Pro Am Spotlight

Pro-Am Spotlight: Debra Hoag

We all have different reasons for dancing BUT one thing we have in common is the love we feel for dance.

“Always do what you love and love what you do… Then it’s not work”. 

My dad always said that to me when I was in high school as I asked his thoughts about me pursuing a degree in Television or Engineering. My mom was pretty clear she didn’t want me to major in Broadcast Journalism because according to her, “There’s only ONE Oprah!”.

Moment of Joy and Empowerment 

This month’s Pro-Am Spotlight is the Reverend Doctor Charlene M. Proctor who tells us how to take the positive path, in the ever changing world of ballroom dancing. In 2015, she was a U.S.D.C. National Rising Star Smooth Champion and an Ohio Star Ball Rising Star Smooth Champion. Her reflections on how to manifest success while finding joy in the ballroom will help you on your own personal dance journey.  

The Girl with the Tree Tattoo “Taking My Place on the Dance Floor”

“I don’t think I belong here.” That was the dominant thought in my head as I watched the pro-am American rhythm session at the 2014 Holiday Dance Classic, held at the Tropicana in Las Vegas. It was my second competition as a pro-am ballroom student. I was there to dance American smooth at the bronze level. Smooth wasn’t until the next day, but my teacher was competing with other students in rhythm and I wanted to show my support.

ProAm Spotlight: Sophia D'Angelo

These past five years dancing and competing have been some of the most colorful, exciting, and rewarding moments in my life. I had no idea when I began a few years ago, in a small Arlington, Virginia studio with Mike Baris, that it would take off in such a fantastic way. Or that its importance to me would be so profound, or that the people I would meet would soon become considerably important to me on many levels.

“The Little Mouse Will Never Stop Searching”

This month’s Pro-Am Spotlight is one of Canada’s most successful pro-am competitors, Joanne Kay Smith, from Toronto.  Joanne’s specialty is American Smooth and together with teacher and professional partner Sharon Levitt, she has won almost all major pro-am championships in the USA including Ohio Star Ball.

Pain and Passion, Glitz and Guts

By Michaela “Pinky” Puno

 

PAIN and PASSION

I’m a proud 67 year-old mother of 7. Yes, and for those who will wonder … they’re all from the same man. I’m also blessed with 15 grandchildren.  Childbirth labor 7 times was worth every tormenting contraction. Having gone through that, I knew I could overcome everything else.

How Dance Impacts the Entrepreneurial Mind

By Suki Kramer, Founder and Formulator of suki® skincare

I recently saw an interview with a one-legged Olympic skier.

She lost her leg when she was a child, and reflected on the day her mother casually handed her a pamphlet for ski camp. It was moment that changed her self-concept forever, and helped her begin to envision a future beyond recovery and the limits of her “condition.” Her mother planted quite a seed that day– enough for her to see herself not as a, “one-legged woman” but as someone who could ski…and eventually become a champion. 

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