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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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Hot vs. Tepid

It’s a fact, if you are going to participate in ballroom/dancesport, you must be prepared for anything. I thought I would share with you some pointers that are slightly not so obvious or you may be taking for granted. If you can grasp what I’m trying to point out, it can make all the difference […]

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Pro-Am and You

In the past I have defined what Pro-Am is, how it may affect you and what your options are? I told you I would be asking you some questions about Pro-Am one day too. Yes, I am asking questions but as always, I’m also here to help you sort out priorities and put things in perspective. […]

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California Open Championships – February 15 – 19, 2017

    Nothing could be better for the Fordney Foundation, then to see the young dancers we know, represent and work with, grow in their ballroom dancing skills.  I take that back, there is one thing better than that, seeing them win at competitions!  If you were at the California Open Championships, February 15 – 19, […]

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Costumes and YOU! – Part 4

With competition season upon us, it is time to spruce up our tactics and make ourselves known and present on that dance floor. In Part 3, you’ve learned what you need to wear in competitions. Of course, it is important to dress age appropriate and according to your dance level. It is also about dancing […]

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Costumes and YOU! – Part 3

Now that you have a basic knowledge of dance costumes of years past, let’s focus on the modern day costumes preferably for competition and dancesport. After all, ballroom dancing has a lot to do with appearance and expectations regarding your performance. Something dancers don’t realize is that dance costumes have to look good from a […]

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Dance Tidbits – Irish Dances

Everyone knows that March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day.  It’s a festive cultural and religious holiday where Irish people in the United States celebrate with food and drink.  It is a custom in our country to wear the color green.  Did you know on St. Patrick’s in Ireland, the Irish  do not wear any green with […]

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Hair Do’s That Dance Well

        The “up do” has never had it so good!  This year’s in vogue coiffure centers around the “up do.” Look at any awards show or model runway shows and you will see a number of intriguing “up do’s” that are quite elegant and sometimes very elaborate. That’s good news for dancers.  […]

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What’s In Your DanceSport Bag

Shoes, stockings/socks, eye liner, lipstick, gel pads, hair bands, water bottles, pins, hairspray, , brushes, barrettes, a towel, wipes, band-aids, tape, protein bars, pens, notebooks and food snacks are all expected to be in a dancer’s bags.  All these “things” are necessary, helpful and useful for our dance class/workout schedules.  These are items you probably […]

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