Meryl Davis and Partner Maks Chmerkovskiy Dance the Salsa

Well, we can’t hide it anymore. We’re guilty! We have been watching Dancing With the Stars nonstop, and we just can’t seem to take our eyes off Meryl and Maks. The two have such great chemistry and have been continuously bringing it. Two weeks ago they got a perfect score, 10s across the border from all judges and we couldn’t agree more. This week they surprised us once again. We can’t say salsa is our favorite dance, but their contemporary take on it was amazing. Who knew Meryl had it in her? What do you guys think of it? Let us know!

Killing It At the Club!

As you may know, we love dancing. But most of all we love teaching others how to dance and develop their techniques. We have a lot of fun when we’re surfing the web and finding new dance clips, movies and etc. But our personal favorite is when we get to see children dancing and absolutely killing it (much like our own students). So you can only imagine how happy we were when we found this Buzzfeed article spotlighting 16 incredibly talented kids! Some of them are a little more funny than the others, but you know what? They each have their unique dance style and make us at A Step in Time proud! Parents, we’re looking at you to bring your children in, so that they can one day too, kill the club! (Buzzfeed)

The Power of Dance!

Since we’ve been working with dance for so long we understand the power of it, but it’s truly amazing to see other people experience it. Ben Aaron, a producer and presenter for NBC decided to go out on the street and dance with people. What we really love about this video is the different songs each group of people asked to dance to. Anyone want to go dance on the streets of NY with us? (Superstar Magazine)

 

A Step in Time Kills at Star Systems Competition

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The Star Systems National Talent Competition is a dance competition, that we have competed in for years. The regional competition we participated in happened from February 28 to March 3 and we had amazing results! Our Seniors won Elite High Gold and High Gold honors, and our Teens and Juniors both won High Gold and Gold honors.

That being said, congratulations to our honored dancers: Makena Cavarozzi, Taylor Magon, Mia Mormino, Erin Lamothe, Amanda Cohen, Hannah Caplan, Kortney Jennings, Ava Izadi, Amanda Evans, Mia Brookenthal, Keira Kleinfinger, Asia Umali, Camryn Chambers and Rachel Luner.

ABC Reveals Dancing With The Stars Lineup

Our not-so-guilty pleasure “Dancing With The Stars” has finally revealed its new lineup of competitors, and we can’t even hide our enthusiasm! The lineup is pretty good and we’re especially excited because our two favorite Olympians, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, will be competing for DWTS’s 18th season’s gold. Although the two are accustomed to working together, the duo will be separated for this friendly competition. Davis will be dancing with returning pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy and White with professional dancer Sharna Burgess.

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Our Olympians will be facing former child stars Candace Cameron Bure and Danica McKellar, as well as housewife NeNe Leaks. They will also be squaring off against athletes Diana Nyad, Amy Purdy, and former pro hockey player Sean Avery. Stars Cody Simpson, James Maslow, Billy Dee Williams and comedian Drew Cary are the four other Hollywood celebrities Davis and White will compete with.

We’re pretty excited to see how Davis and White will transition from the ice rink to the dancefloor, but we’re guessing they’ll be just fine! What do you guys think? (CNN)

Sisters Awe Audience in Kentucky Dance Competition

From the very first moment sisters Quincy and Gracie Latkovski were wheeled onto stage, we could tell it was going to be an emotional performance. Gracie, who uses a wheelchair due to effects of Cystic Fibrosis and Cerebral Palsy has been dancing since she was 3 years-old. This past weekend, the now 9-year-old took on the Jamfest Dance Super Nationals in Kentucky with her sister Quincy.

The duet began with both girls in wheelchairs, but Quincy soon stood up and twirled around her sister in their choreographed dance to “Reflections.” The audience was in awe of the Latkovski sisters and we can saw we were also inspired and moved by their performance. Quincy and Gracie took the national championship in the special needs category. (FOX 19)

A Star In the Making

We’ve all been there, you forget the choreography and freeze. You look at someone, try to remember the next step. Look at your teacher. Look at your mother. You’re drawing a blank. Well, if you’re anything like this little girl, you would just be tapping to the beat of your own drum.

She also forgot her choreography, but she didn’t let her inhibitions stop her from dancing just the way she wanted to. It’s probably the most adorable thing we’ve seen all week. We see a star in the making with this little one. Can’t you too? (Huffington Post)

Deep Thinking of the Day

We came across this video by THNKR and were really inspired. We were also dying to hear what you think about it and your opinion about Elizabeth Streb’s ideas. In this video Streb, an American choreographer, performer, and modern dance teacher, explains her idea of SLAM (Streb Lab for Action Mechanics). Streb has some wild ideas and a lot to say about movement, construction of spaces, and a bunch of other interesting things. Let us know what you guys think about it!

Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner!

We love watching dance movies almost as much as we love dancing itself. We can’t really remember what first lead us to watching this old dance classic but we can still remember the first we watched Dirty Dancing. Our eyes were glued to the screen and all we really wanted was for Baby and Johnny to land that dance move they trained so hard to perfect. If you haven’t seen the movie we recommend you do so, like right now! We learned a few of our dance moves from just watching Patrick Swayze. And yeah, maybe this is one of the reasons we wanted to learn how to dance like we do now!

We know a few people who liked Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights, but we’re not so sure about that… Remember we always want to hear your opinion so don’t forget to let us know what you thought about these movies in the comment section below. Let us know if you learned any new dance moves!

Did You Know…?

Dancing has been around since the beginning of time, so it really is no surprise to us that there are some really crazy facts about it out there! Here are a few we find really interesting and fun!

  1. First archaeological proof of dance comes from the 9 thousand year old cave paintings in India.

  2. Roughly 30 thousand people are employed by the UK’s dance industry today, maintaining around 200 dance companies!

  3. Today, professional dancers are regarded as elite athletes.

  4. Our so beloved tap-dance can be tracked down to the tribal dances of African slaves, who after arriving in North America presented it to the Westerners.

  5. Dance marathon competitions started as early as the 14th century!

  6. Breakdancing was first created as a “less lethal” form of fighting between warring Afican-American streets gangs in the 70s, in New York.

  7. Big shot movie stars like Fred Astaire and Gene Kelley used tap-dancing to capture worldwide audiences in their films.

  8. Ancient Egyptians used dance as both a form of entertainment and religion.

  9. The first ballerina to wear pointe shoes was Marie Taglioni in 1832 in a ballet called “La Sylphide”

  10. Dancing is considered great physical exercise for all ages, and has been safely practiced from the ages of 2 to 102!

(Source: Dance Facts)