How to Ballroom Dance Efficiently

Pop quiz: who dances the most challenging steps? Answer: the beginners! The more advanced dancers have learned how to dance in the easiest way possible, with minimal effort. Of course, they had to spend a great deal of time honing their craft to get their bodies to cooperate. Let’s take a peek at what they learned, shall we? Less is more… In the right places One of my first ballroom teachers told me something that stuck with me (eventually): ‘If something goes wrong in a pattern, the problem lies not with what you did in that moment, but what you did in the moment BEFORE.’ Starting an action earlier requires less work, and avoids about 90% of all dance issues. Leaders: Plan ahead and always give your partner fair warning, whether it’s raising the hand for a turn in place, using body-rotation before a reverse turn, or creating directional pressure before you actually step in that direction. Followers: Increasing pressure on your partner’s frame gives you a faster heads-up for any surprises he might throw your way. Be lazy on the dance floor The body has an annoying habit of over-exaggerating what the eyes see. When we watch a pro Latin dancer, for instance, we inevitably think that we need MORE hip action, FASTER footwork, QUICKER turns. It’s exhausting to push ourselves this hard, especially since we end up falling out of sync with our partner. Followers: Moving before you are moved is like trying to drive your partner’s car - while his hands are still on the wheel. Nothing good can come of this. Leaders: Lead from the core, never the arms. What’s easier, carrying a backpack with your whole body, or just the right bicep? Add to your natural movement Ballroom dancing is a lot less forced then most realize. For example, if you relax your arms and swing your body side to side, your arms will fly out in the same direction, slightly after the body. Add a little muscle tone and splay the fingers, and you are now arm-styling! Your body already knows how to move efficiently, but we think we need to unlearn all that, because ballroom dancing is seen as going against your natural movement. Done, right, it should accentuate that movement. When dancing smooth/standard, just walk as you normally would, with feet swinging in front with a heel lead, but embellish by lowering slightly into the movement (more if it’s a waltz). Don’t force the lowering - let gravity do the work for you. Dancing Latin/rhythm? Climb a flight of stairs, flair the hips slightly, and you’ve basically got the Latin movement, complete with hip action. We move from our centre of gravity, a fist-sized area in our stomach referred to as the ‘core’. Moving first with the core and letting the rest of the body ‘catch up’ softens the movement and conserves energy. Did you miss the other articles on preventing dance fatigue? Check below: The Key to Dancing Better, for Longer Building a Dancer’s Diet: What and When to Eat Why Even Dancers Need Rest 5 Exercises that Build a Dancer’s Endurance Credits Dance Forums About the Author Ian Crewe has been dancing ballroom for almost 20 years, and has a Licentiate in American smooth and rhythm. His passion for dance and his endless seeking for ways to reach new audiences eventually led him to blogging and the World Wide Web. Ian currently teaches ballroom at the Joy of Dance Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Joy of Dance Holiday Food and Clothing Drive

Joy of Dance wants to make this Holiday Season a warm one for those adults and families who are cold and hungry. Beginning this December 5, Joy of Dance will be placing donation boxes and bins in our studios as well as at Ryerson Theatre on December 15th at the Joy of Dance Holiday Showcase.    “This is the time of year when those who go without is particularly noticeable.” says Jennifer Jones CEO of Joy of Dance Centre. “There are so many adults and families who struggle to put food on the table and as many who don’t have the means to keep themselves warm. Our goal is to be able to donate 5,000.00 to the Food Bank and organizations collecting coats, mittens, hats and scarves.”   Over 10 million pounds of food a year are distributed to individuals and families who are struggling with hunger in our communities. This number increases during the Holiday Season. While it is difficult to determine similar numbers, the need for warm clothing is critical and something many organizations like Covenant House need and companies support.   We ask all of our Joy of Dance family; students, teachers, parents, faculty family members and friends, to put something arm in our donation boxes. All non-perishable food and items of warm clothing for adults, teens and kids are also welcome.   Joy of Dance Centre is dedicated to the best in all things dance from Ballet to Ballroom. We are located at 95 Danforth Ave., Toronto Ontario.   # # #For more information contact Ellen Smith, Director of Marketing at 416-406-3262 or at ellen@joyofdance.ca. Please visit the website at www.joyofdance.ca for general information or www.facebook.com/joyofdance   http://www.joyofdance.ca/news-media/  

Learn it. Love it. Teach it. Joy of Dance College New Term For Ballroom Teacher Training Term Starts January 2014!

Joy of Dance College is taking registrations for the next term of Ballroom Dance Teacher Education. What is unique about the College is that it is 100 per cent dedicated to Dance Teacher Training. While many colleges with a dance program offer Teacher Training certification, most are performance based with the Teacher Training offered as an optional course. Joy of Dance College was founded in 2005. It is North America’s only certified Ballroom Dance Teacher College. It is registered as a private career college under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005. Joy of Dance is also a proud member of Career College Ontario and National Association of Career Colleges. Joy of Dance College takes you beyond ballroom dance Teacher Training and technique. It is a home to a community of dance teachers and students who are taking it to the next level. “Our promise is to ignite the passion, lay the foundation, and provide students with Ballroom dance teacher education, tools and skills that embody the very best of our knowledge, and experience,”  says Jennifer Jones, Dean of Joy of Dance College. “What you learn at Joy of Dance College is what it takes to be an exceptional teacher. Our goal is to inspire and build confidence in a student’s teaching ability so they can learn it, love it and teach it. It is infectious and it is sustainable as a career.” Joy of Dance College offers full and part-time certification programs for both International and American Ballroom dance at the bronze and silver levels. No previous experience is required at the bronze level; just a passion for dance. We are now accepting application for the January-April Term. Apply online at www.joyofdance.ca or contact us by phone at 416-406-3262 or by email at college@joyofdance.ca Joy of Dance College is dedicated to providing the best in ballroom Teacher Training. Located at 95 Danforth Ave., Joy of Dance is easily accessed via public transit or, if driving, public and street parking are available. # # #  For more information contact Lisa Fender, Assistant Dean at Lisa@joyofdance.ca or Ellen Smith, Director of Marketing at ellen@joyofdance.ca. Please visit the website at www.joyofdance.ca for general information.

Contemporary Master Class with Joshua Pelatzky at Joy of Dance Centre November 4, 2013

Renowned Choreographer, Performer and Contemporary Dance Teacher, Joshua Pelatzky, is coming to Joy of Dance Centre November 4, 2013, 8-10 p.m. to conduct a 2-hour, one of a kind, Contemporary Master Class.   Joshua Pelatzky brings a wealth of experience to his Contemporary Master Class. Joshua’s training is extensive and includes the Alvin Ailey School, Broadway Theatre Project and Ballet Magnificat to name a few. Currently, Joshua is teaching at the Broadway Dance Centre in New York.   “We are thrilled to have someone of Joshua’s caliber at Joy of Dance. Our teachers and contemporary dancers welcome the opportunity to take it to the next level,” says Jennifer Jones, CEO Joy of Dance Centre in Toronto.   For Joshua, Toronto is a place that he loves. “From all my travels, Toronto has some of my favorite dancers. I can't wait to get back and work with some incredible artists.”   Joshua has received many awards for choreography including Choreographer of the Year and Young Choreographer of the Year. He has been featured in several showcases internationally including Carnival, Broadway Underground, Sirens After Dark, Botega, World Dance Movement and Broadway a Tropea. Joshua choreographed and danced in the Darwin Deez' music video 'DNA' which landed him a nomination for a UK Music Video Award. He has also been commissioned to set site specific work for art gallery openings. He has taught contemporary and street jazz throughout Japan, Canada, France, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Holland, Spain and Israel. Joshua is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center in New York City and at The EDGE in Los Angeles. You may also follow him around the world at World Dance Movement.   This exceptional class is for intermediate and advanced dancers. Register early at www.joyofdance.ca as capacity is limited to 30 people.   Joy of Dance Centre is dedicated to the best in all things dance from Ballet to Ballroom. Located at 95 Danforth Ave., Joy of Dance is easily accessed via public transit or, if driving, public and street parking are available. # # # For more information contact Ellen Smith, Director of Marketing at 416-406-3262 or at ellen@joyofdance.ca. Please visit the website at www.joyofdance.ca for general information or www.facebook.com/joyofdance  

JOD Annie Lebedeva Dances the CIBC Run for the Cure Oct 6

Run It. Walk It. Jog It. Dance It. Annie Lebedeva, Ballroom teacher at Joy of Dance, wants to help find a cure for breast cancer. Keeping women healthy is one of her passions. That is why Annie is doing the CIBC Run for the Cure on October 6, 2013. That is also why she’s adding a slight twist to exactly how she does it. Annie has pledged to dance her way to the finish line no matter what.    “Cancer affects all of us in some way,” says Annie. “Fund raising for this event is a way to raise awareness and generate the necessary monies for research, hospice, medication, and care, all of which are essential. Cancer is an expensive disease on so many levels. The toll it takes emotionally and financially is a heavy one.”      “The women who suffer from this disease are our mothers, sisters, daughters, grandmothers, aunts and friends,” says Jennifer Lambert Jones, CEO of Joy of Dance Centre. “We are very proud of Annie and her commitment to participating in this important event. We are with her every step of the way.”   Annie is not new to this run. While living in England she put her running shoes on and ran the 5k, raising £500. Now in Canada she continues the momentum with the goal of raising $1,000. She believes that by keeping awareness high we are giving someone hope and potentially a future.    “Dancing to the finish line is my way of keeping the conversation going,” says Annie.  “I believe that dance is transformative so why not use it to find a cure.”   To find out more about Annie Lebedeva from Joy of Dance go to www.joyofdance.ca or www.runforthecure.com/goto/anfissalebedeva.   *********Joy of Dance Centre is dedicated to the best in all things dance from Ballet to Ballroom, Latin to Zumba. Located at 95 Danforth Ave., Joy of Dance is easily accessed via public transit or, if driving, public and street parking are available. Contact: Ellen Smith                                               Phone: 416-406-3262 Cell: 416-312-7446 Email: ellen@joyofdance.ca    

The Globe and Mail covers Joy of Dance, Nia, and our own Jenn Hicks!

Amy Verner of The Globe & Mail lifestyle section wrote a great article on the growth of Nia and featuring our own Jenn Hicks. The article, "A workout that requires your imagination", explains Nia, the fabulous dance / fitness fusion: "There are upward of 40 different Nia workouts, all targeting different areas of the body via various themes. Names range from obscure (Infinity, Alpha Omega) to literal (Butterfly) to cheesy (Zen-sation, Sexi) and Ms. Hicks says it can take up to two months before she's gone through the cycle (Nia instructors pay a membership fee and receive four new classes from the founders - licensed music included - each year). The footwork - often performed sans shoes - is never fancy; at most a cha-cha, grapevine, dance square or four-point turn. Leave the choreography to the contestants on So You Think You Can Dance. "We don't always want to be doing repetitive movement," says Ms. Hicks who teaches at The Joy of Dance and Flow! Yoga among other locations in Toronto. "The [steps]are chosen so we can have variety in movement to stimulate the body in different ways." Read the whole article on theglobeandmail.com Image: Nia classes combine techniques from martial arts, dance and healing practices to maximize variety in movement and stimulate the body in different ways.  (Della Rollins for the Globe and Mail) http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/fitness/a-workout-that-requires-your-imagination/article572464/

Joy of Dance Centre Dishes Up Dance at Taste of the Danforth 2013

The 19th Annual Taste of the Danforth Festival returns From Aug 9 to 11, 2013 to give Torontonians and its visitors a little taste of Riverdale. Joy of Dance Centre celebrates Taste of the Danforth for it’s 6th year. With over 1.3 million visitors attending the event every year to experience the food, the culture and the fun why not get people dancing as well?  Joy of Dance Centre located at Broadview and Danforth, takes the stage to present visitors with a little taste of what dancing for joy is all about.  This year,Joy of Dance is presenting dances performed by the younger kids and teens from the Summer Intensive Dance Camp Week. Attendees will see a little Hip, Hop, a little Jazz as well as some Contemporary Lyrical. The Joy of Dance Junior Dance Stars are kicking up a little East Coat Swing. “We’re very proud of what these kids have accomplished and we are incredibly honored to be in a position to offer dance to youth who need financial support.” says Mark Read Ballroom Teacher and Faculty Member at Joy of Dance. Mark will also be performing a little East Coast Swing with student Natalie Fourier.  Also taking the stage is Urbanesque and AiM (Artists in Motion), Toronto’s hottest Urban Dance Companies created and directed by Hollywood Jade and Shameka Blake respectively. Joy of Dance sponsors both. “Taste of the Danforth has been designed to bring the flavor of our community in all respects.” says Jennifer Jones, CEO of Joy of Dance Centre. “Dance is the perfect expression of our joy, our diversity and our expression as individuals and a community..”   Dances will be performed on the stage located at Broadview and Danforth starting Friday August 9 at 6 p.m., Saturday August 10 between noon and 10 p.m. plus Sunday August 11 between noon. and 6:30 p.m. For specific performance times, go to: http://www.tasteofthedanforth.com/tasteofthedanforth.php Joy of Dance Centre is dedicated to the best in all things dance from Ballet to Ballroom, Latin to Zumba. Located at 95 Danforth Ave., Joy of Dance is easily accessed via public transit or, if driving, public and street parking are available. # # # For more information contact Ellen Smith, Director of Marking at 416-406-3262 or at ellen@joyofdance.ca. Please visit the website at www.joyofdance.ca for general information  

Joy of Dance Goes Gold

Joy of Dance Centre in Toronto has not only added the Silver level to its International Ballroom instruction, it has added the Gold level as well with renowned teacher Olé Burlay. “Achieving this level of dance is an enormous accomplishment,” says Jennifer Jones, CEO of Joy of Dance Centre. “To be able to offer this level of instruction to the Toronto Ballroom community with such an outstanding champion and teacher is a proud moment and overdue.” While there is many dance studios in Toronto, few are able to offer the sophistication of Silver and Gold levels of International Ballroom Dance with the caliber of teacher such as Olé. “While we are about the dance,” says Jennifer, “we are also very much about presenting simply the best in a warm, welcoming and professional environment.  This is our way of saying to our students that we hear them and do everything we can to ensure an exhilarating and joyful dance experience.” Olé is just one of the many accredited teachers at Joy of Dance Centre. He has been competing in professional dance for over ten years and holds the status of being six time undefeated winner at the Amateur Championships in Ukraine in Ballroom and Latin dance as well as a finalist of the Open European Professional Ballroom and Latin Championships. Olé is a current member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association (CDTA). He has also received the award of top teacher for 5 years running at the Crystal Leaf International Dancesport Championship. For those of you who may not know, the Bronze level is the beginner or first stage of Ballroom dance whether it is International or American. Silver is the second level and represents advanced patterns and concepts. The Gold level is the third complete level of the International Ballroom Syllabus, and represents the very advanced patterns and concepts. Gold is generally not a level associated with social dancing and is used for advanced competitive dancing. “To reach the gold level is to finally enjoy the refinements and skillfulness of ballroom dance like never before,” says Olé. “You can trust your technical knowledge and enjoy the ability to perform at the highest level with your partner.”   Silver and Gold classes begin this Friday, June 7, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. for International Standard style and 9:00 p.m. for Latin style at the Joy of Dance Centre. Joy of Dance Centre is dedicated to the best in all things dance from Ballet to Ballroom. Located at 95 Danforth Ave., Joy of Dance is easily accessed via public transit or, if driving, public and street parking are available. # # # For more information contact Ellen Smith, Director of Marking at 416-406-3262 or at ellen@joyofdance.ca. Please visit the website at www.joyofdance.ca for general information.

Joy of Dance at the MMVA’s Live Sunday June 16, 2013

The MMVA’s are back in Toronto this Sunday June 13, 2013, Joy of Dance Centre teachers are dancing at the show. Which artists they are dancing with are completely hush hush, however, we can tell you who the dancers are;  Allision Bradley, Esie Mensah, Lauren Lyn, Hollywood Jade, and Shameka Blake.  All of these dancers have worked with some of the biggest names in the business and are currently performing with and are the creative forces behind 2 dance companies sponsored by Joy of Dance Centre; AIM (Artists in Motion) and Urbanesque. We would be remiss in not giving a shout out to the rest of the artists in AIM and Urbanesque also performing at the MMVA's. “The MMVA’s are one of the hottest tickets in town,” says Jennifer Jones CEO and Co-Founder of Joy of Dance.  “To have some of the best of our best appear on stage at the MMVA’s is incredible. Our teachers are top industry professionals who have worked with some of the best in the world”. The show airs live on MuchMusic this Sunday at 9 p.m. EST and 6 p.m. Pacific. It is  packed with some of the biggest artists in the world. Look out for Demi Lovota, Avril Lavign, and Psy as Co-host to name-drop a few. Tune in to MuchMusic to see who’s who and which of our lovely Joy of Dancer’s are dancing for which celebrity. To give you a sneak peak, have a first look at the MMVA’s 2013. http://mmva.muchmusic.com/video/pid/135238/mmvas-first-look/ For more information contact Ellen Smith, Director of Marking at 416-406-3262 or at ellen@joyofdance.ca. Please visit the website at www.joyofdance.ca for general information.

URBANESQUE’S POWERFUL PERFORMANCE OF DANCE EXPLODES AT VIRGIN MOBILE’S MOD CLUB IN TORONTO THIS FEBRUARY

URBANESQUE’S striking and evocative performance debuts at Virgin Mobile’s Mod Club in Toronto this coming Valentine’s Day weekend. This unique production, inspired by Urban Dance, Musical Theatre, and Cabaret features the artistry, skill and strength of female dancers with a distinct urban flavor. URBANESQUE can be seen February 15 & 16, 2013 at the Virgin Mobile Mod Club located at 722 College Street in Toronto. Creator, Director and Producer, Hollywood Jade’s vision blends the distinct styles of urban dance, musical theatre and cabaret to life for today’s audience to experience. “Women are as strong as men in dance and it need to be seen. I wanted to create something truly unique that unites uncommon worlds. Urban dance has been typically male dominated with woman being highly objectified most of the time. I saw an opportunity to create a show that empowers woman and bridged the performance gap by showcasing woman’s amazing diversity, strength and sensuality.” says Jade. The dancers in URBANESQUE are professionals who have worked with such artists as Lady Gaga, Drake, Divine Brown, Luther Brown, Backstreet Boys, Kardinal Offishall, and Nelly Furtado to name a few.  They have appeared in TV shows such as So You Think You Can Dance Canada, MuchMusic Video Awards, the Juno Awards and much more.  Their commercial clients include MuchMusic, MTV, Wal-Mart, MAC Cosmetics, Xbox Kinect, ABSOLUT VODKA, and Athletes World.  Each of the performers, both men and women, are top industry professionals who are passionate about delivering the story and message of URBANESQUE. URBANESQUE is designed to appeal to Adults 19 and over with the underlying goal of having audiences experience a blend of old and new in a way that is relevant to today’s culture. Tickets can be purchased online at Eventbrite.com or at Joy of Dance Center located at 95 Danforth Avenue at Broadview Avenue or online at www.joyofdance.ca. # # # For more information contact Hollywood Jade at 647-688-5233 or at hollywood5233@gmail.com. Please visit our Facebook page at HollywoodpresentsUrbanesque for more information.

JOY OF DANCE CENTRE CLEANS UP AT SHOCK DANCE CHALLENGE

The recent SHOCK Dance Challenge competition held in St. Catherine’s April 11-14, 2013 was dominated by Joy of Dance Centre in the Pre-Competitives with 6 Trophy wins including First Prize in Hip Hop Group, as well as Best Choreography of the Session, won by Joy of Dance’s own Allison Bradley. Joy of Dance won in several categories including: • 8th place:  Contemporary Duet called Youth; danced and choreographed by Samantha Lew and Lee Jong • 6th place: Contemporary Group entitled Joga; choreographed by Allison Bradley • 4th place:  Lyrical Solo entitled Permanent; performed by Lee Jong and choreographed by Allison Bradley • 3rd place: Contemporary Trio called Home; performed by Lucy McGovern, Lucy Vannicola, and Sahara Baldwin; Choreographer, Allison Bradley • 2nd place: Contemporary Solo  entitled Smother; performed by Samantha Lew and choreographed Allison Bradley • 1st place: Hip Hop Group called The Subway; choreographed by Shameka Blake • Best Choreography of the Session awarded to Allison Bradley for Home Special awards were awarded to Joy students Samantha Lew and Lee Jong in Partnering and Trust for their duet Youth.  Shameka Blake’s Hip Hop group was awarded the Swagger Award with Lee Jong receiving a special award for Commitment. “We are so incredibly proud of Shameka, Allison and our Joy of Dance teen dancers,” says Jennifer Jones, CEO of Joy of Dance.  “They are an amazing group of young artists who demonstrate their passion and commitment to Joy of Dance every day.” This is Joy of Dance’s second competition and first time at SHOCK competition. The idea was initiated by Allison Bradley and Shameka Blake.  “It’s an opportunity to have our teens perform on stage in a way that teaches them discipline, a solid work ethic, leadership, team work and performance quality.  Dance, for many of these kids, is their life and potential career.  Competitions like SHOCK is a way of demonstrating how serious these teens view dance and how much they give to it.” says Allison Bradley. SHOCK is an intense and electrifying dance competition, which pushes young dancers to their performance limit, and awards every single effort. Multiple studios compete to showcase their best, winning standings as well as cash awards and trophies. The Pre-Competitive awards dancers who train under 5 hours a week while Competitive awards those who have 5 plus hours of training a week. Joy of Dance Centre is dedicated to  the best in all things dance from Ballet to Ballroom, Latin to Zumba. Located at 95 Danforth Ave., Joy of Dance is easily accessed via public transit or, if driving, public and street parking are available. # # # For more information contact Ellen Smith, Director of Marking at 416-406-3262 or contact us. Please visit the website at www.joyofdance.ca for general information.

CANADA’S JOY OF DANCE TEENS JOINS 10,000 DANCERS AT THE ANNUAL NYC DANCE PARADE SATURDAY MAY 18, 2013

The 7TH Annual NYC Dance Parade and Festival is the only one of it’s kind to celebrate dance in all its myriad forms. It begins with a street parade through Greenwich Village, and a festival featuring performances, free workshops and dance classes in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village. This year’s theme, Unity Through Dance, is something Joy of Dance embraces.  After participating in the parade at 1:00 p.m. Joy of Dance Comp Teens will be among 200 dance groups performing and the only Canadians at the event. They will be performing “Subway”, a Hip Hop piece choreographed by Shameka Blake, at 5:37 on Saturday May 18. “To be selected to perform and be part of the 80 different styles of dance represented at the Festival is a honor.” says Jennifer Jones, CEO Joy of Dance Centre in Toronto.  “This is an amazing event, with a timely and uplifting theme. We are delighted to give our teen dancers an opportunity to dance down Broadway and be part of this amazing world called dance,” says Jones. Joy of Dance Centre is dedicated to the best in all things dance. Located at 95 Danforth Ave. Toronto, Joy of Dance is easily accessed via public transit or, if driving, public and street parking are available. # # # For more information contact Ellen Smith, Director of Marketing at 416-406-3262 or contact us. Please visit the website at www.joyofdance.ca for general information

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