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Ballroom
Ballroom is not one dance but a number of different dances. Recently, some people have started designating waltz, foxtrot, quickstep and sometimes tango as 'ballroom' and separating out swing and latin dances. If you go to a ballroom dance, you will find most of these dances - waltz, foxtrot, tango, triple step east coast swing, rumba, cha cha and mambo/salsa. Many dances also include the quickstep, Viennese waltz, hustle, west coast swing, single step swing, two step, jive and the merengue. Some ballroom dances also include the argentine tango. The polka and paso doble are rarely seen.

Latin dances almost always include the salsa/mambo as well as some of the following - rumba, cha cha, merengue, bachata and cumbia.

There are two styles of ballroom dance, American and International. Most dance teachers offer American style; only a few teach International. International style is used primarily for competition and, in Rhode Island, can be found at Dancin Feelin (group and private) and for private lessons only at Jeff Allen Dance and Heritage Ballet.


Swing
There are many many different kinds of swing dance. In Rhode Island, you can easily find east coast triple and single step swing, west coast swing and lindy.

If you are a new dancer and would like to learn swing, start with triple or single step east coast swing. These two are the easiest to learn. Once you have them under your belt, you will find learning the other swing dances much easier.

Swing dances obviously focus on swing, but they do play the other occassional dance. Some will play Argentine tango, some Latin, some waltz. Very rarely a ballroom dance will play a jive, but no swing dance will specifically play jive music.





Overseas


BLACKPOOL DANCE FESTIVAL
Blackpool, England May 24 - 31, 2009
Huron Valley Travel
Reservations & Questions: Heather at Huron Valley Travel 800-392-6689 or heather@huronvalleytravel.com
Website: http://www.huronvalleytravel.com/tours/blackpool.html

Join Huron Valley Travel for the most respected Ballroom and Latin Dance Competition in the world!

Superb hotel accommodations, excellent tickets for five days at the Dance Festival (including the Professional Latin, Exhibition, and Professional Ballroom competitions), guided city orientation tour, English High Tea, many wonderful dinners, a private group dance lesson with a instructor from Blackpool, time for personal dancing in the glorious Winter Gardens Ballroom, an optional organized tour to Liverpool re-living the Beatles, and all 8-days expertly escorted and organized.

posted 08Nov06.updated 6Feb09

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Rhode Island Dance Vacations


NEWPORT VINTAGE DANCE WEEK
Vintage Dance

Roger Williams University
One Old Ferry Road
Bristol, Rhode Island 02809
Dates: July 27 to August 2, 2009
Registration opens in March
Maining Address
PO Box 9
Nahant, Massachusetts 01908
Phone: 781-662-8344 (before 10pm eastern time, please)
E-mail:
Website: http://www.vintagedancers.org

The 25th Annual Newport Vintage Dance Week will be held July 28 to August 4, 2012 at the seaside campus of the Portsmouth Abbey School in Newport, Rhode Island. Classes are offered in 19th and early 20th Century ballroom dancing.

Events include an 1860's ball at the Rotunda Ballroom at Newport's First Beach Carousel; an 1890's ball at the elegant Astors' Beechwood Mansion; a formal dinner and ragtime ball at the Glen Manor estate; and a turn of the century fancy dress (masquerade) ball.

Other social events will include formal teas, croquet games and Victorian amusements, tours of nearby historic Newport and a New England lobster feast. This year is sold out, but the waiting list is open. See more about this event at the Vintage Dancers website
last update 15Mar12

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New England Dance Vacations


BEANTOWN
Lindy Hop, Balboa, Blues Dance, Big Apple, Shim Sham, Charleston, Jazz, Hip Hop, Aerials

Endicott College
Beverly, Massachusetts, USA
Date: June 28 to July 5, 2012

Phone: 1-508-435-2363
E-mail:
http://www.beantowncamp.com

Beantown is an all-inclusive vacation for dancing with a phenomenal gathering of instructors, live bands, DJs and dancers from across the country and beyond! There are many lenth of stay and price options. The package price includes everything all camp classes, dances and activities as well as a choice of meals and private accommodation (although there are off-campus options).

Once settled on campus just shut off the stresses of the outside world, relax and get ready to enjoy immersing yourself in dance camp. Most people stay on campus, which is a great value and enhances the complete experience. Having meals on campus, with plentiful quality selections, is convenient and promotes camp bonding. The campus accommodation makes staying up late easy and short naps during the day possible!

Registration opens in March

The weekend long Mini-Camp (which hosts the Northeast Lindy Hop Championships) and the weeklong Beantown Lindy Hop Summer Camp. Many of the world's top lindy teachers teach at this event.

If you are comfortable dancing east or west coast swing, you will be able to enjoy learning the lindy.

The lindy classes are divided into beginner, intermediate and advanced.

posted 05Sep06.updated 15Mar12

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RHODE ISLAND LINKS


BROWN BALLROOM DANCE CLUB
http://students.brown.edu/ballroom/club
Brown University has a very active Ballroom Dance Club. They hold dance lessons, an occasional fund raising dance and a yearly competition (in the fall). This site is primarily for Brown students in the Dance Club.


BROWN UNIVERSITY SWING CLUB
http://students.brown.edu/swing/
Free swing classes and practice sessions open to the general public. The website aslso contains useful information about swing music and history.


QUICKSTARTBOOKS
http://www.JeffAllenDance.com
Jeff Allen - long time RI dance teacher-writes the popular QuickStart to dancing books. His last book (number 5!) - The Idiot's Guide to Ballroom Dancing was published in April 2002. Jeff has written some excellent technical columns for DanceUSA, and you can see some of them on JeffAllenDance.com as well as reviews of his books and information about the lessons he offers.


SWINGIN 88'S
http://www.swingin88s.com
The Swingin' 88's was formed to keep Swing alive in southern New England. They host a monthly dance at the Brightridge Club in East Providence, RI usually on the last Saturday of the month.
Email:


USA DANCE - RHODE ISLAND
http://usadance.org
The Rhode island branch of USA Dance formerly RI-USABDA. They promote ballroom dance and host dances, competitions and other local events. For membership information, go to the USA Dance website and click on 'links'. Unfortuneately this website is very difficult to use.

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NATIONAL AND OUT OF STATE WEBSITES


BALLROOM DANCERS.COM
http://www.ballroomdancers.com
Tons of information for ballroom dancers including a large section of video clips (available in MediaPlayer and Quicktime) showing dance steps from both American and International style ballroom. They also sell a wide range of DVD's, videos's music and books.


COMMONWEALTH VINTAGE DANCERS
http://vintagedancers.org
E-mail:
PO Box 9
Nahant, Massachusetts 01908
The Commonwealth Vintage Dancers are dedicated to the preservation of social dances from the 19th and early 20th Centuries. The group researches and teaches the original steps as well as the history of the dances. In addition, they are interested in the clothes from the various time periods, and many of the members design and sew their own ball gowns. They are available to stage performances of these dances, and organize and run Grand Balls, Tea Dances, Garden Parties and other period amusements. Several times a year the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers offer vintage dance events in RI. The 19th Annual Newport Vintage Dance Week (a week of dance lessons, parties, balls, and entertainment) will be held August 14-20, 2006.


CONNECTICUT SWING
http://www.gate.net/~htusa_ne/clubsri.htm
Connecticut Swing Dance Society is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to creating and serving a vibrant Connecticut swing community for dancers of all levels.


DOCMA (Massachusetts)
http://www.docma.net
Dancers of Central Massachusetts was formed in mid-1998 by a group of avid ballroom dancers in Worcester, MA. DOCMA is a chapter of USA DANCE Inc. They hold social dances at least once a month at various locations in the Worcester vicinity. Dances include a free one hour dance lesson, cash raffle, mixer, refreshments, and dance hosts. In addition to the social dances, they have dance workshops in conjunction with our local dance studios for all levels of dancers. Theur outreach program puts on dance performances at local nursing homes.

HAVE TO DANCE
http://www.havetodance.com
Excellent Boston-based swing/hustle/argentine tango/tap dance etc. website which covers the aforementioned dances (and to a lesser extent ballroom) throughout New England.

ROUND DANCING
http://members.isp01.net/hfsears/lessons/lead.html
Round Dancing is a form of social ballroom dancing in which the music is pre-choreographed, and the steps are announced by a 'cuer'. [In Rhode Island, round dancing can be found at most of the square dances.] This website has much to offer conventional ballroom dancers as well, such as a very informative and amusing essay on Lead and Follow http://www.rounddancing.net/dance/articles/index.html#leadfollow


SWING MONKEY
http://swingmonkey.com
Swing Monkey lists swing dance events all around new England.

SWINGWORLD.COM
http://www.swingworld.com
Skippy Blair's website. The dance goddess of us all, Skippy teaches ballroom, country and swing. She is the major reason that West Coast Swing became the phenomenon it has, hence the name of the website. Her thoughtful and technical way of looking at dance has resulted in a much better understanding of how to dance. Highly recommended - Skippy's ballroom dance articles. Teachers - check out the section on the Golden State Dance Teachers Association Certification.


USA DANCE (formerly USABDA)
http://www.usabda.org
The national website for USA Dance. Lots of information for people interested in ballroom dance. The website includes a sampling of articles from USABDA's Amateur Dancers Magazine.


USA DANCE - Hartford
http://www.ballroomdancect.com
Front page announcements of upcoming dances, competitions and events. No charge to subscribe to their email list for event announcements.


USA DANCE - New London
http://www.usadancenewlondonct.com
Website for the New London branch of USA Dance. Active site includes schedule for their dances held at the East Lyme Community Center as well as other nearby dances. No charge to subscribe to their email list for event announcements.


WIKIPEDIA - GLOSSARY OF PARTNER DANCE TERMS
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_partner_dance_terms
A good quick resource for definations of many ballroom and swing dance terms.

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DANCE WEAR & SHOES
BALLROOM & SOCIAL DANCE CLOTHES
Dance Shoes Online
http://www.danceshoesonline.com/Catalog/ballgown.html
This shop includes a full line of men and women's dance shoes (ballroom,swing,salsa,flamenco and other dance forms) plus dance apparel - Many gorgeous ballgowns laid out by color on one easy to use page! Fewer noteworthy Latin gowns, but there are some winners also laid out by color. Subscribe to their email list and get discount coupons. Gift certificates available.

Randall Designs
http://randalldesigns.net
If you are buying competition dance dresses, take a look at the stunning dresses on this website. You can buy brand new dresses, or lower the price by selecting from the used dresses. Designer Randall Christensen made all the gowns for Ballroom Bootcamp and most of the gowns on Dancing With the Stars. You can also buy some of the dresses from the shows and movies from the website.

SWING CLOTHES
DanceStore.com
http://www.dancestore.com
Classy swing clothes and shoes (also stylish ballroom shoes) for men and women. Check out their swirley swing skirt. Website includes swing dvds.

Swing Dance Shop
http://www.swingdanceshop.com/vinrep.html
Offers clothes by ReVamp, a LA company, that produces new authentic vintage-inspired clothing for both men and women. Each beautiful fabric and style combination is created in limited editions, and can be made-to-order for you. Great women's dance pants. The website includes a hugh array of other swing stuff - shoes, dvds, cds.

SHOES
DanceStore.com
http://www.dancestore.com
Beautiful swing and non-formal dance shoes. Website includes swing clothes, videos, dvd, and cds. PS Before you choose a shoe, check out their sale page for the occasional great shoe buy.

Patterson's Back Bay DanceWear
http://www.backbaydancewear.com
Patterson's Back Bay Dancewear, located at 185 Cambridge St/Burlington,MA 01803, has a hugh selection at their store and and even larger selection on line. They are nw carrying dancewear including ballroom and latin clothes.

PS Before you choose a shoe, check out Rhode Island stores some of which carry ballroom dance shoes.

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DANCE FASHION HISTORY
Drastic DIY Fashions
http://runzwithscissors.net/gallery/Twenties-style
The website of dress designer, Miss Priss contains a section on Twenties style clothing, which includes 8 very good pictures of Irene Castle as well as a number of other dance-related graphics.

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DANCE HISTORY
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Social Dance
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/dihtml/diessay0.html
The Library of Congress has put together some great dance documentation including a history of European and U.S. social dance from the late middle ages through the early 1900's. First screen is a general overview - subsequent pages are more detailed.

Dance Instruction Manuals
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/dihtml/dihome.html
The Library of Congress online has a section devoted to Dance Instruction Manuals circa 1490 to 1920. To browse, click on the 'Complete Author/Title List' link.

Dance Videos
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/dihtml/divideos.html
Short video clips of historic dances in MPEG, QuickTime, and RealPlayer formats.

MUSIC
Historic American Sheet Music
http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/sheetmusic/browse-subjects.html
Historic American Sheet Music from the rare book, manuscript and special collections library at Duke University. Dances covered - Cakewalk, Foxtrot, Galop, Gavotte, Mazurka, Minuet, Polka Mazurka, Polka, Polonaise, Quadrille, Tango, Tarantella, Waltz.

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DANCE ON DVD
TWIRLTHEGIRL PRODUCTIONS
Rhode Island-based TwirlTheGirl Productions is TTG's DVD production arm. They have created a series of DVD's (with more in the works) which showcases many nationally known West Coast Swing teachers. Each professional teaches two of his or her best moves/techniques.

Latest Video! FOOTWORK & STYLING Volume 1
Price: $40.00
Instructors included in videos: Jennifer Lyons, Skippy Blair, Ben Morris, Melina Ramirez, Edwin Li, Terry Roseborough, Libbat Shaham, Doug Silton, Jesse Dickson, Tessa Cunningham, Chuck Brown, ChristoFUnk, Rich Lundin, Jim Minty, Myles Monroe, Patty Vo, Jay Byam

Presenting a wonderful collaborative project with some of the most innovative, artistic, professionals in the country! These are AMAZING ONE OF A KIND video series with not just one teacher but SIXTEEN fabulous top notch dance professionals in the country including the well known SKIPPY BLAIR!! Each DVD will have 2 clips of each instructor teaching you with almost 2 HOURS total of material to learn! You will gain 32 moves, fundamentals, techniques, and/or ideas to better your dancing! These are the only instructional DVD's that have ever hit the West Coast Swing market that include a group of instructors! These HOT DVD's are going fast and are catered towards ALL LEVELS OF DANCERS!

See the DVD Cover

$40 SOCIAL PATTERNS for West Coast Swing Volume 1
$40 CONNECTION & TECHNIQUE for West Coast Swing Volume 1
$40 NEW! FOOTWORK & STYLING for West Coast Swing Volume 1

1 DVD-$40
2 DVD'S-$75
Buy all THREE for only $110
GREAT GIFT IDEA! Looking for a perfect gift for that special dancer for their birthday or other occasions? These will make WONDERFUL gifts!

TO PURCHASE: Make checks payable to: TwirlTheGirlUSA and send to 34 Greenbrier Road West Warwick, RI 02893
Or email Jennifer Lyons at or call 401-447-7015.
DVD's shipped immediately!

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