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Empire State Dancesport Championships 2001

by Robert Abrams
August 10, 2001
New York, NY

Empire State Dancesport Championships 2001


The Empire State Dancesport Championships 2001 was held August 10 to 12 at the World Trade Center in New York City.

Interview with Carolyne Townsley from Santa Fe, New Mexico.


by Mila Gorokhovich

Carolyne has been dancing for seven years as a hobby and works in the automotive business.

Mila: Where do you see the future in ballroom dance?


Carolyne: As purely entertainment, possible Olympic sport.

M: What are you thinking when you are competing?


C: I'm trying to remember what I've been taught.

M: What dance do you think is the most fun?


C: Any Latin dance.

M: Do you like the way the competition is going so far?


C: It's organized very well. Everything is on time.

M: Do you have any goals that you'd like to accomplish in your dancing?


C: I'd like to make more money.

M: Why did you start dancing in the first place?


C: It's a social way to meet people. I like to compete.

Mrs. Townsley learned that ballroom dancing gives one personal satisfaction and a good feeling about oneself as well as a presence.


Observations of a dancer

August 11, 2001

It's so amazing to see this life of ballroom dancing. The energy seems everlasting. In the waltz, I feel there should be the illusion of the couple floating, gliding across the floor. It's so important to have an enjoyable expression on the face. To just let yourself melt in the music and the movements with your partner. I often imagine myself waltzing and I hate how when I attempt to, I can't fulfill me in that imagination. It's like with piano and desire to make my fingers glide across the keys and have that prelude flow out of them. I suppose it's the same with tango, ballet and probably all other types of dance. In tango, I imagine something along lines of Spanish darkness. The Paso Doble also reminds me of Spanish bull fights. I recall these moments when watching the bull fights on TV in Spain. What vivacity! Same here, except here, it's important to maintain that while dancing. I think many people's "fire" fades and/or fluctuates throughout the comp.



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