Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Charleston Workshop this weekend.

OUI Dance 2 presents a special latin dance event for the community to enjoy. Before this special showcase we will be holding Dance Workshops @ the Felix Pinkney Community Center where anyone can learn to dance Salsa/Bachata/Merengue. Bring your comfortable clothing because after the workshops you can get changed and head over to the Felix Davis Center where there will be special performances. Please dress to impress, because we will also be holding a social dance there where everybody can dance the night away.

$5.00 youth
$7.00 adults

The donation will cover both events.

Dance Workshop@
Felix Pinkney Community Center
4790 Hassel Street
North Charleston SC 29405
1:00 - 4:00 PM

Dance Showcase@
Felix Davis Center
4800 Park Circle
North Charleston SC 29405
7:00 - 10:00 PM

This is an open event so please invite anyone and everyone!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Meet and Greet tonight

Come down to Martini's for a "Meet the stars" event tonight and vote at the door for your favorite couple (me!)
This event is hosted by one of our very own stars, Jeff Sisk, the new owner of Martini's. Bring a friend and join us for half price drinks (5:30-8:00), live music, and a great dance floor! Come meet the dancers and their partners.

Each dance couple will create and name their own signature drink. Your $10 donation to *Dancing With the Horry County Stars* gets you in the door. Be sure to arrive early - last year's event was packed.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Male dance moves that catch a woman's eye.

A professor at Northumbria University has uncovered the dance move that make women more attracted to men.
Read the Royal Society Journal of Biology letters article here:
Listen to the NPR interview here:
Watch the bad dancing here
Watch the good dancing here

It's not too late guys!!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Horry Co. Dances With The Stars

The time is here again, where local figures and celebrities will step out of their comfort zone to support the B.E. Squared charities and the Long Bay Symphony.
For the next few months each star will be working diligently on their routines to be performed on Nov. 20, 2010. One by one they will strive for the most votes and the most applause by showing off their best costumes and freshest new moves.
You can participate as well by voting for your favorite couple or attending the event by purchasing your tickets now.
Follow the link below to vote (for me or Amanda Kinseth!) or to get tickets!
Thank you in advance for your support and I hope to see you there!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Clarendon Co. DWTS

It was a long road and a lot of work, but after a night of tough competition and wonderful dancing I am pleased to congratulate Amanda Kinseth of RJR Ballroom and her partner Matt Evans for winning the Best Ballroom dancer trophy for the Clarendon Co. Dances with the Stars!!!!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Dancing at the Brickhouse

If you are student of dance and looking for a venue to practice what you've been learning, I highly recommend dancing at the Brickhouse in Surfside. It is a comfortable atmosphere geared specifically towards dance students, with a good selection of music and a large dancefloor to move around. The Brickhouse offers two nights of dancing one devoted to the Ballroom styles and one devoted to the Latin. Each night meets bi-monthly on Mondays (Ballroom) and Saturdays (Latin).
Check out their website for more information and I look forward to dancing with you there!

Monday, May 24, 2010

“I can’t dance.” Part one.

For the majority of my dance career as an instructor I was often the first person that most people would see coming into the dance studio for their first lesson, most of the time the prospect of their first dance lesson would be met with a mixture of excitement, anxiety and outright fear. I don’t know how often I’ve heard the statements “I have no rhythm” or “I have two left feet” or even “dancing just isn’t in my blood”, and all too many times I have regretfully seen able bodied people walk out, frustrated with themselves and never returning to realize their dance goals.

In my next few entries I will be offering advice for those of you who are a little apprehensive to start or have tried dancing before but to no avail.

So, here are a few tips on what may have held you back and on what can move you forward.

  • “I have no natural talent”… Well, neither do I and for that matter, neither do most people. Dancing is a skill, one that has to be learned. While there are certain factors that will help or hinder your learning curve i.e. Age, background, and physical ability. There isn’t a dancer in the world that will tell you that they got it on the first try and even if and when they got it, they wouldn’t have been able to keep it unless they had practiced. Every dancer will also have a story about something that just didn’t “click” at first, and after some period of frustration they finally got it. I will tell you this though, when something does finally “click” it feels just like the planets aligned, the heavens opened and angels kissed your feet, I may be a little biased in saying so, but to me, there’s no feeling like it.
  • “Dancing isn’t in my blood”… In American culture, dancing has had its ups and downs. Most recently coming to the forefront with shows like, Dancing with the Stars, and So You Think You Can Dance. But, for many cultures dancing is an integral part of daily life and many people from these cultures have been dancing since childhood. There is, however, no “dance gene” and nobody has a biological right to dancing more than anybody else. If you haven’t been dancing since childhood, not to worry, you can start now no matter how old or young you are.
  • “I have no rhythm”… Quite simply, false. You walk in rhythm, your heart beats in rhythm (and if it doesn’t you may need to see a doctor) you breathe in rhythm, you tap your toes on the floor, tap your fingers on the desk, nod your head and sway back and forth when you’re impatient. These are all rhythmic movements; the difficulty may lie in putting this rhythm to music or doing it with an unfamiliar movement. If you have trouble finding the beat in the music I suggest listening to it more; on the way to work, turn off the talk radio and blast some tunes and while you do try tapping out the beat with your fingers or toes.

I hope some of this helps, and at the very least relieve some of your anxiety on whether or not you will be able to learn to dance.

Please check back for further suggestions on getting started and more importantly on continuing to reach your dance goals.

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Thank you
Robert Rodgers

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