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Whether you are a student or a teacher, we're discussing ALL things Ballroom Dance related. There are so many ways to accomplish patterns & techniques in this industry, & we are here to assist in your understanding of these concepts. So let us know your questions...we want to hear from you.

All About Ballroom Dancing Todd Combs & Taras Denysenko

    • Performing Arts
    • 5.0, 5 Ratings

Whether you are a student or a teacher, we're discussing ALL things Ballroom Dance related. There are so many ways to accomplish patterns & techniques in this industry, & we are here to assist in your understanding of these concepts. So let us know your questions...we want to hear from you.

    Bob Powers On Standardizing Professional American Rhythm

    Bob Powers On Standardizing Professional American Rhythm

    Bob Powers Standardizing Professional American Rhythm Todd Combs & Taras Denysenko episode 005 12 Times United States Rhythm Champions 3 Times World Professional Mambo Champion Bob & Julia are recipients of the 2012 DanceSport Hall of Fame Award Finalist in the World Showdance Championships Member of the World Dance Arts Foundation Certified adjudicator with the National Dance Council of America * Certified with the World Dance Council Arthur Murray Dance Studio, Owner in Mesa Arizona Julia & Bob are creators & owners of the Latin Dance Fitness Program “Core Rhythms” _________________________________________________
     
    What exactly is this project you are doing?  Is it like a “rule book”, or a guideline manual?  Please let us know what it is.  
    Bob Powers:  The group is called Rhythm Champions and our mission is to promote American Style Rhythm dancing worldwide.  The American Smooth has had great success lately and we have discovered that the reason the Rhythm has lagged behind is the fact that there’s a belief that there are too many differences in the techniques.  So one of the goals of the group is to come to a consensus on each dance.   We are in the process of developing a technique book, not a syllabus but strictly body, hip, leg and foot action description.  So if you can imagine 15 former US Champions coming together to agree on a specific technique and how it should be expressed verbally. 
     
     
    Who is involved?  Is there a person or persons in charge of organizing this?  What are different persons' roles? Bob Powers:  Every US Champion since the inception of the Pro Rhythm division.   I can list them if you want.
    1984             Charles & Jean Penatello 
    1985-1987    Joe Lozano & Jan Mattingly 
    1988-1992    Forrest Vance & Susie Thompson
    1991-2003    Bob Powers & Julia Gorchakova
    2004             Tony Dovolani & Inna Ivanenko
    2005-2006    Tony Dovolani & Elena Grinenko
    2007-2010    Jose DeCamps & Joanna Zacharewicz
    2011-2013    Decho Kraev & Bree Watson
    2014-2015    Emmanuel Pierre-Antoine & Liana Churilova
    2016-2018    Nazar Norov & Irina Kudryashova
    2019             Andre Paramonov & Natalie Paramonov 
     
    What is your role? Bob Powers: We are all equally involved and contribute to the technique as well as promotion and online classes to promote it. 
     
    How did this come about? Bob Powers:  During the Coronavirus stay at home order one of the guys came up with the idea and asked who would be interested.  We all responded. 
     
    What stage is this currently in? Bob Powers:  Definitely developmental.  It's taken us 9 weeks to do the Rumba Box.  But the great thing is it just keeps getting better.  We have such an amazing group of great dancers, teachers and musically gifted individuals that it can’t help but be a success. 
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    • 57 min
    Julia Gorchakova On Dance Dresses - Clothing - Dance Exercise Core Rhythms - How To Become A Better Dancer

    Julia Gorchakova On Dance Dresses - Clothing - Dance Exercise Core Rhythms - How To Become A Better Dancer

    Julia Gorchakova Todd Combs & Taras Denysenko episode 004 12 Times United States Rhythm Champions 3 Times World Professional Mambo Champion Creator of the Fitness Exercise Program called Core Rhythms Owner of Artistry In Motion - DanceSport Clothing  
    Ballroom Dance Questions:
    What dance do you think challenges most students (as a whole or fem/male/cpl) and Pro competitors? What dance do you think has evolved the most since you’ve been dancing? What can any student do right now to improve their dancing?  (Develop stronger foot/ankle usage, general balance, stronger core, or specific muscle group awareness...are some examples)  
    Artistry In Motion Questions:
    How did you get started? Who needs “Dance Cloths”? (Everyone...every sport has their own “gear”) What should Men get, & when? What Should Women have, & when? What or who is your biggest design influence?  
    Core Rhythm Questions:
    How did Core Rhythms come about?   
    Listener Questions:  
    Trishia Weger:  What kind of diet do you have?  Are you really strict about it?  How do you stay in shape? You once shared with Tricia   ie Todd.  How you first started making your beautiful competition dance costumes with your mom, and that in the early years you had to make the flashy embellishments from raw materials.  Can you tell us more about that, and how that differs today? She and her mom used to hammer out homemade sequins from small discs in Her home country in the early days.  I was fascinated by that.  I am sure there is much more to the story! How does a short dancer adjust dance style to get favorable attention from judges?  
    Amber:
    What is something you think students 1) Overthink, and 2) under-prepare for in getting ready for comps, or even while at comps Is there any “OMG, not again” errors that you see people make? Dancing and Costume


    Beatriz Holan: 
    I  have one struggle (out of 150) I  learn the school figures, I can follow with a partner but later, when I have to do it on my own, my brain goes blank!   I  don't remember much  of the names.  I feel like I've wasted a lesson and you know that is a limited supply


    Miscellaneous Questions:
    So tell us about your dogs Any crazy four wheeling stories Share with the listeners the time you and Bob went running with your friends dog (they had to carry the dog back)  If you were judging a couple dancing a side x side competition...AND that couple was Bob Powers & Julia Gorchakova.  Who would you mark 1st?

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Why Do People Like Ballroom Dancing

    Why Do People Like Ballroom Dancing

    So Why Do People Like Ballroom Dancing You Ask?
     
    Today Todd Combs and Taras Denysenko we'll be discussing why people love ballroom dancing so much, and why ballroom dancing could improve your life in ways you couldn't imagine.  Ballroom dancing could benefit you in ways so many ways you probably don't think need improvement. Who doesn't want to improve their life?  Who doesn't want more self confidence, stress relief, or just to improve their relationship with their significant other or spouse?  Who out there thinks everything in their life is so perfect that nothing can be done to enhance what they have right now?  I hope none of our listeners out there have this mentality because we can always, always improve ourselves and our environment!

    In this episode we get to the core reasons why you should start either taking ballroom dance lessons or why you should continue taking your ballroom dance lessons.
     

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Do I Need A Partner To Learn To Ballroom Dance?

    Do I Need A Partner To Learn To Ballroom Dance?

    Todd & Taras chat about a call they receive several times each week: "Do I Need A Partner To Learn To Ballroom Dance?"

    • 31 min
    Ballroom Dance Music With Brent Thomas Mills

    Ballroom Dance Music With Brent Thomas Mills

    Todd & Taras chat with their friend Brent Thomas Mills about ballroom dance music. Brent is the president of MusicMills. He runs music for approximately 160 ballrom dance events EVERY year! He also gives Todd & Taras some unreleased music to share with their fans.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Welcome To "All About Ballroom Dancing"

    Welcome To "All About Ballroom Dancing"

    Todd & Taras discuss what topics they will talk about on their new show.

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

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5 Ratings

Wild Dingo (Julie Starling) ,

Great Show!

As you know, I enjoyed the emphasis on learning your patterns solo so it’s a 50/50 partnership. I’m a bronze 2 student who aspires to dance both am/am with my husband and pro/am for myself as i have a dance background and he does not so we have very different experience levels. So rather than force him to do solo practice he’ll end up hating, I just adjusted my goals in pro/am for me and have a set of different set of goals for us as a couple. My own goals are much more structured but as a dance couple I’m looser in our goals and my expectations of him.

I also agree with your dress being congruent with your dance level and skill within that level. I tend to err on the side of simple or classic in dress style rather than overachieve in standing out, especially since I haven’t competed yet, though I’ve done a few showcases. My main focus is on the dancing and as I gain more experience and move up, I feel that my dresses will as well. That said, I think if a bronze one dancer who has impeccable skill, form, timing and rhythm she can get away with dressing slightly above her level.

The one thing I’ve learned as a past dance performer (ballet, modern and musicals), is to keep going no matter what. Shoe falls off? Smile, Keep dancing. Hair comes in done? Smile, Keep dancing. Outside of seriously injuring yourself on the floor or your dress completely falling off, just keep dancing. Then bow to the judges as if all of it was meant to happen on purpose.

Anne Patterson ,

Brent Mills

Great interview. Enjoyed hearing his journey of dance leading to his music career. Nice content.

Todd Combs ,

There to Help!

This podcast is there to help people learn more about ballroom dancing! Talking to all kinds of people in the dance world! Very helpful!

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