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Best shoes for ballroom dancing-These brands are the best

Ballroom dancing involves a lot of aspects when it comes to being the best and clothing is by far the best way to stand out.Best ballroom dancing shoes

When I started dancing I knew little about the impact of what outfits like shoes could do for me. I only found out about this when I got to championship level.

I must say that now shoes have becomes the most important aspect of my dancing.

This is because I have had the pleasure to dance with different brands throughout my dance career and somewhere good some were not so good.

Related: Why is ballroom dancing so expensive?

In this article I will be talking about the best shoes for ballroom dancing that will give you the best comfort and the durability.

I will only talk about 3 shoes that do this and hopefully it can help you make an informed decision.

1. Supadance shoes

When we talking about the best shoes for ballroom dancing supadance is a brand that always gets mentioned.

This brand is so popular that people are not concerned about its price when thinking to purchase it.

BD dance shoes is an old and well-established brand that was in use while dancing was still social.

You could say they are one of the pioneers of dance clothing more specifically shoes. They have always focused on bring out the best quality in dancing shoes.

They have constantly delivered on the quality and this is the reason people keep going to them over and over again.

I remember that I bought supadance shoes in 2007 in Italy and they lasted until 2014 when someone person I borrowed did not bring them back to me.

Anyway that is basically to tell you how durable supadance shoes really is.

BD dance shoes

Best shoes for ballroom dancing

BD dance shoes is another durable brand although not as much as supadance.

The best thing about supadance is that it is used by top dancers in WDSF dance competitions.

This branding gives supa dance the trust that is needed by any top dancer.

In my opinion I would say this brand is number 2.

I would not really confirm the durability since I have only recently started using them and Me and my partner got a sponsor from them.

However I did a great and detailed review about this brand so you can understand.

Ray Rose dance shoes

When we talk classic dance shoes for ballroom Ray rose is where you will be satisfied.

Basically what I mean is that these shoes are the most preferred shoes for old dancers or should I say people who want that classic old look.

I know my first coach used to love this brand as he felt that it made him seen as an old and matured professional ballroom dancer.

Ray rose is also very pricey just like supadance however they do have good quality of shoes.

You can check a ray rose dance shoe review which I did to highlight everything you need to know about this brand.

AIDA dance shoes

Best shoes for ballroom dancing

To be honest Aida was a shoe brand which I had never known until 2017 especially when it was endorsed by Mirko Gozolli (A former ballroom world champion).

This type of shoe specializes on flexibility and comfort more than anything else.

Maybe this explains why most people have not known this brand a lot; The branding has not been too big.

Personally I have never worn these dance shoes but most some of my international dance friends have and have stated the same sentiments that it is comfortable and more flexible than normal dance shoes.

International dance shoes

If you do not know international dance shoes and you are an avid dancer maybe you have been living under a rock.

This is because this shoes brand, out of all other brands, is very well-known and has been for a very long time.

This is because its marketing has been very good for several years whereby idols such as Emanual Valeria and Tanya Kehler have been big ambassadors.

I have also used these shoes and they are good for competing as they have all the requirements to dance in an international competition.

However, I still prefer the supadance as a brand. This is just my personal preference.

Final thoughts

Every ballroom and Latin American dancer should know that shoes, amongst other things, have the ability to make your dancing good.

This is because dancing shoes give you that comfort that you need when you are competing in a big competition.

This is the reason why people need to make sure that they choose the best brands for their dance career.

With top brands like Supadance shoes, International dance shoes, BD dance shoes, AIDA dance shoes you are sure to make your dancing a pleasure.

In terms of which shoe brand is the best it is good to do your own evaluation and see which one suits you, My choice is supadance shoes.

I hope this article was fruitful and I hope you learnt a thing or two about the best ballroom dance shoes.

If you have any question, please do not hesitate to ask me below.

Ray rose ballroom dance shoes-Why dance with these shoes?

When you are looking to be a top dancer it is advisable for a person to always look well on the dance floor. The most important part is to wear the durable and good-looking shoes.

Ray rose ballroom dance shoes are amongst the best ballroom dancing shoes due to the quality. Most people do not know that these shoes are one of the oldest ballroom dance shoe company for top dancers.

They have cater for ballroom and Latin American dancing dancers.

In this post I will be talking about ray rose ballroom dance shoes and their history for dancers. I will also talk about whether they are good or not and what their flaws are and positives.

Where do they come from?

Ray rose ballroom dancing shoes comes from 30 years ago where the ray rose company was founded. The company started the brand to cater for the demands of the competitive art that ballroom dancing was.

As dancing became a sport they are still part of the initiative.

The London based company catered for the top dancers who were requiring shoes that were going to last for years.

RayRose came after Supadance which is another high quality shoe company after they so a way to give dancers another shoe brand option.

Related: BD dance shoes

They have been exclusively focusing on making ballroom and Latin dance shoes

Type of shoes that they offer

First and foremost ray rose focuses on ballroom and Latin American dance shoes. They do not sale other items like their counterpart supadance which have other items like practice wear.

The company has risen to the challenge for catering to the development of the ballroom dancing shoes by incorporating many aspects of shoe material enhancements.

The following are the enhancements that are put in:

They have suede and leather types of material for their shoes which gives dancers an option.


Types of variations

So besides the fact that they have shoes for two genres (ballroom and Latin American) they also have their different styles within their ballroom dancing category.

I will start by giving you options for variety of ballroom dancing shoes for females.

The female ballroom dancing shoes are developed for all dancer levels and they are made with polycarbon for their heels which is one of the most durable material for heels.

Not only are they aesthetically pleasing but they have been tested and approved by SATRA which is a european shoes testing company that makes shoe the shoes are healthy and fit for people to wear for long periods.

They also have a sports grade ankle support which will help you be able to dance with the shoes for long periods at practice or competitions.

Female shoes

Ray rose has about 21 ballroom dance shoe types to choose from.

Now let me list all just a few types they have for you:

  • 107A bora, flesh satin
  • 106A Landslide, flesh satin
  • 103 sirocco, flesh satin
  • 109A Avalanche, flesh satin
  • 108A Ion, flesh satin
  • 117A Stratus, flesh satin
  • 116A rockslide, flesh satin/white satin
  • 129A savanna
  • 116A rockslide, light flesh
  • 119A Nimbus

Male shoes

They also have a variety of male ballroom shoes to choose from and the variety is similar to female shoes.

The only difference with male shoes is that they only have 15 types of shoes.

I will list just a few of these here.

  • 335 Windrush
  • 330 Sandstorm
  • Willow
  • 323 Tailwind
  • Mulberry
  • Ebony
  • 355 Alex
  • Pine

So what is my favorite type?

When it comes to my favorite type of ray rose shoes it has to go to the 355 Alex type. This is because this type is the most appealing out of all the shoes followed by pine.

The problem with male shoes for ray rose is that they all look very old school and do not have that modern look except of course pine and 355 Alex shoe types.

The verdict

When it comes to choosing which type of ballroom dance shoe that you are looking for it is best to ensure that you look at your dancing needs.

For an example if you prefer polishing shoes and like to have a more visible look that I would advise you to look at a leather material.

If you like a shoe that is not too visible and will make you look distinct that a suede would be good for you.

When it comes to the look of Ray rose shoes the women shoe types all look good however for males most look old school and dull except for a few.


Ray rose dance shoes have been there for more than 30 years and have been the pioneers of producing very comfortable and durable shoes for ballroom and Latin dancers.

However they have not looked too much on the look of male ballroom dance shoes as they still have the old school type of ballroom male shoes.

They have only catered in this regard for females. Their priority of female shoes is seen even by the number of female ballroom dance shoes which greatly outnumber those of the males.

I hope this post was helpful in giving you some insight on ray rose ballroom dance shoes and the company in terms of what they offer.

If you have any comments on any question you want to ask me feel free to do so I will be happy to engage.

Ballroom dance dresses- Choosing a great international dress

When looking for a great ballroom international dress there are few aspects that you need to keep in mind. This is because the choice of your ballroom dance dresses can make or break your competition results.

Having had the opportunity of competing at over many international competitions in my lifetime with my partner we have seen the best ballroom dresses that exist.

We have also seen many of the current dress trends which are always evolving and it is why I will be walking you through spotting the best ballroom dance dress trends.

Know your kind of style

This has to be the most important aspect when it comes to choosing your ballroom dance dresses.

This is where most people fail since they are not well-informed about their uniqueness.

If you have watched and seen the top ballroom dancers you will have noticed what kind of style each top dancer chooses.

Some dancers chose a plain looking dress design while others choose a fancy one.

Related: Ballroom practice dance wear

So why is your style important?

This is simple your style is what distinguishes you from the crowd and also it becomes your identity going forward.

This will also help people to know what kind of style you like so that they subconsciously identify you with this.

For example, our style is a simple yet elegant look. If you have seen most our dresses we try by all means to stick to this style whenever we buy a new dress.

Below is are few of our dresses which follow this style of ours.

As you can see the style of our dresses are very similar or uniform.

I will know be going into some categories of ballroom dance dress styles that exist. Please note that these are just current styles and they do evolve quickly yearly.

Plain and fierce look

This style is self explanatory as it involves a simple look which has fewer stones on the dress but is very attractive.

Now this look is the most basic and it comes from the olden days however it still works these days with the exception that it would not have a big weight design at the bottom.

Who is this look for?

This plain design is for people who want to look fierce on the dance floor and show there strength.

Generally this look is for people who are really good in dancing and who are top in there dance section.

Basically if you feel that you are dominate in your section that this section is for you.

Here are some famous world champs who have worn such ballroom dance dresses:

  • Mirko Gozzoli and Edita Danuite.

  • Paolo Bosco and Silvia Pitton (normally only on show dances)

However you do not have to be a world champion as I said, just be the best in your section and then let that dress define you.

Below is an example of a plain and fierce ballroom dance dress which is international:

Dress type: Plain and fierce

Price: $516.99

Best place to buy:

Sleek and stony

This ballroom dance dress style is what we mostly stick to and this is the style we have liked ever since 2013.

This design is filled with stones and the dress is very slim fitting and looks sleek at the same time.

This design lends its qualities from the plain and fierce style with the only exception being that this style has more stones and more design.

Who is this for?

This style is for people who like looking elegance and yet very colorful on the dance floor.

Below is an example of such a dress

Price: $655.00

Place to buy:

Colorful and bold

This is one of the most common design of ballroom dance dresses.

I think the reason it is common is because it is easy to make and you can make a lot of variations with it.

This is also a design that comes from the original ballroom dance dress style and by the looks of things this style is going no where.

Who is this for?

For people who like making a lot of variations with their style.

Below are some international dresses of these styles.

Dress type: Plain and fierce

Price: $99.99

Best place to buy:

Wings and floats

Here is another dress design that I used to love back in 2008. This look is basically a combination of any othe the dance styles except that it emphases on wings and a lot of wings on the dress.

This style is a great one since it also has developed well over the years and it emphases a lot noise for your dancing across the floor.

So is this for?

This style is basically for people who love to been seen on the floor especially when doing a lot of variations on their dancing.

Price: $399.99

Best place to buy:

Pattern style

This style is as just the name says, it emphases patterns on the dresses more than anything.

This is also another modern style that people like since it is different.

Who is this for?

This pattern is basically for people who also love to be unique and want something new.

The thing with this style is that it may be a bit difficult to maintain this style especially if you are looking to buy a second hand dress because it these dresses are very rare to get.

These dresses are general custom-made for a couple so you can imagine.

Take home message

Choosing your ballroom dance dresses can be really hard especially if you are starting out in the dress section and if are not aware of the latest trends.

However, if you are aware of the dance trends you will know that there are ballroom dance dress styles like plain and fierce, Pattern style, wings and floats, colorful and bold, sleek and stony etc.

The fundamental aspect is to know what style you want to go for and then try to stick to that so it will help you know how you want your dresses to be like.

I hope this post was useful to you in helping you know the ballroom dance dresses you get at an international level.

If you have any questions or you have any comments you are more then welcome to leave your comments or questions below, I will be more than happy to engage with you.

Dance outfits-What essentials you need as a ballroom dancer

The subject of dance outfits is one of the things overlooked as a dancers, especially for beginners.

This is because most instructors focus on teaching their students the technical part of dancing and forget to help them with the dressing up.

Throughout my years of dancing I have also had the same unfortunate issue but luckily as I grow older I was introduced to the concept of knowing proper dance outfits  by top teachers.

In This article I will talk you through the most important aspects of dance outfits in ballroom dancing.

Type Shoes

First and foremost I would like to address the issue of proper dance shoes when it comes to choosing proper dance outfits.

I start with shoes because shoes will have a huge influence in terms of how you end up performing in a competition of at practice.

I always recommend to my students, especially beginners to stick to the basics when choosing dance shoes.

Not only while basic shoes making you feel comfortable but it will help you not get worried about being disqualified or something (hey no one likes that right!)

I my other post I did talk about the shoes I use as a professional ballroom dancer and you can use these if you would like. you can read it here.

Nevertheless if you are looking for basic shoes the is a variety out there that you can have a look at.

I will mention a few for you here which I consider very good quality and which generally last for long.

General ballroom dance shoes

For women

These dance shoes are usually for intermediate ballroom dancers (level 4 to Novice level).

These shoes have been in the market for a very long time and have done the work. Below are the pros and cons.


  • Very affordable
  • Have a good heel high/size


  • Only for ballroom dancing
  • Not for beginner ballroom dancers

dance outfits

Price of shoes: $10.4 (R139)

Best place to buy it :


For men

The are also men ballroom dance shoes of the same type that are cheap and of great quality as mentioned above for women.


  • Great for intermediate dancers and beginners
  • Good quality
  • Very affordable


  • Heel a bit too large for ballroom

dance outfits

Price of shoes:  $22.17 (R226)

Best place to buy it:

Note that you can still use these shoes even if you are in championship level as there are no restrictions on the top levels.

I have only talked about ballroom shoes as I have only researched the best ballroom shoes that you can use.

Types of dresses

Dresses are also a big part of the most important dance outfits that you can use.

This is because dresses add to the big picture of how you look as a dancer.

On my post of  “dancing for beginners” I talked about how dressing up can add it make you a top dancer.

Again on this post I will focus on the general types of dresses.

For beginner dancers it is vital too wear dresses which are very simple yet very bright and elegant.

Why do I say bright and elegant?

It all goes to back to the point of being prominent on the dance floor, YOU NEED TO BE VISIBLE ON THE DANCE FLOOR.

For beginners you can have seen done for you at your local dress maker as long as they use costume to make the dresses.

Below is an example of a type of beginner ballroom dress.

From the above picture you can see how simple the dress is and also you can see how basic the male wears: white shirt with black trousers.

Of course as you advance in your dancing you will need more elegant and fancy dresses like the one below, This is where you invest more into your dancing.

As you can see the man also tends to look more defined as he adds on a tail suit as he progresses in levels.


Below is a video talking about ballroom dancing dresses, how they are normally done.

Additional items

As far as dance outfits I have not included other extra items that can assist in giving you that great look.

This is because I have tried to stick to the more basic part of how a beginner and intermediate dancer can wear.

I have not included things like make up for a dancer which is vital for advanced dancers, but not for beginners.

I will include this of another article where I talk about advanced dancers wear perhaps.

However, I would like to say that the other important aspect is taking care of your practice dance wear.

I have talked about this on my other article which you can have a look at over here.

I advice about how to wear to boost your dancing levels at practice and more.

Final thoughts

Taking care of you outfit when you dance can go a very long way, but more importantly dance outfits are essential for being considered a good dancer.

Having the right shoes and outfits like pants and dresses are the best investments you can make in your dancing besides the technical part.

If your budget is tight their are many ways you can get the outfits to suit your dancing and I have highlighted those above.

I hope this article was helpful for you and gave you enough insight for improving your dancing.

If you have any questions or comments you are more than welcome to leave your comments below, I will be happy to interact with you.




How to become a professional dancer- The most important things to know

If you are looking on how to become a professional dancer then this article will give you how to become a professional dancersome great information.

The fact is that the majority of dancers start off by wanting to be professional or famous dancers.

Unfortunately many of these dancers end up quitting without reaching these goals.

Why is this so?

This is because they lack the essentials needed to reach that level.

This is why I will help you not become a statistic who does not reach their goals.

how to become a professional dancer

Sit comfortably and let me quickly tell you how to become a professional dancer the easiest way.

Be multiskilled

This right here is a big and very important aspect of how to become a professional dancer.

So what do I mean by being multi skilled in dancing?how to become a professional dancer

Well I mean you have to know other styles of dancing, not focus on one genre.

This is because when you want to become a professional dancer then you will normally be called to perform on dance shows, boat cruises, dinner events, you name it.

So if you do not have the skill to be versatile and entertain the audience you will likely fail to get gigs which will bring in money.

Remember being professional means you are earning a full time income from or at least 50{14175b1f95d0f0faa387c4f6ed17908f179b141bfe6cf26d34224cd7cbf4f8b7} of your income from dancing.

This is the reason I say you will loose gigs (basically your income)..sad right? so you want to polish your skills.

As a professional ballroom dancer I am normally being called to perform or coach since that is what people expect from me.

Below is a video where i was called to perform at a dance show.

Have a good mentor

This is yet another very important factor to consider if you are really looking on how to become a professional dancer.

I really put great emphasis on the word “good”.

This is because you must  choose a mentor that has  gone through where you are looking to go.

This because if you go for a mentor , especially the one who has gone through your journey, will help you go through things which will make your path shorter.

I have been lucky to have had two mentors in my dance career, my dad and my first dance coach.

This helped me acquire the skills that i know have.


Hard work is not enough for achieving your goal but what is very important is that you need to apply more of disciplined actions.

You must have goals always

The more you are constant with applying the advice of your dancing  from your mentor and knowledge of the dance industry the better you will reach your goal of becoming a professional dancer.

If you have read my posts you should know how important I value having goals as a dancer.

Look for and be ready for opportunities

There are so many opportunities out there for being a professional dancers as I mentioned before so it is your responsibility to lookout for them.

Just be sure to always speak to your mentor about an opportunity that you think of taking ( it is only right to do as he or she is your guiding light).

Over the years I have seen a lot of my friends getting opportunities because of their hard work.

To most of them the opportunity presented itself to them.

One of my fellow dance friends got an opportunity to go dance for a big American dance TV show called dancing With The Stars (DWTS).

Below is a video oh him:

Has has been performing and rocking the stages abroad and I am truly proud of him because he had a mentor and was very consistent.

Below is a video where he is actually performing.

He is one of the people I know who are doing well on the big stages and I have learnt a lot from him to say the least because he is a South African.

Have long term plan

Let’s face it dancing fulltime professional can be very risky.

This more so if you do not have a proper plan for what you are doing.

It is said that most most ballet dancers end up not being professional due to the competition and also not being consistant.

I am not saying expect to not reach your goal.

All I am saying is that also bare in mind what you can do to ensure your dancing money can last you forever.

This is where you need to particulate in other dance avenues which can slightly bring in the income.

This is what one of our South Africa dance fellow is doing while she is dancing abroad, Otlile Mabuse.

Otlile is participating in various things which help her not only bring in the money, but establish herself in the dance industry.

Below is a video of one of her dance shows:

Embrace the risk

You should always be ready for the unexpected through your journey to becoming  a professional dancer.

Remember most dance styles have become a sport. The one example of this is ballroom how to become a professional dancerand Latin American dancing which has become a sport.

You can check out an article about this by reading here.

So what does it mean that dance is a sport?

Well this means that you are prone to injuries so it means you must at least know  how to cover yourself.

This also means that getting injured right before a big event or competition can jeopardize most peoples’ dance career.

By the way I have seen a lot of people getting into such situations which when they were about to get their big break.

This is what makes a difference between being a professional full time dancer and just failing,

Final thoughts

being in a quest of how to become a professional dancer  can leave you confused but if you have the right guidance and information you can achieve this feat which most people never achieve.

Most people end up not reaching the professional level as they either do not have mentor, don not look for opportunities or are not consistent.

Most professionals have gone through a lot to get to where they want to be because they were prepared.

But more than being prepared you need to have passion for what you are doing.

Remember passion for your dance genre will make you go through hurdles which most people will not through.

I hope this article was helping to you and I hope it gave you a guideline to become a professional dancer.

If you have any comments or questions than you are more then welcome to leave your comments and questions below.



Unlock your hip flexors- Why people Are opting for this program

Welcome to my review of the unlock your hip flexors program I am glad you are here as I unlock your hip flexors will quickly explain to you why people love this program.

Are you one of those people who train very hard and take care of their  diet but still do not get the results you require from your body?

Well you are not alone

I have had this problem myself for years until I came across a program which assisted me in this regard and this is the “Unlock your hip flexora” program.

In this article I will be reviewing this program for those of you who have had the same problem I had.

Please note this review will be based on my experiences with the program and how it worked for me.

This will help you see if it will be a good fit or not for you or not.unlock your hip flexora

Please be advised that this review is for you to make a final decision for yourself with the information I will reveal for you.


unlock your hip flexora

The unlock your hip flexors  program is a health program that was created by Mike Westerdal who is known as a sports nutritionist, personal trainer and best national selling author.

He was also involved in the iron man magazine as one of the contributes. His years of experience in the sports industry is marked by his online site called


The other author of this program is Rick Kaselj has been in the exercise and fitness field mainly helping sport athletes recover from injuries.

He has also been in the industry for decades, dating back to 1994 when he started.

The advantage has has over many fitness experts is that he has studies for the fitness industry at university level.

The program focuses or talks about the one body organ which causes a lot of discomfort to normal people and those are the tight hips.

Many people are not aware that the hip muscles are the foundation to their problems.

Most of the following body problems are due to the hip tight muscle:

  • Back painunlock your hip flexora
  • Muscle cramps
  • Hip pain
  • heart problems
  • Decreased sexual desire
  • Poor sleep


The tight hip occur to people who sit for long hours on the chair.

This can also happen to top athletes as they also may tend to sit for extend hours.

The worst thing about the tight hip muscles is that it can happen to anyone and people may not even know when they are have it or not.

You might have it as we speaking without even knowing it at all.

Do you have the above symptoms that keep bugging you for years and you have been struggling to get rid of?

Well the chances are that you could have just this small problem that you need to change.

But do not worry you are not all in this matter many athletes and even dancers have this problem without knowing it.

Remember ballroom dancing is a sport so it is vital to get proper flexibility and and a stress-free body.

The unlock your hip flexora I found to address this issue for dancers but I am not sure if it can work for everyone.


As far as my research goes I did find out that Rick is a real person and he does indeed hlp people with fitness.

He even has a website where has has bee doing this which is called

As for Mike I did say earlier on that  he has a website called

This is where he has also been helping other athletes and normal people with fitness and so forth.

This information alone should atleast leave you assured you are dealing with a real human being.


I know you the most important question the unlock your hip flexors is you would like to know is what is really inside this program before I decide to purchase it?

Let’s reveal this for you.

  • PDF manual

You get a soft copy of the program which is well documented in steps to do the exercises.

  • DVD series

You will get a dvd which goes hand in hand with the PDF manual


What I like about the program

I have to say that the program has a lot of positives then negatives. Below are the positives derived from this program.

  • Easy to follow

With the steps that are written in the handbook anyone can be able to follow the steps. In fact I think it is made to fit  even kids…jokes but you get what I mean right?

  • Written by fitness experts

As I mentioned earlier the founder of this program has been in the fitness industries for years and has made his name.

This thus means he  knows what he is doing.

  • Not time consuming

Afraid of your kids or cooking time being stolen? well with only exercises which require only 15 minutes of your time you are sure to have all your extra time to yourself.

  • Home friendly

“What if I do not have time to go to the gym Thabo?” well good news for your this program can be done at your home or any place that fits your personality.

  • 60 day money back guarantee

The good thing about this program is that you get use it risk-free for a month and thereafter you decide if it is for you or not.

What I do not like about the program

Unfortunately like any program this one also has its downsides. Let’s highlight them below.

  • ebook only

For those of you who do not like to spend time on the screen this will be a disadvantage.

Unless ofcourse you decided to print the whole ebook.

  • Age restrictive

Unfortunately if you are over 50 years this program may not be good for you due to the intensive exercises incorporated like the side push-ups and regular push-ups.

The verdict

The unlock your hip flexors is good for helping people get rid of the normal body problems like poor sleep, hip pain and heart problems.

Although many people may not be aware of having tight hips I would recommend  a person to try the Unlock your hip flexora program.

This is because this program is risk-free for 60 days and you may bring it back should you not be satisfied with the results.

However from many people I know who have used it it becomes an addiction since it produces good results.

As for me It worked but it was not an addiction because it just gave me satisfactory results after which I did not need to keep using it although I still do use some of their exercises once in a while.

If you would like to purchase it risk free you can click below:


I hope this review was beneficial to you and I hope it was able to answer the questions you may have had.

If you have any questions or have any opinions you would like to share you can leave them on the comment section below.

The best way to learn ballroom dancing-This will work for anyone?

Throughout my life I have always wanted to know the best way to learn ballroom dancing and through so many years I have found the answer.

Many people enjoy the thought of being captivated by music on the dance floor with their significant other, but when it comes to doing it in real life they are not aware of the best way to learn ballroom dancing.

You see I have been dancing for 15 years (that is most of my life, I know hey) and I have the best way to learn ballroom dancingseen it all and went through it all  before I become a successful professional ballroom dancer.

I know how hard it can be when you start ,especially if you have never danced with a partner before.

I also know how frustrating it can be to not be able to dance along with your partner and be on time with the music.

Having gone through all these huddles myself I will be walking you on the best way to learn ballroom dancing.

I hope this will not only be educational for you but I also hope it will be very entertaining…and why and do I saying this?

…Well because any kind of dancing, especially ballroom dancing should be very fun for anyone to do.

Without further ado let’s get right into it.

Join a dancing club

This is by far the best way to learn ballroom dancing when you start

Remember the saying “birds of the same feather flock together”? …Im sure you do. This the best way to learn ballroom dancingconcept is very true if you want to learn ballroom dancing fast.

This is because the environment that you are constantly in has a huge factor on your improvement.

What option would be efficient in learning a new language fast between these two options?

  1. Learning the language by reading books or online.
  2. Living in a country where people are all speaking the language

I am sure you are agree with me when I say option 2 is the most efficient because of many reason.

The first reason is that living in that specific country will give you full immersion because on a daily (or even hourly) basis you are forced to understand what the people are saying.

This will make you understand words that you would have never learnt in basic reading or a lecture.

The second reason is that you will end up picking up the accent very quickly as your subconscious mind will be recording daily.

Get the point?

This is the same process with learning  ballroom dancing. You will learn better with people around you living the sport.the best way to learn ballroom dancing

The other reason why joining a ballroom dance club is the best way to learn ballroom dancing is because you also get other benefits such as developing relationships.

These relationships are what will build your character to end up having more confidence in your steps since you have had the courage to dance in front of people, which is what most newbies fear.

Listen to dance music daily

aaaah you will like this one, The best way to learn ballroom dancing is when you listen to dance music as a habit.

This is one of the major factors that assisted me in quickly grasping the concept of “dancing in harmony with music”.

Please note this is a must if you want to speed your learning process as a beginner.

Most beginners neglect this aspect because they think just because they have left the dancing studio they must not think of dancing.

That is absolutely the incorrect way to do it and it will harm your growth significantly.

This is because whenever  you keep coming back to the studio your mind will have to keep re-adjusting, trying to get back to where it was the previous day or maybe the previous two days.

Remember that we as human beings are creatures of habit. The more we do something the more it gets ingrained in our bodies.

Human beings are creatures of habit

I usually suggest to my dancie students who are beginners to listen to music for at least a month when they are away from the studio so that the habit of understanding music is ingrained quickly.

This is because it takes 21 days for a habit to formed in a normal human being.

Opt for private classes more than group classes

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As much as group classes are very good for you development and socializing but if you are really looking to grow more and fast I would recommend you look at private classes.

Check out my article about the different types of dance lessons and why private lessons are a must.

In a private class you get to have all the attention to you and your partner.

More than that the dance instructor can personalize the experience for you with regards to your levels of dancing and your style.

I am in no way saying you should not go for group classes but I am merely highlighting the aspect that will make you grow faster.

You can still attend group classes for the social part and also to develop your confidence and so forth but if you want to level up you need to add more private classes.

Have specific goals

I have spoken about the importance of goals on my previous article called Dancing for beginners-best way to be a top dancer quickly.

I highlighted that in order to achieve bigger improvement or even success in dancing it starts with knowing where you are and also where you are headed.

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These factors will be the big determining factor for whether you will achieve your goal or not in dancing.

Have fun

This is undoubtedly the best way to learn ballroom dancing as it will help things come the best way to learn ballroom dancingeasily to you.

Guys you are doing an activity that has music and after all you are dancing so why not have fun while doing it.

This will not only be the best way to learn ballroom dancing but it will improve your well-being significantly all together.

Remember the most successful people do things that they are passionate about.

Final thoughts

Learning to do ballroom dancing the best way involves a lot of simple choices such as having fun, having goals and joining an environment that will enhance you.

Most people find it hard to learn ballroom dancing because they forget about the factors that go into being a great ballroom dancer.

These are all the techniques that have worked well for me and my students and I am sure that will work for you should you implement them 100{14175b1f95d0f0faa387c4f6ed17908f179b141bfe6cf26d34224cd7cbf4f8b7}.

I hope this article was of great help to you in discovering your dancing passion.

If you have any question that you would like to ask me or have any thoughts that you would like to share with me and the community of dancers please do not hesitate to leave your comment below.

Is ballroom dancing a sport?

Everyone has had the pleasure of seeing couples gliding across the floor  and doing ballroom dancing.

To most that has always seemed like an easy and effortless thing to do. This is why ballroom dancing has always been considered as nothing more than a social activity.

Over the years this sport has advanced and has had many changes to accommodate the modern aspects of society. You can read my article about the history of ballroom dancing.

Many people have sacrificed everything in order to be world champions for this activity.

Despite all the sacrifices and development of this activity there is a question that always remains: Is ballroom dancing a sport?

In this post I will do my best to answer this question for you as I have more then a decade of experience as a competitive ballroom and a Latin American dancer.

Ok folks let’s get into it now

What is ballroom dancing

Ballroom dancing is basically were two people ( a couple) are linked together through their body features to produce a circular movement across the floor.

You can click here to check my detailed explanation about how it originated ballroom dancing a sport?

ballroom involves the man wearing clothing that is very formal while the woman wears a very beautiful gown.

Unlike Latin American dancing (a segment of ballroom and Latin American dancing), in ballroom dancing the women wear gowns that cover their whole body.

When couples practice or rehearse for dance competitions there are costumes that they use. You can check out the practice wear of ballroom dancers by clicking here.

Ballroom dancing also requires that the couple dancing exactly with music while adding their own style while they perform.

Ballroom dancing is generally put in the category of contemprary dancing and jazz because it is elegent and consindered very gracefull.



Ballroom dancing and sport

You might have heard the name dancesport when people are talking about ballroom and Latin American dancing nowadays.

You see this word in itself describes the essence of what ballroom and Latin American dancing is, which is a sport.

I can see you doubting the fact that  dancing is not a sport and that it is only the name it is given, well think of this what does sports involve, let’s have a lot.

Essentials of sports

  • Point systems
  • Uniform
  • Judges
  • sessions
  • Mental work
  • Physical work

The above factors are what the university of California specifies as what constitutes an activity to be called a sport.

We will expand on each of these for the dancesport to uncover the truth you are looking for.

Point system

If you have been involved in ballroom and Latin American dancing you will know that in order to go from one level of your dance catergory you  need to have certain points.

There are for levels which use the point system in order to move up (levele 1, level2, level 3 and levele 4).

You need adequate points on each level to move up. That is how I was able to move ranks when I started dancing.

When you get to the dress section (the advanced levels) your points are only those from adjudicators who give you a score on your dancing.

In these levels there are no points for moving up a level. (novice to Professional).

You can see how critical the point system is for ballroom and Latin American dancing right.

Alright let’s go to the next point,( excuse the pun).


Is ballroom dancing a sport?

In ballroom and Latin American dancing there are custom that you need to wear in Oder to be allowed to dance.

There  is a strict dress code rule for all levels which dancers need to abide by at all times.

Start grade levels (Level1 -4) all have a simplistic way of dressing up; The boys wear a white shirt and black pants while the ladies wear a long costume.

In the dress section (Novice to Professional) the dress code is more open and it can be as fancy as possible.

For more and detailed dressed code for ballroom and Latin American dancing clothing you can check out my post here.

Even though the dresses are fancy they still have to abide by the rules that are set by the dancesport Federation.

Still in doubt?

The following section should already be enough proof to you for “Is ballroom dancing a sport?”

Let’s get into it…


Ballroom and Latin American dancing is by far as sport which depends on the adjudication system to decide winners.

On a local competition there are 3 adjudicators but if the stakes are high, like a world champion, then the adjudicators can be as many as 9 or 11.

You will have noted that there is an odd number of adjudicators and you may be wondering why…well the simply answer is to remove biasism at all costs and fair judgement.

Yeah yeah I know you might be saying well Thabo but there can still be politics that control those results…

You are absolutely right politics as there and will always be there as long as we are dealing with human beings.

The odd number system is just a standard used to be fair as possible as especially when there are many adjudicators.


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The more the couples the more sessions that will be done.

When couples are more then 7 it becomes a semifinal and as more couples increase the you will have quarterfinals and so on.

Mental work

Ballroom and Latin American dancing is a big mental sport. You may ask why? well I will explain.

When you are competing to win against  your competitors it becomes really tough mentally because even if you are well prepared it can be intimidating, which can derail your dancing capabilities.

This is why for my dancing students I have a program where I feature psychology which will enable to be strong mentally when  they are at a dancing competition.

Physical work

I have heard many people ask me do you work out when you dance?….my eyes pop whenever I hear this statement.

This is because people underestimate the workout you get when you do dancing and it is is ballroom dancing a sport?actually more than many sports I know because you work-out without even knowing this.

Have you ever danced to music in you car or perhaps your house and all of a sudden you end up breaking a sweat? I bet you have right?

This is the power of dancing to music like ballroom and Latin American dancing.

There you have it folks ballroom and Latin American dancing fits all the criteria for an activity being a sport.

Here is a footage of some ballroom dancers competing in what is an Olympic stage.

Final thoughts

Over the years the debate of whether ballroom and Latin American dancing is a sport or not has always been there even when I was in my high school year my friends would tell me that this activity is not a sport.

This article has uncovered  the answer to this question: is ballroom dancing a sport?

This activity fits all the points which the University of California deems an activity to be called a sport such as Uniform, point system etc.

I hope this article was able to answer the question you had about this sport.

If you would like to share any thoughts you are more then welcome to leave a comment on the comment section below or if you have any questions you would like to ask me.

Habits of successful dancers-What you should know as a dancer

Have you ever wondered  about the habits of successful dancers and what they involve?

If you are like most dancers I am sure you have right?

Everyone wants to be a top dancer, whether it is in ballroom or Latin American dancing or even Jazz. But did you know that there are fundamental principles that help you be a top dancer?

In this post I will be talking about habits of successful dancers and how you can put it in your dance journey.

Below is a video where I talk about these principles.

Take practice time serious

Habits of successful dancers involve, first and foremost more practice time. Practice time is  actually the most important when it comes to being a great dancer.

Each second Ballroom dancingyou are at practice you need to be dedicate at  focusing on a certain aspect of your dance.

This will assist in small growths which will accumulate to big amounts of improvements over a month and over the years.

It is basically like saving money each day in your bank account, the more you save the more money you will have in a month and ultimately over a year. More than just practicing a certain aspect ensures what you are practicing is quality and 100{14175b1f95d0f0faa387c4f6ed17908f179b141bfe6cf26d34224cd7cbf4f8b7}. Remember quality is better than quantity.

Practice long hours

Habits of successful dancers would not exist without this concept. This concepts goes hand in hand with the principle of taking practice serious.

The more a Ballroom dancingperson practices(quality) the better dancer they will end up becoming.

Look at all the top athletes in the world, they are all top because they work hard and give themselves more practice hours.

Michael Phelps even admitted that he practices nearly 365 days a year . He said he practices while people are having holidays… imagine that.

Warm ups and fitness

No dancer, in my books, should be allowed to dance without doing any warm ups. Warm ups are crucial in ensuring your body is ready to dance because if you fail to do that ultimately your body will get damaged over time. This is why people end up having cramps while dancing.

Fuel their bodies with good nutrition and Water

With any activity, to produce the maximum potential in your body it is wise to ensure it has the proper nutrition.

In dancing I would recommend eating lots of protein to ensure your body is ready to give you energy since dancing demands a lot of muscle function.

Water is also vital because dehydration can actually cause you to faint while practicing of competing which has happened in the past to my partner.

Invest in themselves

To get a head in life you need to invest in yourself. This is a concept all successful people in ballroom dancingany field live by.

This means they understand that education for their sport is an on going process since there is always a lot to learn in order to become the best.

Remember if you are not investing in yourself and just complaining about the costs you will pull yourself back for your own growth.

The good thing with investing in yourself is that it always comes back to you later on in life.

Work in teams

You have probably heard the saying “to get to your goals fast you must do it alone but if you want to get there far you must do it with others.”

This is because when you are in an environment of people who are positive and who encourage you the more you are going to be successful.

Throughout my international travels in dancing I have witnessed a lot of these.

You can also get these by attending group lessons which can help you improve a lot.

You can check out my article about the importance of dance lessons to see how lessons are vital for dancers.

Final thoughts

Habits of successful dancers involves  lot of aspects such as practice time, nutrition and more it is vital to learn to tackle all the aspects.

Once you learn these concepts not only will your dancing improve but also your life’s general achievements.

I hope these tips helped you understand the principles successful dancer use to dominate the dance stages. You can add any opinions or experiences you might have also had in dance or any questions you would like to ask on the comment section below.


History of Ballroom dancing-The fascinating facts

HOW IT ALL BEGAN ON THE DANCE  FLOORShistory of ballroom dancing

Ballroom dancing started  as a more of a way young people went to social gatherings to meet their wives our husbands in Europe and America.This is the reason ballroom dancing involves male and female dancing in close proximity throughout the dance floor, but It is amazing to know that the history of ballroom dancing started off with a group of people doing movements of dancing in lines and circles individually around a specific hall as opposed to couples or partners.

The reason for the movement in circles was because the halls for dancing had was called a hearth in the center which then played a huge role in restricting movements on the dance floor as dance had to dance around. It was only  after modernization whereby fireplaces came in to being that the space on the dance floor was non-restrictive.

Ballroom dance then evolved into different types of dancing styles through the society becoming modernized. Now the ballroom dance space has become a sport and also a social aspect to many people.


in the 19th century ballroom dancing started to be know although the competitions were held unofficially. It was only in the 1960’s were ballroom dancing started becoming very popular with competitions being held officially


In the 17th and 19th  Century France was where most ballroom styles came from. An History of ballroom danceexample is the Polka which was developed from a dance that was called a Bohemian folk  in the 19th Century. However the Waltz was considered the dance that revolutionized ballroom dancing. This was because Waltz introduced the concept of couples dancing smoothly together across the floor.

The Waltz was considered to be developed in the Victorian era. It is funny to note that at the time this dance was considered shocking when it came into being. But the smooth floors assisted its development.After the waltz other ballroom dance types were developed in the 20th Century.

The Tango was developed from tow types or dance styles. The styles were the Spanish type and the other was the Argentinian type. Prior to the World War one the Tango was enhanced.

When the restrictive social rules changed and were altered in the 20th Century other new styles were developed. They were the following:

  • American foxtrot
  • Spanish Paso Doble
  • Brazilian Samba
  • Cuban Cha-Cha
  • American quickstep
  • American Jive
  • American swing
  • Afro-Cuba Rumba



History of ballroom dancing
Photocred: Dance Heritage coalition

Irene and Vernon Castle were professional dancers who influenced the competitive side of dancing

Author Murray – a dancer who populated ballroom dancing interest in the social dancing space

Fred Astaire-Television stars who played a huge role in influencing dancing popularity