What do judges look for?

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Most competitors wonder what it is that judges see or don’t see. This is especially an issue when they see themselves marked lower than couples who might have worse technique or less experience. Here is some insight to what a few top judges look for.

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The power of surprise

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Multi-time professional Latin World Champions Michael Malinowski and Joanna Leunis demonstrate just how effective the element of surprise can be in this performance from Britain’s version of Dancing With the Stars, “Strictly Come Dancing.”

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Refresh in the New Year

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Many people make resolutions when the year ticks over a new number, but that’s not really necessary. However, some kind of planning is a great idea. It keeps you focused, positive and energized as you look forward. So what are some of the things you can plan as a dancer?

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The Latin Masters

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Even with two decades of Latin development since their sensational run as world champions, the dancing of Donnie Burns and Gaynor Fairweather still stands tall as an excellent example of what Latin dancing should look like: two people moving together as one to tell a story to music.

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The greatest dance movie ever

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Hollywood is at its best when it makes fun of itself, and this movie is no exception. It’s a satire on show business in general and of Hollywood; an exposé of the ruthless ambition of idolized stars, showing the comic possibilities of the problems faced by actors and studios making the challenging transition from silent films to talkies. It’s a great premise for a musical, and Singin’ in the Rain makes the most of the possibilities.

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Art vs. Sport: The Interview

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As I mentioned in my last Art vs. Sport posting, Wendy and I were interviewed by a student, Renata, who was preparing a thesis on the complex issue of art vs. sport in ballroom dancing. You might be interested in reading the full interview, so it is provided here with Renata’s permission.

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