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Ohio Star Ball 40th Anniversary Celebration

On November 16-20, 2017, Alex Havasi and Marilyn Fordney attended the 40th Anniversary of the Ohio Star Ball in Columbus, Ohio. It is such a huge competition that it is held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel’s Regency Ballroom and Battelle Hall and in the convention center. This competition was the annual conclusion for the Fordney Foundation […]

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Traditional Dances of Germany

October is famous for Oktoberfest, which is widely celebrated worldwide. America is no exception, each year, you can find areas of California where you can go and enjoy all the festive traditions, great food and special beer you can get at these special Oktoberfest events. This year our Director, Marilyn Fordney and her husband, Assistant […]

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Experiencing an Arangetram

  How fitting that our Director and Assistant Director of the Fordney Foundation, Marilyn Fordney and her husband, Alex Havasi attended a very special event on National Dance Day!  We are very fortunate that we can learn something new about dance we would probably never get to experience.   I will let Marilyn Fordney tell you all […]

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Holy Dance

You’ve heard of the “Holy Grail” which is a vessel that serves as an important spiritual cup. In literature, it is described as a dish or stone with miraculous powers. It is said that the “Holy Grail” can provide happiness, eternal youth or even infinite abundance. Now, taking “Holy” in a different direction, namely our […]

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What Is Dubstep?

By now you must know that we are all about Ballroom/Dancesport and we keep you posted in all aspects of events and subjects related to these areas hoping that they are helpful and useful to you in your dance journeys. The Fordney Foundation also has deep love for all other dances in this vast universe and […]

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Dragon Boat Music Festival – Cal Lutheran University, May 20, 2017

There is a sense of pride when the city you live in partakes in cultural events of a high stature.  This was the case on May 20, 2017, at Cal Luthern University in Thousand Oaks, CA.   Pacific Pearl Music Association, Center for Asian Performing Arts, and Department of Languages and Cultures at Cal Lutheran presented an outstanding, […]

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Dance Titdbits: Dances of the Native American Indian – Part 2

Awhile back I did a blog on the American Indian. This is Part 2 on the Native American Indian.   I must reference how most Americans see the Native American Indians in movies, where the cowboys fight the Indians, and they are mostly the “bad guys.” Nothing could be further from the truth. These people are gentle […]

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Dance Tidbits: Dances of the Native American – Part 3

If you would like to know how the American Indian evolved and came to inhabit the Americas, it is believed that they may be the original, prehistoric people.  This transition occurred over 12,000 years ago when people of Europe integrated with people of Asia.  Over time there were hundreds of tribes each with their own unique traditions and […]

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Hula (but Didn’t Know Who to Ask)

One of our supporters is Thelma Beck of Oxnard and she belongs to a dance group that entertains at elder health facilities by doing the hula. She inspired us to create this blog about one of her passions. Thank you, Thelma. Here is a fun, quick guide on the Hula with little tidbits about Hula added in. It’s […]

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Dance Tidbits: Dances of the Native American Indian – Part 1

It seems I’ve grown up watching Indians on television and the silver screen all of my life, without really knowing what anything really means in their culture. After all, they are Native American Indians, part of our American heritage. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been fascinated by the Native American Indian. I […]

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