Ballroom Dance Performances

We all love watching ballroom performances, right? And some of you, our students, are even thinking of performing? Hopefully? You may be able to perform sooner than you think! Keep on reading to learn about the common dance performance myths and learn how performing can be fun and also improve your dancing.

Common Myths About Ballroom Dance Performances

Some people might think that you have to have years of training before you can perform a dance routine on stage or at a showcase. And definitely, that’s a myth.

So how long does it take before you can perform? The answer is – it depends. However, you need a minimum of 10 private lessons to learn a dance routine for a showcase. Of course, you should be practicing in between.

Why should you perform?

  1. Performing as part of a showcase gives you an opportunity to focus more in-depth on a specific dance style that inspires you. Moreover, you will go beyond the regular dance syllabus and learn a lot of fun steps and maybe even how to do dips and lifts! Please remember that it is best that you continue working on your general social dancing to ensure that you’re growing in other dance styles as well.
  2. Performing is quite an experience! The adrenalin; your friends, family and other students cheering; the fun of it… These are just some of the cool things about performing.
  3. You get to be whoever you want to be. Whether you wear a dress or shirt full of rhinestones or dress up as your favorite movie character – you choose who you want to be. And who knows, you might learn a thing or two about yourself that you never even imagined discovering!

Foxtrot Performance by Justin and Elsa

Song: What I’ve Been Looking For (from “High School Musical”)

Dancers: Justin Kono and his teacher Elsa Cicchini

Choreo by: Elsa Cicchini

Event: Hollywood Party 2022 at Access Ballroom

Just under a year ago, Justin was close to 300 pounds during the pandemic. When things started opening up again, he decided he wanted to lose weight and keep active.

He started working out, eating healthier and joined Access Ballroom for fun on the days he wasn’t at the gym.

He walked in and met Elsa, who he says is one of the most talented people he knows and looks to as an inspiration in his life. Without her, he says he would have been Frozen. She managed to teach him the basics of all types of dances like the Tango, Salsa and Bachata. He works a lot and sometimes he forgets but for the most part he says he has it. The Foxtrot is the dance that he has caught onto the most.

Growing up, Justin has been a big fan of everything Disney and musicals. So Elsa has put together a routine from one of Justin’s favourite Disney movies High School Musical. Now Justin is living a healthy and active life and trying to inspire other people to Let it Go and live their High School Musical dreams. He says that if he can do it, you can do it too.

Salsa Performance by Nicolette and Gil

Song: Time of My Life (from “Dirty Dancing”)

Dancers: Nicolette Petheriotis and her teacher Gil Bynoe

Choreo by: Gil Bynoe

Event: Hollywood Party 2022 at Access Ballroom

Nicolette is 10 years old. She’s been dancing with us here at Access Ballroom since she was a little girl. She is performing to one of her favourite songs from one of her favourite movies with her teacher Gil Bynoe.

Bachata Performance by Kristen and Gil

Song: Roxanne – Bachata cover by Massimo Scalici (originally from “Moulin Rouge”)

Dancers: Kristen Sherry and her teacher Gil Bynoe

Choreo by: Gil Bynoe

Event: Hollywood Party 2022 at Access Ballroom

Ever since she was little, Kristen has always enjoyed dancing and been passionate about it. She started off with classical dances like ballet, lyrical and jazz for about 12 years. Then in university, she fell in love with the Latin social dance scene.

At Access Ballroom, she’s been taking dance lessons for almost a year now. For Kristen, dancing is a form stress relief and also her happy place.

For this performance, she chose the Bachata because she’s always felt most confident in this style. The song is going to be Roxanne from Moulin Rouge, as Kristen loves musicals and is a big romantic sap for the plot of ever-lasting love.

Rumba Performance by Helen and Gil

Song: Goldeneye by Tina Turner (inspired by James Bond movie)

Dancers: Helen Mrakovcich and her teacher Gil Bynoe

Choreo by: Gil Bynoe

Event: Hollywood Party 2022 at Access Ballroom

Helen has been dancing for a year and a half. She’s always loved dancing but it never occurred to her that she could dance, never mind take dance lessons! Now that she’s taking lessons at Access Ballroom, she cannot imagine her life without dance, she loves it so much!

For her very first performance, Helen chose the Rumba. She admitted that it is such a beautiful dance that really calls out to her. There is this tension in the Rumba: on the one hand – it feels strong and powerful, but on the other hand – graceful and sensual. As Helen describes, it is passionate and it is reserved.

And in many ways, Helen can relate to that and feels that the Rumba is the best expression of her. The song is the soundtrack from Bond, James Bond.

Cha Cha Performance by Access Ballroom Students

Song: Boys by Lizzo

Dancers: Chloe Yu, Nina Logvin, Elsa Cicchini, Angela Dieseach, Evelyn Saungikar, Helen Mrakovcich

Choreo by: Elsa Cicchini

Event: Christmas Party 2021 at Access Ballroom

 

Rumba Performance by Nina and Gil

Song: Besame Mucho by Cesaria Evora

Dancers: Nina Logvin and her teacher Gil Bynoe

Choreo by: Gil Bynoe

Event: Christmas Party 2021 at Access Ballroom

Bachata Performance by David and Melissa

Song: La Carretera by Prince Royce

Dancers: David Monroy and Melissa DiGrazia

Choreo by: Gil Bynoe

Event: Christmas Party 2021 at Access Ballroom

Cha Cha Performance by Nicolette and Gil

Song: Roses – Imanbek Remix

Dancers: Nicolette Petheriotis and her teacher Gil Bynoe

Choreo by: Gil Bynoe

Event: Christmas Party 2021 at Access Ballroom

Rumba Performance by Teachers Gil and Elsa

Song: After Dark by Tito & Tarantula

Dancers: Elsa Cicchini and Gil Bynoe

Choreo by: Elsa Cicchini and Gil Bynoe

Event: Christmas Party 2021 at Access Ballroom