Burn The Floor – Giveaway for ballroom. reinvented.

I am a huge huge huge So You Think You Can Dance Fan.  Did I say huge?

Four seasons ago, I fell in love with contemporary, hip hop and jazz all over again.  Nigel, Tyce Diorio, Sonya Tayeh, and of course, Mia Michaels have given me a whole new appreciation for the art of dance.

Music moves me. I can breathe it in and feel it course through my veins with a warmth and a chill all at the same time.  It can make me cry in a way that nothing else can.

And when you are watching a story through movement and music, it’s all the more intriguing.

Which brings me to my giveaway…

I am thrilled to be able to give away a pair of tickets to the November 30 (opening nigh) of the dance spectacular,  Burn The Floor.  And if you win, you just might see me and my husband as we’ll be there too!

We’ll get to enjoy a mix of ten different styles of ballroom. (My personal favorite is the Paso Doble.)

  • The Waltz is a ballroom dance in 3/4 time, with a strong accent on the first beat, and a basic pattern of step-step-close.
  • The Foxtrot is a slow, syncopated 4/4 rhythm, in a slow/slow-quick/quick count and employs the fashionably rebellious use of “trotting steps.” In 1927 it was renamed “slow foxtrot” and was characterized by smooth gliding movements.
  • The Viennese Waltz, the oldest of the ballroom dances, is a 3/4 rhythm which began as a peasant dance in Provence, France in 1559 and became a craze in Viennese dance halls in the early 1800s.
  • The Tango originated in Argentina and was brought to Paris in 1910. The international tango was born in the 1930s and combined the proud posture of the other ballroom dances with 4/4 rhythm, staccato action and walking steps, that move around the ballroom floor.
  • Quickstep is an international style ballroom dance that follows a 4/4 rhythm, similar to a fast foxtrot. It evolved from dances in the 1920s like the Charleston and the influence of the ragtime music popular during that era.
  • The Cha Cha, a Cuban dance, became popular in the 1950s. It is an offshoot of the triple mambo and has a 4/4 rhythm. It is fun, flirty, playful, and is known as the “afternoon dance.”
  • The Samba, the “ladies dance,” originated and is still celebrated in Brazil. It is fun and festive. The fast and intricate cross percussive music and steps are danced to a 2/4 rhythm.
  • Paso Doble is of Spanish origin, though it was developed in France. Using a 2/4 rhythm, it is a highly stylized dance that is based on the Spanish bull fight and uses marching steps. The man represents the matador; the woman the cape.
  • The Rumba has a 4/4 Cuban rhythm and is the slowest and most sensuous of the Latin American dances. This is the dance with the most sexual tension,and is known as the “dance of lust.”
  • The Jive is based on jazz and improvisation. Set in 4/4 time, this dance originated in the United States in the early 1940s. It relies on African American rhythms. It travelled to Europe when American soldiers brought the Lindy Hop/jitterbug during WWII.
It is going to be amazing!  
To enter to win, simply leave a comment (make sure I have your email!) telling me what you love about dance. I will draw a winner via random.org on Thanksgiving and give the winner something to be thankful for. That’s it. Easy Peasy.
*I was provided with two complimentary tickets to the show courtesy of Burn The Floor. Stay tuned for my review of the show on December 1.

** WINNER!  Karen via random.org
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  1. Michele says

    Sorry forgot my email mmbench at mindspring.com

    I love how free I feel when dancing. I totally made a fool of myself with my kids at Disney a few weeks ago.

  2. Karen O'Malley says

    It was only a few short 9 years ago that I was introduced to ballroom dance classes. I had just moved (solo) to Raleigh from the D.C. area. I knew no one in Raleigh, and no one knew me. How would I 'connect' in Raleigh and find my way having left behind 27 years of strongly bonded friendships in the D.C. area? My first introduction to ballroom dancing left me less than inspired. It seemed way too froo-froo for me (I'm atheletic by nature). Now with these 9 years of ballroom dance instruction under by belt (from some very tough Ukranian professional instructors) I can say that ballroom dancing is my respite from the highly-charged corporate world; invites my spirit to 'come out and play'; welcomes my creativity; develops and bolsters my physical self-confidence; and provides therapeutic 'hands-on' in an otherwise single/alone life-style. Ballroom dancing is my Zen. As for a 'couple' taking ballroom class, I've never seen a couple who didn't share some belly-laughs working their way through the basic steps. Ballroom dancing is just plain 'good for the soul'.

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