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 DANCE TEACHING BOOKS AND DVDS FOR SALE  From: (Apr 23)

I've had to close down my teaching at ballroomessentials.com after losing my big toe to melanoma. I can't do a proper job of demonstrating inside edge of ball of foot without that toe. Now I've got teaching materials and a website that I don't need any more.

I would like to sell my collection of Dance Vision (DV) dvd's and corresponding teacher's books.

The collection, 49 DV dvd's and one outside instructor, covers American and International bronze, and American smooth and rhythm silver (10) and gold (11) most of which I bought direct from DV.  Many have not even been looked at. The DV books cover American smooth and rhythm bronze and silver, as well as NC2S, hustle, Salsa on 1 & 2, and Argentine Tango.  The ISTD books include the 5 American Latin and the Ballroom Technique (Standard)  in excellent condition - clean inside, a little fray on corners from sitting on the shelf and being moved. The American Bronze books have some penciled in updates, the rest are pristine.
They were all published between 2003 and 2009.  Many I never used - just sat on the shelf.

It's about everything a budding teacher or an espiring competitor could want. Alternatively, somebody could resell the collection in pieces to students.

I would prefer to sell the ~$2,000 collection as a single sale.  I'd be very happy to get $600 for the whole thing.

Pictures can be seen at ballroomdances.org/images/sale/ Do you know anyone who would be interested in the collection for either the content or to resell it in parts?

Thanks,
Formerly http://ballroomessentials.com teacher.
PS. My teaching website is for sale too.

Ralph E. Kenyon, Jr.
191 White Oaks Road
Williamstown, MA 01267-2259
Phone: 413-458-3597


 LEADERS GROUP CLASS STARTING MAY 12  From: (Apr 23)

Notice: The Leaders’ group class will start on May 12 (Friday) from 6:40 pm to 7:25 pm at our home studio (see address below) and will continue every Friday through the end of August. There is no cost for these classes. This is open to anyone (beginner, lady) who wishes to learn our Albany Dancesport techniques and routines as leaders. The only request is that those who make it through the session will attend at least 10 Monday night group classes to dance with our single ladies in our mock comps and group lessons.

Thank you,
Louise

Paul & Louise Giuliano
Albany Dancesport Club
48 Huron Street
Albany, NY 12203
518-482-6603 Home
518-470-4877 Louise Cell
518-813-0471 Paul Cell

 LATIN FESTIVAL AT KIMBALL FARMS MAY 13  From: (Apr 15)

Dear Dancers,

Our friends at Kimball Farms in Lenox have invited us to attend a "Festival Latino" on Saturday May 13 (2:00pm-4:00pm). This will be an opportunity to dance to Latin rhythms, meet staff members who are natives of the regions where these rhythms originated and enjoy refreshments. There is no cost to participate in this good time.

Please RSVP to Sharon Lazerson, Community Outreach Coordinator for Kimball Farms, at her email ( slazerson@bhs1.org) or telephone 413-637-7043.

Thank you,
Bob Hotchkiss - President
Chapter 3045 of USA Dance, Inc.

I spoke with Sharon about the possibility of listing this on the ballroomdances.org calendar. It turns out this is not a dance. It is a party event to celebrate and honor the staff members from the different countries, who will give short talks, and will demonstrate some of the Latin dances native to their countries. The event will be on a stage that could support a half dozen or so couples. It should be interesting to see and interact with the staff, but is is not billed as a "dance", and the opportunity of spectators to dance will be limited.

Go and enjoy the event as a party, and perhaps learn something new.

Enjoy,
Ralph


 LOUISE & JIM ANNUAL BALLROOM CONSIGNMENT SALE  From: (Nov 27)

Dear Dancers,

Jim Apicella and I are planning another Consignment Sale, this time just in time for the winter holiday and party season! At previous sales, dancers have been able to pick up extraordinary bargains on dance shoes, clothes and accessories.

The event will be from noon until 4:00 pm on Saturday, December 10. Those who wish to sell items will need to contact me to get a Vendor ID number which has to be placed on each article for sale along with a price. Vendors will also need to submit a sheet with each item listed so that we can credit the correct amount. This is a great time to clean out that closet and get rid of things you have not worn in years! You will get 70% of the selling price. All Vendors will be responsible for picking up any remaining merchandise before 5 pm that day­or you can donate what is left to an urban youth ballroom team in North Carolina. This is the third year we have contributed dancewear and shoes to this team, and they have made great use of the donations!

For shoppers, the event is free so come and check out the merchandise before you go to the chain stores and struggle to find anything that is suitable for dancing!

Louise

Paul & Louise Giuliano
Albany Dancesport Club
48 Huron Street
Albany, NY 12203
518-482-6603 Home
518-470-4877 Louise Cell
518-813-0471 Paul Cell


 SEPTEMBER 8-11 2016 ALBANY NEW YORK UPSTATEDANCECHALLENGE.COM  From: (Aug 23)

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 EDITORIAL  From: (Jul 25)

In an official announcement from USA Dance, inc., dated July 19, 2011, Lydia T. Scardina (president) wrote:

"USA Dance as a non-profit organization has always represented the best interests of competitors and social dancers across America. Our prevailing mission remains unaltered -- to increase and improve ballroom dancing opportunities throughout our country, and for all Americans."

and

"The good relationships our chapters have formed with their local dance professionals and studios are vitally important to our mission and we encourage our chapters to continue such good relationships. USA Dance welcomes this long-standing involvement with open arms, and we are grateful for the enrichment it brings to our dancers."


We support three local chapters of USA Dance in our area. Compliance with the above means not excluding certain local studios when announcing upcoming ballroom dances at chapter dances. Allowing personal feelings to interfere with the conduct of business generally ends up producing lose-lose results, whereas cooperation and mutual support leads to win-win results. Dancers who become aware of exclusionary behavior on the part of officials can become uncomfortable with participating in such venues. It spreads like cancer, creating more discomfort, avoidance, and even anger at perceived unfairness.

How do we dancers fix this? If you are a dancer at a chapter dance (or any other dance), and you notice an omission at such an announcement of other dances, immediately provide the announcer in question with the missing information -- if necessary, sufficiently loudly that he or she will either have to announce the inclusion or let you do it. Never let them get away with excluding other local ballroom dances when they make such announcements. Taking such action will create a "grass roots" dance culture that holds dance officials accountable to cooperate and support each others dances - thus realizing the USA Dance mission "to increase and improve ballroom dancing opportunities".

Thank you,
Ralph Kenyon


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