts, rhythm and other styles, suffered a stroke. The latest word is that he is recovering in the hospital but has lost use of his right side and will face many challenges ahead.

At the 7th Annual New York Hustle Congress organized by Lori Brizzi, the Saturday Night Circle of Love fundraiser was dedicated to Roberto in hope of a speedy and full recovery. Lori sent a letter to the dance community before the event which read in part:

A beloved member of our dance family needs our love, support and prayers.

If you know my good friend and colleague Roberto Pagan, you will also know him to be a loyal friend, creative and talented dancer and teacher who is a larger than life person with a big heart. The fact that he was voted 'Person of the Year' for several years in a row by his students and peers tells you a lot about him.

You can read the entire letter here. Please keep Roberto in your thoughts and prayers, and if you wish to make a donation to show your support, please contact Lori at loribrizzi@aol.com.

Sad News: Lena Koukareko

Posted on September 8 by Sandra Wollin (former Board member of the Greater New York Chapter of USA Dance (f/k/a USABDA)) on the USISTD Group on Facebook:

Yesterday afternoon [Sept. 7] our dance community lost one of our bright, shining stars[,] Lena Koukareko[,] to a freak motorcycle accident. May she shine brightly in our hearts and our memories forever. Our prayers to her family and others very close to her in their hours of grief. They will need your prayers and support in this sorrowful time. Cards and any help to Anton can be sent to Anton's address: 385 Talbot Ave., apt 14, Pacifica, CA 94044.

Anton and Lena taught at Just Dance Ballroom in Oakland, California, and were United States Professional 10-dance representatives to the World Championships in 2007. They held numerous titles in leading competitions in the United States. Our condolences go out to Anton and Lena's families in this difficult time.

Reminders of Upcoming Events

  • If you missed the first USA Dance National Dance Cruise last year, nowís your chance to take part in the second annual USA Dance National Dance Cruise, taking place from December 4 through 11, 2011. Hereís 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 now open (see above). Questions? Send them to mac@nyusadance.org. Save the dates! Hope to see you there.
  • ďDance LegendsĒ 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 now on sale (see above). 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, itís 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?

Here are some suggestions:

  • Friday, Sept. 9, Hot Salsa Friday at the VIP Lounge at the Iguana. Doors open at 6 pm.
  • Sept. 9, Friday Night with AbakuŠ at YSBD/Club 412, hosted by Frankie Martinez and Manny Blackett, featuring salsa/mambo and cha cha, starting at 9:00 pm.
  • Saturday, Sept. 10, 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, Sept. 10, 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, Sept. 11, Sunday Tea Party at Manhattan Ballroom Dance, mixed ballroom dancing starting at 3 pm.
  • Monday, Sept. 12, 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, September 13, mixed ballroom dancing at the Saloon, on York Ave., between 83rd and 84th street, from 8 pm (free lesson at 7:30 pm).
  • Thursday, Sept. 15, Sunset Salsa at the Chelsea Triangle, 14th Street and 9th Avenue. Lessons at 6:30 pm, dancing from 7:30 pm. FREE!
  • Thursday, Sept. 15, Salsa at the South Street Seaport, Pier 16/17, in front of Skipperís Cafe. Also takes place on Saturdays, but Social Committee Chair Rosalyn Hansrisuk advises that Thursday night is the better night to go, because it is less crowded. Itís 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 itís raining, itís not happening. For more details, check out this page from SalsaNewYork.com.
  • Thursday, Sept. 15, 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 follower seeking a silver or higher leader in Standard or Smooth. To see this and other 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. Itís free, itís easy. Do it today!

That does it for this week. Remember and give thanks for all the heroes of 9/11. Be safe, everyone. Peace be with you.
Yang Chen
Greater NY
USA Dance
(NY USA Dance)

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