DanceBeat recently sat down with professional dancer, Mayo Alanen, to hear about an exciting new charity that gives your dancing an inspiring and life-changing purpose. 

Social Graces: A Ballroom Etiquette Column

Just a bit more respect, please! This was the topic of discussion at an event when I was talking to International Latin Champion, choreographer, studio and event owner, Paul Killick.

For over 10 years Cher Rutherford has been dispensing her own style of etiquette advice in the pages of Dance Beat. We are now happy to offer this sage wisdom to our online readers and don’t forget if you have a question for Cher, you can reach her through our email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Let’s talk about that O1 Visa

In the 2015 United States National Championships - Open and Rising Star Professional events - there were over 70 professionals who were at that time on the O-1B visa.

Today, most ballroom dancers and dance teachers who are from outside the United States came here legally under the non-immigrant visa category of O-1 which is for individuals who have demonstrated “extraordinary abilities”. As many of you are already aware, changes by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) in regard to the O1 are having a serious impact on our industry.  We understand that it is not just our industry, but all O1’s.  But the changes are taking a drastic toll on the dance industry.*

This is your life and career - you are a dancer! 

Meet Star Ballroom Tour Champions: Alexander Voskalchuk & Veronika Egorova

This is your life and career – you are a dancer!!! It shouldn’t be hard – be prepared – it’s always very nice to see a prepared couple.

The Road to STARdom: Exclusive with Nazar Norov

Interview by Maria Kordit

LaBlast: why did I start a dance fitness program?

By Louis Van Amstel

During all my years as a competitive ballroom dancer, my dream was to become a World Champion by emphasizing the ART of dance; winning by focusing on the dance rather than just the competition.  I believe that dance speaks for itself and can be such a powerful medium.

Dance Life Coaching: A Column To Help Dancers Journey In Life

By Susan Silva


How much do you laugh?  There is a proverb that says, “A merry heart does good like a medicine; but a broken spirit dries the bones.”  Another way to say this scripture is, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person's strength.”  Does your strength ever feel sapped?  In this busy life that we all lead, especially in the ballroom dance industry do we take the time to laugh? 

JORDY: Exclusive Interview with Chris Stephenson

Written by Maria Kordit, DanceBeat Staff

So its like I try to tell everyone who works with me in those moments – enjoy this – most people work their whole life and whatever it is they do, they never experience this much amount of relevance. We are so relevant right now, it should never be lost on us.” --- Jordy

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