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Canadian Ballroom Champions to Inspire “Absolute Beginners” at Flamborough Family YMCA

By on December 14, 2005

Three-time Canadian and two-time North American Undefeated Amateur Standard Ballroom Dance Champions, Beverley Cayton-Tang and Robert Tang are on a mission to cure the “dance-challenged” of their two left feet.

On Wednesday, December 14th, they are hosting a Free Information Session and Demonstration from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Flamborough Family YMCA, which will be adding two of their DanceScape workshop programs in January:  “For Absolute Beginners Only” Ballroom Dancing and “danceTONE”.

DanceScape “For Absolute Beginners Only” Ballroom Dancing is a fun 8 week semi-private program dedicated to couples or singles who have never danced before or have limited dance experience.  Participants will learn such popular Social dances as the Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz, Cha Cha, Rumba, and Salsa; they will also learn about dance floor etiquette and be able to apply their new skills at Weddings, Big Band/Jazz Events, Cruises, Gala Balls, Corporate Events, or other Social Functions.  Formal classes will take place on Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m., beginning January 16th.  A partner is not necessary.

DanceScape “danceTONE” is a new 8 week dance-based fitness group program designed to gently sculpt and condition the entire body.  The total body toning begins with a light warm-up, followed by a dynamic fusion of fun and easy-to-learn Salsa, Cha Cha, Rumba, Hip Hop and other dance steps that strengthen, tighten and slim the abs, buns and thighs. Further shaping continues through a specialized low-impact floorwork routine that combines elements of Yoga, Pilates and Ballet.  Formal classes will take place on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m., beginning January 18th.

Ballroom Dancing is enjoying a strong resurgence, especially with such recent Hollywood hits as “Shall We Dance?”, the hit documentary, “Mad Hot Ballroom”, ABC Television’s reality dance contest, “Dancing with the Stars”, and Fox Television’s “So You Think You Can Dance”.  The Tang’s own websites,  and www.dancescape.TV, have grown to become the largest Dance communities on the Internet.

Stated Robert, “Our passion for competitive Ballroom Dancing actually began more than a decade ago around the corner at the Village Theatre in Waterdown, where we both attended weekly lessons and practice sessions.  We are delighted to be bringing back two new programs dedicated to ‘Absolute Beginners’.”

Throughout their competitive career, Beverley and Robert have been featured on such television programs as “The Things We Do For Love” on the Life Network and “W5” on CTV.  This past June, they appeared as the official Ballroom Dance instructors of the W-Network’s new television series, “GROOMED”, hosted by Paul Hogan, best known for his show-stealing performance in the hit reality series “Joe Millionaire”.  GROOMED’s goal is to put unpolished, ungainly men through “gentlemen’s boot camp” in preparation for a big event. The pilot episode transformed an awkward husband-to-be into a dashing “waltzing” Prince Charming for his wedding.

Remarked Dale Rowe, YMCA Adult Services Manager, “We are delighted to add Ballroom Dancing to our activities schedule.  Our goal is to inspire the local Flamborough community to participate in innovative programs that are fun and provide physical and mental well-being.  We encourage everyone – whether couples, singles, or even the whole family – to join in the free Information Session or register for the classes in January!”

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