FYI - a gentleman from the Lakeview United Church has requested that when you enter for your lessons that you DO NOT place your boots or outside shoes on the top racks. He was asked why and stated that this rack was for putting displays or plants and such. He has agreed to put up signs above the top rack. They should be up for next weeks lessons. Thanks everyone for your cooperation on this matter.
1. Please change from your street shoes into another pair of shoes when you come to class. This is important as water and gravel will damage the floor and ballroom dance shoes.
2. A reminder, you are expected to attend the class you signed up for whenever possible. However, if you have a week where it does not work out, you may choose another class at your level during that week.
3. Dancelicious will not be held this year, there will be a theme dance instead, more info on this in February.
4. Members need to be aware that in the case of extreme weather classes may be cancelled on short notice. Be sure to check our telephone message line or the website for current information.
Just a quick FYI - all classes which were previously held at the Austrian Club are now being held at the WA WA Shriner Hall - 2065 Hamilton Street, Regina, SK..
Free Parking across the street in the Sask Power Parking lot.
Winter Registration starts Monday, December 18, 2017 and will end Thursday, January 18, 2018. Please got to our On-Line Registration page to download the registration form.
You can either register online or in person at classes the 1st week starting January 8, 2018.
See you on the dance floor.
Don't forget, the Silver Bells Ball is fast approaching. Ticket sale over December 14, 2017.
December 16, 2017.
Come out in your finest and dance, dance, dance.
Follower writes: I had this image in my head you know, of my handsome husband masterfully sweeping me around the dance floor, weaving through other couples, as the rest of the room silently watched us while the music reached an enrapturing crescendo . . . and . . . well. For the first two years (at least) the man stumbled, stepped on my feet, and urgently whispered in my ear “you are off the beat”– not at all the sweet murmur of awe at my sublime dancing skill I was expecting. In one memorable occasion, he nearly scalped me by accidentally* yanking my ponytail.
* if you have any information on this incident, please contact me directly
by Gail Schonhoffer
Comfort is the key. Your shoes should fit well so that you can dance for several hours without foot pain.
There are various categories of dance shoes – smooth, latin, practice. The heel height for latin and ballroom dance shoes ranges from 1.5" to 3". Classical ballroom shoes have a lower heel that allows the weight to be distributed evenly across the foot. Latin shoes have higher heels that put weight onto the toes. Practice shoes usually start with 1” heels and are easily worn for long periods of time. Ladies shoes are generally higher than men’s but even men’s shoes vary from 1” for ballroom to 1.5” - 2” for latin. Beginning dancers should choose a heel height that gives the most comfort. If you are not accustomed to wearing heels, you may want to start with shoes that have a lower heel. Also, there are different shapes of heel, such as slim and flared. A flared heel is a popular choice as it gives you more stability. As a beginner, we tend to get stepped on occasionally and closed toed shoes offer some protection. Ballroom dance shoes have a suede sole which gives the best combination of slip and traction. Because of the suede sole they require extra care and should not be worn outside.
Other shoes can be worn for dancing but you will need a smooth sole (preferably leather). Dancing in rubber soled shoes is very difficult and can lead to injury. If using regular shoes try them out at home to see if they mark up the floor. If they do please do not use them. Another option is to have dance soles glued onto a regular shoe. This can be done at a shoe repair shop for about $50.00 - $60.00.
Where to buy – ask other dancers where they got their shoes. There are few options in Regina. Online is an option but sizing can be difficult. RBDC usually has someone selling dance shoes at Dancelicious in March.
Learning to dance is a juggling act. It involves managing body frame, foot positions, weight transfer, eight lines of dance, and, of course, learning to lead and follow.
Arguably, the leader faces the toughest challenge. He (or she), must understand the technique and mechanics of leading a partner, as well as master the sequence. The leader also has to execute the proper start, use the appropriate lines of dance, and finish the pattern. All while keeping clear of other dancers. On the other hand, the follower has to respond to the lead.
The 40th Anniversary Ruby Red “spotlight” is shining brightly on YOU, the RBDC member!
The chart below shows how our membership has grown over the years.
The “Passing Footsteps” series of articles are written and published in the BIZ only during a milestone anniversary year, which started 20 years ago for the 20th Anniversary. The intent was to highlight a moment of club’s history. Back in 1996, I obtained a lot of the information and ideas for the “Passing Footsteps” articles from BIZ newsletters (started in 1988). Memories before 1988 were obtained from my personal archive files of instructor notes, dance programs, meeting minutes, photos, and such. In doing so, it was also the beginnings of the club’s archives. Thus, Last Waltz 1997 was also the premier display of club’s archives, complete with poster displays, routine videos, costume display, and lots of photos.
For the 40th Anniversary Last Waltz on April 1, 2017, you’re invited to view the club’s memorabilia in the Quebec and Ontario rooms at the Conexus Arts Centre, located down the hallway from the ballroom room.
“If one wants to run, they must learn how to walk.
If one wants to teach, they must learn.
If one want to define the future, they must study the past.”
(quote by Confucius)