November 8, 2012
The music swelled, the big ballroom - lined on one side by a mirror - looked beautiful, and my 16-year-old daughter and I were waltzing. She led; I followed. We'd come to the Towson Dance Studio to take a lesson in ballroom and see just what it might take to learn some of the basics of social dancing. In just one class, we learned steps for the waltz, swing and fox trot. We took a group lesson with two other couples, and, sure, at first it was a little awkward. We went to the left a time or two when we should have gone right, but we caught on pretty quickly.
August 25, 2012
Many years ago, longtime NASCAR crew chief Harry Hyde said a stock car is "like an egg. You have to handle it gently or it will break. " Though at its heart it was true, it was a shocking statement. Who compares a stock car — a big, brute of a car — to such a thin-shelled egg? That philosophy may have found its match during a Grand Prix of Baltimore interview with Helio Castroneves when he compared driving an Indy car to dancing. "There are no secrets," Castroneves said, when asked how competitors on Dancing with the Stars are able to perform intricate moves so quickly.
June 21, 2012
Las Vegas! 181 dancers will be winnowed down to 20 over eight rounds in four days. Judges will be Lil C, Debbie Allen, Adam Shankman, Tyce Diorio, Mary Murphy, and Nigel Lythgoe. First up they're all doing solos and they could be cut immediately if their solo doesn't pass muster. Hampton "Exorcist" Williams is up first and he's moving Shankman to tears within the first 20 seconds, Tyce within the first 30. I think he's a safe bet to go forward. After the first ten solos, Nigel calls them back up for the first cut - girls we've not met before named Jennifer and Brianna.
July 25, 2011
Competing in Hunt Valley, SwingTime Ballroom placed at the top with its dancers at the 2011 Atlantic Dancesport Challenge. Studio owner and instructor Scott Layfield took amateur student Barbara Ziegler, of Bel Air, to victory in the American Smooth Closed Bronze 3-Dance Challenge. Professional Vladimir Skrylnikov and amateur partner Gina Kazimir, of Bel Air, also won a championship with their victory in the American Smooth Closed Bronze 3-Dance Scholarship, after taking top honors in Waltz, Tango and Foxtrot as well.
June 2, 2011
With just five weeks until wedding bells ring, there are seating charts to be made, flowers to be ordered and playlists to be finalized. But Bri Fletcher and Matt Terry put all that aside to spend their Friday evenings following the directions “slow, slow, quick-quick” over and over ... and over. They, like a growing number of couples, want their first dance as husband and wife to rise above the hug and sway. They want a dance floor debut that sparkles (not to mention twirls, turns and dips)
April 2, 2011
Four men were stabbed early Saturday morning inside a city nightclub, and one has died of his injuries, police said. Baltimore police responded at 1 a.m. to the Bourbon Street club in the 300 block of Guilford Avenue to find four men stabbed inside the club, according to spokesman Detective Jeremy Silbert. One of the victims, a 24-year-old man, died from his injuries, Silbert said. The three other victims were transported to local hospitals and are expected to survive, he said.