How to dance the slow beat in Slow Foxtrot.

The Slow Foxtrot is the most challenging of the Ballroom dances… Particularly because of the “Slow” beat…   Learning how to dance the slow beat in Slow Foxtrot will make all the difference to the way you feel, look and achieve this unique and beautiful dance.  Here are five tips to help you master the […]

What is New Vogue Dancing?

New Vogue Dancing is one of the three Dancesport Styles in Australia, the other two being Ballroom (sometimes called Modern or Standard) and Latin American. Put simply, New Vogue Dancing is an uniquely Australian style of sequence Ballroom dancing. What that means is that each particular New Vogue dance has it’s own set of steps, […]

How to count Slow Foxtrot music – made easy!

Finding the rhythm in Slow Foxtrot music can be a challenge… But learning how to count Slow Foxtrot music is essential to dance it well…   Take a look at this video to help you practice how to count, and then head to our DK music to practice counting yourself.   Monica Fincham is a […]

How to count Rumba music – made easy!

Finding the rhythm in Rumba music can be a challenge… But learning how to count Rumba music is essential to dance it well…   Take a look at this video to help you practice how to count, and then head to our DK music to practice counting yourself.   Monica Fincham is a Australian Dancesport […]

5 tips for a polished Ballroom Tango

Dance the Ballroom Tango and look like a professional dancer with these 5 tips! Ballroom Tango is the most passionate of the Ballroom dances…   And if you can master these tips- you’ll be able to feel and create the distinctive Tango look and staccato rhythm required to look accomplished.   Ballroom Tango is danced below […]

Mastering hip action in Rumba – for beginners

But using these simple tips – you can commence feeling the music with your body and look and feel more sexy with Rumba Hip Action in your dancing. Firstly,  everyone can do hip action, and most of us have actually done it inadvertently in day to day life at some time.  Stand like you are waiting […]

Help! My husband is jealous of my Ballroom dancing!

Ballroom dance jealousy is an all to common phenomenon…And it can seriously affect both your relationship with your life partner and also your enjoyment of your ballroom dancing.  Many married people choose to pursue Ballroom without their husband or wife, and this can cause jealously and fights within the household.  If you are married but have […]

50 ways to become a brilliant Ballroom dancer…

Ballroom dance can be challenging to master, but follow these tips to fast track your improvement. Practice – don’t just rehearse Take medal classes Take as many private dance lessons as you can afford Find a dance partner Compete in Dancesport Listen to what your teacher asks Challenge yourself Social dance Attend technique classes Don’t […]

Social, medal or competition Ballroom? What’s the difference?

Here’s quick run down on what type of Ballroom you should try – depending on your personality and you goals.Social Ballroom -this type of class is aimed at students  wanting to learn to dance at social events.  To be able to ask different partners to dance and be able to lead and follow each partner […]

How much should you practice Ballroom dancing?

It’s common to admire Ballroom and Latin American champions as they dance and pass off their extraordinary dancing as ‘talent’.  But you couldn’t be more wrong.  Read below and find out how much you should practice Ballroom dancing.Underestimating the amount of time and effort, of personal and family events missed, of the hours and hours […]

5 tips to keep your marriage alive from a ballroom champion

Ballroom dancing can keep your marriage alive.  Picture the two of you out at a dinner dance. A slow, romantic song comes on and there’s a little dance floor in the corner, dark and beckoning.  An elderly couple take the floor and you can bet they met balloon dancing.  They’re a little stiff in their […]

Ballroom dancing No 1 activity to beat Alzheimers.

 It has been known for a long time that Ballroom dancing is a beneficial activity in regards to health. But only recently has the correlation between health and Ballroom dancing been seriously studied, and there are more than just the physical benefits!  In regards to beat alzheimers and dementia, it has proven to come out on top!A […]

When should I start Ballroom dancing?

  Says no one – EVER.What I hear more often than not is a desire that students wished they had started earlier – even as children   – as they grow to love the exercise, movement and creativity this activity allows. But whether we start as kids, in our 40’s or well into our 60’s I’m confident […]

Is it important to attend Ballroom dancing Masterclasses?

It’s true that when we start Ballroom dancing the most important aspect of our learning is to master the step pattern – or Foot Positions as your teacher will no doubt have explained.  But there is a stage where – in order to become the most delightful dance partner – it’s important to hone our […]

Is the lady leaning back in Ballroom dancing?

 No (it just looks like she is!)    1 Even though it looks suspiciously like the lady is leaning well back in Ballroom dancing, and you wonder if she gets a sore neck, back or even how she moves that way – this is actually just an illusion. Rather than leaning back, the lady is stretching […]

5 tips to encourage your partner to come Ballroom dancing!

 Cause we think they’ll love it…!    1 The thought of learning to dance is not fun for everyone…Even though we might love the idea of Ballroom and Latin dancing, our partners might be less enthusiastic. Here are some tips to help persuade them to give it a go, and perhaps add a new spark to […]

What might be holding you back from being an AWESOME dancer!

 It’s not what you think…    1 This article is a little bit of tough love for anyone who truly wants to learn dance – so I hope you take it in the right spirit…I’ve never told anyone this before – but as a dance studio director for the last 12 years I now know the […]

How to count Modern Waltz music – made easy!

Click here to head to our Modern Waltz playlist and see if you can count for yourself! Monica is the director of Dancesport Kingdom in Lilydale, a Ballroom champion and also an AMEB Grade 8 pianist. “A musical understanding is essential to becoming an accomplished dancer – AND everyone I have ever taught ALWAYS has the […]

How to count Jive music – made easy!

Click here to head to our Jive playlist and see if you can count for yourself! Monica is the director of Dancesport Kingdom in Lilydale, a Ballroom champion and also an AMEB Grade 8 pianist. “A musical understanding is essential to becoming an accomplished dancer – AND everyone I have ever taught ALWAYS has the rhythm […]

How to count Cha Cha Cha music – made easy!

Why don’t you head to our Cha Cha Cha playlist and see if you can count for yourself! Monica is the director of Dancesport Kingdom in Lilydale, a former Ballroom champion and also an AMEB Grade 8 pianist. “A musical understanding is essential to becoming an accomplished dancer – but everyone I have ever taught […]

“But I can’t hear the beat!

“BUT I CAN’T HEAR THE BEAT!” Is a cry I hear from many students in their journey to learn dance, from ALL levels of dancers from beginners to competition champions! In this artiicle will de-mysify the musical beat so everyone can enjoy moving in time. All Ballroom dance music – but not necessarily all music […]

Everything you know about Ballroom dancing isn’t true…

When you think about Ballroom dancing you might form an immediate picture in your mind – either the old fashioned way Grandma and Grandma met, or the world of fake tan, false eyelashes and bitchiness of Ballroom competition. But everything you believe isn’t true…so I’m going to bust some Ballroom dancing myths. MYTH # 1. […]

11 things you MUST do to find a competition dance partner.

“I want to participate in DanceSport competition but I can’t find a partner!” If these are words are familiar – then ask yourself “am I doing everything in my power to optimise my chances?” Sure… there are many more girls than guys looking, but it’s also hard for guys to find the right girl! So, […]

3 Myths about Ballroom Dancing for Adults

I often hear adults express a desire to learn dance and then follow it up with one of these statements to ‘prove’ they are right in not pursuing dance lessons. Below are 3 common myths that Adult beginners express about Ballroom dancing – that have no basis in reality. Myth #1  “I’d never danced before, […]

How to compete like a Ballroom champion – even if you are just a beginner.

Now, there’s no reason to look like it’s your first year of competition, with these strategies to have you looking like a seasoned pro! Fine tune your technique – Lack of, or poor, technique is a sure fire way not to get marked in a Dancesport competition, and that’s why most competitors work tirelessly to […]

How to find a competition Dancesport partner!

“I want to do DanceSport competition but I can’t find a partner!!” If these are words are familiar – then ask yourself are you doing everything in your power to optimise your chances? Sure… there are many more girls than guys looking, but it’s also hard for guys to find a girl! So, here it […]

The worst thing men do when Ballroom dancing socially.

So guys, please don’t get me wrong, we LOVE dancing with you, and love it even more when you ask us to take the floor, especially if it’s our favourite dance.  We are so happy, and impressed that you dance! BUT, there is something that you do that we don’t like. At all. And we […]

Why Ballroom dancers have better relationships…

Ask Grandma and Grandad how they met and they’ll – more often than not – tell you BALLROOM DANCING. They tentatively glanced at each other from across the crowded ballroom, Grandad shyly strolled over to Grandma and offered his hand. They gently danced with each other and – POW! – they knew this was THE […]

6 surprising benefits of Ballroom dance for children.

6 surprising benefits ofBallroom Dancing for ChildrenA dance class with a difference!  1 ‘I wish I started Ballroom dancing later’. Said no one. Ever. What I hear more often than not in adults that have started dancing is a desire they’d had a parent who was a bigger supporter of the arts, or a time […]

Will my son be called a sissy if he learns dance?

In dance, girls have the advantage over boys in many regards. Not only it more socially acceptable for them to be learning dance, they’re more likely to do it with friends, their bodies are naturally more flexible and their hips give them superior technique. Dance for boys has a different set of rules.  We applaud […]