Category Archives: Ballroom / Latin

America’s Ballroom Challenge Tonight on PBS!

Don’t forget, tonight is the beginning of America’s Ballroom Challenge on PBS! It’s the first of a three-part series. The initial episode features the American Smooth and Rhythm competitions. In Rhythm, I’ll be rooting for my looooongtime favorites, Emmanuel Pierre-Antoine … Continue reading

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Some Other Dance Books You Should Read

In preparation for publication of my ballroom-set romance series, I thought I’d point to a few other books I’ve recently read and enjoyed that are also largely about ballroom dance or ballet: Patrice Tanaka’s charming memoir illustrates how learning to … Continue reading

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Cover Reveal for FEVER Book Two!

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FEVER Book One Cover Reveal!

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The Beat: Everyone’s Favorite Samba Show Dance

Yulia Zagoruychenko and Max Kozhevnikov, now a classic:

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Overall Favorite Couple: Sergey and Melia

I first saw them dance in 2006, at Blackpool, when they first finaled, and they’re still overall my favorite couple. Sergey Surkov is so powerful, and Melia is somehow both strong and delicate. Their dances are always so dramatic and … Continue reading

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Favorite Rumba Ever

I was so disappointed when, after I moved from NY to LA, I looked through my DVD collection and found that the Tokyo disc from the year where this was performed was missing. I guess there are bound to be … Continue reading

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FEVER Series Launch Date!

Hey everyone, So excited to announce that I am finally getting ready to launch my FEVER series, the first in my INFECTIOUS RHYTHM series of romance novels set in the world of ballroom dancing. FEVER is a trilogy, and I’m … Continue reading

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Pasha Gets His Own Show!

With my move, I didn’t have time to keep up with it, but this season Pasha Kovalev was a professional dancer on the British TV show Strictly Come Dancing (which our Dancing With the Stars is modeled on). He danced … Continue reading

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Yulia Zagoruychenko Auctions Championship Dress to Help Fellow Dancer With Lung Cancer

World Latin champ Yulia Zagoruychenko (whom this blogger adores, as everyone here knows) is auctioning off one of her championship dresses to help friend and fellow dancer Julia Ivleva with her cancer treatments. Ivleva is a pro standard dancer who … Continue reading

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Literary Aperitif

Hi guys – I’ve just begun a new Tumblr blog, called Literary Aperitif, pairing two of my loves (other than dance of course): books and booze. I wanted to call the blog something along those lines but didn’t realize there … Continue reading

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Pasha Will Be a Pro Dancer on Britain’s STRICTLY COME DANCING

Pasha Kovalev is going to be a pro dancer on this season’s Strictly Come Dancing, the British version of our Dancing With the Stars. Apparently, he’s replacing an American dancer, Jared Murillo (whom I’ve never heard of), because Murillo, at … Continue reading

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Former NYCB Dancer Sophie Flack Signs Her Debut Novel, BUNHEADS, at BEA

My apologies for my lack of blog posts this week. I spent Monday through Thursday at Book Expo America, the largest book industry trade fair in North America, held every year in NY at the Javits Center. (Nevertheless, I did … Continue reading

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For Ballroom and DWTS Fans: Cast Your Vote in the Swarovski / Dance USA 2011 Championship

For all you ballroom and DWTS fans who read this blog, Swarovski Elements (you know, the crystal designers whose stones everyone uses for their dresses) recently teamed with Dance USA to host a little costume competition. At the April 2011 … Continue reading

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Ballroom Kids Win “Live to Dance”

Apparently the young ballroom dance duo, D’Angelo and Amanda, won the first Live to Dance championship last night. Coming in second place was the 11-year-old contemporary / jazz dancer, Kendall Glover, and placing third were the ballet pair, White Tree … Continue reading

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Sexy Kindle Party Reading

Broadcasting Live with Ustream.TV So, my reading Thursday evening is now archived on the Reading is Sexy Kindle Party ustream; I embedded it here. I’m the sixth reader on the list – out of eight. The readings were so diverse. … Continue reading

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Jittin’ Genius

My favorite from last night’s Live to Dance semifinal. I hadn’t heard of jitting, which he described as a more modern version of the jitterbug of the 50s. To me it looked like original break dancing or krumping without the … Continue reading

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SLSG’s Dance Highlights of 2010

Instead of trying to remember which were my favorite performances of the year, I’m just going back through my blog archives from January of this year and linking to the most memorable posts. More fun that way! A lot happened … Continue reading

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Dancing With the Stars Season 11 Finale

So tonight is the finale, part 1. The three finalists – Kyle Massey, Jennifer Grey, and, I know, most controversially, Bristol Palin – are performing first a redemption dance (a former dance they didn’t do so well in the first time … Continue reading

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Wow, Riccardo & Yulia Take Latin World Title!

Holy crap – according to Dance Beat, Riccardo Cocchi and Yulia Zagoruychenko placed first in the worlds in Bonn, Germany a couple days ago. When I first heard, I thought the current world Latin champs, Michael Malitowski and Joanna Leunis, … Continue reading

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Riccardo and Yulia Cha Cha in Japan

Above is a video of U.S. Latin champions Riccardo Cocchi and Yulia Zagoruychenko dancing recently in Tokyo at the World Superstars Latin Dance Festival. This is an annual festival (there’s one for standard ballroom as well), where the top Latin … Continue reading

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Denys Drozdyuk Wins So You Think You Can Dance Canada

The ballroom dancer I was raving about earlier on seeing a few video clips of his dancing has won So You Think You Can Dance Canada‘s season three. Thank you to “Twirly” for letting me know by commenting on my … Continue reading

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Dancing With the Stars’ Rock Week

I wasn’t impressed at all with last night’s show. From now on, I am refusing to comment on Paso Dobles that are not Spanish. It is a Spanish dance. Therefore if it is not Spanish-themed, if it is set to … Continue reading

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TV Theme Week on Dancing With the Stars

I’m sorry for getting this up late, you guys! I went to a continuing legal education class last night (cross examination in buy and bust cases – I know, excitement uncontained!) and then I met up with a former colleague … Continue reading

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Vote for David Sedaris to be on Dancing With the Stars!

Fabulous publishing industry blog, Galley Cat, is taking votes on which author you’d most like to see on Dancing With the Stars. They think there a way to push an author into that spotlight with enough publicity. I’d unfortunately missed … Continue reading

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Dancing With the Stars Season 11 Cast Announced

Via Marie at Ballroom Dance Channel, the new cast will be: Women Brandy Jennifer Grey Margaret Cho Audrina Patridge Florence Henderson Bristol Palin Men Michael Bolton Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino David Hasselhoff Kurt Warner Kyle Massey Rick Fox See Marie … Continue reading

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So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Season 3

So You Think You Can Dance Canada, season three, has begun. If you, like me, don’t seem to be able to get it on your cable, you can follow this blog for recaps and videos. I love this guy, Denys … Continue reading

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Dance Beat’s New “After Hours” Web TV

The popular DanceSport newspaper / website, Dance Beat, now has a web show called “After Hours.” Watch the first, free, installment here, focusing on a recent American Smooth competition, and hosted by Shirley Ballas (for Dancing with the Stars fans, … Continue reading

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MELANIE LAPATIN AND BENJI SCHWIMMER STAR IN "LEADING LADIES"

So excited! I’ve been hearing about this ballroom-based movie Melanie LaPatin has a role in for a while now and it’s finally being released. It stars SYTYCD season three winner Benji Schwimmer as well. Here’s the synopsis: “Nothing matters more … Continue reading

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GUEST POST BY BEA LESACA: HOW SALSA MADE ME APPRECIATE HIP HOP MORE

Hey, everyone. Today, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Bea Lesaca, a b-girl and hip hop dancer who writes for HardKnockRadio. Her guest post is about how salsa made her appreciate her own dance style more. Here’s Bea: … Continue reading

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