Blogging from Balera

January 25, 2009 at 8:35 PM (Dance) (, , )

After staging a coup, I have officially taken control of Balera!  Okay, not really, but I am in charge for a little while.  While the rest of the gang is off to a MassABDA (local dance organization) event, I get to run the competitors’ practise.  As cool as it may sound, it’s actually fairly low-maintenance.  Low-maintenance enough, in fact, that I have time to blog about it.

Every Sunday, the studio is open for competitors’ practise.  Although dancers may practise any time Balera is open, sometimes the floor can get a little congested with group classes, private lessons, and competitive couples working on their routines (and don’t get me started on music diplomacy!).  During competitors’ practise, the floor belongs solely to the competitive couples, who have the opportunity to use the music and space to their best advantage in an environment that matches their goals.

From 12.30 P.M. to 2.30 P. M., the space belongs to International Latin and American Rhythm competitors.  For two hours, the speakers play nothing but Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Swing, Paso Doble, Bolero, Jive and Mambo while competitors can use the space to their full advantage.  Beginning at 2.30 and lasting until 4.30, International Standard and American Smooth competitors have the run of the floor.  Music is comprised of Waltzes, Tangos, Viennese Waltzes, Foxtrots and Quicksteps.

Competitors’ practise is open to anyone in the dance community, regardless of experience level or studio affiliation.  Singles may practise for $10.00 per session; couples may practise for $15.00 per session.  No pre-registration required; walk-ins welcome.  For further information, feel free to call Balera at (617) 969-2280, E-mail at, or just  drop a comment here.

Balera School of Ballroom Dance
105 Rumford Avenue
Newton, MA 02466

Today’s Distractions
Mostly the Russian couple doing a really snappy Quickstep


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