Friday, January 25, 2013

Civility Promoted Through Ballroom Dance



Lessons taught in Ballroom Dance Class then translate to how we behave in society. (An interview with Debbie Weist & Peggy Molloy)

MOLLOY: When did you develop an interest in social dancing?

WEIST: I discovered Ballroom dance as a Dance Major at the University of Northern Colorado.

MOLLOY: How do you approach teaching etiquette within the bounds of your classes?

WEIST: Social dancing requires respectfulness with your partner in order to move smoothly and effectively. Also the dance starts with the invitation and includes how you move together on and off the dance floor, which involves social etiquette. I include this in all my classes when appropriate.

MOLLOY: Are you developing local (Humboldt County) teams that could compete?

WEIST: I am starting a Youth Ballroom class this month that could lead to a competitive team. I currently have an adult performance team.

MOLLOY: It is often difficult to find a trained male partner.

WEIST: I am fortunate to have an excellent male dance partner, Justin Golnik, to demonstrate classwork. His background includes team and solo competitions and cotillions in Los Angeles. 

MOLLOY: I know you have a website. Could you tell me the range of dance styles now available?

WEIST: American style tango, waltz, foxtrot, rumba, cha cha, samba, bolero, merengue, 'on one' salsa, East & West coast swing, hustle, and nightclub two-step.
Weist & Golnik

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Recently a friend mentions THE TALENT CODE as a format to manifest the gifts we have been given.

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The Talent Code, written by Daniel Coyle, Published by Bantam 2009.

1 comment:

Ms. G said...

Peggy, I appreciate the interview that you conducted with Weist, It was most informative. I can see the technique of ballroom dancing being used to teach students how to act in the real world. You must have respect for one another on the dance floor in order to perform with one another. Then it would transfer into the real world hopefully. I have a saying that I picked up, its says you must respond and not react. Me reacting to a co dancer stepping on my toe would be different than me responding!