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ARTICLE: BALLROOM DANCE Ballroom Dance Video – 2011 Desert Classic Open Professional Ballroom Final


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1st Andrea Faraci [203] with Iveta Pauryte, 2nd Artem Plakhotnyi [187] with Inna Berlizyeva, 3rd Craig Shaw [217] with Evgeniya Sutyaginskaya, 4th Emanuele Pappacena [227] with Francesca Lazzari; 5th Ruslan Meshkov [167] with Alexandra Nema. Judges declined to call back six couples.

Ballroom Dance

Ballroom dance, a type of social dancing performed by couples, was once reserved for the privileged classes. But in the 20th century, husband-and-wife dance team Vernon and Irene Castle and film duo Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers brought it to the masses. In recent years, popular TV shows like Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance have reignited interest in dances like the fox-trot, waltz, and tango. Which of these dances once sparked outrage for its impropriety? More…Discuss

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Today’s Birthday: Ginger Rogers (1911)


Ginger Rogers (1911)

Rogers was an Oscar-winning American actress and dancer—most notably as Fred Astaire‘s partner. Their first appearance together was in 1933’s Flying Down to Rio. Though they were not given star billing, they stole the show and went on to make nine more films together. Rogers also starred in several non-musical roles and, by 1945, was one of the highest paid performers in Hollywood. She was honored by the Kennedy Center in 1992. Why were parts of the event prohibited from being televised? More… Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Fres Astaire (MAy 10, 1899)


Fred Astaire (1899)

Born Frederick Austerlitz, Astaire was an American dancer, actor, and singer who began his career as a child on a successful Broadway vaudeville team with his sister Adele. After his sister retired, Astaire became a film actor and developed a reputation as a debonair song-and-dance man, particularly in the films he made with Ginger Rogers, which elevated tap dance to an elegant, disciplined art and revolutionized popular-dance performance. What were some of Astaire’s most popular films? More… Discuss