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Dima Goncharov and Tatyana Lutsenko put on a ferocious performance at the 2016 Harvest Moon Ball in Chicago. Photo by Dan Hecker.


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December 1 • Thursday Bachata Social-DanceLife; 6015 Lyndale Ave., S. Mpls.; 9-10 p.m.; $5 Tango Desperados Practica-2507 E 25th St., Mpls.; 7:30-9:30 p.m.; $5 Swing Social-Wabasha Street Caves; 215 Wabasha St. S., St. Paul; lesson 6-7 p.m., dance 7-10 p.m.; $8 cash only Swing & Lindy Hop Social-301 Main St. NE, Mpls.; EC Swing 7-8:15 p.m.; Lindy Hop 8:15-9:30 p.m.; $9, $7 Students Late Night Swing-301 Main St. NE, Mpls.; 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m.; $6, $4 Students Variety Dance-Dancers Studio; 415 Pascal St. N, St. Paul; 8-9:30 p.m.; $5

December 2 • Friday Milonga Alquima-Triune Masonic Temple; 1898 Iglehart Avenue, St. Paul; 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m.; $10, $5 students West Coast Swing Dance-Starks Saloon; 3125 Dodd Rd., Eagan; dance 8 p.m.; Salsa & Bachata Party-DanceLife; 6015 Lyndale Ave., S. Mpls.; 9:30 p.m.-12 a.m.; $5 Swing & Foxtrot Social; 1114 American Blvd., Bloomington; 8 p.m. Variety Dance-Cinema Ballroom; 1560 St. Clair Ave., St. Paul; 7 p.m. Foxtrot & ECS lesson; dance 8-11 p.m.; $10, $6 Students

December 3 • Saturday Variety Dance-DanceLife; 6015 Lyndale Ave., S. Mpls.; 8-9:30 p.m.; $10 Milonga en el Alma-Four Seasons Dance Studio; 1637 Hennepin Ave., S., Mpls.; 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Dance Social-Starks Saloon; 3125 Dodd Rd., Eagan; dance 8 p.m.; $5 Swing & Foxtrot Social; 1114 American Blvd., Bloomington; 8 p.m. Winter Showcase-Cinema Ballroom; 1560 St. Clair Ave., St. Paul; 7-11 p.m. 1st Saturday Dance; 301 Main, Mpls.; lesson 7:30 p.m.-12:30 p.m.,

December 4 • Sunday Rogue Tango-Loring Pasta Bar; 327 14th Ave., S.E, Mpls.; 6-9 p.m. Variety Dance-DanceLife; 6015 Lyndale Ave., S. Mpls.; 7-10 p.m.; $10 TC Rebels 1st Sunday Dance-DanceLife; 6015 Lyndale Ave., S. Mpls.; 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m.; $11, $7 Students Ballroom Dance Party-Tapestry; 3748 Minnehaha Ave., Mpls.; 6:00 lesson, dance 7-9:30 p.m.; $10, $7 Students

December 5 • Monday Patty & The Buttons Live Jazz-125 Main St. S.E., Mpls.; 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; free Tango Desperados Practica-2507 E 25th St., Mpls.; 7:30-9:30 p.m.; $ Salsa Social-DanceLife-6015 Lyndale Ave., S. Mpls.; 9:30-10:30 p.m.; $5

December 7 • Wednesday Rhythm Junction Lindy Hop-Four Seasons; 1637 Hennepin Ave., S., Mpls.; 8-11 p.m.; $6 Tango Desperados Practica-2507 E 25th St., Mpls.; 7:30-9:30 p.m.; $5 Practice Party- Cinema Ballroom; 1560 St. Clair Ave., St. Paul; 8-9 p.m.; $10, $6 Students Country Dance Social-Starks Saloon; 3125 Dodd Rd., Eagan; lessons 7:30, dance 8 p.m. Social Dancing-Fallout Arts Co-op Studio; 2601 2nd Ave. S. Mpls.; 9-11 p.m.

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December 15 • Thursday

Swing Night-Lee’s Liquor Lounge; 101 Glenwood Ave., Mpls.; 8 p.m. lesson, live music 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Bachata Social-DanceLife; 6015 Lyndale Ave., S. Mpls.; 9-10 p.m.; $5

Swing Night-Lee’s Liquor Lounge; 101 Glenwood Ave., Mpls.; 8 p.m. lesson, live music 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Tango Desperados Practica-2507 E 25th St., Mpls.; 7:30-9:30 p.m.; $5 Bachata Social-DanceLife; 6015 Lyndale Ave., S. Mpls.; 9-10 p.m.; $5 Variety Dance-Dancers Studio; 415 Pascal St. N, St. Paul; 8-9:30 p.m.; $5

December 9 • Friday Variety Dance Party-Dancers Studio; 415 Pascal Street N., St. Paul; salsa class 7:30 pm; dance 8pm; $5 Swing Social-Wabasha Street Caves; 215 Wabasha St. S, St. Paul; lesson 6 -7 p.m., dance 7-10 p.m.; $8 cash only Swing & Lindy Hop Social-301 Main St. NE, Mpls.; EC Swing 7-8:15 p.m.; Lindy Hop 8:15-9:30 p.m.; $9, $7 Students Late Night Swing-301 Main St. NE, Mpls.; 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m.; $6, $4 Students Milonga Flor de Luna-Four Seasons Dance Studio; 1637 Hennepin Ave., S., Mpls.; 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m.; $10, $5 students Line Dance Party-Starks Saloon; 3125 Dodd Rd., Eagan; lessons 7 p.m., dance 8 p.m.; Salsa & Bachata Party-DanceLife; 6015 Lyndale Ave., S. Mpls.; 9:30 p.m.-12 a.m.; $5

December 10 • Saturday 2nd Saturday GRAND Milonga-Theodore Wirth Chalet; 1301 Theodore Wirth Parkway, Mpls.; 8 p.m.-12 a.m.; $10, $5 students Salsa Dance-Loring Pasta Bar; 327 14th Ave., S.E, Mpls.; $8 MN WCS Dance Club-B-Dale Club; 2100 N Dale St., Roseville; 7:30 p.m. lesson; 8:30 p.m.-12 a.m. dance; $10, $7 member Dance Social-Starks Saloon; 3125 Dodd Rd., Eagan; 8 p.m. Variety Dance-Dancers Studio; 415 Pascal St. N, St. Paul; 8-9:30 p.m.; $5

December 11 • Sunday Variety Dance-DanceLife; 6015 Lyndale Ave., S. Mpls.; lesson 7 p.m., dance 8-10 p.m. Salsa Dance-Loring Pasta Bar; 327 14th Ave., S.E, Mpls.; $10 Rogue Tango-Loring Pasta Bar; 327 14th Ave., S.E, Mpls.; 6-9 p.m.

December 12 • Monday Patty & The Buttons Live Jazz-125 Main St. S.E., Mpls.; 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; free Ballroom Music Party with Jerry O’Hagen-Cinema Ballroom; 1560 St. Clair Ave., St. Paul; lesson 6:15 p.m., dance 7-10 p.m.; $12, $8 students Salsa Social-DanceLife-6015 Lyndale Ave., S. Mpls.; 9:30-10:30 p.m.; $5

December 16 • Friday Puro Tango Milonga-Four Seasons Dance Studio; 1637 Hennepin Ave., S., Mpls.; 9:30 p.m.-12 a.m.; $10 Swing Social-Wabasha Street Caves; 215 Wabasha St. S., St. Paul; lesson 6-7 p.m., dance 7-10 p.m.; $8 cash only Swing & Lindy Hop Social-301 Main St. NE, Mpls.; EC Swing 7-8:15 p.m.; Lindy Hop 8:15-9:30 p.m.; $9, $7 Students Late Night Swing-301 Main St. NE, Mpls.; 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m.; $6, $4 Students WCS Party-Starks Saloon; 3125 Dodd Rd,. Eagan; lesson begins 7:30 p.m. Salsa & Bachata Party-DanceLife; 6015 Lyndale Ave., S. Mpls.; 9:30 p.m.-12 a.m.; $5 30th Anniversary Party & Winter Wonderland Showcase-Dancers Studio; 415 Pascal St. N, St. Paul; 7-10:30 p.m.; $20

December 17 • Saturday Variety Dance-DanceLife; 6015 Lyndale Ave., S. Mpls.; 8-9:30 p.m.; $10 Alternative Tango-T’ai-Chi Ch’uan Studio; 2242 University Avenue, Suite 207 St. Paul,; 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m.; $10 Variety Dance-Cinema Ballroom; 1560 St. Clair Ave., St. Paul; 7 p.m. tango & rumba lesson; dance 8-11 p.m.; $10, $6 Students Salsa Dance-Loring Pasta Bar; 327 14th Ave., S.E, Mpls.; $8 Dance Social-Starks Saloon; 3125 Dodd Rd., Eagan; 8 p.m.

December 18 • Sunday Rogue Tango-Loring Pasta Bar; 327 14th Ave., S.E, Mpls.; 6-9 p.m. Salsa Dance-Loring Pasta Bar; 327 14th Ave., S.E, Mpls.; $10 TC Rebels 3rd Sunday Dance-DanceLife; 6015 Lyndale Ave., S. Mpls.; 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m.; $11, $7 Students Ballroom Dance Party-Tapestry; 3748 Minnehaha Ave., Mpls.; 6:00 lesson, dance 7-9:30 p.m.; $10, $7 Students

December 14 • Wednesday

December 19 • Monday

Rhythm Junction Lindy Hop-Four Seasons; 1637 Hennepin Ave., S., Mpls.; 8-11 p.m.; $6 Tango Desperados Practica-2507 E 25th St., Mpls.; 7:30-9:30 p.m.; $5 Practice Party- Cinema Ballroom; 1560 St. Clair Ave., St. Paul; 8-9 p.m.; $10, $6 Students Country Dance Social-Starks Saloon; 3125 Dodd Rd., Eagan; lesson 7:30, dance 8 p.m. Social Dancing-Fallout Arts Co-op Studio; 2601 2nd Ave. S. Mpls.; 9-11 p.m.

Patty & The Buttons Live Jazz-125 Main St. S.E., Mpls.; 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; free Ballroom Dance Party-Tapestry; 3748 Minnehaha Ave., Mpls.; 6:00 lesson, dance 7-9:30 p.m.; $10, $7 Students Tango Desperados Practica-2507 E 25th St., Mpls.; 7:30-9:30 p.m.; $5 Salsa Social-DanceLife-6015 Lyndale Ave., S. Mpls.; 9:30-10:30 p.m.; $5


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December 21 • Wednesday Rhythm Junction Lindy Hop-Four Seasons; 1637 Hennepin Ave., S., Mpls.; 8-11 p.m.; $6 Practice Party- Cinema Ballroom; 1560 St. Clair Ave., St. Paul; 8-9 p.m.; $10, $6 Students Country Dance Social-Starks Saloon; 3125 Dodd Rd., Eagan; lesson 7:30, dance 8 p.m. Social Dancing-Fallout Arts Co-op Studio; 2601 2nd Ave. S. Mpls.; 9-11 p.m.

December 22 • Thursday Bachata Social-DanceLife; 6015 Lyndale Ave., S. Mpls.; 9-10 p.m.; $5 Variety Dance-Dancers Studio; 415 Pascal St. N, St. Paul; 8-9:30 p.m.; $5

December 23 • Friday Line Dance Party-Starks Saloon; 3125 Dodd Rd., Eagan; 8 p.m. Variety Dance-DanceLife; 6015 Lyndale Ave., S. Mpls.; 8-9:30 p.m.; $10 Salsa & Bachata Party-DanceLife; 6015 Lyndale Ave., S. Mpls.; 9:30 p.m.-12 a.m.; $5 Salsa Fusion-Cinema Ballroom; 1560 St. Clair Ave., St. Paul; Salsa & Bachata lesson 7 p.m, dance 8-11 p.m Salsa Dance-Loring Pasta Bar; 327 14th Ave., S.E, Mpls.; $8 MN WCS Dance Club-B-Dale Club; 2100 N Dale St., Roseville; 7:30 p.m. lesson; 8:30 p.m.-12 a.m. dance; $10, $7 members

December 24 • Saturday Dance Social-Starks Saloon; 3125 Dodd Rd., Eagan; 8 p.m. Salsa Dance-Loring Pasta Bar; 327 14th Ave., S.E, Mpls.; $10 Argentine Tango Fusion Milonga-DanceLife; 6015 Lyndale Ave., S. Mpls.; 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m.;

December 25 • Sunday Rogue Tango-Loring Pasta Bar; 327 14th Ave., S.E, Mpls.; 6-9 p.m.

December 26 • Monday Rhythm Junction Lindy Hop-Four Seasons; 1637 Hennepin Ave., S., Mpls.; 8-11 p.m.; $6 Salsa Social-DanceLife-6015 Lyndale Ave., S. Mpls.; 9:30-10:30 p.m.; $5 Tango Desperados Practica-2507 E 25th St., Mpls.; 7:30-9:30 p.m.; $5

December 28 • Wednesday Practice Party-Cinema Ballroom; 1560 St. Clair Ave., St. Paul; 8-9 p.m.; $10, $6 Students Social Dancing-Fallout Arts Co-op Studio; 2601 2nd Ave. S. Mpls.; 9-11 p.m. Country Dance Social-Starks Saloon; 3125 Dodd Rd., Eagan; lesson 7:30, dance 8 p.m.

December 29 • Thursday Bachata Social-DanceLife; 6015 Lyndale Ave., S. Mpls.; 9-10 p.m.; $5 Variety Dance-Dancers Studio; 415 Pascal St. N, St. Paul; 8-9:30 p.m.; $5

December 30 • Friday West Coast Swing Party-Dancers Studio; 415 Pascal St. N, St. Paul; 8 p.m.; $5 Salsa & Bachata Party-DanceLife; 6015 Lyndale Ave., S. Mpls.; 9:30 p.m.-12 a.m.; $5

December 31 • Saturday New Year’s Eve Bash- Cinema Ballroom; 1560 St. Clair Ave., St. Paul; 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Saturday Ballroom Variety & Dance-DanceLife; 6015 Lyndale Ave., S. Mpls.; 7-10 p.m.; $5 E

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twin cities Dance contacts Studios American Classic Ballroom 952.934.0900 550 Market Street, Chanhassen www.acballroom.com Balance Pointe Studios 952.922.8612 5808R W 36th Street, St. Louis Park www.balancepointestudios.com Ballroom & Latin Dance Club 952.292.0524 1103 W Burnsville Pkwy, Burnsville www.ballroom-club.com Ballroom & Wedding Dance Studio 612.371.0300 2717 42nd Street E, Minneapolis www.myballroomdancestudio.com Blue Moon Ballroom 507.288.0556 2030 Highway 14 E, Rochester www.BlueMoonBallroom.com Cinema Ballroom 651.699.5910 1560 St. Clair Ave, St. Paul www.cinemaballroom.com Costa Rica Ballroom Dance Studios 952.303.3339 816 Mainstreet, Hopkins www.costaricaballroom.com Dahl Dance Center 507.252.1848 4204 North Highway 52, Rochester www.dahldance.com Dance and Entertainment 651.605.5784 www.danceandentertainment.com Dance with Us America 612.564.5483 10 Southdale Center, Edina www.dancewithusamerica.com

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612.816.4446

Aqua Gliders Dance Club 612.869.3062 Café Bailar www.cafebailar.com Cotillion Dance Club of Stillwater 651.388.1231 paynter@charter.net LaDanza Dance Club 651.439.3152 facebook.com/LaDanzaDanceClub Lakeside Dance Club 320.763.6432 danceclub@lakesideballroom.org www.lakesideballroom.org Linden Hills Dancing Club www.lindenhillsdancingclub.org MN West Coast Swing Dance Club 763.442.1618 mnwestcoastswingdanceclub.com REBELS Swing Dance Club 952.941.0906 www.tcrebels.com Stardust Dance Club stardustdanceclub@gmail.com Suburban-Winterset Dance Club 952.894.1412 www.suburbanwinterset.com Tango Society of Minnesota 612.224.2905 www.mntango.org Tapestry Folkdance Center 612.722.2914 www.tapestryfolkdance.org TC Swing 651.558.0562 info@tcswing.com www.tcswing.com University of Minnesota Ballroom Dance Club bdc@umn.edu umnbdc.com

763.464.1021

Uptown Swing 612.217.1087 uptownswinglessons@gmail.com www.uptownswing.net

DanceLife Ballroom 612.345.4219 6015 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis www.dancelifeballroom.com Dancers Studio 651.641.0777 415 Pascal Street N, St. Paul www.dancersstudio.com Four Seasons Dance Studio 612.342.0902 1637 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis www.fourseasonsdance.com Latin Mambo 612.558.7190 2948 Chicago Ave S #308, Mpls www.latinmambodancestudio.com Mill City Ballroom 612.562.2733 www.millcityballroom.com Rendezvous Dance Studio 612.872.1562 711 W Lake Street, Suite B, Minneapolis www.theplacetodance.com StudioJeff 320.266.4137 701 St. Germain Street W, Suite 201, St. Cloud www.studiojeff.com Superior Ballroom 218.348.1928 21 N Lake Ave, Duluth www.superiorballroomdance.com

instructors Scott Anderson scottadance@gmail.com www.scottadance.com Nathan Daniels

Jennelle Donnay 651.357.2060 Julie Delene 612.598.5355 julie@move-as-one.com Donna Edelstein 612.910.2690 donna@donnaedelstein.com www.donnaedelstein.com Jennifer & Robert Foster 952.239.2984 Shane Haggerty 612.702.3588 shanehaggerty@hotmail.com www.shanehaggertydance.com Lindsey Rebecca Hall 612.940.9546 Julie Jacobson 651.261.6442 Jay Larson 651.387.3886 Kristina Lee 715.821.9039 Deanne Michael 612.508.9255 Monica Mohn 612.874.0747 monicamohn@juno.com www.monicamohn.com Mariusz Olszewski 612.242.5159 olmariusz@aol.com Karin Rice 612.242.2188 Lisa Vogel 651.208.0818 lmvogel27@gmail.com


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Twin Cities Dance Contacts

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2016 Competitions

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2017 Competitions

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[From the community] Exciting Critique Events Hit the Cities in October!

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Becoming Ballroom

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The Harsh Truth and The Friends You Lean On

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Ballroom’s Better Together

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Dress Your Best

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Apps for Dance Creators

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[Special Features] Harvest Moon Ball

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Ballroom Blast

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Chicago Dancesport Challenge

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DanceLife Showcase and Rhapsody and Rhythm 30 Mingua Choir

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[Recurring columns] Middle-aged Moves

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Beginning Moves

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How to Prepare for a Collegiate Ballroom Competition

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Gaining Perspective

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On the Radio

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Volunteer Report

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Volunteer Spotlight

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Results from Around the Country

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Advertisers Dancers Studio, David Chin, Jeff Nerhbass, Grand Jete, Heart of Dance, Studio Jeff, Tango Society of Minnesota, Transformations by Sue, U Partner Dance

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Sections

Events labeled NQE are qualifying events for the USA

Discussion This is a forum where people

Dance National DanceSport Championships.

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California State DanceSport Championships NQE Oakland, CA

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From the community Unlike the other sections,

Events labeled NQE are qualifying events for the USA Dance National DanceSport Championships.

there is no cohesive theme to From the Community; it is a catch-all for the unique gems that are submitted by people like you. Here you’ll find contributions like event recaps, interviews, tales from a far-off competition, and photos from a local dance event.

Recurring columns We have a handful of generous writers who contribute regularly. Each explores a unique, overarching theme of their choice. Each month, in a volunteer report, one of our volunteers fills you in on what they’ve been doing to make the dance community a better place.

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The Snow Ball Dancesport Competition St. Paul, MN

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Manhattan Amateur Classic (MAC) NQE Jersey City, NJ

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Florida Fun Amateur Mini-Match Ocala, FL Royal Palm DanceSport Competition Winter Frolic Coconut Creek, FL Quest For the Best Kent, WA Southeastern DanceSport Championships NQE Birmingham, AL Mid-Atlantic Championships NQE Bethesda, MD Dance Fest St. Paul, MN NJ DanceSport Classic Spring Fling Hackensack, NJ

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Islanders DanceSport Challenge Staten Island, NY

2017 National DanceSport Championships Baltimore, MD

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ADVERTISING EDITOR Brittney just completed her freshman year as a nursing major at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is excited to dance over the summer before she starts her third semester with the Ballroom Dance Club this fall. As Advertising Editor, she ensures that readers have

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dancing with the ballroom team at Luther College. She is an elementary education major, and can’t wait to get started in the classroom. Bethany is also a copy editor for Chips, the student newspaper of Luther College. As copy editor for both Chips and Sheer Dance, she looks over the content with an eye for style and grammar.

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exciting critique events Hit the cities in October!

MINNESOTA MADNESS

IS A GREAT

Madness is sometimes confused

event. It is a for profit event owned by

with Minnesota Ballroom Blast. Blast

Scott Anderson and Nathan Daniels,

is a critique event also but the exclu-

administered

Amy

sive goal of this non-profit all amateur

Anderson. The event caters to the mon-

by

event is to get people on the dance floor

etized pro-am market, particularly to

for the first time. It is the second most

the numerous independent instructors

effective marketing event for ballroom

in the area that do not have studios or

participation in North America, intro-

volume of clients to have showcases on

ducing hundreds to dance each year in

their own. It is a critique or feedback

a powerfully joyous way. The greatest

event rather than a competition. While

professionals the Midwest has to offer

Madness failed for lack of participation

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its first two years, the third year was the

and encourage the newbies—most of

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whom dance for free, compliments of

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generous sponsors. An amazing cast of

using it as a quick start method for the

42 experienced volunteers generously

now very powerful U of MN Ballroom

bring forth this investment in the

Dance Competition Team, setting part-

future of dance, guaranteeing a long

nerships and gearing the team up for

market for all those that profit from

competition early in the fall semester.

dance. Blast is capped by a costume

Madness has now established itself and

dance party and features premiums and

is looked forward to for the whole year.

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Becoming Ballroom BY MCKENZIE VAN DER HAGEN

6:15 AM SUNDAY

MORNING.

I

rolled out of bed and questioned my life decisions. Why am I up so early? Why am I here? I looked in the mirror and asked the most pressing question of all: “How am I going to make this tired face and messy hair worthy of a national amateur competition?” Being a ballroom dancer means slicked back hair and intricate eye makeup. Clean, precise, pretty. However, my makeup skills are less than stellar and usually produce finger-painted raccoon eyes. Similarly, my hair typically results in a frizzy failed attempt at an updo. The day started with no sign of any improvement over this established standard. I recalled a YouTube hair tutorial that I had watched the night before and started backcombing my hair into a tangled tumbleweed. This seemed quite counterintuitive, but the video assured the end result would be polished and princess worthy. 45 minutes later, the top and sides were looking more ballroom than anything I had ever done before. I watched as the other girls in my room wrapped their ponytails in hair nets and pinned them up into intricate swirls… the classic ballroom style. My hair had always

9:05 AM Sunday morning. My confi-

been too short to do the same, but

dence was quickly put in check when I

McKenzie van der Hagen and John Hinks

after growing it out all summer there

saw all the other couples warming up

dance at Minnesota Ballroom Blast. Photo

was nothing left to hold me back. I

for what would be a very competitive

by Olivia Wicker.

pulled my remaining loose ends into

bronze standard heat. My morning

two low ponytails, grabbed a couple

accomplishment had put me slightly

hair nets out of my makeup bag, and

lacking the shaping that I knew we

behind schedule. The heat was sched-

started wrapping. An hour and a half

were capable of. All of that went out

uled to start at 9:55, and my partner

later, I walked confidently down to the

the window, though, because less than

and I had plenty to do in the next 50

practice floor. For the first time in my

10 minutes later we heard the call from

minutes. Our quickstep timing needed

dance career, my hair was successfully

the main ballroom. “Bronze standard

more control and differentiation. Our

done up in official ballroom swirls. I

lining up!” There was no more time

spin turns needed more drive and

looked ballroom.

to practice. All we could do now was

sharper angles. Our waltz was still


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rely on our previous training, put on a

down to the ground. The rhinestones

Smooth in hand we posed for the cam-

smile, and just dance. The first round

matched my tiara, and my friends all

era. We are notoriously bad at taking

was a whirlwind, but soon enough call-

agreed that blue was my color. The USA

staged pictures but, much like the

backs were posted and the butterflies

Dance rules on costuming at lower lev-

rest of the weekend, this one turned

in my stomach were fluttering with

els had recently been lifted, and many

out surprisingly well. We turned to

excitement rather than nerves. We had

girls were getting ball gowns. Feeling

leave toward the dressing rooms and

made it. In the stressful, suspenseful,

left behind with my leotard and skirt,

an older gentleman came up behind

and exhilarating moments like these, I

I wanted so badly to do the same. For

us. “Good job this weekend. I really

experienced ballroom.

three months I had been searching

enjoyed watching you two dance,” he

12:20 PM Sunday afternoon. After

online for dresses, but this was the

commented. We smiled and thanked

finishing up the Bronze and Silver

closest I had been to calling one my

him for the generous compliment. He

Standard rounds, including our first

own. For one thing, my partner actually

was right. It had been a good weekend.

competitive experience with the infa-

approved of this one. Unfortunately,

Despite incredibly strong competi-

mous train wreck that is Standard

the $720 price tag still prevented me

tion, we qualified for Nationals in

Foxtrot, we had a bit of a break before

from fulfilling my desire, but I held

every bronze and silver event that we

rhythm started in the afternoon. A

on to the dream as long as I could. I

participated in. In contrast with all

dress on display just outside of the

twirled, danced, admired, and posed

of my concerns and insecurities, this

ballroom had been catching my eye

for the next 20 minutes. I felt ballroom.

accomplishment brought encourage-

all weekend. This was my chance to

5:25 PM Sunday evening. As the

ment and validation to our dancing.

finally try it on. The neckline hung

weekend came to a close, my partner

We still have a long way to go, but after

delicately over my shoulders, and the

and I paused to document our accom-

this weekend I move forward with a

jeweled bodice hugged my torso. A full

plishments. With ribbons from Bronze

renewed energy and sense of identity.

tulle skirt floated out from my hips and

and Silver Rhythm as well as Bronze

I am ballroom.

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the Harsh truth and the Friends You lean On BY PARIS BECKER

Adam Mockenhaupt and Paris Becker dance at Minnesota Ballroom Blast. Photo by Olivia Wicker.

CHICAGO DANCESPORT CHALLENGE

competition from “We plan on qualify-

judge wanted to see on the floor, etc.

was a mix of emotions, as is every

ing for every event” to “I hope I qualify

The saying, “Different judges or a dif-

competition. Practice leading up to the

for something” as we actually looked

ferent day, leads to a different result”

competition was smooth sailing; our

each other with the knowledge that we

is the unbelievable truth in ballroom.

goals were in sight, and our confidence

all won’t make it. How awkward and

In Chicago, as I watched my friends

was building every day – until the week

disheartening. How can we turn this

be eliminated as the rounds went on, I

of the competition, when we learned

situation into a positive?

caught myself wondering how I made

whom we were competing against. Our

Although I tend to disagree with a

it this far. There is no way that I am

confidence was shaken as we read the

lot of the things said by dance coaches

as leftward in frame as this couple is;

many names of couples we train along-

on Reality TV shows, I do think that

nor do I have the same control over my

side and whom we consider a part of

“Save your tears for the pillow” is a

tango movements as that couple; heck,

our dance family. Only the top 65% of

valid statement in this sort of situation.

I’ve only learned Quickstep maybe

the couples in each heat can qualify

Not everyone can win all the time, and

three weeks ago and that other couple

for Nationals – and our Minnesota

the manner in which you accept losing

has been competing this for years. One

family made up more than 65%. It’s

shows a lot more about your charac-

time, as we were waiting on deck for a

heartbreaking to know that there isn’t

ter than winning ever could. Dance

final round, I looked around and real-

a spot for all of us, as we were all work-

is especially a difficult sport to judge

ized I was only one of two follows who

ing incredibly hard for the same goal.

because it is purely a visual sport.

was not wearing a true competitive

As we travel to the competition,

If you do not receive a callback, that

gown and the thought escaped my lips,

the excitement grows with every mile

could mean a thousand things – you

“What are we doing here?” as I quadru-

until we fell onto our beds at the hotel

weren’t seen, the judge looked at you

ple checked that we in fact got a call

completely exhausted and the danc-

the moment you made an awkward

back for this round.

ing hasn’t even started yet. At dinner

face because your partner almost ran

But I am unbelievably lucky that

among the Cubs-mania in Chicago, we

you into someone, you weren’t doing

those other couples, who I am proud

all shakily minimized our goals for the

that one tiny piece of technique the

to call my friends and ballroom family,


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eliminated my self-doubt as we stepped

all five of the events that we entered

who helped us get past that one last

back onto the floor. I could only hear

throughout the competition.

hurdle. The love shared within the

their very loud support. And thanks to

Of course I am proud of the hard

Ballroom community is unmatchable,

the support of our friends who were

work that we put into our dancing

and I look forward to supporting you

eliminated from the competition much

to get us to this point, but I am more

and helping you reach your goals at

too soon, my partner and I were able to

proud of the friends I have made

your next event.

reach our ultimate goal and qualify in

throughout the ballroom community

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A

SHOUT FROM THE CORNER OF THE

room immediately draws a smile from my long-exhausted face. “Go Tim and Prita!” I hear a voice call from across

Ballroom’s Better together BY PRITA NARAYAN

the room. A sea of cheers and yells follows, as my new teammates support my partner and I in our final dance of the

to take on other collegiate competitors

and spending a good portion of my

day: Bronze American Foxtrot. Those

when I joined the UMN Twin Cities

week with these people, I was able

uplifting voices were precisely what I

Ballroom Team, having been compet-

to see a different side of competitive

needed to get my energy up after a long

ing with them at past competitions.

dance, one that was hidden from

day of competing at Ballroom Blast.

I was, however, pleasantly surprised

me for most of my experience in the

I am definitely no newcomer to the

at the environment and relationships

competitive ballroom world. As the

world of ballroom dance, especially

fostered amongst the members of the

members of the team opened up to me,

not competitive ballroom dance. I’ve

ballroom team.

I began to find myself having more fun

been studying with various profession-

Having only travelled and competed

with dancing, and worrying less about

als and under my parents’ guidance

with my parents as my coaches, fel-

my training, experience and how well I

for over ten years, and I have been

low teammates, and cheering squad,

compare to my teammates, but instead

competing for the past three. Because

I wasn’t used to this idea of being

focusing on improving my dancing and

I come from a town where ballroom

a part of a team of 52 people. It was

having more fun while doing so.

dancing isn’t very common amongst

extremely overwhelming to me, and

Finally, after weeks and weeks

youth, I’ve been competing primarily

because I’d been trained to take dance

of exhausting practices, Blast rolled

with my dad in the Amateur Adult

so seriously, I was intimidated by my

around. I was absolutely stoked to

division since I was 15 years old, sim-

upperclassmen, who I assumed would

finally be thrust into a setting I was

ply because it’s the only category my

all be better, more experienced, and

familiar

dad and I are eligible to compete in

more advanced than I was. However,

rooms with girls getting their hair and

together. I was in no way unprepared

upon attending practice after practice,

makeup done before their first heat,

with:

the

busy

dressing


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The large crowd at Minnesota Ballroom Blast acknowledges the amazing work of Chairman Michael Kasinkas and Marketing Director Daniel O’Connell. Photo by Olivia Wicker.

guys out in the hallways practicing on their own as they wait for their partners to finish getting dressed, and dancers getting their packets at the registration desk up front. My first heats were some of the earliest, so I was one of the first dancers on my team to arrive at blast. I was pretty much on my own in the dressing room, something I was used to. I went out, got warmed up for my first heat, practiced a bit with my partner, and got ready to go out. By this time, more of my teammates had arrived at the competition and had finished getting registered. I was on deck, about to go on the floor, when I saw my team captain waving a big maroon foam finger and shouting my name. Immediately, I felt ready to perform. A sense of pride for my school and my team rushed through me, and I was more than ready to take on the other couples on the floor and do my best to represent my team and my fellow dancers. The idea of competing as a team of individuals isn’t found in many other sports, and I am fortunate to have found an environment that cultivates this idea. Yes, when my team and I are competing together, many of us are competing against each other in various heats. However, our competitions are more than just our own personal results. When we compete, we compete as a collective unit to see just how far up we can go, and how well our strongest team members can go. We support those who we compete against, because as a team, we care more about our collective results as an entire unit than the individual results.

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Eric Dahlman and Rosemary O’Connell at Minnesota Ballroom Blast. Photo by Abby Mark/

point, we were going to land at 6:00pm

Dress Your Best

and our event was at 6:10pm. On the plane I was miraculously able to put on

BY TIJEN PETERSEN

my lipstick and fake eyelashes in the turbulence. We landed and rushed off

A

COUPLE OF WEEKENDS AGO, MY

the intercom and announced that the

dance partner, Joel Torgeson, and I

entire O’Hare airport was shut down

arrived to the Minneapolis Saint Paul

and our flight was delayed a minimum

airport eagerly waiting to compete at

of an hour. That put us at getting to

the Chicago Dancesport Challenge

the competition a half hour before our

with goals of qualifying for the USA

event, which seemed doable.

Dance Amateur National Competition.

We waited at the gate for more infor-

I had to do my hair and makeup in the

mation. I got strange looks because of

airport bathroom because our arrival

my large hair and dramatic lipstick-

time was going to be- what we thought

and-fake-eyelash-lacking makeup, and

at the time–cutting it close to our first

we were having to come to terms with

scheduled heat. After surprising myself

the fact that we might not be able to

with some of the best makeup and hair

dance in our pre-champ smooth event.

I have ever done, we gathered our few

Joel was communicating with our

bags for the weekend got in line to

teammates already at the competition

board the airplane.

in hopes that we could get the event

We scanned our boarding passes,

moved as far back as possible.

they tagged our carry-on suitcases to

An hour goes by and we finally got

check, and as we were walking to board

to board the plane. Luckily, we got to

the plane, the airport employee got on

keep our carry-ons with us. At that

the plane as quickly as we could! At this point we had little hope in making the event. We had landed at the time we were supposed to be dancing and still had to get to the hotel, change, and make it to the dance floor. We tried to find the shuttle that would take us to the hotel by obeying the simple direction of “follow the red arrows.” We were running through what felt like a rat maze to find our shuttle; up the escalator, across the skyway, down the elevators, through the hallways, outside the doors. As we waited for the shuttle to come, we were losing and regaining hope every five minutes. In our hearts we knew that we were not going to be able to qualify for the event that we had been working so hard for. We got


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an update that we are on in 1 dance,

disregarding the fact that we need

of the worst dancing of my life, but

and we were still at the airport, in our

stamps on our hand and that we were

some of the most fun I have ever had.

street clothes, waiting for the shuttle.

still in street clothes and found that

Joel walks me off the floor as we see

they had just finished the waltz of the

our pile of bags and coats. We know

semi-final round of our event.

there is no chance we get called back,

Then the event got pushed back even further! The shuttle finally came and we were eagerly the first ones

We stared at the floor. We had no

on. The world seemed to be working

idea what to do. Our dear friend on the

against us because traffic was incred-

dance floor looks us straight in the face

A volunteer from the event comes

ibly slow, making a what-should-be 5

and says, “Get on the floor!” We have

over to us and says, “Congratulations!

minute long shuttle ride turn into one

no idea what do. Do I switch shoes? Do

You made the final! Go and change!” In

that was about 15 minutes long. Joel

we leave? Do we watch? Do we dance?

complete shock, Joel and I grab every-

but that we would never forget this competition.

put his dance shoes on in the shuttle,

We dance. What else are you sup-

thing we have sprint into the changing

but I was still in my wool dress, cardi-

posed to do? Joel takes my hand and

rooms across the hotel. My hair is now

gan, and tall boots. We retrieved our

places me on the floor. He casually

all over the place, I have no jewelry,

bags from the back of the shuttle.

asks the emcee, “Is this okay?” and

but I am beaming with excitement for

At this point we had no idea if we

she announces, “Judges, couple 239 is

the final round.

had missed the event, if we were early,

now on the floor.” Joel leans over to our

We dance our final round with

if we would dance, or if we would be

friends on the floor and asks us what

many of our teammates cheering us

just in time to sit and watch the last of

dance we were about to start.

on. We didn’t know it was possible,

the four dances we should be a part of.

So here we are; street clothes, ball-

but our dancing felt even worse that

We RAN into the hotel (and of

room hair and makeup, tall grey boots.

round that the first round! Thankfully,

course the rotating door gets stuck),

We had no time to warm up, no num-

we ended up qualifying for nationals,

backpacks bouncing around, carry-ons

ber on Joel’s back, and no idea how we

which was more than we could ask for

flailing in our hands, and our team-

actually ended up on the dance floor.

that day.

mate was standing in the doorway

We compete our tango, foxtrot,

As we go up to accept our ribbon,

with Joel’s competition number and a

and Viennese waltz. We hear people

the judge turns to me and says, “I’m

paper we need to sign. Joel, not look-

cheering for ‘Boots!’ as I am grinning

glad to see you’re not in boots any-

ing at the paper, scribbled something

through my low kicks and inability to

more” with a little smile on her face.

down. We SPRINTED into the ballroom,

turn on boots with grip. Arguably some

Needless to say, Joel and I had quite the adventure that evening. My takeaway: always look your best on

Kyle Condiff and Isabella Armour at MN Ballroom Blast. Photo by Yifeng Zhang

the airplane. You’ll never know when it’ll get you to the final round of a dance competition.

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music’s waveform on which one sets beginning and ending markers then cut and paste as one does in word documents. • Normalize the volume. Generally you want to maximize the volume, but you may also want to level the volume if your piece has quiet and loud parts elsewhere. You may not be able to hear and dance to a song that starts quiet if the DJ is not paying attention • Record music. Not that I’m recommending not purchasing the music you use from Itunes or Amazon, but there is a lot of music on youtube that you can record and edit. Music editors should be able to read digital music in many formats and if you use Iphones, should save as MP3 (44100 Hertz, 320bps, stereo) editing tunes In creating a solo running two to three minutes I usually choreograph a beginning and ending to my dancing so the DJ runs it to the end instead of fading the music as done in rounds.

Apps for Dance creators BY BOB ANHOLT

As such if you have a longer piece, the place to trim is out of the middle of the song, leaving the beginning and end alone (unless the song has a long intro

THIS

ARTICLE DESCRIBES SOME soft-

Windows. Four things these editors do

ware I have found useful in creating

are:

and practicing solos for presentations

• Slow down or speed up the music

at studio showcases. I use a Windows

without changing the pitch. This is

desktop for editing tunes and an

called “Time warp” on a Goldwave

Iphone for practicing, syncing what

menu. The essential technique to

I create through Itunes on Windows.

look for is Fourier transform, which

This will not be applicable to all read-

without being too technical allows

ers, but similar apps exist on other

the notes to be played longer or

platforms.

shorter instead of just playing the

tune editors

song faster or slower (which changes

I use Goldwave to edit tunes on

pitch)

that can be cut to a couple of pickup notes). The best things to take out are repeated verses or instrumental sections, trying to leave the essential structure of the tune intact. Remove whole phrases and realize that some phrases end with notes that say “more is coming” and some phrases say “I’m finished for now; take a breath.” It’s better to clip out everything from the breath to breath. Merging two or more songs and making them sound together is diffi-

Windows. This is an inexpensive app

• Edit the music. Trim bits out if

cult. Ideally you want to merge at the

among many. Audacity is an often used

the song is too long or merge two

end of a breath and use songs in the

free program available on Mac and

songs together (more about this

same key and using the same type of

below). These programs display the

instrumentation and voice. I once had


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a very short tango vocals tune that

(especially if you require a passcode to

when I’m still learning the moves or

needed to be stretched by adding an

open the device). As a DJ at Tapestry,

when I’m searching for the ideal speed.

instrumental section. Unfortunately

I have found that some Iphone covers

This is not the easiest program to use

the vocals band had a lot of brass and

don’t allow the mini connector to plug

(I’ve often cursed it), but once you get

I couldn’t find an Argentine tango

into the iphone. Make sure it works or

it to work you can let it run without

instrumental that was not dominated

be prepared to remove the cover. Some

continually going back to the phone to

by accordion. One technique when you

competitions still require a CD with

restart it. Leave a bit at the beginning

have very disparate pieces of music is to

your name on it. I use Itunes on my

and end so you can prepare for when

introduce a screech between the songs,

Windows desktop to create CDs.

your section starts. Before Anytune, I

as if you lifted a needle off a record

When I have wanted to just practice

also created multiple versions of my

player. Sound effect samples like these

say section 2 of my choreography, I use

song, part 1, part 2, etc. using Goldwave

can be searched using google, and you

an Iphone app called Anytune which

so I could select which section to loop

can copy free ones from browsers and

allows me to set a window around the

play on the iphone player.

paste them into the editor. Or, just use

desired section of music, and set the

About me: I have created over thirty

the editor to record a sample played in

player to continuously loop from the

solos. Before my addiction to ball-

the browser.

beginning to end of that section. It

room I was a software developer and

Beat counters

also allows me to slow down the music

physicist.

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Experienced dancers can listen to a song and conclude it is too fast or too slow, but if you are a science or math person knowing the exact beats per

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minute (BPM) is satisfying. Some apps automatically count BPM, but I haven’t found a reliable one. I use “tappers:” on windows a java script program at http://www.all8.com/tools/bpm.htm and on Iphone an app called BPM (by Cheebow). With these programs you listen to the song and count 12341234 or 123123 in your head. Once assured you are in sync with the rhythm, tap the screen or click a key at the same rate. A running average of the rate of tapping is shown and you stop when the BPM is stable. Once you have the BPM, you can compare it with dance standards such as is.gd/ndcatempo or is.gd/hollywoodtempo1 Players At most studio showcases these days you can hand the DJ your iphone with the song you want cued up in the native player so they need only press play. Make sure your volume is maximized, it’s in airplane mode, and in settings: display, autolock is on never

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Dan Korus and Tyler Bridges

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Josh Dowell and Audrey Haugen.

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Rhapsody & Rhythm formation team perform a bolero routine at the Mall of America. Dancers from left to right: Emily Boole & Brennan Gensch, Stephanie Riley & Nick Benish, Frank Kohlasch & Nelly Dorovski.

Rhapsody & Rhythm Formation team perform their foxtrot routine to “It’s a Beautiful Day” at the DanceLife Ballroom Winter Showcase. The group includes dancers Nick Benish & Stephanie Riley, Tony Carlsen & Courtney Tabokov, Brennan Gensch & Emily Boole, Russell Alliev & Nelly Dorovski.

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Group photo of the DanceLife Cha Cha formation team. Members are from left to right: Yuping Zheng, Henry Pak, Jordan Lanasa, Greg Story, Janie Nordberg (coach and choreographer), Tony Guinta, Terry Tucker, Jerry Bertsch, and Donna Buchholtz.


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Shannon Yee and Gene Bersten congratulated by friends on their showing at the 25th Anniversary Production of the Minghua Choir.

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Middle-Aged Moves can i? Should i? Will i? BY ROCHELLE LOCKRIDGE

WHERE

Rochelle Lockridge worked for the 3M R&D organization for 26 years. With her job recently eliminated she is adventurously embarking on a new journey of self-employment. She enjoyed dancing Disco, English Country and a little Ballroom in high school and college. Thirty years later, the sweet siren song of partner dance has once again ensnared her. She’s looking forward to sharing her dance journey from a middle-aged perspective. You’ll find her on Twitter @Rockylou22

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dance world, I continue to fight my life

was surfing the web this week and

DID THIS COME FROM?

long need to “have it all down” before I

found myself googling, “Can I make a

share myself with the public. Here I am;

living as a ballroom dance teacher?” I

I’ve barely stepped into the water up

guess I should have seen it coming. I’m

to my knees (ankles?) and now I think

passionate about partner dancing and

I’m ready to swim? Not only swim;

I’m passionate about teaching. My BS

but teaching others to swim? This is

degree was in chemistry with a second-

insane! If I thought my adult daughter

ary education minor and my life work

was having difficulty accepting my new

has been based on teaching people

life as a dancer, what is she going to do

how to work in more effective part-

when I tell her I’m seriously consider-

nership with one another. But a dance

ing making a living in some way, shape

instructor? Should I even be allowing

or form with dancing? I may start

myself to think such thoughts? What

getting links from her referring me to

about my lack of any real experience?

support groups for moving through a

I haven’t been dancing two years yet

mid-life crisis or the top 10 warning

and my middle-aged “fluffy” body is

signs of early onset dementia.

certainly not the young fit ballroom

Maybe some of my regular readers

dancer’s body I see most commonly

and fellow dancers saw this coming.

teaching students.

That it was inevitable. An obvious tip

Honestly, this notion of my becom-

off would have been 6 months back,

ing a dance instructor was a surprise

after my corporate job of 25 plus years

to me. While I’m slowly warming up

was eliminated, when immediately

to the whole it’s-okay-to-be-a-work-in-

my mind went to fantasizing starting

progress philosophy in the ballroom

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Boardroom” or perhaps “Baby Boomer

making me a better dancer. This fur-

Let’s be pragmatic. Is such a career

Ballroom”. At around that same time I

ther transitioned to understanding and

shift fiscally responsible? If I’m comfort-

also started learning to lead. But how

empathizing with what the other side

able living like a college student again,

did I get from asking my friend Laura

of the partnership needed to make us

a nice table I found on the Ballroom

to help me find a fun way of exercis-

both better. I then noticed my dance

Dance

ing more regularly to 22 months later

partners, whether leading or following,

http://www.teachballroomdancing.com

ordering a book, Teach Like A Pro: The

enjoying dancing with me more and

/2013/06/table-hourly-rate-income/

Ultimate Guide for Ballroom Dance

welcoming the giggles and exchanges

showed me there is a path to mak-

Instructors by Diane Jarmolow? And

of information as the two of us were

ing enough money to live on. Although

asking my private teacher (I’m up to 2

learning new steps together.

the pay cut would be significant com-

Teachers

College

website

private lessons a week now.) to show

Yep… I can see how the joy of danc-

pared to what I was making working in

me the techniques of bringing a follow

ing and my joy of learning to dance

R&D at 3M. But wisdom would counsel

back into closed position, how do I

could lead to my desire to share that joy

I don’t need to forgo giving birth to

put this tactfully, without accidentally

by teaching dance to others. I also have

my gestating management consulting

brushing up against the “girls”.

enough life experience and maturity

business; I could learn to teach partner

Ah yes…. learning to lead…. My

to know that it is easy to be swept off

dancing on the side. Besides, diversifi-

delving into the art and technique of

your feet with the fantasy of the grass

cation is a good thing.

leading started out simply as a ploy to

being greener on the other side. One is

So… Can I? It’s at least financially

keep myself out on the social dance-

especially susceptible to such romantic

possible. Should I? Why not! Will I? I

floor longer; since there are rarely

notions when they’ve only experienced

don’t know yet. It kind of looks inevita-

enough leads to go around for us

the dance floor and haven’t yet learned

ble. We’ll have to keep watching as my

ladies. That morphed into an observa-

what is going on back stage: both figu-

journey continues to unfold.

tion that learning both the follow and

ratively and literally here.

lead accelerated my learning overall;

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STRESS IS OFTEN ONE

of the biggest obstacles in our lives. Sometimes stress comes in unavoid-

Beginning Moves

able terms. We all have to pay taxes

Knowing When to Quit (or Just take a Break)

even though no one is ever excited to

BY ERIC DAHLMAN

fill out the forms. Other times, stress even invades our hobbies and what we choose to do for fun. It’s strange to think about, but stress inevitably creeps its way into the best parts of our lives. I personally see this as a very natural occurrence. Blame my Austrian background, but often when I hear stress, I think of German word for passion, Leidenschaft. Taken apart, the term roughly translates to “for what one would suffer.” We feel stress because we are willing to suffer for what we are passionate about. If we are neither obligated to nor passionate about something and we feel stress, we can leave the situation. It is when we have attachment that stress becomes a message. In many cases, stress shows us that we have been working too hard at

something. Think of the times you were

have been working on in dance. Longer

putting in your best effort at a long prac-

practices instead lead to more frustration

tice and no matter how hard you tried,

than learning towards the end.

you just kept failing and feeling frus-

It is perfectly normal to feel angry,

trated. You feel frustrated because you

stressed, or frustrated, even when it’s

are determined to improve. The feeling

towards

is your mind’s way of telling you that you

However, when you notice those emo-

need to take a break though. Pushing too

tions, it is usually a time to take a step

far in one sitting will only make you feel

back and think: Is this really the best way

more burnt out and resent practicing.

to invest my time? Is there a smarter way

things

you

otherwise

love.

Often a good way to justify quitting

I could be going about this? Sometimes,

at practice is to think about the law of

the best answer to stress is just to let go

diminishing returns. In one session, the

a little bit and take a breath. Yeah, you

longer one practices, the less they begin

won’t be learning something immedi-

to understand and retain. Many people

ately, but then again, you never really do.

have heard the advice that it is better to

Think about if it’s time for you to take

practice a small amount every day than

that step back for a while. If you really

a large chunk once a week. Shorter prac-

care about something, it will always be

tices help because it gives your body and

waiting for you to return after you do.

mind time to process the information. It allows you rehearse and recall what you

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but I make it work by drafting the

How to Prepare for a collegiate Ballroom competition BY KAYLEE ANDERSON

most extensive packing list I could possibly create. I’ve got everything from socks and underwear down to every single item of dancewear I will be putting on my body in the coming days. Sure, it could be considered excessive, but have I forgotten anything yet? Nope (maybe). 5. Water bottles. Oh my God, please bring a water bottle. Hydration is on an equitable plane of importance as food, and even if it means excessive bathroom breaks, stay hydrated. It prevents headaches like nobody’s business, plus you’ll have something to dump on your bus-mate’s heads when they start Disney sing-alongs at two in the morning. 6. Plan out your homework for the week. You’re going to be gone from six o’clock Friday morning until eight AM the following Monday? You better believe you’ll be doing homework on the bus, especially

Shelby Gilliland and Seth Westlake at Chicago DanceSport Challenge. Photo by Kaylee Anderson.

when everyone else around you is a college student too. If you’re going to be without laptop or cell phone power for extended periods of time,

1.

SNACKS. SNACKS

SHOULD ALWAYS

as you try to do a heel lead. Plus, it

be at the top of everyone’s list. Is

looks a little funky when you’ve got

your lack of sleep catching up with

what’s left of a heel guard riding up

you? Grab yourself a handful of

your shoe like a little plastic skirt.

grapes. Getting cranky because your

3. Do your laundry. All of it. You’ll

dance shorts refuse to un-wedgie

thank yourself later when you come

themselves?

Chocolate-covered

home with a hairspray helmet,

almonds are your friend. Mourning

sticky limbs, and an entire suitcase

the loss of your dignity in the face

full of sweaty laundry. Clean paja-

of devastating defeat? Stuff your-

mas will be a blessing after a car

self with cookies and call it a day.

ride that lasted approximately an

Food fixes everything, and it pays

eternity. Plus, it helps to have all

to be prepared.

clothing options available if you’re

2. Follows, check your heel guards. If you’re a millimeter from wearing

as particular as me about the right mix of comfortable and classy.

through them, you need new ones

4. Make a list of things to pack. I am

ASAP. No one wants to hear the

horribly guilty of packing the night

unforgivable screech of your worn-

before any sort of trip or vacation,

through-to-the-metal standard shoes

make sure you get ahead of all the Internet-related things you may be responsible for. It will save your butt in more ways than you can count. 7. Bring your security blanket. Maybe it’s an actual blanket, or a well-loved stuffed animal, or a book that you’ve read so many times that it’s falling apart, but it’s important to bring something

comforting

whenever

you go to a competition. There’s no telling what might happen in the heat of battle, so to say, and that’s why it’s important to take care of yourself. Sometimes all you need is a little bit of self-care and everything will turn out okay.

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Gaining Perspective Flying onto the Floor BY JOEL TORGESON

“JUDGES,

239

IS NOW ON

we hear it several more times. The

the floor. Competitors, your next dance

adrenaline pumping through my brain

is the Tango.”

keeps me entirely in the moment,

COUPLE

Already out of breath, we take the

managing modifications where Tijen’s

floor. It’s been a whirlwind of airports,

boots limited slide or spin while still

hours, and frantic phone calls to get

focusing on the presentation of a calm

here–we’re just happy to have caught

and collected performance. We roll out

any of our heat at all. As we take our

and find ourselves presenting to more

place on the floor something feels out

smiles and applause than we are used

of place. I reach into my back pocket,

to.

take out the offending object, and Joel Torgeson is a former president of the University of Minnesota Ballroom Dance Club and enjoys dancing both socially and competitively. If you have feedback for Joel or would like to pitch an article idea, email him at joeltorgeson@yahoo.com.

Now,

in

the

precious

seconds

toss it on the nearest table. The music

between dances, a thought grazes

swells, I invite, and we’re off across the

my mind: The judges must weigh our

floor.

suggestion of unflappability and raw,

We’re an interesting sight, I in my

unadorned movement against the pol-

grey jeans and casual button-down,

ished and properly clad dancers twirl-

Tijen in a simple dress, cardigan, and

ing by us. Would we make the final

riding boots. Ballgowns spin past us

on only three of four dances? Perhaps

as we tango, a bit chicken-legged,

more importantly, would it be fair?

around the corner. “Go boots!” some-

I see the scenario playing out in

one nearby cries as we strike prome-

several ways. Perhaps the judges will

nade three quarters of the way down

feel sorry for us and give us marks we

our second long wall. It catches, and

don’t deserve. Perhaps, on the other

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hand, they think we’re late due to poor

the day’s events rush back to me. We

place in the 8-couple line and receive

planning and look to other couples

arrived at the airport in plenty of time,

5th, better than we’d hoped for in our

for callbacks. Perhaps they’re utterly

waited patiently at the gate, and duti-

debut at Pre-champ. We tell our story

unfazed by it all and go about their

fully scanned our boarding passes, only

several times to friends and share our

judging duties as they would in any

to be stopped short of boarding by this

happiness at having made the heat at

other round. Perhaps–and this may be

announcement: a plane is burning on

all, let alone the final. We also thank

the best line of thinking–the degrees

the runway at O’Hare, and all flights in

our competitors for their grace in

to which different factors may weight

have been halted indefinitely. We wait.

allowing the heat to be pushed back

a judge’s stylus towards one number

Eventually we do board our plane

nearly 45 minutes in order to give us a

or another are best left to conjecture.

and take off, only to land 15 minutes

I digress.

chance to dance.

before our Pre-champ smooth heat is

Our dancing done for the night, we

The foxtrot and viennese are one

about to run. We frantically contact all

return to our bags, tossed so carelessly

long blur. We spin, we kick, we drive

of our friends already there, begging

aside in the rush to get on the floor and

through those dances, managing as

them to hold our heats as long as they

then torn apart in the glee of dressing

best we can, fighting for every scrap

can. They can push it off, they say, but

for the final, to retire to our rooms. Just

of elegance we can muster. “Go boots!”

only so long. A nerve-wracking wait

before leaving, a smiling woman stops

rings out a few more times and it is

at the shuttle and a quick sprint into

me and presents a small, navy blue

over. We come off of the floor beaming,

the ballroom leaves us where this story

booklet. Recognition dawns across my

eager to await our fate at the callbacks

picked up, walking onto the floor for

as she says, “I thought you may want

screen, unsure if we should begin

tango.

your passport back.”

changing now just in case.

Back at the competition, the crash

Sure enough, the burden of my back

A competition official jogs around

from our massive adrenaline boost

pocket has found its way back to me. I

the floor, now occupied by some teach-

and effects of zero warm up time show

sincerely thank her as we exit the ball-

er-student latin couples, and takes my

in the final. Our routines feel discon-

room, off to prepare for watching the

arm excitedly: “239, you made the

nected here and there and several tran-

night show and dancing the next day.

final, you have 5 heats, go and get

sitions go quite roughly. Though our

If you’d like to see a video of this

changed!”

performance is presentable overall, it’s

street-clothed tango, check out the

not what we could have done with ade-

Dancer’s Studio Facebook page for

A new fire in our eyes, we dash off to the changing rooms.

quate warm-up and preparation. Still,

Kaylee Anderson’s wonderful videogra-

As I tug my dance pants out of my

we’re happy to be there and on the

phy and narration skills!.

bag and hurriedly glance at the clock,

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Volunteer Report BY THE MINNESOTA BALLROOM BLAST TEAM

Cha Cha

On the Radio

Break out your ballroom moves to these Top 100 songs

Starving Hailee Steinfeld & Grey ft. Zedd

Hustle

Photo from MN Ballroom Blast by Joel Torgeson, Olivia Wicker, Abby Mark, Yifeng Zhang

ON OCTOBER 22ND 2016, we

we could just show you! Flip through

enjoyed another wonderful Minnesota

this issue of Sheer Dance to see photos

Ballroom Blast sponsored by U Partner

from this year’s event. We hope to see

Dance and hosted by the University of

you next year on Saturday, October

Minnesota Ballroom Dance Club. This

28th, 2017 in the Coffman Memorial

Latin Rumba

forever-fun event was bigger than ever,

Union Great Hall at the University of

and we would like to send our sincere

Minnesota—Twin Cities! If you can’t

Heathens

thanks to all of the event volunteers,

wait a full year to get in on the dancing

who worked tirelessly from early in the

fun, we encourage you to join us at

morning to late into the night to make

Dance Fest at Union Depot in St. Paul

sure that the event ran smoothly and

on March 4th and 5th 2017.

This is What You Came For Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna

Twenty Øne Piløts

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all participants were having a Blast!

Night Club Two-Step

All bad jokes aside, we could tell you about how much fun we had, or

Unsteady X Ambassadors Argentine tango lends itself to many musical tempos and moods — sultry, romantic, melancoly, nostalgic, amorous, cheerful or exuberant — depending upon the music that the band or DJ has chosen.

West Coast Swing We Don’t Talk Anymore Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez

mntango.org

Dedicated to Fostering and MORE INFORMATION AT THE TSoM WEB SITE Supporting Argentine Tango Teachers, Practice Workshops, Dances (called Milongas), the Tango Calendar, Special Events, and Much More in Minnesota


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Volunteer Spotlight Be Part of the Action BY NICHOLAS WESTLAKE

HANDS-ON

EXPERIENCE is the richest,

most durable education. There’s just no better learning evironment than creating new things, solving problems, and working with a team to accomplish a common goal. Bonus: when you’re working on a real project that will impact real people, at the end you get to enjoy what you’ve made with a mob of smiling friends. This is why I’ve taken every opportunity I could find in the last ten years to volunteer in the dance community. I’m

Nicholas performs with his partner

proud to have been an integral part of

Neli Petkova at Harvest Moon Ball

bringing life-enriching experiences to

in Chicago. Photo by Dan Hecker.

thousands of people in my community and I’m grateful to have had the chance to learn from highly-skilled mentors in the process.

I volunteered to design ads promoting community dance events. Shortly

It started with a small emergency: one

after, I joined the volunteer team that

videographer was missing at a Twin Cities

produced a monthly Twin Cities dance

competition called Star of the North. I

magazine called the Dancing Times.

had just come to watch dancing all day,

During my time in that role, I got

but when another volunteer asked me to

the chance to design the branding,

fill in and run the camera, I said, “Sure!”

programs, websites promotional mate-

After a few hours my filming tech-

rials, ads, and displays for two events

nique improved. With some notes from

that are now fixtures in Minnesota:

more experienced volunteers, some of

Ballroom Blast and Dance Fest. As dancers in a growing dance com-

I was impressed with what great footage

munity, my partner Neli and I started

I was able to catch.

volunteering to perform and teach at many events that promote dancing.

to set up and tear down events. That was

Which brings us to the present

a great place to make friends and I had

where I volunteer at Sheer Dance produc-

a chance to apply my skills as an audio

ing this community-focused magazine

technician. After all, what would a dance

with a team of excellent volunteers.

event be without music?

About half my volunteering time now

Then I volunteered to be a bigger part

goes to teaching others: new volunteers

of operating a competition. I learned to

who want a chance to learn through

scrutineer the event: computing results

experience and contribute to joy in

and applying all the details of the rules

this great community. I’m glad I have

so the competition is fair and runs

a chance to share what I’ve learned.

smoothly.

Videographer Event Setup Audio Technician Scrutineer

whom were professional videographers,

It exploded from there. I volunteered

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Volunteer Spotlight Shelby Gilliland HALLOWEEN SOCIAL DANCE COORDINATOR Shelby Gilliland is a Senior at the University of Minnesota and will be graduating in the spring with a degree in Computer Science. She has been dancing all her life, and loves having the opportunity to continue doing so as a member of the Ballroom Competition team. Currently she is serving as the UMN BDC Social Dance Coordinator.

lizzie Weaver OFFICIALS ASSISTANT Lizzie began Irish Dancing at age 5 and then joined the UMN Ballroom Dance Team in 2012, where she participated as a competition team member for four years and served as the club Secretary for two years. She loves getting to know new members and supporting the team whenever possible! Lizzie is a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota and currently works in the Emergency Department as a Medical Scribe.

Jessica Schalz CRITIQUE ASSISTANT Jessica is a strictly social dancer. When not holed up in a lab working on getting her computer science degree, she’s volunteering with the BDC, planning events for oSTEM @ Minnesota, or working at the UROP office.

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Michael Kasinkas & Taylor Wall 5th (of 6) - Amateur Adult Champ Rhythm (CRSBM) 6th (of 8) - Amateur Adult Pre-Champ Smooth (WTFV) 3rd (of 10) - Amateur Adult Novice Smooth (WTF) 3rd (of 9) - Amateur Adult Novice Standard (WFQ) 5th (of 6) - Amateur Adult Chapionship Rhythm (CRSBM) 1st (of 6) - Amateur Adult Gold Standard (WTFQ) Joel Torgeson & Tijen Petersen 5th (of 8) - Amateur Adult Pre-Champ Smooth (WTFV) 2nd (of 10) - Amateur Adult Novice Smooth (WTF) 2nd (of 7) - Amateur Adult Novice Rhythm (CRS) 5th (of 9) - Amateur Adult Pre-Champ Rhythm (CRSB) 3rd (of 6) - Amateur Adult Gold Standard (WTFQ) Wyatt Gifford & Samantha Johnson 1st (of 18) - Amateur Adult Bronze Smooth (WF) 3rd (of 20) - Aateur Adult Silver Smooth (WFT) 1st (of 18) - Amateur Adult Bronze Standard (WQ) 1st (of 14) - Amateur Adult Silver Standard (WFQ) Russell Alliev & Stephenie Alliev 2nd (of 18) - Amateur Adult Bronze Smooth (WF) 1st (of 5) - Amateur Adult Bronze Latin (CR) 6th (of 20) - Amateur Adult Bronze Standard (WQ))

Results from Around the country

1st (of 13) - Amateur Adult Bronze Rhythm (CR) Thomas Stastny & Paris Becker 4th (of 18) - Amateur Adult Bronze Smooth (WF) 4th (of 13) - Amateur Adult Bronze Rhythm (CR) Daniel Korus & Christina Kyllo

Here you’ll find the results of Minnesota amateurs, professionals, and

5th (of 18) - Amateur Adult Bronze Smooth (WF)

pro/am couples from events around the world. We’re proud of how

6th (of 20) - Amateur Adult Silver Smooth (WTF)

skilled and dedicated the Minnesota dance community is, and we’d like

6th (of 20) - Amateur Adult Bronze Standard (WQ)

to share their successes with you. Congratulations to all those who competed in October and November!

7th (of 14) - Amateur Adult Bronze Rhythm (CR) Uzoma Wamuo & Brittney Heisserer 6th (of 18) - Amateur Adult Bronze Smooth (WF) 4th (of 14) - Amateur Adult Silver Rhythm (CRS)

chicago Dancesport challenge NQe Jeremy Anderson & Yuko Taniguchi 2nd (of 2) - Amateur Senior I Champs Smooth (WTFV) 5th (of 5) - Amateur Adult Champ Smooth (WTFV) 7th (of 8) - Amateur Adult Pre-Champ Smooth (WTFV) 4th (of 8) - Amateur Senior II Novice Standard (WFQ) 2nd (of 2) - Amateur Senior I Novice Standard (WFQ) 5th (of 9) - Amateur Senior II Pre-Champ standard WTFQ) 2nd (of 2) - Amateur Senior I Pre-Champ Standard (WTFQ) Nicholas Westlake & Neli Petkova 2nd (of 5) - Amateur Adult Champ Standard (WTFVQ) 2nd (of 5) - WDSF Adult Champ Standard (WTFVQ) 2nd (of 5) - Amateur Adult Champ Standard (WTVFQ)

3rd (of 13) - Amateur Adult Bronze Rhythm (CR) John Hinks & McKenzie van der Hagen 7th (of 18) - Amateur Adult Bronze Smooth (WF) 6th (of 14) - Amateur Adult Silver Rhythm (CRS) 6th (of 14) - Amateur Adult Bronze Rhythm (CR) Greg Story & Rebecca Steinkruger 4th (of 10) - Amateur Senior II Bronze Smooth (WF) 3rd (of 11) - Amateur Senior II Bronze Rhythm (CR) 4th (of 8) - Amateur Senior III Bronze Rhythm (CR) Tyler Bridges & Sierra Kimbrough 1st (of 19) - Amateur Adult Silver Smooth (WTF) 4th (of 8) - Amateur Adult Gold Smooth (WTFV) 1st (of 14) - Amateur Adult Silver Rhythm (CRS) 1st (of 3) - Amateru Adult Gold Rhythm (CRSB)


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Joshua Dowell & Audrey Haugen 4th (of 20) - Amateur Adult Silver Smooth (WTF) 7th (of 14) - Amateur Adult Silver Rhythm (CRS) David Molstad & Mariah Arneson 5th (of 20) - Amateur Adult Silver Smooth (WTF) 3rd (of 20) - Amateur Adult Brone Standard (WQ) 4th (of 14) - Amateur Adult Silver Standard (WFQ) Seth Westlake & Shelby Gilland 5th (of 10) - Amateur Adult Novice Smooth (WTF) 1st (of 8) - Amateur Adult Gold Smooth (WTFV) 5th (of 7) - Amateur Adult Novice Rhythm (CRS) 2nd (of 3) - Amateur Adult Gold Rhythm (CRSB) Seth Westlake & Kelley Izatt 3rd (of 14) - Amateur Adult Silver Standard (WFQ) 4th (of 14) - Amateur Adult Gold Standard (WTFQ) Gregory Prasch & Susan Prasch 2nd (of 8) - Amateur Senior II Novice Smooth (WTF) 2nd (of 6) - Amateur Senior III Silver Smooth (WTF) 5th (of 8) - Amateur Senior II Novice Standard (WFQ) 2nd (of 5) - Amateur Senior III Novice Standard (WFQ) 2nd (of 5) - Amateur Senior III Bronze Latin (CR) 2nd (of 4) - Amateur Senior II Bronze Latin (CR) 4th (of 7) - Amateur Senior III Pre-Champ Standard (WTFQ) 2nd (of 9) - Amateur Senior II Open Syllabus Intl. V. Waltz Edward Soltis & Bonnie Burton 7th (of 8) - Amateur Senior II Novice Smooth (WTF) Nicholas Johnson & Alejandra Narvaez 4th (of 6) - Amateur Adult Silver Latin (SCR) 4th (of 5) - Amaeur Adult Bronze Latin (CR) 8th (of 14) - Amateur Adult Silver Rhythm (CRS) An Nguyen & Allison Lund 6th (of 6) - Amateur Adult Silver Latin (SCR) 5th (of 5) - Amateur Adult Bronze Latin (CR)

Photos from Minnesota Ballroom Blast by Joel Torgeson, Olivia Wicker, Abby Mark, Yifeng Zhang

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