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Unique Dance-O-Rama 2016

Unique Dance-O-Rama is outdoing itself once again! With 68 studios in attendance and a record breaking 17,000 entries it will most certainly be the biggest competition in the world! For the first time ever, the Unique DOR schedule has added an extra day as well as an exciting early arrival evening, giving it a whole

June 29th, 2016|
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Who Was Arthur Murray?

Arthur Murray’s life story is one of the quintessential American Dream. Born in a small town in Austria-Hungary in 1895 and raised in New York City, Arthur built a dancing empire from humble beginnings. What he initially saw as a great means to overcome his shy nature and meet girls transformed a modest and hard-working

June 14th, 2016|
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What is Interpretive Dance?

Imagine you’re at a Broadway show, watching a main character’s solo.  She’s feeling desolate and shows her emotions in a moving dance performance.  She hides her face, reaches up as if pleading, sways from side to side in the agony of her desperation and ends crumpled in a ball on the floor.  This is a

May 13th, 2016|
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3 Salsa Dancing Questions People Are Afraid to Ask

Salsa is cool, no doubt about it. If you’re a bit skeptical, go out and see for yourself. It wouldn’t take too long for you to meet someone who knows a great place to practice some serious Salsa moves. Indeed, it sizzles—like a red-hot Spanish chili smothered with piquant spices grown in the Caribbean.

May 3rd, 2016|
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How Dancing Once a Day Does More For You Than a Glass of Wine

Have you ever had one of those days where you just need to kick back with a blushing glass of red? As with our favorite activity, dancing, wine is a great way to unwind, and it may just be good for us. We’ve all heard it before – a glass of wine a day does

April 22nd, 2016|
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Six Tips to Making a Theatrical Routine from a Pro

Christina Campbell, an executive at the Orange Studio, certified examiner and smooth competitor, also dabbles in Theater Arts. This type of dancing centers on making theatrical ballroom routines that create an entrancing story. With carefully chosen music, costumes and choreography, a theatrical routine requires more planning than a normal solo. Here's her expert advice to

April 19th, 2016|
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Famous Dance Designers and the Outfits They’ve Created

Dance and the Constraints Dress Imposes Until two-hundred years ago, dancers wore what they normally wore – their street clothes – though often in a more elaborate form. If the dancer’s dress in the normal course of events was a laced corset or a farthingale, that would also be what she wore on the dance

April 8th, 2016|
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Favorite Dance Movie Moments!

Your instructors are always trying to inspire you to imagine more for you and your dancing, but what inspires them? We've asked some of your teachers about their favorite dance scenes from movies and what inspired them about it. Christina Campbell - Counselor in the Orange Studio "Funny Face" Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire dancing

March 31st, 2016|
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The Correct Tempos for Latin Dance

Latin Dance Tempos Latin dance is a distinctive but varied group of dances that include the Bolero, Cha Cha, Mambo, Merengue, Pasa Doble, Rumba, Salsa, and Samba. Each of these lively dances has a distinctive style and rhythm. Like many ballroom dances, the tempo depends on the music, context and style. Competitions have specific tempo

March 28th, 2016|
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Dance Festivals Around the World

Dance Festivals are for Everyone One of the greatest aspects of dance is that it is beloved universally. Dance is used as a means of personal expression, as a way to celebrate your heritage, and as an exercise to let off some steam with friends and loved ones. Dance is also about exploration – not

March 11th, 2016|