Saturday, March 21, 2015

Spring Ballroom & Ladies Latin Dance Class Schedule

NOTE:  Class Times Subject to Change as per Registration

GEORGIAN COLLEGE - BARRIE:                Mondays May 4 - June 29 - 8 weeks
Room M134 Health & Wellness Building

6:00 - 7:00 pm  Level 1 Ballroom  (Canceled)
7:00 - 8:00 pm  Ladies Latin
8:00 - 9:00 pm  Level 2 Ballroom

NOTE:  No Classes May 18

Register Online Or Contact Barrie Campus

GRAVENHURST Recreation Centre:    Thursdays April 9 - June 4 - 10  weeks

6:00 - 7:00 pm  Level 1 Ballroom
6:30 - 7:30 pm  Level 2 & 3 Ballroom
7:30 - 8:30 pm  Ladies Latin
(Ladies Latin is for 9 weeks only as 10th week is ALL LEVELS Ballroom Practice)
8:30 - 9:30 pm  Level 3 & 4 Ballroom

Call Judy 705-687-6774  to Register OR email

RAMARA Recreation Centre:        Wednesdays  April 15 - June 3 - 8 weeks 

6:15 - 7:15 pm  Ladies Latin
7:15 - 8:15 pm  Level 1 & 2 Ballroom

Call Cathy  705-325-3091 to Register 

WASHAGO Community Centre:           Tuesdays April 21 - June 9 - 8 Weeks

6:30 - 7:30 Ladies Latin
Ballroom Classes in Washago are Canceled until the Fall.

Registration is in person:    Wed April 9   5-7 PM  &  Sat April 11  9-11 AM

Call WCCC for more info 705-689-6424
Program Discount Fees Applied if paid by April 11

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Cross-Body Lead!

I love the Cross-Body Lead because it helps to develop the man's 'Upper Body' lead and technique while providing another opportunity to display his partner's beautiful abilities and show her off.

The Cross-Body Lead in Ballroom and Latin Dancing is a way for the man to change direction usually while both partners are doing a basic step.  The Cross-Body Lead or CB Lead is accomplished by the man's firm upper body movement while he is doing a left turning step.

At these beginner levels all the MAN'S CBL's are performed in Closed Position in a quarter Left turn but there are many variations as you move up the levels.

NOTE:  The woman's basic step DOES NOT CHANGE she just FOLLOWS the LEAD as she is moved FORWARD to change location. 

These are the 5 CBL's I am teaching now to my Levels 3 & 4.

Rumba CBL:
Man:         Left Turning Box Basic
Woman:    Side Close Steps change to Forward Steps

Waltz CBL:
Man:         Left Turning Box Basic (Alternate: With Forward Hesitation)
Woman:    Side Close Steps change to Forward Steps

FoxTrot CBL:
Man:        1/4 Turn  Basic
Woman:   Side Close Steps change to Forward Steps

Mambo/Salsa CBL:
Man:        Left Turning Basic
Woman:   Side Step changes to Forward Step

Cha Cha CBL         

Man:        Left Turning Basic
Woman:   Side Triple Step changes to Forward Triple Step (Chasse) 

After the Man performs a left turning basic while 'leading' the woman to Cross his Body he leads from his Upper Body to move her back into a Closed 'Facing' Position and the Basic Step continues without interruption facing the other direction.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Allowing A Man To Lead Can Be Empowering For A Woman

I am not talking about women who have given their power over to their man/partner as that pendulum has swung way too far away from centre for both.  I am talking about women whose assertion levels have swung too far the other way, taking the lead too often and dis-empowering the man resulting in two people who are not being themselves.

This issue pops up in every ballroom class as it is where it naturally plays out.  The key is to allow the man to lead so he 'remembers' what it is like, at least for an hour, until there comes a point where the lead is shared exactly how and when it was meant to be.  This is the only way to get to that blissful feeling of harmonious unity when you are dancing as one.

"Thank you for teaching me that allowing a man to lead can be so empowering for a woman"...Tracy