Marcus and Karen Hilton MBE – Waltz (39 min)
What do the judges want to see in the Waltz? It is not a fast waltz, not a lot of syncopations or unique choreography. Because the Waltz is a beautiful dance, they want to see the dance that expresses its beauty. What should we do for that? Marcus answers with humour.
Marcus Hilton MBE – Tango (46 min)
Marcus says he times his body in the swing dances. Then where does he time in Tango? Where do Marcus and Karen feel their weight on to show the character of Tango while dancing? Why in the textbooks does the Tango footwork go more in details than other dances? This lecture explains.
Marcus Hilton MBE – Ballroom Dance (48 min)
Line figures are not static, but we breathe. We move and the body is in motion. Taking up Same Foot Lunge and Left Whisk for examples, dancing from the entries of them through to the exits. Marcus explains how Marcus and Karen use their bodies from their heads to toes in details to create and achieve beautiful dancing.
Caterina Arzenton – Viennese Waltz (33 min)
Viennese Waltz is not the same as Waltz and its characteristics is absolutely different. Caterina explains the secrets of how to use the standing and moving legs to dance on time with the fast music and also the correct understanding of CBM in the ‘stage’ lecture that audience can join and dance.
Augusto Schiavo – Ballroom Dance (36 min)
His lecture refers to what he wants to see in the dancing, whom the competitors dance for, and even the sincere respect for the people who danced before us. It captures the attention of the audience. You will be grateful to find his answers of the questions asked by the audience.
Len Armstrong – Slow Foxtrot (48 min)
When you dance you must create your dancing, not manufacture it. If you dance aggressively with competitive spirit, you can never reach the the dance with high quality. Then, what should we do to achieve that level? Len gives an impressive lesson inviting the audience on the floor.
David Sycamore – Rumba (32 min)
I do feel it is important to show some Fan positions, Open positions and some Closed positions within any Rumba routine. The reason they are important is not only for the positions themselves, but for what you can do in those positions. Taking up various types of Walks, Rocks, Cucarachas and Hip Twists, David talks the concept required in the dance.
Denise Weavers – Paso Doble (48 min)
To dance powerful and strong Paso Doble we have to first know the posture using pelvis and diaphgragm. In some way we could say that once we get it, 90% of the dance will become satisfactory. Denise explains the way to make posture, frame and connection. Denise dances with David showing some basic figures and their developed styles.
Alan Tornsberg – Jive (32 min)
I will give you some ideas how to be able to develop Jive to the same level as the other Latin-American dances. Saying that Alan gives a very unique lesson by presenting 4 types of rhythm groups of Jive and attracts audience’s feelings. They are thrilled when they have a chance to see the demonstration with Gaynor.
Tone Nyhagen – Cha Cha Cha (19 min)
I have to say it is very rare that I get moved and inspired by what I see on the floor today. Even very acrobatic movement, if it is done without purpose, is empty for me. Tone gives an impressive lecture on body and making it “sing”.
Ralf Lepehne – Samba (34 min)
You always need to understand what is behind the music and the dancer should be an interpreter of the sound we hear. Ralf explains how to listen to the music, how to feel the music, how to use body parts differently in the same rhythm groups. A really practical and useful lesson that audience can join and enjoy on the floor.
Donnie Burns M.B.E. and Gaynor Fairweather M.B.E. – Latin American Dance (42 min)
There is a reason why they win and why you don’t in the competition or why you win and they don’t. Walks in Rumba are like four wheels in a Ferrari. Even though it has a powerful engine, it can not run without wheels. This is a great lecture that presents Donnie’s idea of Latin American dances.