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Competition Essentials

by Jodie Tarpo - October 26, 2015
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About the author: Jodie Tarpo transferred to UCSB as a third year. In just two years in a brand new environment, Jodie went on to graduate from UCSB with a degree in communication, and along the way decided to become one of Cotillion’s top Latin & Nightclub dancers. In addition to tearing up dance floors […]

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What do Ribbons Mean?

by Samuel Anspach - October 12, 2015
Are you seeing these ribbons for what they really are?

About the author: Despite having little past dance experience, in 2.5 years Sam has become one of our top dancers, placing in Open Latin/Advanced Nightclub at various intercollegiate competitions. In the Spring of 2015, Sam was elected Vice-President of Cotillion and will be graduating in 2016 with Economics and a minor in Multimedia Communication Writing. Here is […]

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Git Gud: How to Approach Practice

by Russell McClay / Amanda Luan - October 5, 2015
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About the authors: Russell & Amanda are among Cotillion’s most accomplished undergraduate Latin dancers. Competing and placing in Open Latin at various intercollegiate competitions, they are seasoned veterans of the dance floor. In the Spring of 2015, Russell was elected President of Cotillion, and will be graduating in Biopsychology. Amanda graduated in Spring of 2015 […]

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A Guide To Professional Ballroom Coaches

by Can Aksoy - October 23, 2012
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What is a professional ballroom dancer? A professional ballroom dancer teaches dance as a job (usually through a studio), and has registered as professional with competitive ballroom leagues. Although there are teaching credentials a dancer can earn, the only official thing denoting this “professional” status is a refrain from competing against amateurs. Accordingly, the skill […]

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A Guide to Private Lessons

by Can Aksoy - October 23, 2012
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What is a Private Lesson? During a private lesson, a student hires a coach to instruct them directly. A student usually receives a coach’s undivided attention during private lessons. They are one of the most effective ways to receive dance training. Some of the Many Benefits of Private Lessons Classes that run at a pace […]

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Choosing Dance Shoes – for Gentlemen

by Can Aksoy - September 22, 2012
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Are Dance Shoes Different From Regular Shoes? Notice how dancing in street shoes is painful and difficult? That is because regular shoes have heavy, inflexible, textured soles that make it difficult to move. Dance shoes have light, flexible, and smooth soles, allowing your feet to articulate and pivot. These shoes improve dancing and are an […]

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Choosing Dance Shoes – for Ladies

by Can Aksoy - September 22, 2012
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Are Dance Shoes Different From Regular Shoes? Notice how dancing in street shoes is painful and difficult? That is because regular shoes have heavy, inflexible, textured soles that make it difficult to move. Dance shoes have light, flexible, and smooth soles, allowing your feet to articulate and pivot. These shoes improve dancing and are an […]

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Why We Dance

by Matt Chambers - April 4, 2012
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I’ve been asked by any number of people why I dance, what I hope to get out of dance, or what my end goal in dance is. I’ve heard other people asked the same thing, or mull it over by themselves. It’s an interesting question whether the why of it really matters or not, and […]

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What To Eat On Comp Day

by Kelly Morikawa - January 25, 2012
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Dance shoes? Check. Pants, shirt, and tie? Check. Hairspray, bobby pins? Check and check! You’re packed and ready to hit the road for this weekend’s ballroom competition, but wait…what about food? What should you take to a competition? What will you need? Here are a couple suggestions to keep you energized are a full day […]

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Choosing A Dancesport Costume

by Anne Nakano - January 17, 2012
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Are you saying I need to buy a costume? What does “costume” entail? NO. Certainly not. In fact, most collegiate competitions do NOT allow “costumes” until at least the silver syllabus level across all categories (Standard, Smooth, Latin, Rhythm). The costumes that are not allowed at the newcomer through silver levels at collegiate competitions are […]

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