The U.S. Open Swing Championships is the most prestigious swing convention in the world. It's a yearly convention that takes place over the Thanksgiving holiday at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott.
In 2015, the West Coast Swing Showcase 1st place winners were Benji Schwimmer & Nicole Clonch.
Brazilian Zouk's popularity has skyrocketed around the globe. Many other dance genres incorporate movements and patterns from Zouk including kizomba and West Coast swing.
Zouk dancing has also been influenced by salsa, bolero and samba.
Ballroom dance champions, Arunas Bizokas & Katusha Demidova have held many dance titles including World Professional Standard Ballroom Champions 2007-2014 and U.S. National Dancesport Champions for Pro Standard as recognized by the National Dance Council of America. The Standard dances include foxtrot, waltz, quickstep, tango and Viennese waltz.
Watch these ballroom champions dance here!
36 countries and 177 cities participated including: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, England, France, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, New Caldonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovenia, Switzerland, United States and more!
Swing dance has flourished since its inception in the roaring twenties evolving into many different forms of swing influenced by changes in music and regional differences.
Swing styles include Lindy hop, East Coast swing, jitterbug, Balboa, Carolina shag, boogie woogie and West Coast swing to name a few.
Watch/read the types of swing dance styles here!
Salsa Dance songs includes dance songs chosen by dancers for their perfect rhythm and tempo for dancing including romantic slow dance songs perfect for a first dance wedding song, father daughter dance songs and 15 fantastic salsa dance songs!
The evolution of swing dancing encompasses almost 100 hundred years of history starting in the 1920's, the U.S. will be celebrating the centennial of swing dancing in a few years from now in the 2020's! Watch video clips from the Roaring Twenties, Charleston, Balboa, Bal-Swing, shag, Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, St. Louis & Carolina shag, 1940's & 50's swing, West Coast swing, neo-swing and read about the history and styles of swing through the ages.
Watch/read The Evolution of Swing Dancing
Complete Guide to Wedding Dance Lessons has everything wedding couples and their families want to know about wedding dance lessons and the wedding dances including most of the frequently asked questions and video clips of father-daughter, mother-son, first dances and more plus links to styles of wedding dances, wedding songs and the best online resources for weddings!
Father daughter dance songs are written and sung to celebrate the special bond between fathers and daughters. These songs are perfect for the father-daughter wedding dance at wedding receptions, as well as, daddy-daughter dances at schools and purity balls. Still, they are especially important for fathers and daughter at weddings.
Watch/Listen to Best 15 Father Daughter Dance Songs here!
25 First Dance Wedding Songs includes old classics like Stand By Me by Ben E. King and At Last by Etta James, beautiful waltzes like A Thousand Years by Christina Perri and Caribbean Blue by Enya and contemporary favorites like Everything by Michael Buble, I'm Yours by Jason Mraz and all time favorites like Time Of Our Life by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes plus many more fantastic first dance wedding songs!
Watch/listen to Top 25 First Dance Wedding Song
Wedding dance styles include waltz, slow dance, foxtrot, rumba, nightclub two step, salsa and mashups. We have curated some of the best of web of different types of wedding dances on this video blog. Summer is wedding season many new brides and grooms, mother, fathers and best friends thinking about dancing at their loved one's weddings.
Read more about the Wedding Dance in San Diego
Kizomba Dancing Goes Viral should be in the headlines for culture, arts & entertainment news. The kizomba dance and the Afro-Lain music is exploding in the Latin dance clubs, festivals and competitions worldwide. It has been popular in Europe for five years but has recently skyrocketed in popularity in the United States. Many dancers are asking what is the kizomba?
Watch/read Kizomba Dancing Goes Viral!
Ballroom dancing & dancesport have been popular in the U.S., partly due to ABC's Dancing with the Stars, Fox's So You Think You Can Dance and PBS's America's Ballroom Challenge. The current United States Professional American ballroom, rhythm dance champions are Emmanuel Pierre Antoine and Liana Churilova. Click for ballroom dancing and ballroom dance lessons in San Diego here?
Tango, bachata & kizomba dancing at the Esquina Carlos Gardel restaurant/tango show located on the corner where the singer performed. Also, check out Cem & Melisa, Turkish Bachata stars from Istanbul and two kizomba's; Stockholm, Sweden and the other by Italian producer, Andre Mancini with dancers in a beautiful scene on the waterfront.
Watch/read more about Argentine tango, bachata and kizomba here!
Zumba, flamenco, solo salsa and belly dance are included in this video blog. Check out zumba to "Crazy Love,"by Mara ft. Beto Perez's zumba routine, a beautiful flamenceo with Celina Zambon, a solo salsa by Alien Ramirez at L.A.'s Top Female Solo Salsa Competition and a flowing bellydance routine by Nataly Hay to "Serena's Step" by Hossam Ramzy.
Watch all of these belly dance, flamenco, zumba and solo salsa routines here!
Pole dance fitness has been popular for over a decade. Pole dancing classes are filled with women (men too) of all sizes, shapes and levels of fitness. It is part of the trend toward dance fitness, which includes circus arts (silks), zumba fitness, belly dance, aerobics, jazzercise and pole dance fitness, which is also a performance art combining music, dance and acrobatics.
Dancing in San Diego is thriving with a great community of dancers with a vast variety of dance venues all over America's finest city.
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Pattie Wells is one of the most experienced dance professionals in the United States. Currently, she is a dance curator for DanceTime.com and teaches private dance lessons only in San Diego.