Students from Adventures in Dance rock at the 2015 Denver Dancesport Jam Ballroom Competition

Students from Adventures in Dance rock at the 2015 Denver Dancesport Jam Ballroom

Ballroom Competition dancers
Ballroom Competition dancers

Competition

Top coats and tails swirled past girls in glamorous gowns as the staff and students from Adventures in Dance gathered to compete in the Denver Dancesport Jam. Once every hair was in place, and every face was made up, students lit up the floor with all the dances that they had worked hard at.

Ballroom Dance competetors
Ballroom Dance competitors

 

Melvin Marcusson with Holly Collins were the first to hit the floor. They cut a rug in the silver senior American Rhythm dances. Melvin did a great job remembering all his routines for his Cha cha, Rumba, Swing, Bolero, Mambo and Samba. After lunch he took to the floor again and nailed his Silver American Smooth dances. He danced without a hitch his Peabody, Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot and Viennese Waltz. Frist place all day, Way to go Mel!

Joining Mel early in the day was Jessica Virgo with her teacher Craig Tomazin. They burned up the floor with their Silver American Rhythm dances. Jessica did her 5 rhythm dances Cha cha, Rumba, Swing, Bolero, and Mambo during the day placing all first. She danced again in the evening for the Silver Rhythm Multi dance and Scholarship placing first, second. Jessica has danced her best yet! I am looking forward to what she does next.

Late in the afternoon amateur couple Robyn Collins and William Hooker duked it out in the Silver Ballroom dance division with their teachers Holly Collins and Craig Tomazin.  Robyn cleaned up with all firsts dancing with her teacher Craig Tomazin and won the Silver Ballroom Scholarship. William danced his best yet and took 3rd in the Silver ballroom scholarship. They then took to the floor together for the Silver American Smooth Tango and Viennese Waltz, followed by their standard Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot and Quickstep. After a quick costume change they came back and danced their Latin set, with the Cha cha, Rumba, Samba and Jive. This is the best they have danced yet. We expect great things from this couple.

Craig and I are very proud of how everyone danced. Each student achieved their personal goals and have set the bar a little higher for the next time. We are looking forward to doing this again next year.

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First dance Graduates from Adventures in Dance Winter 2015

First dance Graduates from Adventures in Dance Winter 2015

First Dance Graduates Casey & Casey 2015
First Dance Graduates Casey & Casey 2015

 

Couple : Casey Stephens & Casey Colclasure
From: Denver and Arvada

Wedding Date: February 7th, 2015
Venue: Phoenix Arizona
Wedding Colors: Navy/Blush

Song: “God Gave Me You” Dave Barns

Dance: Box, (they wanted to look poised but not robotic)
Special notes: Honeymoon in Hawaii

 

Thank you all for being a blessing in our lives! Dance with happy feet now and forever. Do feel free to leave a comment, or let us know how your wedding went. I love hearing about in and seeing the pictures after! Always feel free to send pictures.

 

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Dancing with Dickens, a Victorian Christmas with English Country dance how to

Dancing with Dickens, a Victorian Christmas with English Country dance how to

Dancing at Fezzywigs a the Dickens Fair
Dancing at Fezzywigs a the Dickens Fair

When I was in Jr. High School, my father took me to the great Dickens Fair in San Francisco. I was enchanted by the dancers, as they grabbed me and spun me around the floor. I had the opportunity to return with my daughter this year. No sooner that we arrived at Fezzywig’s Dance than we were asked by two gentlemen to go for a spin. From there my husband and I were swept into an English country dance, the Queen’s waltz. We learned the patterns on the fly, and made new friends.

Holly and the spirit of christmas present
Holly and the spirit of christmas present

We were enchanted by the live Christmas carol that made its way through our dance. Then we found Characters from Alice in wonderland and had tea with them. The Day concluded with a Christmas proclamation from Queen Victoria herself as she set everyone to waltzing.

Robyn and Chiminey Sweeps at Dickens Fair
Robyn and Chiminey Sweeps at Dickens Fair

From all of this fun, I wanted to share a little piece of 1840’s Victorian Christmas with you. I will demonstrate and describe the English Country Dance, the queen’s waltz with you.

 

 

 

 

Queen’s Waltz.

  1. Begin with a square of two couples (4 people)
  2. Everyone puts their Right hand in the center and travels forward for 4 measures
  3. Turn and put your left hand in and travel forward for 4 measures
  4. Top Couple Skips between second couple to his right 2 measures and returns for 2 measures
  5. Top Couple peels off and takes the place next to the second couple giving up their lead for 4 measures as the
    The spirit of christmas past and Scrooge
    The spirit of christmas past and Scrooge

    second couple moves up the line to top position.

  6. Join hands Right to Right and hesitate Forward and Back, then cantor past the lady while leading her in an underarm turn exchanging places
  7. Join hands Left to Left and hesitate Forward and Back, then cantor past the lady while leading her in an underarm turn exchanging places
  8. Join hands Right to Right and pull past your partner to end in their place
  9. Join hands Left to Left and pull past your partner to end in their place
  10. Begin from the beginning.
  11. This can also be done with changing partners by shaking hands with you partner to your left in steps 8,& 9

 

 

Have a happy Christmas as you try this Victorian Christmas Dance! Get into the spirit (or die laughing while trying!)

Robyn Craig and Holly victorian christimas
Robyn Craig and Holly victorian christimas

Dance with happy feet.

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Jammin’ Dancers Ballroom all night long

Jammin’ Dancers Ballroom all night long

Ballroom Dancers Sabrina, Shayao & Holly
Ballroom Dancers Sabrina, Shayao & Holly
adult dance couple Kevin & Valerie
adult dance couple Kevin & Valerie

Sunday night, dancers from Adventures in Dance gathered to present what they had discovered about dance. They got together to compete against one another with team Criag, and team Holly. The Rules were simple, you danced your best, and your team was responsible for bribing the judges to bring up your scores. The judges this year were William Hooker, and Robyn Collins. Team Criag had Sabrina Mc Farland and Sheryl Grey. Team Holly had Shayao Mc Farland, Larry Gray, and Melvin Marcusson. They danced Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Tango, Peabody and Bolero. At the end each was awarded with a gourmet chocolate assortment. When the dust settled, Robyn took the microphone and announced…And the winner is… Team Mel! I want to know what Mel’s bribe was J

After the Jam, Joel from La Bonne Vie Catering took the stage with his delightful dinner. He came early and dressed the table with festive décor. Then we dined on Bruschetta laid out elegantly. Petite Beef Tenderloin with Pearl Onions and Glace de Viande and Chicken Marsala served with Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Butternut Squash and Salad teased our taste buds. We concluded with assorted Cheesecake Bites. We topped this off with craft beer, wine, and the ever popular eggnog.

After dinner, William and Robyn took the stage with their Run Rudolph routine.

Adult Dance Couple Larry & Sheryl
Adult Dance Couple Larry & Sheryl

Inspired by “Who spiked the eggnog,” Holly and Craig took the stage with their lively Quickstep. Everyone then got

adult dance couple Dan & Ruth
adult dance couple Dan & Ruth

up to dance to some favorite Christmas songs.

I took the time to edit the highlights from everyone’s dancing. It is in a video below. Dance with happy feet this Christmas, and remember to join us next year.

 

Adult dance couple Tony & Lissa
Adult dance couple Tony & Lissa

 

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Christmas Ballroom Dancers Craig, Holly Robyn
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Christmas Flash Mob for MS

Christmas Flash Mob for MS

Santa and Photographer for Christmas MS benefit
Santa and Photographer for Christmas MS benefit

The holidays are a special time for giving. Adventures in dance had the privilege of joining with Details to give back this year. Details sponsored their annual free Santa photo with a donation to MS. Rudolph’s and elves piled in the door to sit with Santa for their photo. The Youth squad from Adventures in Dance did a flash mob promptly at 1pm to kick the festivities into high gear. Santa and his elf joined in as we danced the Jingle bell rock and a Holly jolly Christmas. Then the families got photos with Santa. Defiantly a happy Christmas.

Holly: Hi this is Holly from Adventures in dance at Details for a holly jolly Christmas, and most importantly for … what are you guys doing here today?

Bart: We are doing Santa Pictures today for a donation to multiple sclerosis.

Holly: Awesome! How did you guys get started doing this?

Bart: Well, about 14 years ago Peggy who owns this store, my wife, was diagnosed with MS.

Holly: No Kidding, so you have been contributing back to the cause every year?

Bart: Yeah, we ride on a bike team every year called the raw heinies, and this year we raised over $370,000. And we are the first team in 11 years to raise over 2million dollars. So the monies we raise today we be donating to the bike team.

Holly: So if we missed shopping today, can we come back and donate later?

Bart: Always! Either that or you can also go to the website for Colorado MS Wyoming chapter and you can go to the bike MS and look for mine, Bart Cooper on the raw heinies, and make a donation directly there on the website.

Holly: That is outstanding! And remember to always shop Details! Thanks Bart

Bart: Thanks Holly

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Holly’s hot wedding tips

Holly’s hot wedding tips

Denver & Littleton Wedding Dance Lesson Coaches and Teachers
Denver & Littleton Wedding Dance Lessons, classes, Coaches and Teachers

I love getting together with other wedding professionals and asking them for their expert tips. I had that opportunity to do that at the Crystal Rose bridal show this past Sunday. I stopped a few of the vendors and did a video interview with them on what tips they would pass on to brides as they prepared for their wedding.  Here is what they said…

UFC Gym in Highlands Ranch– Sara Valdez says,” If you and your wedding want to get fit be sure to start with enough time don’t wait until the last minute and cram it in to one week to get in shape. Start working out three months in advance and no less than 6 weeks in advance.”

Hilton Garden Inn in Highlands Ranch– Danielle Cassem says “Don’t sweat the small stuff. Let everyone else worry about it. It is your day just enjoy it and have fun.”

Independent Ordained Officiant in Lakewood– Rev. Carrie MaKenna says, “I want to let brides know that you will be photographed from the right side. Be sure to have your hair done in a way that keeps your face clear so your pictures can be really great. Be careful of what blocks your face. Hairdo’s and veils on the right side of your face block your features for your photos and guests.”

Colorado Wedding Ceremonies – Rev. Chris Mohr says, ”How do you put together a wedding ceremony that really speaks to the husband, the bride, the parents, the religious grandparents, and friends that are not religious at all. There really are ways to do that in the ceremony that speaks to the bride and groom and what they want and speaks to everybody there so everybody feels welcomed and embraced. I can talk about some of the details of how to make that happen and make everybody feel welcomed and embraced.

Denver Tux in Lakewood, Rick Bender says, ”When you pick out a tux shop to use be sure the shop can take care of any last minute adjustments. A lot of tux shops bring stuff in from out of state and there is nothing that can be done. It is very important to deal with someone who can deal with anything an hour before the wedding.”


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Goblin Give out in Historic Downtown Littleton with Flash mob by Adventures in Dance

Goblin Give out in Historic Downtown Littleton with Flash mob by Adventures in Dance

William and Holly from Adventures in dance at Details in Historic Littleton
William and Holly from Adventures in dance at Details in Historic Littleton

It was a sunny Saturday in downtown Littleton as the gay little goblins gobbled treats on the streets of Historic Downtown Littleton. Masses of Elsa’s from Frozen high fived each other as they passed and merchants merrily passed out treats to all the gaily costumed customers.  Although Adventures in Dance is down the street in the Woodlawn shopping Center,so we joined in the fun with our little flash mob. Our regular youth were swept away in the masses of children trick or treating from shop to shop, so Craig, William and I danced on! We monster mashed in front of Reinke brothers. Then we went down to Details Botique and did the “Addams family” theme and concluded with a little Michael Jackson “Thriller”!  We had a howling good time!

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Dances of Love a joint choral concert with Voices West and ballroom dance performance by Adventures Dance

Dances of Love a joint choral concert with Voices West, and ballroom dance performance by Adventures Dance from Littleton.

Ballroom and Latin dance performance With Adventures in dance and voices west
Ballroom and Latin dance performance With Adventures in dance and voices west

Last Year Michael Todd approached me in regards to producing a joint choral and ballroom show with Voices West. I thought it was a great idea and accepted his invitation. We kept in touch periodically. When Michael Todd picked the music then I got to work putting the dances together, rehearsing dancers, and making costumes.

Robyn, Bill, Holly,Craig Ballroom dancers from Adventures in dance for Voices West
Robyn, Bill, Holly,Craig Ballroom dancers from Adventures in dance for Voices West

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first set was Nue Lieversliedre Walzer, Op. 65 (New Love song Waltzes) by Johannes Brahms movements 1-15. It was a challenge coming up with different waltzes for the 7 songs we danced to. It was like trying to find a way to sing the same song 7 different ways. Fortunately there were two slow waltzes among the Viennese Waltzes and one Grand March. I was happy with the challenge and the results.

The next set was Lieversliedre Polkas P.D.Q Bach. These were tongue in cheek polkas written by Julliard professor Peter Schickele under the pen name P.D.Q. Bach. For these I drew on traditional polkas and some non-traditional moves to reflect the tongue in cheek nature of the music. On the song to Celia, we took pieces of a minuet and integrated the contemporary electric slide. In Farewell ungrateful Traitor we used a classic princess polka and accented the word pain by stepping on each other’s feet, and choking each other at the end. On who is Silvia we drew on period polka moves and added some patty cake hands and train movement. We had a good time working on these pieces.

After the intermission we took off our ties and loosened our collars for the Latin set. We started with, ”Cheek to Cheek ( A nocturnal Tango)” by Gwyneth Walker. We began back to back ( cheeks touching), and dancing an Argentine Tango to this short number. Craig and I stayed on the floor for the next number, Save the last dance for me by Pomus/Sherman. This was a lively American Rumba, and we had a lovely time dancing to it. Last was the Blue Tango by Leroy Anderson. I had the opportunity to have fun with Bill and Robyn. We started with their American rumba, moves into new variations just for this number, and finished with their international Tango. Three types of Tango in one song.

The Last set was big band, blues and operetta. They kicked off with Cheek to Cheek by Irving Berlin. Robyn and Bill took to the floor with spin off foxtrot and swing moves from Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Next a bluesy number Don’t get around much anymore by Duke Ellington. Craig and I took advantage of this slow number to weave open American smooth foxtrot with international slow foxtrot to get around the floor. We stepped it up with T’aint what ‘cha do by Young/Oliver. I asked Todd to bring the tempo up to an international Quickstep. Craig and I then tripped the light fantastic with our open international quickstep sprinkled with some Charleston. In closing we moved to Operetta with The Finale from the Gondoliers by Gilbert and Sullivan. I put the whole troop on the floor for this rousing Viennese waltz. We used portions of classic minuets, and wove some American Viennese waltz into the middle. I am proud of how all my dancers did, and thrilled that we had the opportunity to perform with Voices West. I hope to do it again soon.

 

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Pumpkin pole winners for the Pumpkin follies and Goat show!

As the leaves turn gold, merchants in historic downtown Littleton gather in pods to discuss pumpkins. The annual Pumpkin follies and goat show

building the pumpkin pole in historic littleton
building the pumpkin pole in historic littleton

has begun. With one week to plan, pods like mine with the Center for the blind, the Crazy merchant and Adventures in dance gather together to plan a winning pumpkin pole.

With only one week to plan, gather supplies, and build out 14 ft. pumpkin sculpture, the heat is on. We planned a headless horseman. The center for the blind got to it and designed, built and painted the silhouette of a horse. The Crazy merchant got cobwebs, tombstones, and painted pumpkins. And Adventures in dance built the headless horseman.

judges Greg Moody and a Mayor Dallas Hay from Sheridan
judges Greg Moody and a Mayor Dallas Hay from Sheridan

 

 

With a chill in the air and rain on the horizon we gathered on Thursday morning to put together our creation. We even added light up eyes, and cried, “It’s alive” when we finished.   After a stormy night we gathered again to touch it up and meet and greet the judges. We met Greg Moody and a Mayor Dallas Hay from Sheridan. We tempted them with treats from the Crazy merchant. Things like cupcakes, pretzels and vitamin water, dance lessons and hugs from the center for the blind.  Later that night the results were posted on facebook.

 

The results are…

Wizard of oz pumpkin poles historic littleton
Wizard of oz pumpkin poles historic Littleton

 

 

 

1st The wizard of Oz by Grandpa’s attic,

 

Game of thrones Historic Downtown Littleton
Game of thrones Historic Downtown Littleton

 

 

 

2nd Game of thrones on the corner of Sheridan.

 

 

 

Headless horseman pumpkin pole historic Downtown Littleton
Headless horseman pumpkin pole historic Downtown Littleton

3rd The headless horseman by the Center for the blind, the Crazy merchant and Adventures in dance.

 

 

 

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Adult couples showcase their Ballroom dance moves at the annual dancing with the mon-stars.

 

monstars Ballroom Latin & Swing Dance showcase
monstars Ballroom Latin & Swing Dance showcase

Adult couples showcase their Ballroom dance moves at the annual dancing with the mon-stars.

Screech, cackle, howl! Adult students at adventures in dance gathered to share what ballroom, Latin, and swing dances they had been learning at the annual dancing with the Mon-stars showcase and dinner dance at Adventures in dance. This party was frightfully fun with gallant ghosts, and sensuous ghouls. The annual Dancing with the Monstars from which Adventure’s in Dance’s students sprung from there shy human shells to terrifically terrify and awe the audience with their dancing. But fear not, there was a professional Ghost Buster on the scene to make sure the bystanders were safe in all the fun and screams. As each ghoul performed their dance the audience was stunned, and other’s they laughed and had a bewitching good time

Niloo and Craig ballroom dip
Niloo and Craig ballroom dip

Student: Niloofar Khalili with Craig Tomazin
City: Boulder
Song: Santa Maria
Dance: Argentine Tango

 

 

Shayao and Sabrina Ballroom Peabody dance
Shayao and Sabrina Ballroom Peabody dance

Student: Shayao & Sabrina Mc Farland
With Craig Tomazin & Holly Collins
City: Littleton
Song: Jumping Jack
Dance: American Peabody

 

 

 

 

Robert and Cate monks waltz dance
Robert and Cate monks waltz dance

 

Student: Robert & Cate Monks
City: Denver
Song: Sun & Moon
Dance: American Slow Waltz

 

 

 

Melvyn and Niloo dance corte dip
Melvyn and Niloo dance corte dip

Student: Melvin Marcusson
City: Littleton
Song: Daddy
Dance: American Cha cha

 

 

 

Jim and Linda romantic ballroom Waltz dance
Jim and Linda romantic ballroom Waltz dance

Student: Jim & Linda Dunbar
City: Littleton
Song: When will I hold yoiu again
Dance: American Slow Waltz

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim and Kari historic viennese Waltz
Tim and Kari historic viennese Waltz

Student: Tim & Kari Berglund
City: Littleton
Song: Tennesee Waltz, Blue Danube segue
Dance: American Slow Waltz & Viennese Waltz

 

Larry & Sheryl dance drop
Larry & Sheryl dance drop

Student: Larry & Sheryl Gray
City: Centennial
Song: Ghostbusters
Dance: American Cha cha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craig and robyn romantic Viennese Waltz Dance
Craig and robyn romantic Viennese Waltz Dance

When night cast her shadowy cloak we wrapped up with I know you from Malicifent, Ding Dong the witch is dead and this haunting performance with a cheeky pink lady and her handsome shadowy man as they pranced across the dance floor to the “Pink Panther” our final before we deterred to our grave selves and dismissed the humans with a, “Goodnight. Sleep tight.” And screeched the night away with a hearty dinner for all and much merriment and laughing till sun stroked the sky with golden fingers and we pulled our coffins closed. To wait, to rest, and dance again…next year.

Robyn and Bill Ding dong swing dance
Robyn and Bill Ding dong swing dance

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