Ballroom East

Life's a ball..once you learn to dance !

<p>You don’t have to be built like Gleb Savchenko to dance a Paso Doble.<br/></p><p><br/></p><p><a href=""></a><br/></p>

You don’t have to be built like Gleb Savchenko to dance a Paso Doble.

Posted 102 weeks ago

I praise the dance, for it frees people from the heaviness of matter and binds the isolated to community.

I praise the dance, which demands everything: health and a clear buoyant soul.

Dance is a transformation of space, of time, of people, who are in constant danger of becoming all brain, will, or feeling.

Dancing demands a whole person, one who is firmly anchored in the centre of his life, who is not obsessed by lust for people and things and the demon of isolation in his own ego.

Dancing demands a freed person, one who vibrates with the equipoise of all his powers.

I praise the dance.

O man, learn to dance, or else the angles in heaven will not know what to do with you

Attributed to Augustine of Hippo (354-430AD) and quoted by Pamela Alexander in the dance and spiritual well being section of the book published by the Royal Academy of Dance in 2014

“The Song of the Body:Dance for Lifelong Wellbeing” RAD enterprises

Posted 139 weeks ago

Back in the days when ballroom dancing was an ‘art’ and not a ‘sport’.

Posted 142 weeks ago
<p>We told you ballroom dancing was a contact sport.</p><p>Riccardo and Yulia Blackpool 2015<br/></p>

We told you ballroom dancing was a contact sport.

Riccardo and Yulia Blackpool 2015

Posted 143 weeks ago
Posted 149 weeks ago

At 4.26 watch and learn from the great Bill Irvine as he performs a Spanish Drag with the great Karen. Ballroom tango was never the same again. 

Posted 154 weeks ago

Fred by Isobel Dixon

“Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers were sexy, but only with
their feet,like butterflies.” - Clive James

Forget dancing backwards in high heels and
all that jazz-
I’ve told you before, I want to be Fred.

A sparrow of a chap turned shining black-
bird, magpie-tuxed, woodpecker heel

and toe, but gliding swallow-tailed, smooth
as you please. Mr. Anti-Gravity. Impossible

geometries of flair and speed. No map.
I ache for the ease, the froth of her skirt,

the gloss of his shoes. and yet am sick
of so much breeziness, balsawood plots,

paper plane trajectories. she can fluff those ostrich
feathers up all she likes, if he’s in love

with anything it’s the steps.Sometimes
in a solo, there’s a glint, a glimpse - of what ?

All of this perfect lightness.
Where on earth did you find it, Mr Austerlitz ?

Posted 166 weeks ago

George Coad “Now and Then Ballroom: the comparison” - take 45 minutes out of the day and invest the time in this lecture. It’s always interesting to see the development of the discipline. Mastering the fundamentals unleashes creativity and you can watch a century of evolution in ballroom dancing here.

Posted 170 weeks ago

Neil & Ekaterina Jones - Show Dance 2014 London Ball Dinner Dance - This could stimulate the current debate on body politics and ageism in Latin dancing but it’s best viewed through the lens of the British Music Hall; besides no-one got on Gwyneth Paltrow’s case for wearing a fat-suit.

Posted 172 weeks ago

B K Anderson - The Minimum Wage - Swirl
A terrific foxtrot currently on the Ballroom Stars 5 album from Casa Musica.
For foxtrotters with a social conscience everywhere.
We dedicate this one to Alec Neville Wood RIP - the finest socialist foxtrotter we ever met.

Posted 174 weeks ago