News & Articles

Help! I’m Dating a Dancer!

April 13, 2016

So! You’re dating a dancer. Congratulations! Dating a dancer can be fantastic. It can also be tricky. This article is written to help non-dancers better understand – and participate in the life of – dance-obsessed partners.

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To Dance or Not to Dance with Your Significant Other…

April 8, 2016

In dance, we often say that every dance is a 3-minute relationship – and that has implications for life-couples who decide to take up this hobby/sport/passion. I hope this article gives you useful information and a lot to talk about together…

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It’s Never Too Soon for a Private Lesson

February 26, 2016

Thoughts about why private lessons are valuable for anyone – from brand-new to very advanced.

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Pro-Am Results, Montreal Westie Fest 2015

October 19, 2015

These Smoothstyle students competed in Pro-Am divisions at Montreal Westie Fest 2015. This required that they each make a commitment to train and improve their West Coast Swing dancing, and we couldn’t be happier with the results. Whether or not they made the podium, each of them improved their dance and met personal goals! Pro-Am…

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October 19, 2015

Entering a dance competition is a leap of faith. Especially the first time. For some people, it gets easier to handle the stresses; for others, it never gets easier. Some of us thrive on the experience while others wither under the pressure. In the afterglow of Montreal Westie Fest 2015, where tons of Ottawa dancers…

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How to Choose a Good Instructor

May 30, 2015

Someone once told me that if you can do something, you can teach it. I think that is the most untrue thing I have ever heard. What makes a good dance instructor? There are a few specific qualities that I believe a great dance instructor in any genre has, and that you can look for….

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ONE Thing

April 27, 2015

This post is related to an earlier one I wrote about over-training, which you can read here. Neuroscience is able to tell us a lot about brain function and one thing we now know with certainty is that multi-tasking is impossible. The brain is sequential. Some brains may work faster than others, but no one’s…

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April 15, 2015

I began dancing WCS here in Ottawa – that was in 2005. At the time, the community comprised mostly dancers from outside of Ottawa proper, mostly in the 40+ year old age category (only Nelson & Daria were younger than me!), and no WSDC competitors. By 2008, the city had a small group of “die-hard” dancers who…

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The West Coast Swing DJ Interviews

March 30, 2015

I hope this article will open up conversation that leads EVERYONE who dances WCS anywhere to become more musically diverse – because musical diversity is certainly the heartbeat of our dance. Probably 95% of the time when I ask someone what made them take up West Coast Swing, the answer is “the music”. I saw…

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Etiquette for Partner Dancing

January 3, 2015

By request, these are Smoothstyle’s top tips for how to behave when dancing: Grooming Brush your teeth before you begin class or dancing and have breath mints or gum on hand just in case. Wear deoderant and clean clothing. Most body odor smell comes from unclean clothing – bacteria builds up in the material and emits odour. By the…

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