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Ballroom Dance Week

September 19-28, 2003

NBDW Video on Cable Access
I taped local dancers dancing, and speaking about thier love of dance, and produced a cable-access TV program. During November this half-hour program will be playing on VCAM Ch15 in the Burlington area each Friday at 6:00pm, and each Sunday at 2:30pm. It will also play on several other cable access stations around NorthWestern Vermont, but I don't have dates or times yet. Stay tuned for when the program comes to your area!

History of Vermont's National Ballroom Dance Week

In 1989 Mary Helen McSweeney of New York City put together a "Ballroom Week" from April 21st to the 28th. The week brought the dancing community together and presented Ballroom Dancing at its best to the public. Dance studios, professional and amateur dancers, and the city government worked together and promoted dancing everywhere in the city-from libraries to ferry boats, from studios to public halls.

In 1990 (September 14-21) the editors of the major dance publications in the United States; Dancing USA, Dance Action International and Amateur Dancers, published the proposition of the whole country having a National Ballroom Dance Week (NBDW). They proposed a full week with "anchor events" at each end of the week. Through "proclamations" written by Mayors, Governors and even President George Bush NBDW was born. President and Mrs. Bush even posed for pictures while dancing.

In 1991 (September 13-22) NBDW saw a great leap forward when the "week" was extended to ten days so that all localities could have two really full "anchor weekends." Gubernatorial proclamations from nearly every state in the union led the public to dance. The emphasis was on "Everyone Dance-at least a waltz or a cha cha."

Since 1992, interest in ballroom dancing has grown, as has National Ballroom Dance Week. Dance studios, instructors and many USABDA chapters offer free lessons, workshops and demonstrations to newcomers. The goal is to introduce new people to the joy of dance!

2003 Schedule of Events

Friday, Sept. 19th

Dance Social (scheduled by First Step Dance) - Unitarian Church, 130 Main St, Montpelier. Lessons: 7:00 NightClub 2-Step, 7:30 Rumba, 8:00 Foxtrot. Dancing until 10:30. $10/person before 8:30, $5/person after 8:30. Call 802-598-6757.

Nightclub 2-step is a wonderfully compact dance for the slow ballads and lovesongs played at weddings and in crowded bars. Foxtrot can be danced to most popular music (when there is room), and the slow romantic Rumba is a very sensual Latin dance.

Free Dance Social - SalsaLina Dance Studio, 266 Pine Street, Burlington, VT (Directly above Recycle North). Lesson: 6:30-7pm Mini Lesson in Merengue, 7-10pm Social Dance, Open to the public (Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Bachata...)

Salsalina Dance Studio is a new dance school just opened in Burlington, come join the fun and learn to dance to the hot Latin Rhythms!

For information call: (802) 899-2422 or write to vemoore@gmavt.net

Saturday, Sept. 20th

FREE private dance lessons - Greek Orthodox Church by the rotary on Shelburne Road, Burlington.

FREE private dance lessons with David Larson & Rebecca Brookes for individuals or couples new to dancing from 1-5pm. Interested students must pre-register by calling 864-7953; limited slots available. Your choice of smooth ballroom (like waltz or foxtrot), Latin dances, swing, hustle, whatever! David Larson & Rebecca Brookes compete in regional and national ballroom championships.

USABDA Dance - The Elly-Long Music Center, 223 Ethan Allen Ave, Colchester. Lessons: 7:00 Foxtrot, 7:30pm West Coast Swing with Jamie Orr and Faye Grearson. Open dancing with DJ Bryan Bishop until 11pm. $12/ general admission, $8/ USABDA members, or $6/ students and seniors. Call 864-9301

Directions to the Elly-Long Music Center: From I89 & Winooski, take Route 15 past Saint Michael's College and the Vermont National Guard Base. At next traffic light, turn left into Fort Ethan Allen. Take 2nd right onto Ethan Allen Avenue. The Center is on your left.

From Essex, take Route 15 towards Saint Michael's College. After Susie Wilson Road turn right into Fort Ethan Allen at the traffic light. Take 2nd right onto Ethan Allen Avenue. The Center is on your left.

Parking: There is parking directly behind the building in a parking lot, and in a large field. Please do not park beside the apartment building that is next to the Music Center, the residents like to be able to park near their homes!

Foxtrot is among the easiest ballroom dances, and it can be danced to most popular music! For musicality and playfulness, though, West Coast Swing is the way to go!

Monday, Sept. 22nd

Free Dance Lessons (scheduled by First Step Dance) - Barlow St. Community Center, 39 Barolw St., St. Albans. Lessons: 6:30 Cha Cha, 7:30 Tango. Dancing until 9:00. No partner necessary! Call 802-598-6757.

Cha Cha is one of the most popular "pop" rhythms of the last several decades, and nothing beats the Tango for passion and pizazz!

Tuesday, Sept. 23rd

Free Dance Lessons (scheduled by First Step Dance) - Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Lessons: 7:00 Bolero, 8:00 Merengue. Dancing until 10:00. No partner necessary! Call 802-598-6757.

Bolero is the smoothest and most romantic of all Latin dances, while Merengue is one of the easiest dances to learn!

Wednesday, Sept. 24th

FREE dance classes - Greek Orthodox Church by the rotary on Shelburne Road. Classes: 6:30 - Learn the basics of waltz and fox trot. 7:30 - Learn the basics of cha-cha and rumba. 8:30 - Bluesy swing!

David Larson & Rebecca Brookes offer FREE dance classes for anyone wanting to give dancing a try. For information contact 864-7953. David & Rebecca compete in regional and national ballroom championships.

Thursday, Sept. 25th

Free Dance Lessons (scheduled by First Step Dance) - VFW #792, 1 Pioneer Street, Montpelier. Lessons: 6:00 Waltz, 7:00 Cha Cha. Dancing until 9:00. No partner necessary! Call 802-598-6757.

The Cha Cha rhythm is one of the most widely used song rhythms of the past 30 or 40 years making this dance very useful! However, the Waltz was the first dance to include physical contact between dancers, and as such caused quite a scandal! Would you like to make a scene at the next party you attend?

Friday, Sept. 26th

Dance Social (scheduled by First Step Dance) - City Hall, 100 North Main Street, St. Albans. Lessons: 7:00 East Coast Swing, 7:30 Rumba, 8:00 Foxtrot. Dancing until 11:00. $10/person before 8:30. $5/person after 8:30. No partner necessary! Call 802-598-6757.

East Coast Swing and Foxtrot can be danced to most popular music today. In fact they can often be danced to the same song! Rumba is a romantic Latin dance, perfect for slow love songs.

Saturday, Sept 27th

Singles Dance (scheduled by First Step Dance) - Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Lessons: 7:00 East Coast Swing, 7:30 Merengue, 8:00 Nightclub 2-Step. Dancing until 11:00. $10/person before 8:30. $5/person after 8:30. No partner necessary, obviously! Call 802-598-6757.

The rhythm of East Coast Swing is the most popular of all modern song rhythms, making this dance very versatile. Merengue is the easiest of all Latin dances to learn and is so simple that it can be danced to most Latin music. Nightclub 2-Step is perfect for slow romantic ballads! Where else can you learn the basics of all the dancing you will ever need to know how to do? And you are certain to meet people because we change partners regularly during the lessons!