Now what….? by Gabriela Young


Now what….?

Your sore feet, the glitter you will find for the next 3 weeks, and the memories of dancing fun and new friends are proof of the hard work, dedication and fun from Unique Dance-O-Rama 2015. The videos, awards, plaques, and score sheets that you will receive are all great tools to help remember the fun and excitement of the competition and to also help plan the future of your dancing. So now what?

Now is the time to set your goals for the next competition, whether it is Superama in Las Vegas, World Dance O Rama in New Orleans, or your next local event, now we review and move forward to the next part of your dancing. At competition there are a few tools we use to plan what to work on next. Pictures and videos are a great way to see how you looked in your dancing, as well as how the other people in your heat looked for a good comparison. We can use these to pinpoint specific things to work on, such as timing, footwork, frame/posture, or character of the dance, so that next event you will be that much more prepared. The heat sheets with your open and closed scores are also great tools to use to see how you compared with those in your category as well as to see how you compared to the standard of each dance. Using these scores will allow you to see where your strengths and weaknesses lie so that you and your instructor can create a game plan on what to work on for the future.

Your placement at an event isn’t what is important, what’s important is working efficiently to better yourself so that you feel more comfortable and confident. We never stop growing in our dancing, whether you’ve been dancing 6 months or 60 years, there is always more that we can learn and experience. Remember that dancing takes practice, patience, and more practice to be able to have good technique and to really show the joy you feel on the inside. Never forget the way dancing makes you feel and why it is you decided to take lessons and go to an event. From overcoming shyness, to physical fitness, or meeting new people, dancing is about how many times you smiled, and how many smiles you got in return.

Happy Dancing

Gabriela Young

Gabriela Young: Footwork 8-19-14



Tip from Gaby


Toe, ball, flat to heel lead.
Can you guess what dances this footwork applies too?
You guessed it, Foxtrot, Waltz, Viennese Waltz and Quickstep.
Thank you Hunter Johnson for the wonderful
exercise you shared with us on the 30 Day Dance Challenge.
So, let’s get to practicing!
Your smooth dances will love you for it!

Happy Dancing Everyone.

To Dance is to Live!

Thank You,
Gabriela Young

Find the Rhythm 6-3-14

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Dear Gaby

Many of our students have a hard time finding the 1 beat or rhythm in the music, I hear them say “I can’t hear the beat, I don’t know when to start”. They have convinced themselves of this as a fact. Nothing could be further from the truth. I believe that our bodies have a built in natural metronome. All you have to do is find out where in your body your metronome is.

A way for you to find it: while you listen to music see what part of your body reacts to it, sometimes you will find that your head will start bopping up and down, or perhaps your foot will start tapping the floor maybe your hand will start tapping the side of your leg. Guess what, you have found your metronome, now all you have to do is follow the natural instincts of your body and Voilà! You have found the rhythm.

To Dance is to Live!

Thank You,

Gabriela Young





Dear Gaby 3-18-14 Tips for Ballroom Dancers

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Dear Gaby

An advice column for dancers

Recently while on one of my hiking trips, I was aware of how difficult getting up a hill was. Now I have done this hike many times, so I thought it shouldn’t be this difficult to do.

I wondered what my body was doing wrong. In my body awareness I noticed that my posture was out and I was dragging my feet, being a dancer that’s where my mind goes. Once I corrected my posture like I would if I was doing a Waltz and decided to roll thru my feet like I was dancing a Fox Trot, I was able to get up the hill faster and with more ease.

Many of us do not think about how we get from point A to point B while we walk.
Good posture and proper use of feet is great for your body and it’s something you could be doing while you walk, it’s win win.

So next time you walk to the water cooler, elevator or to your car, try to be body aware!
Your body will love you for this and your dance teacher will praise you on how much you have improved your posture and footwork!

To Dance is to Live

Thank You,
Gabriela Young