2 March 2017

Let The Competitions Begin!

The DanceSport competition year is about to get under way, and NSW leads the charge with competitions every weekend in March. Check out the full range of Australia wide competitions on our competition calendar at dancecompetitionsaustralia.com.au
You can also pick up a free competition colour poster calendar from us in store, or at our event stalls.
GlamourDance will have stalls at FATD on 5 March, SATD on 12 March and ANDA on 19 March. We will also be attending the DASA Adelaide Spectacular over Easter, and carry our whole range of dancewear and dance shoes for you to try and buy, plus special giveaways for some lucky competitors at each event. So jump in and be part of the action during the 2017 DanceSport competition year, which promises to be huge! 

9 February 2017

The Benefit Of Practice Shoes

It’s been said that competition dancers should train in similar shoes to those they wear in competitions. This keeps training in consistent heel heights and style of shoe worn without the need to adjust. The flip side of the argument is that daily training for hours does take its toll and brings on premature and avoidable injury. This is of particular relevance to professionals, coaches and instructors that dance long hours for a living. Many social dancers also prefer to learn in practice shoes, and save their heels and party shoes for dance parties. Practice shoes provide greater comfort than normal dance shoes in that they are made with lower, wide base heels, hold the foot in securely, and have fewer pressure points. They are usually made of soft leather and/ or breathable mesh. Below are some styles on offer for your consideration. Ask about fabric and colour choices.

3 January 2017

The Year That Was

2016 has seen a number of changes and a whirlwind of challenges facing the dance industry. Some businesses have closed, others reinvented themselves, and dancers rightly continue to demand excellence of service and value for money.  Rising to the challenges, the industry as a whole has remained heavily invested in ensuring our dance community thrives and survives through creative means.

GlamourDance, too, has continued to evolve in 2016, and meaningfully engaged with you, our readers and customers, to ascertain how to best enhance our contribution to the continued growth and expansion of the industry. This has resulted in new products and expanded services to happy customers. We have thoroughly enjoyed travelling around Australia and New Zealand and personally meeting you, the dancers, their families, studio owners, and association directors and members.

The advent of 2017 brings with it new challenges and exciting changes. We trust that industry leaders will affirmatively stand united and herald the new year with a generous sense of commitment to supporting everyone that participates in our dance universe. The diversity of ideas, business models, and creative strategies, like the dance genres that continue to evolve, are worthy of support, as they contribute to the growth and well-being of our dance community as a whole.


We wish to sincerely thank you for your support, encouragement and patronage of our products and services this year. We look forward to strengthening and growing our relationships with everyone in the dance community in 2017.

All of us at team GlamourDance wish you and yours a very special and unique festive season, filled with happiness and gratitude for the blessings that have come your way this year, and may you look forward to new horizons and exciting challenges for a prosperous year ahead.

To your success! 

5 December 2016

Long Term Health Benefits Of Dancing

Dancing is arguably the sport that offers the widest range of long term mental and health benefits than any other sport for all age groups, from children to the elderly. There are countless stories of people whose lives have been saved through taking up the sport of dancing. From staving off Parkinson’s disease to managing high blood pressure and averting the onset of dementia, the medical profession advocates dancing as a fun, cost effective way of maintaining excellent health and longevity. There are also a myriad of social benefits that make dancing appealing to everyone, including enhanced self-esteem and confidence acquired through greater coordination and artistic achievement. The moral of the story is never to give up dancing for fun, fitness and longevity.  We leave with this short video from a medical professional confirming the above. To your happy feet!

https://youtu.be/fpg2ss75zcE?list=RDwO0yqTTiRMg

18 November 2016

Free Dance Classes at GLAMOURDANCE

Most competition dancers don’t start their sporting career as athletes in the making. Most dancers learn to dance for fun and fitness first, and some from a very early age. Once the addiction of dancing through a level of competence and confidence take hold, the temptation and encouragement to compete starts to grow. But competition dancing is not for everyone. Dance athletes are driven, disciplined and focused on goals and outcomes. Social dancers, on the other hand, enjoy the relaxed, social interaction of dancing and learn for fitness, fun and friendship, rather than technical excellence. Both social and competition dancing deliver the same health benefits the sport of dancing has to offer. There are countless personal stories and abounding medical research establishing dancing as being the drug of choice to stave of the onset of many critical illnesses such as strokes, Parkinson’s and dementia. Dancing is fast becoming established as the fountain of youth sport for extended longevity and physical and mental well-being at any age. The key thing is to start, and keep going. Both social and competition dancing deliver untold long-term social and health benefits that impact on the way dancers view and interact with the world at large. The temptation to start learning is there with countless observers tapping their feet on the sidelines while watching others dance. They could do with encouragement to join in and try it out.
GlamourDance remains on track to fulfil its Mission Statement to make a difference to the dance industry and grow the dance community. We invite and encourage non-dancers to participate in our weekly free dance lessons, taught by local professionals (styles rotate monthly). Dance professionals in the vicinity of our Sydney Glebe store are welcome to participate in this community project for the benefit of their studios, the general public, and the dance industry. 

More information: 
https://www.meetup.com/Sydney-Dancing-Meetup-UNLIMITED-FREE-BEGINNER-DANCE-CLASSES/
https://www.facebook.com/glamourdancepage



20 October 2016

The Outback Crown Celebrates 6 Years Of American Style Competition Dancing In Oz

Professionals Sharon and Marko Pekkarinen, organizers of The Outback Crown in Canberra, can hardly believe the success that has come their way since they introduced this American Style Dancing competition to Australia in 2011.  We asked Sharon Pekkarinen to explain the difference between International (standard and latin) and American (smooth and rhythm) style ballroom dancing, and she gave us some fascinating insights, shared with you below:

“The biggest, most obvious difference everyone can see between International and American Style ballroom is when partners release hold in the Smooth Dances – Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot and Viennese Waltz. One of the most important similarities to remember though, is that the techniques used in the Standard closed holds are exactly the same in Smooth. The physics of 2 people moving, elevating, lowering and rotating together don’t change and the 2 styles have a huge number of the same figures and elements. The character of each dance is essentially the same, but with the history of music development in the USA and the ability to break hold, the Smooth Dances incorporate more dance genres and dance techniques from styles such as broadway, cabaret, theatre arts and classical ballet which broadens the expression available to portray in each one. The biggest challenges Smooth dancers face is learning how to move differently in these other styles, dancing them on their own, and making ‘Smooth Transitions’ between open holds such as Shadow positions and Apart, and traditional closed holds.
 “The US Rhythm Dances – Rumba, Cha Cha, Bolero, Mambo & East Coast Swing have strong roots in Cuba and have been driven by the evolution of music over the decades. The biggest difference between Rhythm and Latin is in the Cuban/Latin Motion. Rhythm uses a ‘Pressed Walk’ most of the time, stepping on a flexed knee with pressure, and Latin uses a strong walk, where the knee straightens just before the extent of the stride. However, both styles use both methods in some situations. The difference was described to me by dual examiner in International & American Style, Ms Lori Woods-Gay of the USISTD like this, ‘The International Forward Walk is like walking with the wind pushing you from behind, and the American Walk is like walking into the wind.’
“In the ‘Rumba’ Genre, the tempo of the music also separates the styles: fast tempo is American Rumba, medium tempo is International Rumba, slow tempo is American Bolero. Mambo is the precursor to Salsa and Cha Cha. When it comes to Swing and Jive, Jive is approximately 10mpm faster in tempo than Swing. So Swing has a more relaxed, shuffling technique where Jive is driven to be more lively by the music. Swing also becomes more energetic and compact when the tempo is faster too.
“An important thing to remember is that neither style has a lesser technique or ability than the other. I come from the American Style perspective first in my career, International came later, and I am still studying and gaining professional qualifications in both, and have heard many descriptions of how both style dancers ‘see/interpret’ the other style the first time they see it here in Australia. In the USA they have competitions practically every weekend which involve both styles. Judges in the USA do not become adjudicators until they have a professional Licenciate Degree in all 4: Smooth, Standard, Rhythm & Latin as they will be judging all of them. Australia, in comparison, has only a few people who understand both, and it will still take a while for the knowledge and acceptance of both here. But it’s happening and will continue to happen as all of us dancers want to learn and grow and improve ourselves, whether we get better at competing or become a better social dancer. The gap between the styles is not so big, especially when you think about the fact that we are all ‘dancing’ “.

Sharon Pekkarinen is a fellow of the United States Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (USISTD), and co-owner of Danzon Studio with husband Marko Pekkarinen. Together they organize The Outback Crown in Canberra, the only annual American Style dance competition in Australia.

17 September 2016

Managing Dance Partnership Breakups

2016 has seen its fair share of dance partnership breakups, including some high profile couples that surprised their long-term followers.  Whilst we on the outside absorb such shock announcements, spare a thought for the actual dancers involved. The breaking up of sporting partnerships is never easy, bringing with it the usual grief that comes from any sea change, and with much soul searching that goes before it. Sports psychology experts recommend couples openly discuss their joint goals and direction before announcing that they have decided to part company. Acknowledging that they are no longer seeking the same outcomes helps not to make each other wrong or feel victimised by the decision. Confiding in close friends also alleviates the heaviness of heart, although it’s important to ensure that such shared confidences do not become external gossip. Finally, as time passes and new horizons emerge, it is important to be grateful for lessons learned, and appreciate that, in the long run, each dancer has become a stronger person.